Last week at Cisco Live I was reminded of two things:
The t-shirt slogans may be gone, but as we move forward into more business-aware wire data analytics people are still struggling with understanding what’s happening to their applications and their networks. Complex networks need simple solutions for understanding what is happening, and network delay is still a pain point for most organizations.
Analytics were a big buzz word overheard on the World of Solutions floor. But the definition of these analytics varied greatly from vendor to vendor. I started to wonder how many people actually take advantage of all these “analytics”. There are maybe four or five metrics that are needed to determine how fast and how congested your network is, yet some vendors were marketing “how many” metrics they had.
I think that misses the point. The true goal of analytics is to interpret the packet data and allow the business to make better decisions about their IT stack with that data. Most vendors create a decoder for standard protocols and deliver that as part of their solution. These analytics derived from the decoder are what everyone is talking about. But for vendors not in the business of creating decoders, the focus is on delivering these canned analytics to the customer.
At Corvil we are in the decoder business (and much more). Our world class appliances, now including the industry’s first 80GB platform for analytics, do not assume we understand what analytics a customer may need. For the past decade, Corvil has had the flexibility to create hundreds of these customer decoders or analytics, and our customers really appreciate that flexibility and timely delivery of those customized features. These strengths got a lot of heads nodding at our booth as we heard people explain their struggles with monitoring and understanding their complex applications.
Security was also a big topic at the event. Everyone is struggling with trying to get the right mix of solutions in place for a proper security footprint. Corvil’s hybrid approach of instrumenting once and sharing to all groups resonated with attendees. They liked the simplicity of instrumenting the packets once and applying both security and business analytic workflows to this rich set of data. Our “behind the firewall” visibility resonated with the security analysts that stopped by the booth, and our targeted threat intelligence turned on a few lightbulbs for people struggling with understanding what is happening inside their data centers. User activity continues to be a hot topic with our security minded customers as understanding what employees or non employees are accessing in the data center is still difficult to do today.
It was great to see some return customers to our booth, and congratulations to the winners of three new Parrot Bebop drones! Feel free to get in touch if we talked at Cisco Live, I’m at email@example.com for anyone who didn’t get my contact info in Vegas.