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Corvil Uses Corvil: Utilizing Corvil in the Enterprise

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/utilizing-corvil-in-the-enterprise

Hanging out in IT Operations, we're regularly asked to test the features of Corvil's software on our own networks. For a long time, the capabilities that Corvil's clients could see in their own environments, (electronic trading, mainly), weren't easily transported across to the Enterprise IT.…

The End of the Beginning for Traditional IT Operations Monitoring?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/the-end-of-the-beginning-for-traditional-it-operations-monitoring

In 1942, Winston Churchill uttered these famous words in a speech in London: ”Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” The immediate reasons for Churchill to make this claim are not so important for our purpose – suffice it to sa…

The Art and Science of Passive Network Quality Monitoring

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/passive-network-quality-monitoring-simple-insight-wire-data

The artist Giotto lived and worked in Italy in the early 14th century. He is considered by many to be the first in a line of great Renaissance painters. Legend has it that when the Pope heard of his painting skills he sent a messenger requesting a sample of his work. Giotto famously responded with…

Why Clean Traffic Matters

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/why-clean-traffic-matters

Network Operations team are always in the line of fire. I’ve been working in this arena since my early years, and I’ve seen how we are center stage for every event and every issue. During a triage or an outage, we’re under pressure to provide a solution and an answer. The trading floor is losing money…

Are you Under Performing or Just Out of Control?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/are-you-under-performing-or-just-out-of-control

”A company missing its targets is an underperforming company. A company missing its forecast is a company out of control.” This was a favorite saying of an old friend of mine in sales management, and while you could argue the merits of the first sentence, the second is fairly undeniable. And yet it …

What AppOps, DevOps and NetOps are doing with the new Corvil Splunk Add-On

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/appops-devops-netop-use-cases-for-splunk-corvil-add-on

We were delighted last week to release our official Splunk app, which can be installed directly from within Splunk, and is freely available for download from Splunkbase. Corvil introduced Analytics Streams in our Giga release last year, which allow you to take your application visibility, metrics…

Boosting ROI with Better Network Data - Part 1

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/boosting-roi-with-better-network-data

Mike Vallas, Solution Architect at IXIA, and Bruce Eckland, Corvil’s Sales Engineering Director answer questions raised during a joint webinar discussing ways to boost the ROI of your tools with better network data. Attendee Question: There are significant costs associated with network taps, n…

VoIP, Then and Now

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/voip-then-and-now

It was 15 years ago. VoIP (Voice over IP) or IPT (IP Telephony) was not well developed or common. I was an engineer at a global Telco company, responsible for service enablement. At that moment, some of global companies were doing heavy expansion towards Asia - then-emerging markets…

The Purported Evils of Buffering

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/the-purported-evils-of-buffering

The debate about buffering I wrote a few weeks ago about the importance of continuous packet capture in data-driven operations, where complete visibility is vital for performance and security forensics. One strand of discussion that I ventured into briefly was that of architecture, and how…

An FX Platform Designed to Limit the Impact of Speed

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/an-fx-platform-designed-to-limit-the-impact-of-speed

Yesterday I had the chance to participate in a lively webinar on electronic FX monitoring with Yann L'Hulier and Alex Krovina, respectively CIO and CTO of Tradition – these are the guys responsible for creating Tradition's ParFX trading platform. (If you missed the live event you can see the r…

Fix the Slowness... FAST!

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/fix-the-slowness-fast

We all know the story: the phone rings, you answer, and some manager is screaming at you. Customers are complaining about slow performance on the company’s Ecommerce application – this could be making a purchase, updating account information, etc. It’s affecting revenue and brand reputation and the manag…

Four Levels of Application Awareness

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/four-levels-of-application-awareness

The data flowing in your network offers a wealth of insight into what your applications are doing, so it's not surprising that many network monitoring solutions offer some form of application as well as network-layer visibility. The capabilities of 'application-aware network monitoring' systems…

The Problem with APM - Part 1

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/the-problem-with-apm-part-1

Traditionally, Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and IT Operational Analytics (ITOA) solutions that instrument the application code have been seen as somehow "closer to the customer", while application analytics solutions based on network data have been seen as "lower…

What makes Corvil’s Database Analytics solution different to the others?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/what-makes-corvil-s-database-analytics-solution-different-to-the-others

Customer References verified by TechValidate What makes Corvil’s Database Analytics solution different to the others? That’s a question that Corvil is asked quite a lot these days and one which is quite easy to answer! So let’s start with, what is it that the others do? Lots of CIO’s choose the databas…

Corvil and Saxo Bank: No Alternative for Corvil’s Monitoring Power

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-saxo-bank-partnership-announcement-monitoring

View full release here. I’m happy to say that Corvil is already the go-to solution for most of the world’s largest stock exchanges and banks. Today, I’m especially excited to announce that Corvil has added a new financial institution to their list of customers. Saxo Bank, the Danish investment bank,…

The Second Wave of Network Performance Monitoring: What A Difference 10 Years Can Make

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/second-wave-network-performance-monitoring-npm-future

Recently, my seven-year-old son got to present his Computer Science Project, which he coded by himself, at the Google Headquarters in Dublin. He stood on a podium in front of 30 of his classmates and all of their parents, speaking into a microphone with his Science Project on the screen behind him.…

Time to Turn on the Lights: Effectiveness Starts with Security Visibility

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/visibility-key-cyber-security-rsa-conference

The record number of attendees at the RSA Conference this year were given a stark reminder that effective security remains a massive challenge for almost all companies, despite record high investment in cyber security. Cyber-attackers are ahead in the security arms race. This is apparent from the…

How Well Is Your Business's VoIP Performing, Really?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/business-critical-voip-call-quality-end-user-experience-IT

My son's online gaming habit (some might call it an addiction) illustrates a common issue in VOIP monitoring that carries over to the business world. At home, I have no trouble responding to emails, but he may be sitting next to me cursing the performance of our home broadband because the ping…

Breaking the Bank

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It was a Wednesday in 1992, and I was sitting in the London office of David Band, then CEO of Barclays de Zoete Wedd, and sitting with me was the IBM Group Treasurer. Both executives wanted something crucial from that meeting: IBM wanted to sell a new trading system to BZW and David Band wanted a…

Failing at Microsecond Timescales

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/failing-at-microsecond-timescales

There has been a lot of talk recently about how to correctly size your infrastructure – your networks and servers. People are asking “Do I just throw bandwidth at it?” The answer is a definitive YES, if more bandwidth will solve the problem. If bandwidth is not the problem, then don’t. All sounds obvious…

Got bandwidth? Getting what you paid for?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/got-bandwidth-getting-what-you-paid-for

Last month, the European Commission published a report on the quality of broadband services in the EU. One of the headline findings was that download rates average 76% of advertised speeds. In the US, where such testing has been ongoing by the FCC since 2010, the comparable rates have risen from…

Holding Your Service Provider To Account For Application Performance

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/holding-your-service-provider-to-account-for-application-performance

”It was like someone had their foot on my hose pipe" a client remarked recently. He was describing a situation where connectivity between two key data centres was failing. None of his traditional monitoring tools indicated a problem, however critical applications running over the link were t…

The Four Analytic Scenarios That Every APM + NPM Solution Should Handle

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/the-four-analytic-scenarios-that-every-apm-npm-solution-should-handle

”The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse" - are the first in a series of "Seal" judgements. This is when God will judge the Earth, and is giving the World a chance to repent before they die." Wikipedia The convergence of APM and NPM and the growing importance of IT operations a…

Gartner Believes What We Believe

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/gartner-critical-capabilities-npmd

Gartner believes what we believe. On the heels of Corvil taking the biggest “up-and-to-the-right” leap and being named “Visionary” in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD), we are honored to have earned the highest score out of 14 NPMD vendors in the Mar…

Getting More ROI While Network Complexity Rises

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/getting-more-roi-while-network-complexity-rises

One of the things we increasingly hear from clients is that the value of Corvil is in the analytics we provide. They demand that we deliver value in the form of operational dashboards that require minimal user interaction to identify problems. Storage of data for offline, after-the-fact analysis…

How to Index Petabytes of Data Daily

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/how-to-index-petabytes-data-daily

We were recently asked to estimate how much data Corvil analyzes daily, across all our customers, and it came out at about 8 petabytes. A single Corvil appliance, flat out, can happily analyze several terabytes per hour. Contrast that with guidance from Splunk, which estimates a single server can…

A Peek into the Future: Tackling Algorithmic Cyber-Attackers in a M2M world

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/a-peek-into-the-future-tackling-algorithmic-attackers-in-a-m2m-world

As technology continues to advance and become increasingly data-centric, many business processes that were once manual and arduous are now fully automated to the extent that they have become transparent and assumed. This emergence of fluid, algorithmic machine-to-machine interaction is…

Corvil Recognized as a Visionary in Gartner NPMD MQ 2017 and Receives Top Score in Critical Capabilities Report

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-recognized-as-a-visionary-in-gartner-npmd-mq-2017

We would like to thank Gartner for recognizing Corvil for the third successive year as a visionary in the rapidly growing Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics market segment. We are also delighted that the Corvil product has once again received the highest total score across all vendors…

Corvil's Top Ten Blogs of 2016

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It’s been an amazing 2016 for Corvil, and we’d like to thank you for reading along with our musings. We hope you learned something and we hope you enjoyed. We’ve gather up our Top 10 Blog Posts from 2016 for your perusal below. What would you like to see more of in 2017? LinkedIn Data Breach : Did y…

It’s the visibility, stupid.

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/it-s-the-visibility-stupid

One of the things I enjoy about being a product manager is meeting with customers and hearing how they are using the product: how they use it during their day, the value it brings, likes and dislikes. That’s when I learn, and often when I get surprised. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been str…

Keeping It Private and Confidential

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/keeping-it-private-and-confidential

In May, members of the IETF published RFC 7258 which states that Pervasive Monitoring of Internet communications “is an attack on the privacy of Internet users and organizations”, and that IETF protocols should be designed to mitigate it. Since Corvil provides hardware and software that is used to cap…

Simplify Your Web Application Performance Monitoring

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/simplify-your-web-application-performance-monitoring-and-deliver-3-immediate-benefits

It's an obvious point but worth stating: the performance of any customer web port and associated hosted applications is crucial to retaining and expanding the customer base. However, most providers don’t actually know the current performance being experienced by their customers. The service is t…

So what’s a microburst anyway - and why should I care?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/so-what-s-a-microburst-anyway-and-why-should-i-care

The majority of monitoring tools we rely upon report to a granularity of 1 second. For instance, measuring bandwidth in bits per second and server performance in messages per second. On the face of it this makes complete sense, because as humans we’re familiar and comfortable with the concept of a s…

What Your Network Data Says About Your Service Provider

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/tune-in-to-what-your-network-data-says-about-your-service-provider

Corvil's application performance monitoring is driven from network data - making the impact of network problems on the application immediately visible. An important point is that this visibility is not limited to the network that you control, but extends into other networks on which you depend.…

New Approaches Versus Old Habits - Which Will Win?

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/new-approaches-old-habits-wire-data-packet-analysis

As a new sales engineer at Corvil sitting in on a lot of POCs (proof of concept) meetings and customers calls, I started to notice some very familiar things. Chiefly, participants can’t wait to start exploring the product on their own. They want to cut through the product overviews and start p…

Operations in the NOW

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/operations-now-real-time-visibility

In a past life, I spent many years as a Network Engineer. I started my techie career at a small local travel agent. We had 6 branches, all connected with 64k links that were basically WAN cards in Novell Servers. One of my first projects was to create a company email system. I managed to create a…

The Wire Don’t Lie and Other Truths About Network Data

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/the-wire-dont-lie-truths-about-network-data

Recently we had the privilege of having one of our clients, a Head of Infrastructure of a Tier 1 Global Bank, come talk with us at a Corvil offsite. He talked with us about the everyday problems and large scale challenges he faces as Head of Infrastructure, and his insights were fascinating. But…

Does your Trading Platform need some R&R?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/does-your-trading-platform-need-some-r-r

Ask a network engineer to make a sketch of their enterprise architecture and you will always get something like this. A classic enterprise stack of mirrored switches that assures the flow of data in the event of link or device failure. It does show that network engineers are thinking along…

LinkedIn Data Breach: Did you get the email?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/linkedin-data-breach-did-you-get-the-email

So, this week, I got an email in my inbox with the following text, and I’m pretty certain several of you may have also got the email. Now, as they’ve stated, this is not a new breach. It resurfaced in the headlines last week when it was discovered that more data from the 2012 breach was now ava…

Stream Processing Vs Continuous Packet Capture: Why not both?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/stream-processing-vs-continuous-packet-capture-why-not-both

Like so many other areas of modern life, the world of IT operations both depends on and is powered by data. There are myriad sources of data that can be harnessed to provide visibility into and control of IT infrastructure but, at a high level, there are three broad classes. There's log data, as…

Take Your Head Out of the Clouds When It Comes to Safeguarding Your Business

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/take-your-head-out-of-the-clouds-when-it-comes-to-safeguarding-your-business

I’m excited to be at Cisco Live! this week where, not surprisingly, one of the themes is how our increasingly hyper-connected world and appetite for data is driving IP traffic volumes exponentially upward. Cisco predicts an almost threefold increase in Global IP traffic over the next 5 years. Most o…

App + Network Analytics - Asking the Bandwidth Question

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/application-and-network-analytics-asking-the-bandwidth-question-from-your-service-provider

The key to achieving high performing and responsive applications is to ensure sufficient bandwidth has been provisioned in the network. But many questions arise: How much bandwidth does an application really need? How do you know if it will be enough or too much? If the application has a problem,…

Authoritative Real-Time Insight for Complex IT Systems

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/authoritative-real-time-insight-for-complex-it-systems

I once spent a week working with an electronic trading firm in the City of London, helping them to integrate some new technology into their trading platform. Perhaps the term 'electronic trading' brings to mind an image of an orderly, sterile environment where computing experts calmly monitor…

BGP Withdrawn Route Monitoring

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/bgp-withdrawn-route-monitoring

Here at Corvil, we understand the value contained in the packets traversing your network. We have covered in previous posts how analyzing these packets can provide a wealth of information about the performance of your network and applications. In order for application traffic to successfully…

Managing the Health and Performance of IT Systems in Financial Services

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/managing-the-health-and-performance-of-it-systems-in-financial-services

The mantra for today's modern E-business is "milliseconds matter to customer experience!" Especially when the customer is a 16 year old teen trying to buy a $300 pair of shoes from his/her smartphone, or a stock exchange trading billions of dollars per day. Today's modern IT…

Network Security Monitoring in a Virtualized Data Center

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/monitoring-in-a-virtualized-data-center

Over 70 percent of data centers are attacked each year. At the same time, up to 80 percent of traffic in a virtualized data center never reaches the physical network, where it can be monitored. This means that a substantial part of your data center is hidden from you in a "blind spot" to…

The Future of IT for Financial Markets: Thoughts from the Web Summit

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/the-future-of-it-for-financial-markets-thoughts-from-the-web-summit

Last week some of the brightest minds in tech came together for Dublin’s 4th annual Web Summit. With 22,000 attendees from around the world, the now-massive event serves as proof-positive for Ireland’s status as Europe’s fastest-growing economy and one of the most exciting places to be as a member of th…

Timestamping is Taking Off in Switches and Aggregation Taps

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/timestamping-is-taking-off-in-switches-and-aggregation-taps

Gathering timestamped network data for monitoring and analysis is becoming popular. The ability to timestamp packets as they are copied for analysis first began to appear in packet-broker/aggregation tap products in early 2012. Since then it has been rolled out by many of the big-name vendors in…

When short-lived events have long-lived consequences

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/when-short-lived-events-have-long-lived-consequences

In Corvil, we are very used to dealing with short-lived events, microsecond latencies, and nanosecond timestamps, so much so that we are inured to the huge disparity between these timescales and those of human experience. We are also very used to interacting with people who deal in the same…

Recap: Corvil at MoneyConf and EnterConf

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-events-moneyconf-enterconf-network-data-analytics

I recently had the chance to attend two fantastic conferences, MoneyConf and EnterConf in beautiful Belfast, Northern Ireland. Conferences are always a great chance to get a view on what all the smartest people in your industry and beyond are thinking about, talking about - and doing! As expected,…

Corvil Named “Visionary” in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Report for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-named-visionary-in-gartners-magic-quadrant-report-for-network-performance-monitoring-and-diagnostics

Do you believe in Magic Quadrants? Or a better question, do you believe in the future of Corvil? Because we sure do, and are proud to have recognition of our Vision for the future. Corvil has been named a leading Visionary company by Gartner in its recently released Magic Quadrant Report for…

Open, Transparent, Connected: OTC Markets Group and Corvil

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-otc-integration

We’re excited to announce that Corvil will be the network performance and monitoring platform of choice for OTC (Open, Transparent, Connected) Markets Group. Full details of the integration can be found here, but I wanted to remark quickly on some of the larger reasons why I think this partnership i…

Corvil Top Ten Blogs 2015

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As we plan for the year ahead, looking back at our most popular blogs in 2015 (read them HERE) provides a unique insight into trends of the year and our readers’ interests. Security was top of mind, reflect a news cycle full of corporate breaches and hacking stories. Here is a growing realization t…

Hardware, Software, Middleware, Everywhere: Corvil Connects with Solarflare

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/hardware-software-middleware-corvil-solarflare

View full press release here. We’re proud of all of our partnerships, collaborations, and integrations here at Corvil, and today we’re proud to announce our collaboration with Solarflare, leader in application-intelligent Gigabit Ethernet (10/40GbE) server adapter technologies. At the foundation of eve…

ITOA Data Prep Has To Get Easier

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/itoa-data-prep-has-to-get-easier

93% of the respondents indicated that their organizations have little to no technology solutions that enable them to truly monitor, analyze and automate business processes enterprise wide (i.e. across all systems). That’s what an eDiscoveryTimes survey of Global 1000 CIOs discovered about ITOA (IT O…

Boosting ROI With Network Data - Part 2

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/ixia-corvil-webinar-roi-network-monitoring-data

Read Part 1 of the Q&A here. Mike Vallas, Solution Architect at IXIA, and Bruce Ecklund, Corvil’s Sales Engineering Director recently hosted a joint webinar discussing ways to boost the ROI of your tools with better network data. Watch the full webinar here. Question: What about monitoring p…

Market Factory / Corvil Case Study

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/market-factory-corvil-case-study

The Clients Market Factory supplies low latency feeds of foreign exchange (Forex) data to some of the world’s largest financial institutions. Market Factory also supplies a comprehensive Forex solution that banks can use out-of-the-box instead of having to build out their own system. The second c…

Network Performance Monitoring Past, Present and Future

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/network-performance-monitoring-past-present-future

I spent this week in Ireland getting to know my new teammates. It was a fun and interesting time. Fun – because I had never been to Dublin before, so for the hours that I wasn’t in meetings I was out exploring the city. Interesting – because joining a company that’s been in the network performance managem…

Watch your Business in High Definition

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/watch-your-business-network-in-high-definition

Thanks to my wife redecorating our living room, I recently found myself in the market for a new television, so I started doing some homework. It’s been several years since I last bought a TV, and I quickly realized things had significantly moved on with numerous new technologies and choices. Smart T…

Accurate Data: Dreams Do Come True

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/accurate-data-dreams-do-come-true

Prior to my sales role at Corvil, I supported trading desks. This meant way too many experiences with inefficient trading technology systems and bad data, which in turn led to many late nights and uncomfortable conversations with the business side. I interacted daily with salespeople and traders,…

Catching Ransomware Before It Hurts Your Business

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/catching-ransomware-before-it-hurts-your-business

Ransomware is far from a new phenomenon, but lately has escalated in how wide-reaching it is (yes, Mac users, it can even impact you); how it is being leveraged by cyber attackers as part of broader coordinated activities; how it is readily available “As-a-Service”; and worst of all, how severe its con…

Corvil at CiscoLive: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-ciscolive-recap-and-takeaways

Last week in Berlin, thousands of network engineers, technologists and uber-geeks from around Europe descended upon the city to participate at CiscoLive. It was impossible to see and do everything: inspiring keynotes, informative technical sessions and challenging activities like the “Arduino C…

Corvil at FIX Americas: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-fix-americas-recap-and-takeaways

One of the more interesting panel sessions I attended at FIX Community Americas Trading Briefing discussed how the technologies being used in the buy-side and sell-side are changing and as a result how the buy- and sell-side roles are also changing. The panelists agreed that on the one hand…

First Look: Corvil Security Analytics App for Splunk

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/first-look-corvil-security-analytics-app-for-splunk

Last week at Splunk conf. in Orlando, we were excited to provide customers, partners and industry analysts with an exclusive first look at our new Corvil Security Analytics App for Splunk. Few Security Analysts would dispute that the packets flowing on our networks, if mined effectively, can be one…

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/guilty-until-proven-innocent

Following the wild years of high frequency, low-latency trading, being fastest to the market is no longer the biggest concern. A few leaders have consolidated at the top, and they are clearly identified as a select group that maintains the “Race to 0.” Elsewhere, other high-performing firms have cha…

Meet Corvil at SplunkConf 2016: Orlando, FL

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/meet-corvil-at-splunkconf-2016-orlando-fl

It’s that time of year again! The 7th Annual Splunk Conference is quickly approaching, so get ready for three days of data-driven sessions and workshops from the top IT, security, and business professionals in the industry. We’re especially excited for .conf16. as a mega-level sponsor, along with our…

One Man (or Message) Can Make a Difference

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/one-man-or-message-can-make-a-difference

Wire Data Analytics Implicit in Gartner’s View of the Future of Business Transaction Performance and Visibility. “One man (or message) can make a difference.” Reminiscent of the premise of the 1980s television series, Knight Rider, in which David Hasselhoff partnered with an artificially intel…

Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: How to ensure your Network and Application teams speak the same language

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/sapir-whorf-hypothesis-how-to-ensure-your-network-and-application-teams-speak-the-same-language

As a science fiction fan, I was excited to see the Oscar-nominated movie Arrival when it was released this November. Arrival is not your typical sci-fi movie with Green Men and Armageddon battle scenes. Instead, it leans heavily on the study of linguistic relativity, also known as the Sapir-Whorf…

Test driving the new Corvil App Agent

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/test-driving-the-new-corvil-app-agent

At Corvil, we have just recently made the Corvil App Agent generally available for our customers. I took the opportunity to test-drive it and would like to share some of the results. First of all, why did we release the App Agent? Its main purpose is to equip application developers with a…

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/guilty-until-proven-innocent/guilty-until-proven-innocent

Following the wild years of high frequency, low-latency trading, being fastest to the market is no longer the biggest concern. A few leaders have consolidated at the top, and they are clearly identified as a select group that maintains the “Race to 0.” Elsewhere, other high-performing firms have cha…

Better, Faster, Cheaper, Pick Two.

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/better-faster-cheaper-pick-two

This is what I used to tell my clients when I was in the advertising business. They all wanted amazing creative ideas, but for less money and the concepts and mockups delivered to their board rooms faster. Fast forward to today in the technology business, where better, faster and cheaper is not…

Corvil’s Inaugural Performance Management Experts Certification Event in New York City

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/corvil-s-inaugural-performance-management-experts-certification-event-in-new-york-city

Corvil hosted its inaugural gathering of Corvil Certified Performance Management Experts (CCPME) last week in New York City. The event served as the official presentation of the CCPME certification and award to the twelve recipients, as well as an opportunity for all involved to discuss industry…

Corvil Founding Story – Part 2

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/corvil-the-founding-story-part-2

On January 21st, 2004 I sent the following note to our team in Corvil: "It is with great sorrow and regret that I must inform you of John Lewis’ passing tonight at approximately 9.00 pm. John was an inspiration to all of us at Corvil. He represented everything that was good and noble about h…

Instrument 60 Pts Inside your App and Fail to Understand its Performance

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/how-to-instrument-60-points-inside-your-app-and-still-fail-to-understand-its-performance

Would you like to be able to see the detailed flow of data through your application, instrumenting 60 different code points? Sounds great, right? So how disappointed would you be if you still failed to explain the root cause of performance problems? This was the dilemma I came across with a…

Real-Time IT Data Analytics Continue to Prove Relevancy Enterprise-Wide

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/real-time-it-data-analytics-continue-to-prove-relevancy-enterprise-wide

Today Corvil is pleased to expand our partnership with Finanz Informatik Technologie Service (FITS), Germany’s leading provider of IT services to financial markets. Previously used to optimize the performance and security of FITS’ trading platforms, the Corvil Network Data Analytics platform will now…

Roundup: 2014 Solarflare - Next Generation Networks

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/roundup-solarflare-2014

Last week I joined Richard Croucher, Barclays and Matthew Knight, Solarflare for a discussion of trends in the world of IT operational intelligence and performance monitoring based on network packet data. While the conversation covered quite a lot of ground, the recurrent theme was the potential…

Differences between Heartbleed and Shellshock Vulnerabilities

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/shellshocked

The recently discovered bug in the Bash shell known as Shellshock vulernability has been getting a lot of attention and commentary in the IT press and blogosphere at large. This attention is definitely warranted, as the vulnerability opened by the bug is very severe: it can allow a malicious user…

Speed is Good, Transparency is Better

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/speed-is-good-transparency-is-better

Flash Boys raises the question but fails to explain why knowledge of speed is more important than speed itself in modern electronic trading. While the general public may only be gaining awareness of HFT’s existence with the recent launch of Flash Boys by Michael Lewis, there are still many who p…

The “Network Up” Approach For High Performance IT Operations Analytics

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/the-network-up-approach-for-high-performance-it-operations-analytics

”When one has finished building one's house, one suddenly realizes that in the process one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way - before one began." -Friedrich Nietzsche Electronic trading is unquestionably one of the most demanding and highest performance e…

The Twitter firehose? Just a light snack for Corvil.

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/the-twitter-firehose-just-a-light-snack-for-corvil

For the last many years I have been part of an amazing team analysing traffic for, arguably, the most demanding of all E-businesses--the world's trading markets, including the top banks, stock exchanges and service providers. In these extremely demanding environments traffic rates push the limits…

Three Spikes and You're Out

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/three-spikes-and-you-re-out

Corvil was the first system designed to monitor the performance of both applications and the networks they run on in real time. You might wonder if this dual ability of Corvil is simply a matter of packaging convenience: it's imperative to monitor the operation of your applications, and also…

2014 in Review: Transformative

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/2014-in-review-transformative

45,000 terabytes of data analyzed. $170 billion worth of trades and transactions monitored. An impressive year, by most standards. Except at Corvil, that's not a year - that's a day. We're excited about the year that we had and we want to share. Corvil's becoming the clear leader for any and all…

A Fair Trade: Corvil and Aequitas NEO Exchange

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/aequitas-neo-exchange-corvil-partnership-announcement

View full press release here. In today’s high-speed financial world, regardless of your research, experience or market savvy, a few short microseconds can be the difference between finishing in the black or the red. With the rise of the ultrafast high-frequency trader, how can we be sure the market i…

C-E-Oh Captain, my Captain! CEO Donal Byrne in the Trading Technology 40

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/ceo-donal-byrne-2015-trading-technology-40

They say a ship is only as good as its captain - and we say the leading network data analytics company is only as Visionary as its CEO. I’m proud to announce that our CEO and Captain, Donal Byrne, has been included again in this year’s Trading Technology 40! The criteria for selection include car…

Machines To Watch The Machines

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-cto-raymond-russell-cio-review-machines-to-watch-the-machines

This piece was originally published in CIO Review Magazine, in the February 2015 edition. Modern trading systems operate at inhumanly fast speeds, but their behaviour is difficult to predict and manage and, when they fail, they can fail catastrophically. Given the speed, complexity, and…

Corvil is Hiring - What to Expect

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-hiring-interviews

I’ve written before about the Soul of Corvil, and what it takes to work here. We continue to be in strong growth mode, with plans to increase our workforce by 50%, and as always are looking to add the very best talent to our expanding team. So, you’ve examined yourself and your career, and found tha…

Got Soul? Got the Right Attitude? Come Work With Us

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/corvil-is-hiring

2014 has been a wild ride for us (and the intrepid Corvil employee below). The company’s jumped into the ring of mainstream network data analytics and network performance monitoring. We had best quarter in the company’s history. In February, we introduced our Giga+ release, which will transform the…

Why you should care about the democratization of Network Data

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/democratization-importance-network-data

Forbes recently published an article on the Age of Data Democratization, a piece about the inexorable spread of easily consumable data tools throughout organisations. One thing stood out to me - or rather, the absence of one thing: there was no mention of Network Data. This was more than a little…

How Real Is Your Real-Time?

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/human-vs-network-real-time-monitoring-and-visibility

I’ve worked with lots of packet capture tools during my career. Some focused on network troubleshooting, some focused on application usage of the network, but on some level all these products (including Corvil) do the same thing. They look at packets, they run algorithms on the packets, they c…

Linked Data Analysis of Trading Activity with Corvil and Sqrrl

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/linked-data-analysis-of-trading-activity-with-corvil-and-sqrrl

Activity in a large electronic trading firm usually encompasses multiple trading strategies and systems, buying and selling different securities on different external markets. A typical trading day will see many orders placed by traders and/or clients, generating multiple trades. The activity is…

Nero to Neurons to Networks: Network Data Analytics Made Easy

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/nero-to-neurons-to-networks-network-data-analytics-made-easy

The ancient Roman emperor Nero gets a bad rap. He’s infamous for allegedly fiddling while Rome burned, and in fact has been accused of starting that fire to clear room for a palace he was building - all in all, not a great move for approval numbers. We have a pretty decent grasp on history because, a…

Customer Experience Starts with the Network: Don’t Ruin Your Online Store

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/online-customer-experience-starts-with-the-network

My wife and I went shopping on Black Friday. This is something I normally wouldn’t do, but it’s her first Christmas in America so I wanted her to soak up the full atmosphere of holiday craziness and, of course, to snatch up some good deals. The shopping day was nearing its end and we found our…

The New Economics for Network Data Analytics: Corvil’s Giga+ Release

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/the-new-economics-for-network-data-analytics-corvils-giga-release

We do believe this is a giant (Giga: from the Greek “gigas”, meaning “giant”) step for Corvil with giant implications for the future of the company and our work in the financial technology sphere - and beyond! We’ve made a host of improvements, but first a giant change in the way that we price our Corvil so…

A Brief Introduction to VoIP Call Quality

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/voip-network-monitoring-series-introduction

This is the first in a series of blog posts discussing Corvil’s experience with VoIP performance in sophisticated networks. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a term used to describe voice communication over IP networks such as the internet. VoIP technology is widely adopted by companies, m…

What’s black and white and eats like a horse?

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/zebras-real-time-network-analytics

If you worked it out before seeing the picture then well done you. Sometimes it’s fun to work out the punchline for yourself. But it isn’t always fun or easy to work out the answer. Especially when you are looking for a solution to a problem that is affecting a mission critical application that run…

Corvil at Cisco Live, Recap and Takeaways: It’s Not the Network (Or Is It?)

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-cisco-live-recap-and-takeaways-its-not-the-network-or-is-it

Last week at Cisco Live I was reminded of two things: Las Vegas is really hot in the summer and The old mantra of “it’s not the network” is still true today. The t-shirt slogans may be gone, but as we move forward into more business-aware wire data analytics people are still struggling with under…

Corvil at HPC for Wall Street: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-hpc-for-wall-street-recap-and-takeaways

I attended some sessions at the HPC for Wall Street - Cloud & Data Centers last week, and I found it interesting that most of the a discussion was about determining how to build or rent the best grid to match a specific business goal. It seems that most of the goals are around squeezing the…

Corvil at STAC London: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-stac-london-recap-and-takeaways

At STAC (Securities Technology Analysis Center) London, there’s a lot for FinTech geeks to love. There is something for every-geek here: speakers enthusing about the latest Knights Landing Intel offering; presentations on code snippets for non-linear aggregation in Spark; and exhibition booths f…

Corvil at the NYC STAC Summit

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-the-nyc-stac-summit

Corvil will be at the Grand Hyatt, New York Manhattan Ballroom on June 13 for the New York STAC Summit! Many firms today use wire-capture data to support trading revenue and reliability through latency and health monitoring, but their capture and analysis solutions have been in place for several…

Corvil is Hiring!

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-is-hiring

The year may be winding down, but Corvil never stops! Here, we’re always looking to expand and grow. We don’t measure growth just by numbers in a spreadsheet. At Corvil, growth means learning from one another — a value that will guide us in the new year and beyond! We’re proud to share what members…

Corvil Proudly Announces the World's Highest Performance Streaming Analytics Solution

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-proudly-announces-the-worlds-highest-performance-streaming-analytics-solution

Today we are extremely excited to announce the Corvil 8400, our new flagship streaming analytics solution and the industry’s first 80Gbps streaming analytics appliance for wire data. With this new appliance, we’ve established an industry leading performance benchmark of 60Gbps sustained L2-L7 str…

Corvil: Talking MiFID in London

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-talking-mifid-in-london

Next week will be a busy week for Corvil’s London team. We’ll be participating in three MiFID-focused events over 2 days. We’ll be at the Trade‘s pop-up event MiFID II Best Execution, Are you Ready on the 9th of May at the London Stock Exchange. Our CEO Donal Byrne will participate on the FinTech – A Hel…

Let’s Do the Math on MiFID II

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/lets-do-the-math-on-mifid-ii

This piece originally appeared on Finance Magnates, May 10, 2016. A young European musical act takes the stage in Hamburg. Their meteoric trajectory will be historic, and their music will be played worldwide decades after their last concert. The public’s reaction to their stardom, which would i…

Partner Perspectives: Taming Ransomware with Carbon Black and Corvil Security Analytics

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/partner-perspectives-taming-ransomware-with-carbon-black-and-corvil-security-analytics

This piece first appeared on Carbon Black on 10/28/2016. There are no easy answers to outright address the ransomware challenge. I’m currently attending the FS-ISAC fall summit, which brings together the information security community responsible for the day-in, day-out safeguarding of our f…

PTP's Secret Weapon: Hardware Timestamping

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/ptp-s-secret-weapon-hardware-timestamping

At the STAC Summits in London and New York a few weeks ago, time and time synchronization were featured prominently. The recent tightening of timestamp reporting under MiFID II regulations, and the anticipation of similar regulatory developments in other jurisdictions, is one reason for the…

Recap and Takeaways: User Group Chicago

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/recap-and-takeaways-user-group-chicago

On November 1, the Chicago Cubs bounced back like a Forrest Gump ping pong ball against the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 of their historic series, sending the contest to a winner-take-all Game 7. Meanwhile, Corvil met its loyal customers at the first annual CHUG meeting. Although the entire city of…

Resolve to boost the performance of your Threat Intelligence

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/resolve-to-boost-the-performance-of-your-threat-intelligence

Attack techniques are becoming more evasive and more sophisticated. In response, Threat Intelligence, which provides proactive, tailored, evidence-based knowledge on cyber attackers and their TTP (tactics, techniques and procedures), has become commonplace as a key resource for Security Operations…

Soccer Camp, Network Performance, and You

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/soccer-camp-network-performance-and-you

This is the second time I’ve enrolled my son in a summer soccer camp -- the biggest and most popular league where I’m from. Fun for my son, but a complete nightmare for myself and other clamoring parents trying to complete registration and payment online and on time. Registration opens at 8am and is …

STAC Summit in Chicago

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/stac-summit-in-chicago

Corvil CTO Raymond Russell, along with other fintech industry leaders, will be at the Willis Tower Metropolitan Club on May 17 for the Chicago STAC Summit. Network data can be used to support revenue and reliability through latency and health monitoring, but Raymond Russell, CTO and co-founder of…

The Pain / Gain Equation in Learning

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/the-pain-gain-equation-in-learning

Training is like working out: You can be full of good intentions but, somehow, more pressing matters get in the way. You decide you’d better get into work early instead; that report isn’t going to write itself! And then you cheer yourself up by deciding--with conviction--to hit the gym tomorrow. Why…

Thoroughness Brings Peace Of Mind

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/thoroughness-brings-peace-of-mind

I had just finished college and had started my own business. Since I was filing as a 1099, having a good accountant was very important, so I received a recommendation for a very very good accountant. As a 1099, I always broke even when it was time to pay taxes, but sometimes I was fortunate enough…

Who’s pulling the strings? The Disconnect between Network Engineers and the Company Wallet

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/whos-pulling-the-strings-the-disconnect-between-network-engineers-and-the-company-wallet

Selling sophisticated data analytics technology to a large bank is a bit different than selling beverages at a lemonade stand to kids playing soccer in your neighbourhood. Sure, the result of the sale may be similar; kids quenching thirst on one hand and network engineers quenching thirst for…

Winning at Security Takes More Than Three Wise Monkeys

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/winning-at-security-takes-more-than-three-wise-monkeys

Recently I overheard a discussion, I’ve heard many times before, where an analyst at a large organization was griping about how there was no way to makes sense of all the alerts they were receiving. The premise was the tools they were using provided a large amount of often conflicting or duplicate d…

Catch Corvil at Cisco Live!

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/catch-corvil-at-cisco-live

We’re heading to Cisco Live again! We had such a fantastic time attending last year, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to travel to Berlin again for five jam-packed days. With keynotes, breakout sessions, case studies, and labs, Cisco Live promises to offer education, networking, and innovation. We’…

Catch Corvil at HPC for Wall Street!

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/catch-corvil-at-hpc-for-wall-street

We’re heading to HPC for Wall Street – the premiere FinTech meeting focusing on cloud and data centers. In its 14th year running, HPC for Wall Street promises to expose the next big game changer and present new fintech technology. Located in the heart of the financial world, HPC for Wall Street bri…

Corvil Announces Solution to Improve Fixed Income Trading Effectiveness

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-announces-solution-to-improve-fixed-income-trading-effectiveness

Brexit. Trump tweets. That film “La La Land.” And, Fixed Income. Seldom does a day go by that there isn’t more news about market microstructures, technology, liquidity, regulation, and the changes to come in Fixed Income markets. Geopolitical uncertainty, pending interest rate increases, and incre…

Corvil, at your service!

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-at-your-service

Yes, Corvil is the visionary and pragmatic solution for machine time analytics. Yes, Corvil is the industry leader in network trading analytics. Yes, Corvil is the defacto standard for infrastructure visibility. So, you bought a Corvil. But now what? What happens after the sale? What happens after…

FIX EMEA 2017: Recap and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/fix-emea-2017-recap-and-takeaways

The hot topic this year at FIX EMEA was MiFID II, with most of the day’s sessions and exhibiting vendors revolving around what it is, what’s to come, and what we can do to prepare. Security, though, came in a close second after MiFID II, and our very own CEO Donal Byrne spoke about this. Attendees had…

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Corvil!

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/happy-st-patrick-s-day-from-corvil

On this St. Patrick’s Day, we’re reflecting on our Irish heart and heritage! Almost two decades ago, our Irish co-founders started this company with a passion for theoretical physics and a keen mathematical and scientific ability to dig deeper into the complex physical world around us. They built the…

Join Corvil at the 2017 Japan International Banking & Securities System Forum

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/join-corvil-at-the-2017-japan-international-banking-securities-system-forum

Another opportunity to meet Corvil awaits you! We’ll be attending the 18th annual reported the Irish Times. We’re excited to meet up with the brightest leaders who are innovating the intersection between IT and financial markets. The conference will cover everything from blockchain technology and MiF…