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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…

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…

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…

How a Transaction-Centric Approach to Application Performance Troubleshooting Will Elevate Network Teams

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/a-transaction-centric-approach-to-application-performance

It is well documented how a performance enterprise (multi-tier data center) application successfully exercised by an end user reflects well on the business (see here.) If you’re in need of a product, say office supplies, and are unable to successfully purchase them on vendor A’s web site, you’ll certa…

Fix the Slowness... FAST!

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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…

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 …

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…

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…

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,…

The Importance of IT Data Analytics in Today's Hyperconnected and Instant World

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The network is the eco-system connecting everything together, carrying content between users, applications and data stores. It contains the authoritative record of all activity, all interactions and all communications from all connected entities in the ecosystem. If you're an online business,…

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…

The next best action: Is automatic problem resolution and network performance repair really possible?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/the-next-best-action-is-automatic-problem-resolution-and-network-performance-repair-really-possible

Imagine that you could deliver a brand new application to the business over a complex network without worrying about how well it is performing, or what impact it might have on existing apps that share the same network infrastructure. We’ve all heard of the concept of ‘self-healing networks’: that with …

Network Performance Monitoring Past, Present and Future

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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…

Troubleshooting: The Next Generation

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One of the hardest things IT Operations has to do is validate application performance degradation. It’s much harder than troubleshooting an availability problem. If something stops working, or there is no connectivity, there are typically two or three places for an engineer to look at to get t…

Turbo Charge Application Performance Troubleshooting with Microburst Analytics

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/turbo-charge-application-performance-troubleshooting-with-microburst-analytics

We've all seen examples like this… A user experiences intermittent application performance and the finger pointing between teams starts. No one is clear if it is an application or network issue but it's often the Network Ops team who are left to investigate. But do the Network Ops team have the a…

Boosting ROI with Better Network Data - Part 1

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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…

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…

One Man (or Message) Can Make a Difference

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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…

Authoritative Real-Time Insight for Complex IT Systems

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Winning The CIO Super Bowl: Cyber Monday

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Like most modern consumers, I do a lot of my shopping online. And, again like most modern consumers, when I say “a lot,” I mean “as much as I possibly can.” Combining convenience with value, it’s clear why e-commerce has become so popular with consumers and companies alike. Yet e-commerce also presents …

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…

Winning The CIO Super Bowl: Cyber Monday - Revisited

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/winning-the-cio-super-bowl-cyber-monday

This post was originally published December 1, 2014, but the challenge remains for CIOs on Cyber Monday - the biggest day of the year on the Internet. CTO Raymond Russell discusses the issues that e-commerce sites face on a day when potentially millions of dollars are on the line. For further…

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…

How to Comply with MiFID II Recordkeeping without Killing your Low Latency Trading Performance

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/how-to-comply-with-mifid-ii-recordkeeping-without-killing-your-low-latency-trading-performance

Listen Now You really can’t get a lot done in 10 nanoseconds. Light travels just three meters. Today, the things most commonly measured in nanoseconds are nuclear reactions and low-latency trading. In 2011, when Corvil introduced nanosecond resolution for our latency reporting, even microseconds s…

Corvil Launches New Software-Defined Sensor Technology

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-launches-new-software-defined-sensor-technology

It’s no secret that as organizations leverage cloud infrastructure, this adds to the complexity of IT infrastructure resulting in hybrid physical, virtual and cloud deployments becoming the norm. As this occurs, the network teams responsible for delivery of critical services regardless of the h…

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…

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…

What have financial regulations got to do with network flow-control?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/what-have-financial-regulations-got-to-do-with-network-flow-control

A recurring theme you'll have seen in our blog posts is the interaction between the network and the applications running over it. This reflects the fact that some of the most challenging troubleshooting exercises our customers undertake are those that arise from this interaction. These interactions…

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…

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…

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…

Corvil has an authentic past, but it is focused on the future

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-has-an-authentic-past-but-it-is-focused-on-the-future

Originally published on Computer World. I’m a sucker for history. Specifically, I love companies that have a sense of history and pedigree behind them. Maybe its because my own business, Cactus Equipment, has for 25 years created products in a world which is awash with manufactured brands and p…

Say goodbye to the blame game! How a single-view platform can bring IT teams closer together

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/say-goodbye-to-the-blame-game-how-a-single-view-platform-can-bring-it-teams-closer-together

On any given day, the application team gets blamed for using too much bandwidth. The storage team gets blamed for not providing enough bandwidth. The network team get blamed for not acting quickly enough. In fact, any variation of these scenarios can play out daily, and it goes on and on and on. If…

Corvil – The Founding Story – Part 1

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”Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise." ― Horace John Lewis founded Corvil with co-founders that included Ian Dowse, Fergal Toomey and Raymond Russell in 2000. Ian, Fergal and Raymond were all students of John’s in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and later in the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studi…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

3 Things You Need to Know About Deep Buffering

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/introduction-things-need-to-know-deep-buffering

There continues to be a lot of talk in the industry about buffering, deep buffering, and the usefulness and benefits of both. As a primer on the situation, I’ve distilled three of the big things you should know about deep buffering. 1. Buffering is not new - but it is high time for some innovation. B…

Takeaways from Splunk Conf 2016

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/takeaways-from-splunk-conf-2016

Autonomous cars, smart homes, the advent of the second machine age – my brain had long gotten accustomed to hearing these buzzwords and wondering how these would technologies would affect and shape the cybersecurity industry. But never had the reality of the coming times sunk in for me as much as i…

Hardware clocks or software timestamps? Using the Right Tool for the Job.

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/timestamping-ptp-and-ntp-what-is-the-right-tool-for-the-job

In my last blog post, I delved into some of the details of how time synchronisation works, looking at the mechanisms that network time protocols such as NTP and PTP use. In particular, I highlighted that a key difference between these two protocols is the hardware assistance that makes PTP capable…

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…

Have you driven a Corvil Lately?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/have-you-driven-a-corvil-lately

Today marks an exciting new chapter at Corvil. Today, we take a big step toward realizing our audacious vision to create a world where companies can see, understand and act on their business as it's happening in real-time. We call this running business in the now. You see, we believe that a new…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

Cisco Live Berlin is almost here!

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We’re excited about all the new keynotes, technical sessions, and simply catching up with clients and friends who are attending. This year we have something for everyone at our Cisco Live Booth E78. Learn how networks can instrument digital business transactions If you’re at Cisco Live to hear the lat…

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…

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…

Bitcoin Exchange Outage: Lessons in Performance Management

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/bitcoin-exchange-outage-lessons-in-performance-management

Welcome Coinbase to the big leagues of performance management for Exchanges. We’ve seen this same major outage story play out time and again when relatively "young" exchanges begin to get big league trading traffic. So it’s no surprise that even tech-savvy bitcoin exchanges are replaying the…

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…

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…

That's the problem! Or is it?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/thats-the-problem-or-is-it

Troubleshooting a complex system is hard, and the process often involves following many hunches and false leads before you can identify the real cause of a problem and solve it. When that complex system is a distributed network of systems and applications, even knowing where to start looking is a…

Why does network convergence time matter?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/why-does-network-convergence-time-matter

In the normal course of business the issue of network convergence time is not high on the priority list of a C-Level executive. More likely it concerns the ISP network architect or an overworked enterprise IT Services manager who may view it as an interesting technical problem, until... A link…

5 Reasons Network Packet Capture is Harder Than It Seems

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/5-reasons-network-packet-capture-difficult

Network packet capture has been a tool of the trade for 2 to 3 decades for most network engineering teams. “Packets don't lie” is a core belief for network engineers. Going to work each day without access to packet captures would be like a doctor doing her rounds without a stethoscope. Given that pac…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Corvil at CiscoLive: Recap and Takeaways

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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 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…

Mission Critical: The Progression From Nice-To-Have To Necessity

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/mission-critical-the-progression-from-nice-to-have-to-necessity

As a member of the Corvil Technical Support team, I have a window into the ever-evolving use of the Corvil product by our customer base. The view we’re afforded through this window is essential for continuing to provide an exceptional level of customer care to our users, but it’s also one of the mor…

Recap and Takeaways: Gartner Symposium

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Reflecting on my experience at Gartner Symposium Barcelona, I’m proud to have represented Corvil at a major trade show for senior IT leaders. It was an excellent opportunity to connect with the top players in the IT field, and liaise with those whose areas of expertise include technology, i…

Streaming Trading Data For Compliance

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/streaming-trading-data-for-compliance

I was chatting with a colleague about the unbelievability of action movies recently. In Shadow Recruit, Jack Ryan is a mild mannered financial compliance officer by day (probably working on getting MiFID II delayed) – and a super-human financial analyst by night. He can simply glance at a rapidly s…

FIX EMEA 2017: Recap and Takeaways

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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…

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…

Foreign Exchange - To Trade Fast or To Trade Smart?

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/foreign-exchange-to-trade-fast-or-to-trade-smart

It is fascinating to watch how FX trading systems are undergoing transformations similar to those that have already occurred in equities trading over the past several years. One central theme is that of performance, with our customers tackling a host of questions that cluster around a core set of…

Detecting Attacks Exploiting The Heartbleed Vulnerability

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

The Heartbleed vulnerability has rightly received a lot of attention over the past few weeks. Security bugs don’t get much worse: undetectable attacks, access to usernames and passwords, disclosure of server private keys, plus the possibility of retrospectively reading captured encrypted network t…

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 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…

Turning Raw Network Data into Dollars

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/turning-raw-network-data-into-dollars

Corvil takes the data streaming through your network and analyzes it to determine activity and performance at the network, application and business layers. Analytics are delivered in real-time by pluggable data decoders and configurable filtering/measurement/summarization rules. For example, here…

A Corvil Conversation: RegSCI

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/a-corvil-conversation-regsci

The Flash Crash. The Facebook IPO. The Knightmare. The BATS IPO. We’ve seen how so-called “glitches” can have huge effects on the market and even the global economy. With the growth of automated trading and the removal of humans from the trading loop, the potential for seemingly minor technological probl…

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…

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…

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.…

2 Million Dollars Every Minute: Winning Cyber Monday

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/two-million-dollars-every-minute-winning-cyber-monday

According to Forrester, CIOs are becoming increasingly customer-obsessed, and for good reason. eCommerce firms and business units are on the front-lines of this trend – especially during the holiday shopping season. Cyber Monday is still the king of eCommerce in the US, according to stats from A…

Why Latency Management Will Decide the Future of the Internet of Things

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/why-latency-management-future-internet-of-things

Corvil Chief Scientist & Co-Founder Fergal Toomey recently wrote an article on the Internet of Things and latency management for Wireless Week, a premiere global publication covering wireless telecom market. The article was originally published here in Wireless Week on 4/15. It has been…

A Corvil Conversation: RegSCI

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/a-corvil-conversation-regsci2

The Flash Crash. The Facebook IPO. The Knightmare. The BATS IPO. We’ve seen how so-called “glitches” can have huge effects on the market and even the global economy. With the growth of automated trading and the removal of humans from the trading loop, the potential for seemingly minor technological probl…

A Corvil Halloween: The Ghost in the Machine

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/a-corvil-halloween-the-ghost-in-the-machine

Halloween is right around the corner, and will bring the annual flood of Draculas, Frankensteins and Zombies along with it. These ghoulish characters have gone global, along with the celebration of Halloween, but did you know that Halloween has a long tradition in Ireland? For many, many years,…

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…

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…

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…

Causality, Time and Clock Synchronization in MiFID II

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/causality-time-clock-synchronization-mifid-ii

One interesting aspect of the MiFID II regulations, in particular the Regulatory Technical Standards (RTSs), is that there is an abundance of references to timestamps and clock-synchronization—but not a single use of the word "causality". Time and causality are fundamentally related: c…

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 the Finance Magnates Summit in London!

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-at-the-finance-magnates-summit-in-london

The Finance Magnates Summit at the London Brewery is back from Nov 14-15, and for the fintech, retail, and institutional trading crowd, that means two full days of insight, discussion and networking with industry leaders. The largest trading conference in Europe, and in its fifth consecutive year,…

2015 in Review: 40% Revenue Growth, 4x the Customers

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-momentum-2015-best-year-yet

The Corvil team is proud to announce that 2015 was our most successful year yet. With the support and hard work of our staff and leadership, ​we grew ​the company significantly. ​Specifically, ​in ​FY ​2015, Corvil: Grew total revenue by 40 percent Increased new customer​ logos​ by 400 percent Expanded ​custo…

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…

Corvil wins “Indigenous Irish Company of the Year” award at Inaugural Data Science Awards 2016

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-wins-indigenous-irish-company-of-the-year

As a company that has grown from an academic research project under the guidance of the late Professor John Lewis, we have been deeply immersed in data science and mathematics since our inception in 2000. John believed the application of a mathematically rigorous approach was essential to…

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 STAC Summit NYC

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

It’s autumn in New York, and as the leaves in Central Park begin to change, we can’t imagine a better backdrop for discussing the changing parameters of regulatory compliance. Our very own Raymond Russell, CTO of Corvil, will be speaking at the STAC Summit and sharing his firsthand experience with Pre…

Re-thinking Speed in Financial Markets: Part 3

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/re-thinking-speed-in-financial-markets-part-3

The Speed Rule We are entering a new chapter in speed where information about speed will become more valuable than speed itself. In trading, two important attributes that market participants seek are liquidity and best execution. The ability to provide both of these is critically dependent on price…

Recap and Takeaways: FIA Chicago

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

Fresh from representing Corvil at FIA Chicago, I’m eager to share some insights as a newbie on the trade show circuit. I was in awe of the variance of products exhibited and the number of visitors who came to the show – from vendors and buyers to recruiters and job seekers – basically anyone and every…

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…

Corvil Security Analytics, bolstering security operational efficiency at RNDC

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/rndc-and-corvil

Corvil is proud to announce that its Security Analytics solution is being used by Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), North America’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, to safeguard the company’s business from external and insider threats. RNDC selected Corvil for its abi…

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 …

Sync it Up, MiFID II Clock Synchronization

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/sync-it-up-mifid-ii-clock-synchronization

In my blog “Causality and Time in MiFID II“, I looked at the central role of global time synchronization in enabling regulatory authorities to reconstruct all events relating to an electronic order, and implicitly in discerning causal relationships between those events. The arcane discipline of pre…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Cisco Live: Recaps and Takeaways

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/cisco-live-recaps-takeaways

We’re still reflecting upon the success of Cisco Live last week. With five days devoted to keynotes, breakout sessions and labs, it’s no wonder the event draws thousands of engineers and technologists each year, eager to learn and discover new tech that can help them with current projects and cha…

Corvil Achieves Record Growth in 2016

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-achieves-record-growth-in-2016

We have had another great year at Corvil. 2016 was a momentous year and we achieved growth in every aspect of our business. Take a look at some of our key 2016 milestones: Grew year-over-year sales by 50% Secured key wins in cyber threat detection and forensics Launched App Agent to enable…

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 Cara - Shining the Cybersecurity Light on Trading Networks and Securing them from Within

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvil-cara-shining-the-cybersecurity-light-on-trading-networks

Today we announced Cara - the virtual security expert for the automated cyber risk assessment and surveillance of electronic trading networks. It is a major milestone for Corvil. We started Cara as a result of a conversation with one of our customers on Wall St just over a year ago. He had just…

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…

Trading Networks: Vulnerable or Not?

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/trading-networks-vulnerable-or-not

With concentrated efforts over a long period of time, sophisticated and stealthy malware can gain (and maintain) access into key servers at multiple exchanges. Once firmly planted across these multiple institutions, they could theoretically launch a coordinated attack, halting trading activity and…

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…