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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…

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…

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…

Corvil Talking Network Data Analysis at NYC STAC Summit

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/corvil-talking-network-data-analysis-at-nyc-stac-summit

I had a chance to hear our CTO Raymond Russell in a panel discussion on the changes in packet capture and network data analysis at NYC STAC Summit. One of the key points made was that while most trading firms and exchanges are doing packet capture to some extent, the use of the captured data is…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/the-importance-of-it-data-analytics-in-today-s-hyperconnected-and-instant-world

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Corvil's Top Ten Blogs of 2016

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/corvils-top-ten-blogs-of-2016

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…

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…

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

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/winning-the-cio-super-bowl-cyber-monday

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 …

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Blind Spots on your Network that Attackers Exploit

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/cyber-security-blind-spots-network-attackers-exploit

In a previous blog, I highlighted the importance of full network visibility for effective Cyber Security. Given that it has unfortunately (but not surprisingly) been another busy few weeks of headline worthy attack activity, it seems timely to now explore some common evasion techniques…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Troubleshooting: The Next Generation

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/troubleshooting-the-next-generation

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Are you getting the full picture?

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/are-you-getting-the-full-picture

My kids are always telling on each other for some reason or another. And as a fair and just parent, I can’t just go by what is initially presented to me. I need to make sure I get the whole story -- the full picture -- to be able to make the correct judgment and take the correct action, or punish a…

Accurate Timestamps for Electronic Trading Are a Must

http://corvil.com/blog/2014/accurate-timestamps-for-electronic-trading-are-a-must

Originally published on WallStreet & Technology A debate has emerged with the SEC on the need to collect timestamps on multi-party electronic trading data. But what is sufficiently accurate? Is it seconds, milliseconds, microseconds, or nanoseconds? I recently read Simon Sinek's book Start With…

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…

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…

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…

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…

In Forbes: Play With Fire(walls) And Get Burned: A Future Without Firewalls

http://corvil.com/blog/2015/future-without-firewalls-forbes-article-raymond-russell

An excerpt of a piece Raymond Russell, Corvil CTO and Co-founder, recently published in Forbes, discussing the future of network security and the possibility of a future without firewalls. Click here to read the whole piece. Plato tells of the ancient city of Atlantis, full of advanced technology…

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…

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.…

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…

Cisco Live Berlin is almost here!

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/ciscolive-berlin-is-almost-here

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…

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: 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…

Integrated Weaponry to Hone Your Cyber-Jedi Skills

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/integrated-weaponry-to-hone-your-cyber-jedi-skills

Corvil and Carbon Black have been working on the same problem: optimizing how security teams use their most precious resource -- time. As Ben Johnson, CTO of Carbon Black wrote: We’ve already said we don’t have enough people, so why do we fail to optimize how our teams spend their time? We should be …

Learning Ecosystems: The Real “Deep” Learning

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/learning-ecosystems-the-real-deep-learning

While reading an article on Deep Learning, I considered the literal meaning of the phrase, rather than the AI-related meaning. I asked myself: how are smart businesses creating learning ecosystems that support ‘deep’ learning for the benefit of their employees, their customers and the organization its…

Olympics Lessons for Trading Technology

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/olympics-lessons-for-trading-technology

As the curtain comes down on Great Britain’s most successful overseas Olympic games, much has been made about the UK’s no-compromise approach to achieving success. One element of this success is the team’s obsession with marginal gains: small incremental improvements across the board adding up to a signi…

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 Castle Falls While the Walls Stand: Visibility and Context in Endpoint Security

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/the-castle-falls-while-the-walls-stand-visiblity-and-context-in-endpoint-security

Long gone are the Game of Thrones days of castles and sieges, where defenders had to protect a singular outer wall or risk being overrun by barbarians, zombies, or whoever else was knocking insistently at their gates. If the wall fell, the castle fell. If the wall stood, the castle stood. Security…

Transparency, Optimization & Compliance: How Corvil Benefits Everyone in Electronic Trading

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/transparency-optimization-compliance-how-corvil-benefits-everyone-in-electronic-trading

I was fortunate enough to represent Corvil and attend Institutional Investor’s FinTech Awards dinner and ceremony earlier this month. They hosted industry visionaries and financiers who ranked in Institutional Investor’s 2016 Tech 50, Fintech Finance 35, and Trading Technology 40, including our ver…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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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.…

2014 in Review: Transformative

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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…

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

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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…

Linked Data Analysis of Trading Activity with Corvil and Sqrrl

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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…

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…

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…

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…

Can your Trading Business Handle a Brexit?

http://corvil.com/blog/2016/can-your-trading-business-handle-a-brexit

I recently read an interesting FinExtra article discussing the technological lessons learned from the financial markets trading activities after Brexit. In addition to the discussion about dealing with the surge in trading volumes and exchange rate volatility there was an interesting comment from…

Corvil and Exane BNP Paribas

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Corvil is proud to announce the beginning of our relationship with European investment powerhouse Exane BNP Paribas. Exane BNP Paribas, an investment company specializing in cash equities, derivatives and asset management, will use the Corvil platform to monitor the health and performance of its…

Let’s Do the Math on MiFID II

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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…

Meet Corvil at FIA Expo 2016: Chicago

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Looking for another opportunity to be blown away? Come meet Corvil in the Windy City. From October 18th-20th, we’ll be attending the 32nd Annual FIA Future and Options Expo. This three-day event features more than 30 sessions and 130 speakers to provide valuable insight into the essential issues f…

Meet Corvil at FS-ISAC Fall Summit: Nashville, Tennessee

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Between visits to the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, we’ll be attending the FS-ISAC Fall Summit in downtown Nashville. From October 23rd – 26th, we’ll be at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for one of the top conferences in FinTech security. The FS-ISAC Fall Summit is famous for disse…

Recap and Takeaways: Deutsche Börse IT Conference

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On October 5, I headed over to Germany, joined by fellow members of our sales team Mark Holden and Amarjit Randhawa , to represent Corvil at the Deutsche Börse IT Conference. Corvil was a sponsor of the 9th annual Open Day, so we were given the opportunity to connect with the best minds in the …

Recap and Takeaways: FS-ISAC Nashville Summit

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I’ve just returned from a few great days in Nashville, the country music capital of the world, for a fantastic event with FS-ISAC. The event’s overarching theme, as to be expected, was on intel sharing and general collaboration for better security across organisations in the financial services com…

Soccer Camp, Network Performance, and You

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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 …

Streaming Trading Data For Compliance

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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…

The End of the Beginning for Traditional IT Operations Monitoring?

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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…

Thoroughness Brings Peace Of Mind

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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…

Clean Data Unites Business and IT Teams

http://corvil.com/blog/2017/clean-data-unites-business-and-it-teams

In my previous blog I talked about why clean data matters and why we must ensure we have clean data. Clean data is a critical prerequisite before we can jump into using any tool, as any bad data can mean false positives or numerous red herrings that manifest as retransmission, packet drops,…

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 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…

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…