Load Balancing Monitoring Access - Solutions for Network Monitoring Access Performance Challenges


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2011 is the year of the 10G rollout

10, 40 and 100 Gbps networks are under growing pressure to carry skyrocketing volumes of mission-critical business applications, performance-sensitive video and VoIP traffic, private and proprietary data, and crucial Internet connectivity. Monitoring the network to ensure availability, performance, security, and compliance has never been more important.

Simultaneously, network monitoring solutions developed for 1G networks are now mature and for most enterprises represent significant investments in capital equipment, process development, staffing, training and experience. The challenge for organizations is how to scale their security solution up to 10 Gigabit speeds (and beyond).

To take two examples, traffic recorder performance is limited by the sustained write speeds of disk arrays while IPSs run enormously complex algorithms constrained by CPU performance. Simply buying a bigger, faster box is either cost-prohibitive or it simply doesn’t exist.

Load Balancing—A Proven Method for Enhancing Performance

Load balancing is a well-understood technology that has been used in the past to distribute transactions across pools of servers. Load balancing monitoring traffic across multiple tools is an obvious extension of the concept. However, monitoring load balancing presents several unique challenges of its own.

What you will gain from this webinar

During this webinar we will present several use cases for load balancing monitoring access. By discussing these cases we will establish requirements for monitoring load balancing and suggest strategies for meeting them.

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  • Traffic recorders limited by disk array write speeds IPSs limited by processing speeds
  • Load Balancing Monitoring Access - Solutions for Network Monitoring Access Performance Challenges

    1. 1. Load Balancing Monitoring Access Solutions for Network Monitoring Access Performance Challenges
    2. 2. Guest Speaker Lannie Rhodes – Product Manager Lannie spent 25 years as a hardware design engineer at Intel, Tandem computers, and several start-up companies before shifting to a product management role. In her three years at Net Optics, she has been instrumental in building the control product line, making key contributions in the Director, iLink Agg, and xBalancer families. Lannie is also a writer; her booklets "Asic Basics" and "Developing Printed Circuit Assemblies" can be found on Amazon.com and Lulu.com. Her non-technical writing is published under the pen name Lannie Rose.
    3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>The 10 Gigabit monitoring challenge </li></ul><ul><li>The Load Balancing solution </li></ul><ul><li>Three use cases </li></ul><ul><li>Nine requirements for Monitoring Load Balancers </li></ul><ul><li>A real-world implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
    4. 4. The 10 Gigabit Monitoring Challenge As network speeds increase to 10G, performance, security, and compliance monitoring is more important than ever — But monitoring tools are becoming a bottleneck!
    5. 5. The Load Balancing Solution <ul><li>Operate multiple tools in parallel to share the load </li></ul><ul><li>Calls for a monitoring load balancer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the requirements? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the use cases? </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Use Case #1: Call Center Out-of-band load balancing to traffic recorders Your call may be monitored for quality purposes
    7. 7. Monitoring Load Balancer Requirements
    8. 8. Use Case #2: Enterprise Intrusion Prevention Inline load balancing to IPSs
    9. 9. Monitoring Load Balancer Requirements
    10. 10. Tool Sharing for Efficiency Dedicating tools to specific links uses tools inefficiently Oversubscribed! Under-utilized! Under-utilized! IPS IPS IPS
    11. 11. Use Case #3: HIPAA Compliance Tool-sharing inline load balancing EHR Department Finance Department HR Department
    12. 12. Monitoring Load Balancer Requirements
    13. 13. Net Optics xBalancer <ul><li>The first monitoring access device purpose-built for load balancing </li></ul><ul><li>24 SFP+ ports support 10G and 1G speeds </li></ul><ul><li>Flow-coherent out-of-band and inline load balancing </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 8 independent load balancing groups </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 16 load balanced outputs per group </li></ul><ul><li>Tool sharing: sharing a load-balanced toolset across multiple independent links </li></ul>
    14. 14. Preloaded Configurations <ul><li>1 group </li></ul><ul><li>Inline, tool sharing </li></ul><ul><li>8 independent links </li></ul><ul><li>4 IPSs </li></ul><ul><li>4 groups, each: </li></ul><ul><li>Out-of-band, aggregating </li></ul><ul><li>2 inputs </li></ul><ul><li>4 out-of-band tools </li></ul>
    15. 15. xBalancer Meets the Requirements
    16. 16. xBalancer Meets the Requirements (2)
    17. 17. Net Optics Load Balancing Solutions
    18. 18. Conclusions
    19. 19. Conclusion <ul><li>Q&A </li></ul><ul><li>For additional information about xBalancer: http://www.netoptics.com/products/load-balancing/xbalancer-10g-load-balancer </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up for email notifications of future webinars: http://www.netoptics.com/forms/newsletter-subscription </li></ul><ul><li>Net Optics, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>www.netoptics.com </li></ul><ul><li>info @netoptics.com </li></ul><ul><li>(408) 737-7777 </li></ul>