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Network Health for the Holidays

Network Health for the Holidays



Watch the full OnDemand Webcast: http://bit.ly/networkhealthholidays ...

Watch the full OnDemand Webcast: http://bit.ly/networkhealthholidays

As the holidays approach, along with the always dreaded cold and flu season, you're not the only one who needs to stay healthy. Network demand increases around the holiday season: last-minute purchasing is driven both by online shopping ramping up and fiscal years ramping down. Even if your organization doesn't sell products to consumers or other businesses, your users may try to beat the crowds by using your network.

Join WildPackets as we review top strategies for monitoring your network's key performance indicators in this busy time of year. We'll show you how to get information fast, so you can focus on the holidays instead of your network.

In this web seminar, we will cover:

At-a-glance indications of network health using the OmniPeek Compass dashboard
Using the Expert to find problems quickly
The relationship between bandwidth and latency on network response
What you will learn:

How to tell whether your network can handle increased demand
How to determine the impact of an overburdened network
Where to position your packet captures for best visibility



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    • Network Health for the HolidaysJim MacLeod Show us your tweets! Use today’s webinar hashtag:Product ManagerWildPackets #wp_nethealthjmacleod@wildpackets.com with any questions, comments, or feedback.Follow me @shewfig Follow us @wildpackets © WildPackets, Inc. www.wildpackets.com
    • Administrivia • All callers are on mute ‒ If you have problems, please let us know via the Chat window • There will be Q&A at the end ‒ Feel free to type a question at any time • Slides and recording will be available: ‒ Via a follow-up email#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 2
    • Agenda • The holiday paradox • Holiday traffic patterns ‒ Internal ‒ External ‒ E-Commerce • How to be ready to react ‒ Preparation ‒ Troubleshooting tips • About WildPackets#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 3
    • The Holiday Paradox • Time to relax ‒ Vacation ‒ Holidays ‒ Holiday music • Lots of stress ‒ Holiday shopping ‒ End of year#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 4
    • Internal Traffic Patterns © WildPackets, Inc. www.wildpackets.com 5
    • Vacation • Fewer employees = less network demand? ‒ Likely only during the last week of December ‒ It will get worse before it gets better • Must fit more work into less time ‒ Stressed users ‒ Demand for network and server uptime#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 6
    • End of Year • High demands in Sales ‒ Remote user connectivity ‒ Send lots of attachments in email via VPN • High demands in Finance ‒ Annual numbers, closing out the books ‒ and Operations, Manufacturing, Shipping/Receiving, Billing… • Extra attention to obscure servers ‒ Quoting systems ‒ Order processing servers ‒ Accounting systems ‒ ERP#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 7
    • End-of-Year Applications • Often built by Experts, not Programmers ‒ Emphasis on easy development, not efficient operation • Not necessarily network-efficient ‒ E.g. send all records in response to every database request ‒ Lots of small operations, small packets, application turns • Not necessarily network-tolerant ‒ Short timeout: breaks frequently across WAN links ‒ Poor error handling: hangs on packet loss or remote error • Not necessarily user-friendly ‒ Must complete multiple pages in order ‒ Network timeout on last page: all previous work is lost#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 8
    • Campus Shutdown • Everyone gets the holidays off… except IT • Perfect for planned downtime ‒ New equipment, new configs, new problems • Good time to get ready for next year ‒ Flood of new BYOD holiday gifts#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 9
    • External Traffic Patterns © WildPackets, Inc. www.wildpackets.com 10
    • Holiday Music • Radio station live stream ‒ Streaming real-time audio ‒ Low bandwidth, constant ‒ Similar to VoIP • “Online music” ‒ Bursted downloads ‒ Periodic high bandwidth ‒ Similar to web browsing#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 11
    • Holiday Shopping • Demand for Internet connection • Latency problems: ‒ Sites may be slow due to large numbers of visitors ‒ Corporate Internet link may be slow due to high use ‒ Either way, users say “The network is slow!” • E-commerce shopping: ‒ Browse with HTTP, purchase with HTTPS ‒ Problems with server-side handoff during checkout#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 12
    • Working From Home • VPN connection issues ‒ License or other hard limits on sessions • “It works in the office” ‒ Higher latency: app time-outs ‒ Slower link: inefficient apps significantly slower ‒ Email: uploading multi-MB attachments takes a long time • Effects on servers ‒ Slow connections take disproportionate resources ‒ Server-side limits on threads, processes • Longer connection duration due to slow speed • Higher numbers of concurrent users#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 13
    • E-Commerce Issues © WildPackets, Inc. www.wildpackets.com 14
    • Birth of Cloud • Amazon had lots of extra servers for holidays • Rent out server resources the rest of the year#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 15
    • Critical Sales Time • Highest annual demand for website ‒ Highest revenue ‒ Downtime costs more during holidays than any other time • Scaling up for demand ‒ Horizontal scalability: more servers per tier ‒ Infrastructure may not scale: limits on number of sessions • Hidden complexity ‒ More inter-server communication, e.g. database sync ‒ Need more WAN bandwidth, but also more LAN#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 16
    • Complex Applications • Database transactions ‒ Do databases scale as well as the front end? ‒ Overloaded databases slow the user experience ‒ Slow experience may result in abandoned cart • Credit card payment processing ‒ Partner site to complete transaction ‒ Also their highest time of year for demand ‒ How will your e-commerce apps handle transaction timeouts?#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 17
    • Preparation Recommendations © WildPackets, Inc. www.wildpackets.com 18
    • Create Visibility • Determine critical network points now ‒ Add monitoring and visibility ‒ Good troubleshooting info speeds recovery • Holiday traffic tip: ‒ Need extra visibility? ‒ Have extra hardware? ‒ Good time to evaluate OmniEngine Enterprise!#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 19
    • Profile Critical Apps • Any unusual patterns or protocols? ‒ Probably “standard” protocols in non-standard ways ‒ Specialized apps are expensive, not necessarily efficient • Common enterprise “in-house” app architecture ‒ Java or .Net ‒ ODBC database connections ‒ Lots of server-server “East-West” traffic ‒ You may need more visibility within the server room#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 20
    • Proprietary Protocols? • Common examples ‒ Binary IPC (net-encapsulated memory transfers) ‒ NetBIOS / MS networking / SMB / “shared files” ‒ ODBC / SQL, possibly encrypted • Common problems ‒ Multicast (typical for “clustering” apps) ‒ Dynamic ports (make firewalling difficult) • “HTTP-like” ‒ Weird protocols on port 80 or 8080 • Triggers lots of warnings from IDS ‒ Often the opposite: HTTP on non-standard port • Use “Choose Decoder” to apply standard decode#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 21
    • Monitor Bandwidth at Choke Points • Internet link(s) ‒ WAN ‒ VPN • Datacenter connections ‒ How much traffic between servers within the data center? ‒ Can tiers of the same application be hosted in the same switch? ‒ Classic “North-South” design chokes “East-West” traffic • Start profiling now ‒ Watch the traffic volume ‒ Set the capture speed to reflect actual link speed#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 22
    • Know Your Packet Path(s) • Additional devices between segments? ‒ Firewalls? IDS? Proxies? • What constraints are on those boxes? ‒ Session limits or timeouts? ‒ Typical systems have “hard” limits • How do they affect traffic? ‒ NAT complicates client/server problem diagnosis ‒ VPNs artificially reduce MTU, but not MSS • Can result in fragmentation: 2 packets per packet • Double load for encryption/decryption#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 23
    • Troubleshooting Tips © WildPackets, Inc. www.wildpackets.com 24
    • Slow Network • Compass dashboard, “2-Way Latency” ‒ Identify commonalities: nodes, protocols, or flows? ‒ Use breakdown of network and application latency#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 25
    • Slow Network • Multi-Segment Analysis: ‒ Capture the same traffic at multiple points ‒ Provides measurement of latency and loss per link#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 26
    • Wi-Fi Issues • Start with Compass dashboard, “Signal strength” ‒ Do users with complaints show low signal strength? • Check for roaming ‒ A node only roams when it’s got signal issues ‒ Roaming causes a temporary disconnect ‒ Can take several seconds (or more!) to re-connect#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 27
    • Security Issues • Network recorders are always useful here ‒ Rewind & review the traffic ‒ Determine how they got in • Detect rogues ‒ OmniPeek can label nodes: • Trusted, Known, and Unknown ‒ Expert diagnosis to identify rogues#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 28
    • Summary • Holidays are a time of joy and stress • Learn your network now ‒ Be ready to diagnose quickly • Don’t overstuff yourself at Thanksgiving ‒ Keep your network from getting overstuffed too!#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc. 29
    • Q&A Show us your tweets! Use today’s webinar hashtag: Follow us on SlideShare! Check out today’s slides on SlideShare #wp_nethealth www.slideshare.net/wildpacketswith any questions, comments, or feedback. Follow us @wildpackets © WildPackets, Inc. www.wildpackets.com
    • WildPackets Corporate OverviewOptimizing Network and Application Performance © WildPackets, Inc. www.wildpackets.com
    • Corporate Background • Experts in network monitoring, analysis, and troubleshooting ‒ Founded: 1990 / Headquarters: Walnut Creek, CA ‒ Offices throughout the US, EMEA, and APAC • Our customers are leading edge organizations ‒ Mid-market and enterprise lines of business ‒ Financial, manufacturing, ISPs, major federal agencies, state and local governments, and universities ‒ Over 7,000 customers / 60+ countries / 80% of Fortune 1,000 • Award-winning solutions that improve network performance ‒ Internet Telephony, Network Magazine, Network Computing awards ‒ United States Patent 5,787,253 issued July 28, 1998 • “Apparatus and Method of Analyzing Internet Activity”#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • Business Opportunity • Growing $5B network management market (Gartner) • VoIP, video, and other converged networking applications are saturating network bandwidth • Increasing network speeds create a discontinuity ‒ 1 Gig  10 Gig  40 Gig  100 Gig networks • Users and business will not tolerate downtime Need for better real-time network visibility in addition to network forensics and DPI#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • Unprecedented Network Visibility NETWORK HEALTH GLOBAL WatchPoint can manage and report on key devices’ performance and availability across the entire network, from anywhere on the network. UNDERSTAND END-USER PERFORMANCE TimeLine and Omnipliance network recorders monitor DISTRIBUTED and analyze performance across critical network segments, virtual environments, and remote sites. PINPOINT NETWORK ISSUES ANYWHERE Omnipliance Portable can rapidly identify and troubleshoot PORTABLE issues before they become major problems—wired or wireless—down the hall or across the globe. ROOT-CAUSE ANALYSIS OmniPeek network analyzer performs deep packet inspection DPI and can reconstruct all network activity, including e-mail and IM, as well as analyze VoIP and video traffic quality.#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • A History of Innovation 2001 2005 2009 2011 • First 802.11 Combined distributed Innovative dashboard • Total visibility with wireless analyzer network and VoIP with drill-down for VoIP zero packet loss • First network network analysis and video • First wireless analyzer with network analyzer to automated expert support capture and analysis analysis of 802.11n 3-stream wireless 2003 2008 2010 2012Distributed real-time Enterprise-wide First to achieve 11 Gbps • Capture, record, and troubleshooting Monitoring and Reporting sustained capture-to-disk analyze from 40G network segments • First wireless network analyzer to support 801.11ac, k, r, u, v, w#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • Real-World Deployments Education Financial Government Health Care / Retail Telecom Technology WildPackets Proprietary#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • Product Line Overview © WildPackets, Inc. www.wildpackets.com
    • Omni Distributed Analysis Platform OmniPeek Enterprise Packet Capture, Decode and Analysis • Ethernet,1/10 Gigabit, 802.11, and voice and video over IP • Portable capture and OmniEngine console • Aggregate analysis data across multiple capture points Omnipliance / TimeLine Distributed Enterprise Network Forensics • High-performance packet capture and real-time analysis • Stream-to-disk for forensics analysis • Integrated OmniAdapter network analysis cards up to 40G WatchPoint Centralized Enterprise Network Monitoring Appliance • Aggregation and graphical display of network data • WildPackets OmniEngines • NetFlow and sFlow#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • Omni Distributed Analysis Platform Software and Turnkey Solutions • Enterprise monitoring and reporting ‒ WatchPoint Server ‒ OmniFlow, NetFlow, and sFlow Collectors • Software probes and network recorders ‒ Omnipliance network recorders – Edge, Core ‒ TimeLine network recorders ‒ OmniAdapter analysis cards • Distributed analysis software ‒ OmniPeek – Enterprise, Professional, Basic, Connect ‒ OmniEngine – Enterprise, Desktop, OmniVirtual • Portable solutions ‒ OmniPeek network analyzer ‒ Omnipliance Portable#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • Key New Features in v7 • 40G network support • Analyze issues from end to end: Multi-Segment Analysis (MSA) • Collect data from non-technical end users: OmniPeek Remote Assistant (ORA) • Single, interactive dashboard for utilization, top talkers, top protocols, latency, Experts, flows, and wireless signal strength • New wireless specifications ‒ 802.11ac 802.11k ‒ 802.11r 802.11u ‒ 802.11v 802.11w#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • OmniPeek Network Analyzer • Distributed analysis manager – Connect to and configure distributed OmniEngines, Omnipliances, and TimeLines • Comprehensive dashboards present network traffic in real-time – Vital statistics and graphs display trends on network and application performance – Visual peer-map shows conversations and protocols – Intuitive drill-down for root-cause analysis of performance bottlenecks • Visual Expert diagnosis speeds problem resolution – Packet and payload visualizers provide business-centric views • Automated analytics and problem detection 24/7 – Easily create filters, triggers, scripting, advanced alarms, and alerts#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • Omnipliance Network Recorders • Captures and analyzes all network traffic 24x7 – Runs WildPackets OmniEngine software probe – Generates vital statistics on network and application performance – Intuitive root-cause analysis of performance bottlenecks • Expert analysis speeds problem resolution – Fault analysis, statistical analysis, and independent notification • Multiple issue digital forensics – Real-time and post capture data mining for compliance and troubleshooting • Intelligent data transport – Network data analyzed locally – Detailed analysis passed to OmniPeek on demand – Summary statistics sent to WatchPoint for long term trending and reporting – Efficient use of network bandwidth • User-extensible platform – Plug-in architecture and SDK#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • TimeLine Network Recorder • Continuous network recording and comprehensive real-time statistical display — simultaneously ‒ 12Gbps sustained capture with zero packet loss ‒ Network statistics display in TimeLine visualization format • Rapid, intuitive forensics search and retrieval ‒ Historical network traffic analysis and quick data rewinding ‒ Several pre-defined forensics search templates making searches easy and fast • A natural extension to the WildPackets product line • Turnkey bundled solution ‒ Appliance + OmniEngine, OmniAdapter, OmniPeek Connect#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • WildPackets Network Recorders Price/Performance Solutions for Every Application Portable Edge Core TimeLine Ruggedized Small Networks Datacenter Workhorse Enterprise, Highly- Troubleshooting Remote Offices Easily Expandable Utilized NetworksAluminum chassis / 17” LCD 1U rack mountable chassis 3U rack mountable chassis 3U rack mountable chassisDual 2.13 GHz Quad-Core Intel Quad-Core Intel Xeon X3460 Dual Intel Xeon Quad Core Dual Intel Xeon Quad CoreXeon L5630 "Westmere" 2.80Ghz E5530 2.4GHz X5560 2.8GHz24GB RAM 4GB RAM 6GB RAM 18GB RAM2 PCI-E Slots 2 PCI-E Slots 4 PCI-E Slots 4 PCI-E Slots2 Built-in Ethernet Ports 2 Built-in Ethernet Ports 2 Built-in Ethernet Ports 2 Built-in Ethernet Ports6TB SATA storage capacity 1TB SATA storage capacity 8/16TB SATA 8/16/32/48TB SATA storage capacity storage capacity4.5Gbps CTD 1.1Gbps CTD 3Gbps CTD 12Gbps CTD#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • WatchPoint Centralized Monitoring for Distributed Enterprise Networks • High-level, aggregated view of all network segments – Monitor per campus, per region, per country • Wide range of network data – NetFlow, sFlow, OmniFlow • Web-based, customizable network dashboards • Flexible detailed reports • Direct link to detailed, packet-based analysis#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • Comprehensive Support and Services Standard Support Premier Support  Maintenance and upgrades  24 x 7 x 365  Telephone and email contacts  Dedicated escalation manager  Knowledgebase  2 customer contacts per site  MyPeek Portal  Plug-in reconfiguration assistance WildPackets Training Academy  Public, web-based, and on-site classes  Complete curriculum: technology and product focused  Practical applications and labs covering network analysis, wireless, VoIP monitoring and advanced troubleshooting Consulting and Custom Development Services  Deployment, configuration, and assessment engagement  Systems integration and testing  Application integration, driver, decode, interface development#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • 24x7 Network Monitoring, Analysis, and Troubleshooting#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • Long-Term Product Vision Event-driven Application and Network Performance Management Data Abstraction • Predictive Data Mining • Autonomics • Aggregation • Closed-loop Derived Data • Base-lining • Statistics • Correlation • Measurements Capture Data • Tracking • Drivers • Probes • Packets WildPackets Proprietary#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • WildPackets Key Differentiators • Visual Expert intelligence with intuitive drill-down – Let computer do the hard work, and return results, real-time – Packet /payload visualization is faster than packet-per-packet diagnostics – Experts and analytics can be memorized and automated • Automated capture analytics – Filters, triggers, scripting, and advanced alarming system combine to provide automated network problem detection 24x7 • Multiple issue network forensics – Can be tracked by one or more people simultaneously – Real-time or post capture • User-extensible platform – Plug-in architecture and SDK • Aggregated network views and reporting – NetFlow, sFlow, and OmniFlow#wp_nethealth © WildPackets, Inc.
    • Thank You!WildPackets, Inc.1340 Treat Boulevard, Suite 500Walnut Creek, CA 94597(925) 937-3200 © WildPackets, Inc. www.wildpackets.com