Network observability through Flow analysis
Understanding the internal state of networks is an important component of managing overall performance and reliability of your infrastructure. You cannot manage the overall software environment and user experience effectively unless you are able to manage the performance of its network.
Flow analysis helps you align resources to support business results and gain credibility by making data-driven decisions.
You can make better business decisions by studying the flow data of your network:
- Monitor network bandwidth usage at a granular level and identify users with maximum bandwidth usage.
- Trace the conversations between internal and external endpoints.
- Analyze traffic patterns over months, days or minutes by filtering out data for any network element.
- Enhance bandwidth capacity before outages occur.
Network observability has assumed even more importance in recent years due to the increase in the complexity of networking architectures. In the past, networks were relatively simple in nature. They were usually mapped to a specific location such as a single data center and their configurations did not change constantly.
In contrast, modern networks often span multiple data centers and/or clouds.
By providing continuous visibility into networks, as well as helping teams to map the network state to the organisational business contexts, such as availability and performance guarantees, network observability allows an organisation to handle the complexity of modern networks and ensure that their network supports their business expectations.