Network traffic is exploding with the growing adoption of faster networks, virtualized infrastructures, video, and mobile computing. Businesses of all kinds need to understand network performance in real time for troubleshooting, and over months or even a year for SLA compliance, capacity planning, and the assessment of network anomalies associated with important events and increasing demands. Today, most enterprises have two choices: they can look at recent traffic in detail or they can view long-term statistics based on averages or data sampling, sacrificing details for the architectural convenience. Most enterprises do not have the best of both worlds: real-time monitoring and rich, detailed long-term analysis in a single, comprehensive network monitoring solution.
WatchPoint 3.0 fills this gap and provides up to one year of network analysis data, without sampling or averaging data, giving IT administrators, IT managers, and line-of-business managers the most comprehensive and detailed view of network performance available. Instead of cobbling together multiple short-term reports to understand long-term network performance, stakeholders can view reports that accurately represent long-term trends and baselines.
To support this detailed, scalable repository of network data, WatchPoint 3.0 uses a new Big Data architecture with a vast, flexible, and highly responsive data store that supports rich analysis of historical network activity and, through integration with WildPackets OmniPeek network analyzer, instant drill-down capabilities to the packet level. Businesses can use WatchPoint to monitor network health across data centres and branches; for example, a major energy company is using WatchPoint to monitor network operations at all its POS locations in the United States. Businesses can also use WatchPoint to examine current or previous network activity in close detail. For example, WatchPoint enables a leading financial services firm to verify, analyze, and troubleshoot financial data feeds.
"The challenge for distributed network monitoring solutions is to scale high-level network performance monitoring with its huge amount of associated network data down to the most pertinent network details", explained Tim McCreery, President and CEO of WildPackets. "With WatchPoint 3.0, weve re-architected our analysis platform to use Big Data architecture for data storage and analysis. The result is a solution that provides both long-term analytics and instant drill-down capabilities, delivering the essential facts needed for expert analysis. It's like giving the NOC team a finely tuned microscope instead of a free plastic magnifier."
"TRAC's research shows that organizations are losing, on average, $72,000 per minute of unplanned network downtime", stated Bojan Simic, TRAC Research. "Having a network monitoring solution that can capture all of your data without sampling or averaging over a year is essential in understanding how you can make your network perform better, discovering security risks and finding intermittent problems before they snowball into network downtime."
Key capabilities of WatchPoint 3.0 include: