"When compared to traditional network monitoring tools, ExtraHop delivers significantly more functionality for a fraction of the cost, saving approximately 2.5x." - Enterprise Strategy Group Research Report
In the world of IT Operations Analytics, legacy tools aren't cut out for today's dynamic IT environments. They don't have the visibility required to be a comprehensive solution. Their architecture can't scale or provide the extensibility that's so critical for today's environments. Only wire data provides the visibility you need as a foundation for a successful next generation ITOA solution
Note: Wire data and network data are not the same. Wire data is created by reassembling network data into full streams and providing payload analysis and full context—in real time. Network data at its best is L4 and below, with limited reassembly and no payload analysis of data in motion.
Now let's compare modern stream analytics platforms vs. legacy NPM platforms.
|Product||ExtraHop Enterprise Edition||Riverbed SteelCentral AppResponse||Netscout nGenius||Corvil Appliance|
|Sustained Throughput||40 Gbps||10 Gbps||10 Gbps||10 Gbps|
|SSL Decryption||40 Gbps||Software-based||Supported||Not Supported|
|HTTP transactions/second||1.3 million||Unpublished||Unpublished||Unpublished|
|Storage||Unlimited||48 TB||48 TB (RAID)||24 TB|
|Analysis Method||Real-time L2-L7 stream processing||Write to disk first||Write to disk first||L2-L4 processing|
Architecture and features can make the difference between a tool that falls short and a solution that totally has you covered. Here's what to look for:
Scale sets you up for longevity. Legacy and buffering architectures require multiple units to meet the demands of today's dynamic IT environments, which dramatically increases costs.
Full-stream reassembly is essential to gaining context and extracting critical data from the payload.
Real-time payload analysis is the key to quick responses when something is amiss. The ability to decode and analyze the payload at line rate allows you to execute real-time alerts and triggers.
Backend data store must be sufficient. In order to support next-generation solutions, this needs to be optimized to not become the limiting factor impacting performance and usability.
Extensibility is the foundation of a next-generation ITOA solution, with the ability to create custom metrics, parse unsupported protocols, and export your data to an extended data store.
Deployment has to be quick, simple, and flexible to support today's hybrid environments, in the cloud, virtual, or on-premises.
Automatic discovery and classification is essential for maintaining comprehensive visibility across the IT environment. Manual configuration of nodes, applications and protocols does not scale and quickly becomes stale at the most critical moments.
Decryption is a critical component to performance monitoring and security analytics. The inability of legacy solutions to support common cipher suites greatly reduces visibility of secure network and application traffic.
Depth & breadth is the value of wire data. If you don't decode a healthy number of enterprise protocols that provide a vast number of metrics, then what's the point of doing full-stream reassembly in real-time?
Real-user monitoring (RUM) provides real-world metrics on your user's experience. Correlating L2-L7 metrics with user experience helps you know how your users see your product, and provide a better experience than ever.
The ExtraHop stream analytics platform provides the real-time visibility required for a next-generation ITOA monitoring solutions.