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A diagram of the OSI Model. In Part 1 of this two-part series, we imagined the perfect framework for no-impact monitoring of an application stack and found it was right in front of us all along in…

Community interactions, often via forums, social media, etc., are a thing. They're a thing that most of us rely on, to varying degrees, every day. Whether you're choosing the appropriate solution to…

A white paper will always be a white paper. It will be long, likely densely packed with (hopefully useful) technical information about a product. It will take time to consume, probably cover a…

My name is Steve Smith, and I recently joined ExtraHop as an engineer on the technical marketing team. After spending a week playing with the ExtraHop platform, I decided it was time to take the…

About a month or so back, just before the holiday stretch set in for many of us here in North America, Ars Technica put out an article depicting a new vector for Turla, namely a "Powerful, highly…

Some days I just frackin' love what I do. Taking a figurative hammer to the metaphorical tough nut in the form of a complex problem and cracking that baby wide open is just plain fun. Getting to use…

Following on the heels of the Heartbleed and Shellshock exploits, the new POODLE vulnerability in SSL version 3.0 (SSLv3) is the latest to require IT teams to identify and patch vulnerable…

Note: The ExtraHop Discovery Edition is no longer being actively maintained or updated, but all of the functions described in this post still apply to existing DE licenses and Enterprise Editions of…

Turning ideas into infrastructure means one thing to IT Architects, engineers, and technicians: diagrams. And usually the idea-to-infrastructure process begins with Visio. Before joining ExtraHop's…

Click on the image to see a larger version of the MTTI decision tree. ExtraHop helps to abolish MTTI with correlated, cross-tier visibility. You may have heard of the tongue-in-cheek term…

The Uptime Institute runs a contest each year in which data center managers compete to see who has decommissioned the most physical servers. Barclays, the multinational bank, ranked first last year by…

I recently spoke at Citrix Synergy about the return of the generalist. It was a Geek Speak Live! session with several hundred Citrix engineers in attendance. It was an honor for me and something I've…