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Wire data is the structured data that results from parsing wire and transport protocols and reconstructing the stream of data containing all communications flowing through a network of computers including client and server devices.
If you could make sense of all the conversations traversing the wire in your datacenter, you could learn a lot about your IT and business operations. After all, everything transacts on the wire. Here's the rub: insights don't just appear from packets on the network. You need to transform those raw, unstructured packets into a structured form—wire data—in order to derive actionable insight.
In the past, organizations made sense of packets on the network by recording them and performing offline analysis of those stored packets. That approach does not scale in today's complex and hyperdynamic environments, and results in data that only network experts can understand. It's time for a technology that can continuously transform this flood of packet data into structured wire data so that all teams can benefit.
ExtraHop has pioneered an innovative approach that transforms unstructured packets into structured wire data, and presents that information—in real-time—for all teams to explore and visualize. This is possible through new technology that reassembles packets into complete sessions and flows between devices, and then extracts key data from those communications as they occur.
Why Care About Wire Data?
The promise of wire data is that it can provide an incontrovertible source of truth for IT and business. You know an event occurred because you observed it occurring on the wire. Wire data is also comprehensive. Because everything transacts on the network, wire data serves as a method for tracking unexpected activity. You gain a holistic, "outside-looking-in" view of your entire environment. If you're not quite sure why that's so powerful, check out this animated video that answers the question "What Is Wire Data?"
Specifically, wire data offers several distinct advantages:
Unlike information that systems report about their own activity, wire data provides an objective "outside-looking-in" perspective that is always on. Even if a hacker turns off logging on a compromised server, you will still see their activity on the wire.
Visibility across tiers
The network is the common element that ties all components of the application delivery chain together. By analyzing wire data for the web, database, middleware, storage, and other tiers, you can observe how performance at the various tiers impacts service delivery.
If you were to analyze all transactions and data passing over your network, that would be the largest and richest source of insight available about your IT systems and business operations. A single 10Gbps link carries over 100TB of data each day—now extrapolate that to all your datacenters, remote sites, and the cloud. Only ExtraHop makes it feasible to transform all those unstructured packets into valuable, structured wire data for you to explore, visualize, and learn from.