Ixia’s Net Optics solutions are helping to power the world’s largest private cloud for the 16th year running
Spyke, Flex Taps, and xStream 10 support Interop’s network monitoring with total visibility
The InteropNet is a temporary cloud that is also the world’s largest and most sophisticated private, converged network. Interop attendees rely on the InteropNet to help incubate partnerships, seed new resources, and attract venture capital. Since exhibitors are debuting their most promising advances here, the security and availability of the InteropNet must be consistently flawless.
The InteropNet, which deploys only during the show itself, uses the latest offerings of the world’s most innovative vendors to showcase new capabilities in design, deployment, and multi-vendor management.
The NOC is the foundation and nerve center of the InteropNet. Ixia has participated in the InteropNet NOC from the company’s earliest years. This year, Ixia contributed three major solutions to meet the InteropNet’s most demanding challenges yet.
“Spyke delivers visibility as part of the architecture. We don’t merely look at traffic to copy it, but to actually analyze how that data is being used,” said an Interop network engineer.
Spyke enables superior troubleshooting, analysis, and issue resolution
Spyke™ helps InteropNet provide a seamless user experience by enabling security and availability. Total monitoring visibility into all InteropNet traffic allows the NOC team to monitor critical data and protect network health as well as troubleshoot.
Spyke keeps any network issues from “cascading” by isolating concerns instantly, fully supporting Interop’s goal of encouraging the free exchange of ideas. Spyke is ideal for delivering visibility under pressure to find, analyze, and resolve issues. It presents metadata for true application intelligence, monitoring applications and networks ranging from small branch sites to 10GE enterprise- wide systems. Plug-and-play simplicity supports cost-effectiveness as well.
With visibility ranging from dashboard down to the packet level, Spyke enables problem detection and isolation of trouble in any application. Spyke reveals both high-level and granular data: if response time is slow, users can drill down from high-level KPIs to diagnose what is running on the network.
Beyond issuing alerts, Spyke reveals root causes and real-time information. It dives deep into packet payloads to identify an application and extract relevant performance indicators. Spyke’s DPI engine adds coverage for hundreds of applications, so that customers can actually examine and extract meta-data for proactive troubleshooting and problem resolution. A company knows exactly which protocols and services are running in the networks, and Spyke’s intuitive dashboard displays this information in an easily understandable format.
“We chose Spyke to provide the visibility and insight we need,” said an InteropNet engineer. “Spyke gives us granular information about how the network and its individual components are working.”
At a major industry event like Interop, no latency is permitted. With some performance management solutions, the team has to wait as long as five minutes for information—an eternity! Spyke’s ability to support gigabit speeds lets it deliver information in 15 seconds or less, making it ideal for the InteropNet.
Single mode and multimode Flex Taps support all split ratios and network interfaces at full line rate for 1/10/40/100GE
The scalable, versatile Flex Tap™, another component of the InteropNet, enables any connecting device to deliver total visibility of full duplex traffic as if it were online, instantly identifying Layer 1 and Layer 2 errors.
Another advantage of the Flex Tap for the InteropNet is that the tap deploys easily and occupies an extremely compact footprint, fitting up to 24 taps in a single 1U panel and supporting 1/10/40/100GE speeds—a leap forward in value and cost savings. This breakthrough density delivers top value for the “real estate” it occupies and elevates productivity.
Flex Tap lives up to its name, offering many design options
The Flex Tap gives InteropNet designers a broad spectrum of design options, including a “mix and match” combination of speeds and connectors within a single deployment. The Flex Tap accommodates all fiber variations, whether multimode or single mode, as well as offering a simple upgrade path.
Breakthrough technology allows the Flex Tap to resolve system-wide signal loss issues that arise as network volumes increase and optical networks migrate to 10, 40, and 100GE. At high speeds, even the smallest imperfections in optical couplers, cables, or access taps can introduce enough modal distortion to quickly make bit error rates unacceptable. However, the Flex Tap’s patented design eliminates the risk of signal loss. The taps “sit on” the Internet feed, and send tapped traffic to xStream 10, which then maps traffic to Spyke and to other analysis tools. Spyke makes all traffic types, amounts, and destinations visible.
xStream 10 aggregates and regenerates traffic before switching it into a single stream
In combination with xStream 10, the entire Spyke solution is extremely easy to install and makes examining all traffic very easy.
Ixia’s Net Optics solution delivers tapping, aggregation, and monitoring from a single company. Nobody else can offer this comprehensive, inclusive solution.
The NOC team sees all traffic coming in from the show attendees and booths—and everywhere the traffic goes as well, whether website, email, and so forth. They also see instantly how much traffic the apps use.
Ixia products help provision the world’s largest private network
Flex Taps receive traffic from the Internet; traffic maps through xStream 10, and the IT team then sends it to the Spyke solution in one or two feeds. Now they are able to see all traffic coming from the show itself, including that from attendees and booths. Additional aggregation and monitoring are performed by the products of other companies participating in the InteropNet.
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