Can anyone help me find technology that can monitor traffic utilization of leased line circuit transport?
Hope to hear from you guys. Thanks!
You may get CA Unified Infrastructure Management application software for that matter.
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Utilization is not the most important performance parameter to measure.
We use solarwinds and it's so far so good .
Providing insights into traffic utilization of leased lines or your WAN is quite basic! Many communication service providers can provide you basic network monitoring which answers these questions. In this play of field, NetDialog is a global partner for many Communication Service Providers
I use Solarwinds NPM for almost all of my end-to-end monitoring. Once it is set up, it works very well, using SNMP to monitor the routers on both ends and tell you everything you can imagine about that device (we only use Cisco gear).
To monitor traffic utilization, I will recommend Manageengine OpManager, assumming snmp is configured on the monitored router. It gives you Rx/Tx Total bytes transferred, Errors and Discards, Traffic, Traffic Utilization and error rate.
Depending on the nature of this request you might check
- Tiger Communications (http://www.tigercomms.com/) with a strong affinity to call management and related qos, traffic measurements, billing/invoicing, reporting
- StableNet Telco from Infosim (https://www.infosim.net/products/stablenet-telco.html) as one of the most flexible and comfortable APM tools while being affordable and scalable (contact Dietmar Kneidl for more infos)
With kind regards / Mit freundlichen Gruessen,
Giuliano, this is why I would need more detail, the detail would define scope.
Dennis, as said by Others, there're a lot of solutions available that can give you a lot of useful information. To chose the right one you should only say what's your scope.
First tool I thought of was Opnet, but with this short amount of information I could recommend starting with something free, like PRTG or Solarwinds depending on what you are going to run it on and what you are looking to find / do.
I'm aware about a monitoring and AP performance from a french company named Qual'IT.
This solution looks like to answer your need, and I invite you to have a look on capabilities.
J3TEL is a well known company which is dealing in monitoring networks and AP response time since more than 30 years.
This company is one of my french reseller for infrastructure testing solution.
I would like to recommend two products:
Depending on whether or not you own the equipment that is connecting those circuits you have several options. If you own the equipment then you can use almost anything. For simple monitoring, SolarWinds' free tools work well. For more advanced analysis then you can step up to Solarwinds' NPM. A good free tool is MRTG or PRTG from Paessler. For very detailed analysis for troubleshooting purposes, I've had to use tools from Fluke to get detailed analytics. Almost all of these tools require a protocol or two running and properly configured, like SNMP or Netflow, Sflow, J-flow, etc.
However, if you don't own the equipment then your visibility will be limited to what you can monitor passively across the links and what is happening at the hand-off.
I would not recommend utilization as the primary metric for Network Performance, Utilization is not the best metric to use.
I would need to know more about the network involved and the applications they support. Glad to look over things I more detail and give your colleague an idea of what I can do for his effort.
You may want to look at ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer product. It uses various flow technologies to provide visibility into network bandwidth and traffic utilization.
Happy to help.
Have an additional question.
Are you referring to interface/bandwidth utilization or application utilization?
Good few suggestion so far which include some sort of flow data as a source. This may be fine but you may lack detail to get to the root cause. Another option would be to setup a SPAN or mirror port and get a copy of the traffic going to your router(s). You can then use an application like NetFort LANGuardian to process this data.
With NetFlow type tools you will see things like IP addresses and traffic volumes which may be enough in your case. With wire data analytics (seems to be the new name for deep packet inspection) you can also drill down and get things like user, file, website and application names which makes troubleshooting quicker and easier.
I would recommend Appneta's pathview which works over all types of leased
lines and IP VPN's. It will monitor in real time the capacity and
utilization of a path. Works fantastically well
As you can see from the responses, there are a number of ways to skin this cat. Having control of the termination points on both ends, as mentioned by Mark, provides you with some more options, however, there are plethora of "port"-based solutions you can focus...
COTs packages certainly offer the benefit of more immediate usability (Solarwinds has been promoted here but there are TONS of other options - PRTG anyone?) but a "DIY" model leveraging open standards such as IPFIX/NETFLOW (among others) may provide more integration opportunities with other telemetry data. On this latter point, there are products that attempt to achieve this (AppNeta or New Relic (cloud option) comes to mind) by gathering telemetry from infrastructure elements as well as application software in order to determine a service-based view (admittedly, I prefer the DIY approach but this needs to align with your organizations level of capability, etc)...
As you can see, there are a lot of options to Can you share more info on what it is that you're trying to focus on ?
I will recommend you to give a look at our traffic analysis solution. It support Netflow, sFlow, store up to 2 year period of data and have a quite simple user interface to see what is happening in your network in near realtime and if you need more features you can use our ITSM solution OpMon integrated. There are many more features, like alarms based in SLA, reports and custom dashboards and data visualizations.
A solution from Sandvine (https://www.sandvine.com/products/traffic-management/) may be able to do the work if the leased circuit is IP based.
Yes we can monitor traffic utilization of leased lines (Cooper/Fiber) by monitoring the Device (Router/Switch) where these lease lines getting terminated.
Happy to help for any more query.
We've really liked Riverbed's products, either the ARX or Steelheads if you're looking for a dedicated appliance approach.
If only life were that simple!
However, the answer is reasonably simple - NetFlow. Trouble is we'd need to know a whole lot more about the user's IT environment, e.g. types and number of routers, network configuration, bandwidth estimates etc. Oh, and how much he/she wants to spend! ;o)
Happy to advise further.
Please use Solarwinds NPM which is quite useful for monitoring the network
performance of the devices.
Any monitoring tool recommendation assumes you access the routers at the ends of those leased lines. Solarwinds network performance monitor, is a good tool and uses SNMP to read interface statistics from the router, Statistics includes; transmit and receive utilization in bits/second, packets, bytes and percent as well as input/output errors.