Corvil has announced a new product, called Sensor, to extend the reach of its wire data analytics platform. The goal for Sensor is to give network operators better visibility into virtualized data center environments, private clouds, and the public cloud.
Sensor is a lightweight agent that can run inside a VM in a data center, on Linux servers or workstations, and in Amazon’s AWS. Sensor captures, timestamps, and redirects packets to a separate Corvil capture appliance, where the packets are analyzed in real time to provide insights into performance and security.
The capture appliance records, decodes, analyzes, and visualizes packet data and transforms it into a variety of measurements and analyses to let network operators track performance, understand what kind of traffic is running across the network, troubleshoot problems, and help investigate potential security threats.
“We hear from customers that they have visibility to look at performance and detect threats on premises, but as they move into the cloud, they lose that visibility,” said David Murray, chief business development officer at Corvil.
With Sensor, Murray says customers can benchmark cloud performance, get insights into problems that can aid troubleshooting, and track activity to investigate potential security problems.
Corvil says it has designed its Sensor agent to have a limited impact on the memory and CPU of the host. Administrators can also selectively filter and slice packets to help reduce the impact on the host and streamline data collection.
The Sensor software is available for free to Corvil customers.
Corvil competes with the likes of ExtraHop, ThousandEyes, NetScout and Riverbed.