Corvil, which makes the Corvil Analytics appliances that gather network data, has announced a new software product called Intelligence Hub. Intelligence Hub uses machine learning to spot anomalies and extract business-relevant information from network data captured by Corvil.
Corvil gathers and timestamps metadata from each packet that passes through the appliance. Corvil can also ingest packets from packet brokers, and can also serve as a full packet capture appliance.
Intelligence Hub takes feeds from Corvil appliances and applies machine learning algorithms and predictive analytics to the network data. The machine learning algorithms establish baselines of normal behavior, and can then monitor and alert on anomalies.
Not Just For Networkers
Corvil already offers a variety of analytics capabilities on its appliances, so what’s the purpose of a separate Intelligence Hub?
Corvil says Intelligence Hub is meant to extend the value of network data to include both IT and business teams by extracting and packaging information relevant to the business.
On the IT side, Corvil positions Intelligence Hub for network engineers and security teams who want to examine anomalies in network performance, latency, packet loss, and so on.
On the business side, Corvil says it can extract customer information from packet payloads, such as customer names and order numbers, and then correlate that information with metrics such as transaction times, transaction quantities, conversion rates, and the total spend associated with customers over time.
Corvil says this information is useful to the business side of the house in several ways. For example, it provides another perspective on customer behavior. In addition, it ties customer interactions to network and application performance.
The company provides a set of pre-packaged dashboards for both technical operators and business teams. Beyond these dashboards, users can dig into specific details and run analyses to get more insight into customer and system behaviors.
Corvil says the Intelligence Hub starts with a three-node deployment. Customers can select their own hardware, or purchase the software pre-loaded on boxes from Corvil. Customers can add more nodes over time to improve performance and data storage.
Customers can also run Intelligence Hub in an EC2 instance in AWS, but note that Corvil is not offering this as a SaaS product. Customers who deploy in AWS are responsible for running and maintaining the software themselves.
Corvil says Intelligence Hub will be generally available in late summer 2018.