Today’s podcast is sponsored by Kentik, a startup that’s just recently come out of stealth. Kentik offers real-time network visibility for service providers, Web companies, and enterprises.
Kentik’s SaaS offering collects flows, including Netflow, sFlow, and IPFIX, as well as BGP and SNMP, and analyzes all this data to help operators determine if availability or performance problems are network-related.
If they are, Kentik can drill into flow records to show when and where the problem started, whether it’s on an internal or external network, and other essential information to help resolve the issue.
Customers can encrypt and upload flow records to Kentik’s service. Records are stored in a Big Data backend. A portal provides dashboards for immediate analysis of incoming data, and customers can also run SQL queries against the backend. Kentik also offers a premises version for customers uncomfortable with the SaaS option.
Avi Freedman, CEO and co-founder of Kentik, joins the Packet Pushers to talk about how Kentik works, how the service extracts value from flow information, how Kentik compares to other visibility and monitoring products, and shares customer use cases.
It’s a nerdy, detailed discussion on getting insight from flows and other data sources.