Corvil and Cisco Tetration Enhance Security and Service Assurance for Dynamic Infrastructures

Corvil augments Cisco Tetration Analytics to help customers overcome three obstacles hindering understanding of their complex datacenter environments.

Corvil and Cisco Tetration Enhance Security and Service Assurance for Dynamic InfrastructuresBy Jasmine Noel    June 26, 2017      Announcements

Understanding how applications are performing in support of the business and assuring their delivery, performance, and security is critical for any business operating in today’s digital economy. Delivering this understanding and assurance is why Corvil is joining the Cisco Tetration Analytics ecosystem.

The challenge for network and IT Operations teams is that increased infrastructure dynamism combined with DevOps-driven application changes and migration to hybrid cloud deployments has made it more difficult to effectively use what Gartner believes is “the most critical source of data for availability and performance management over the next five years”* -- wire data.

Our experiences working with financial markets, who were the first real-time digital businesses, firmed similar beliefs for us. Traditional IT Operations monitoring is not enough to future-proof availability and performance management, nor can it support Security Operations teams in their efforts to protect the business’ data and users. Data analysis at wire speeds is needed to get a real-time view of how the infrastructure delivers the user experience of business’ applications -- and insight into how cyber attackers could exploit that business-to-user connectivity.

Doing data analysis at wire speeds is not simple by any stretch of the imagination. We agree with the Cisco Tetration team stating there are three major obstacles that need to be overcome:

  • Collecting all the right data from all the right sources at wire speed
  • Analyzing all of this information at scale, without an army of data scientists
  • Providing application insights that make sense to us ordinary humans

For several use cases the right data is located in the payload of the network packets such as:

  • Tracing the full lifecycle of a business process, particularly when several applications are involved, or when application components are using customized network protocols to communicate
  • Tracking cyber attacker activities, particularly when compromised user accounts are interacting with applications with access to sensitive data
  • Troubleshooting ephemeral services - such as enterprise VoIP performance, from tracking the full lifecycle of every VoIP call from setup to teardown and reporting on real user experience based on MOS scores derived from actual RTP traffic seen on the network.

Our platform scalability is driven by some of the highest message throughput environments on the planet. In 2015 we were analyzing about 8 petabytes daily for our financial market clients (who also need microsecond accuracy of when application and network events occur to keep their regulators at bay). Today that number exceeds 50 petabytes – and the data volumes keep growing and growing like a pack of out-of-control Energizer bunnies.

While many of the largest organizations in the world do hire armies of data scientists, for the most part they are not sweating the details of WAN monitoring or optimizing datacenter performance or troubleshooting client execution problems as customers scream about orders not being placed or stale market prices. Network engineers are the ones who are sweating this not-small stuff -- who have been minimizing their daily stress-levels by relying on Corvil Analytics to make sense of the data for them to solve application problems and optimize application performance.

We’re partnering with Cisco to provide these insights to other network teams who are struggling to optimize and secure an increasingly software-defined infrastructure. To be truly useful these insights must be visualized in familiar dashboards, integrated into familiar workflows. Networking and IT professionals simply don’t have time to become experts in every data analysis tool. This is why Corvil is working diligently to provide intelligent integration with our partners, where:

  • Corvil insights permeate Cisco Tetration Analytics’ operational dashboards
  • Troubleshooting workflows are simplified and streamlined because Corvil analysis can keep up with dynamic infrastructure orchestrated by performance and security policies
  • Collaboration between different operations teams is streamlined because drilling deeper into Corvil data is seamless

That’s the operational environment that Corvil and our partners are working towards.

We’re at #ciscolive this week – come to Booth 2700A and see how far we can go together.

*"[W]ire data — radically rethought and used in new ways — ...will prove to be the most critical source of data for availability and performance management over the next five years."

Source: Gartner, "Use Data- and Analytics-Centric Processes With a Focus on Wire Data to Future-Proof Availability and Performance Management," Vivek Bhalla and Will Cappelli, March 10, 2016

Corvil and Cisco Tetration Enhance Security and Service Assurance for Dynamic Infrastructures

Jasmine Noel, Product Marketing & Sales Enablement, Corvil
Corvil is the leader in performance monitoring and analytics for electronic financial markets. The world’s financial markets companies turn to Corvil analytics for the unique visibility and intelligence we provide to assure the speed, transparency, and compliance of their businesses globally. Corvil watches over and assures the outcome of electronic transactions with a value in excess of $1 trillion, every day.