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Introducing IxProbe: Scalable SLA Monitoring For Your Network's Edge

September 30, 2019 by Mike Hodge

Stop me if you've heard this before. "You can't manage what you don't measure."

I'm guessing that you're more than just familiar with that particular turn of phrase. In fact, if you're anything like me, you're probably a little tired of hearing it. No one is going to debate that Peter Drucker was a wise and prescient man, but that quote has become one of the most well-known clichés in all of business.

But there's a reason why people keep repeating it. It's true. Whether you're guiding decisions with quantifiable data, or backing up hunches with verified facts, there really is no substitute for cold, hard, numbers.

IxProbe Size Comparison
When we say "small footprint", we aren't kidding.

And that's precisely why I'm so thrilled about our newest product, IxProbe — because it packs a ton of measurement power into a compact package that's tailor-made for monitoring service level agreements (SLAs) at your network's edge.

But what does that really mean? Well, when you strip away all the soaring rhetoric, it's actually quite simple. Businesses depend on network connectivity, and SLAs keep everything running smoothly by providing standardized speeds for critical applications. Now, that's how it's supposed to work, but things aren't always that simple. The truth is that, due to a lack of access to last-mile infrastructure like routers and modems, branch-site SLAs can be a real pain to measure for service providers and their clients alike. And as our aforementioned cliché will attest, that makes management that much harder — threatening your ability to satisfy customers and maintain network access across branch sites.

That's what makes IxProbe so cool. An inline monitoring probe, it installs between a service provider's modem and a client's router/firewall. By offering a mix of real-time monitoring (via SNMP) and active monitoring (via Ixia Hawkeye), service providers and multi-site organizations alike can take control of branch-site SLAs and quality of service (QoS) — enabling faster troubleshooting, fewer truck rolls, and better customer experiences.

Designed from the ground up for scalability and ease-of-use, measurement — and management — have never been easier. So take a sec and give IxProbe a look. I promise, tired business clichés will be the last thing on your mind.