The Key Components of a Visibility Architecture

June 10, 2014 by Ixia Blog Team

More mobile devices are now connecting to more data from more sources. IT challenges are complicated by increasingly high customer expectations for always-on access and immediate application response. This complexity creates network "blind spots" where latent errors germinate, and pre-attack activity lurks. Stressed-out monitoring systems make it hard, if not impossible, to keep up with traffic and filter data "noise" at a rate that they were not designed to handle. Network blind spots have become a costly and risk-filled challenge for network operators.

The answer to these challenges is a highly scalable visibility architecture that enables the elimination of your current blind spots, while providing resilience and control without added complexity.

Over the past few months I have had the pleasure to fly around the world and help train IT leaders on network monitoring architectures. During this time I have found that many people have questions about the core building blocks that make up an effective network monitoring solution like Ixia’s Visibility Architecture. In case some of you have similar questions, the video below (5:12) walks through the key components that are common in the industry and how each contributes to improving network monitoring effectiveness.

If you are looking for a brief summary, here is how data flows through a Visibility Architecture:

  • Network Packet Broker: Gathers the data from the network access points above and performs advanced filtering, deduplication, and aggregation of traffic to prep it for network tools
  • Network Monitoring Tools: Monitoring tools take the network traffic from the packet broker and provide analysis on network health, trends, and other types of insight to network operators.
  • Management: Provides many-to-one management of taps, packet brokers, etc. so the network monitoring infrastructure is easy to manage and integrates well with the network operations already in place.

I hope this helps you get a feel for some of the core building blocks in Ixia’s Visibility Architecture. As always, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help answer any questions!

Additional Resources:

Ixia’s Visibility Architecture solution