Azure. Google Cloud. IBM Cloud. Alibaba. CenturyLink. AWS. Any Cloud.
CloudLens is now the first visibility solution to support all leading cloud platforms, for both Windows and Linux!
CloudLens Achieves AWS Networking Competency
Now an AWS Networking Competency partner solution, CloudLens assists enterprises with adopting, developing, and deploying networks in AWS by providing network health information, network visualization, and capability to alert and notify on network issues.
Comprehensive Cloud Visibility
- Any Cloud Visibility
- Elastic Scale
- Pay per Use Pricing
- Cloud-Native Design
- Cloud Visibility Ecosystem
Cloud Service Provider Agnostic
CloudLens is the first service-provider agnostic visibility platform, capable of providing access to packet data in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba Cloud, CenturyLink cloud and more; the platform also supports Window and Linux environments.
CloudLens provides a single layer that can access data directly from instances, filter it in the cloud and then send it directly to security and monitoring tools. This provides flexibility, as data from any cloud can be routed to security in monitoring tools in any other cloud or in the data center. Being able to manage this layer in a single platform and interface also simplifies management and configuration for network administrators, mitigating errors and ensuring security and monitoring tools have the visibility they need.
Elastic Scale, On-Demand
CloudLens addresses the challenges of capturing and filtering traffic in the public cloud because it scales horizontally as instances are created and destroyed. CloudLens uses metadata from cloud platform instances to classify them; because metadata inherently exists for each new instance that is created, the platform automatically knows how to treat it and which security and monitoring policies need to be applied. Consequently, traffic from instances is appropriately filtered and routed to security and monitoring tools, without requiring human intervention. With a security and monitoring tool partner ecosystem, CloudLens ensures that tool instances also scale. An auto-scaling solution eliminates the burden of management to save time and money. It also mitigates the inherent risk of error with manual configuration. CloudLens has been tested to support thousands of instances.
Cost-effective cloud visibility
CloudLens aligns to one of the core tenets and drivers for why organizations move to cloud: No guesswork with regards to sizing for peak use, optimizing how resources are allocated and controlling costs.
Like the cloud scales with load on applications or systems, CloudLens scales along with workload instances, adding visibility on-demand when instances are created or destroyed, without any architectural changes. This scale means you only use what you need and consequently, only pay for what you use. Moreover, CloudLens mitigates errors because there is no potential for mis-sizing peak demand or missing instances as they get added - ensuring the right amount of visibility, cost-effectively.
A Cloud-Native, Serverless Design
Ixia’s CloudLens can auto-scale and is cloud-provider agnostic because it is built on the cloud. At its core, it’s an implicit microservices architecture which is orchestrated via API’s - a serverless design. It is this cloud-native aspect that allows the platform to scale so it can meet the cloud needs of highly available and scalable service across technology platforms.
CloudLens Public has two core components:
- A SaaS visibility management platform. This is where users can configure visibility and define filtering.
- Sensors and connectors: software that sits within the source and tool instances respectively. The sensors and connectors are how CloudLens accesses metadata because they sit within instances. They can be Docker-container or Agent based versions.
Cloud Visibility Ecosystem
Ixia offers a Cloud Visibility Ecosystem of Technology Partners that are pre-validated to receive data directly from CloudLens in the cloud. This allows flexibility of management and removes the requirement of backhauling data when not required.
Overall, a broad range of stakeholders can leverage CloudLens to feed the packet-based tools they need to support business. Compliance and security teams can deploy security tools such as data loss prevention (DLP) and intrusion prevention systems (IPS). Application owners can deploy application performance management (APM) and performance monitors. DevOps teams can deploy troubleshooting and analysis tools. Data can be sent to both cloud-based and physical security and monitoring tools. See the complete list of Ixia Technology Partners.
All through an easy, drag and drop interface
Ixia, as always, makes its products easy to use. CloudLens has an intuitive drag-and-drop interface that shows source instances on the left and tool instances on the right – making it easy to understand network data flow.
How CloudLens Works
- Identify Instances
- Create a Project
- Define Groups
- Draw a Path
- Setup Filters
Using CloudLens is easy. The first step is to load Ixia sensors on the source instances, where you need packet visibility. With CloudLens visibility ecosystem, security and monitoring tool instances, where the packets need to be delivered, are already setup with connectors that receive data from the sensors.
The sensors and connectors send metadata information (e.g., Cloud service provider, region, AZ, kernel module, CPU and memory) to the SaaS management platform. The sensor serves dual functions; it also filters packet data before sending it directly to tools. If desired, CloudLens provides the flexibility to route data to a CloudLens virtual packet processor (VM) and subsequently to physical security and monitoring tools or a network packet broker.
In the SaaS management platform, create a “project” and use the project key generated to associate the sensors and connectors running in the source and tool instances, respectively, to the project. This allows the management platform to have complete context of where source instances and tool instances reside and in turn bring packet visibility from the source to tool instances.
In the SaaS management platform, create source groups and tool groups based on metadata ingested from the sensors and connectors; a natural classification system. The user also has the flexibility to create source groups and tools groups according to business objectives. In this example “Application Instances” are grouped together as “Source Group 1” and “Web Servers” are grouped together as “Source Group 2.”
Once groups are created, the relationship of source and tool instances can be established. Drag and drop a connection in the management platform to create a security visibility data path. This connection forwards packet data from source instances to tool instances through a secure peer-to-peer VPN tunnel, the secure visibility path, that originates in the source sensor and terminates in the tool.
You can create packet filters at the source instance to filter only relevant packet data that needs to be sent to your tools.
The work is done. Sit back with the peace of mind that you can now see what is happening in your cloud environment.
“FireEye is excited to partner with Ixia on its new CloudLens platform to extend our industry-leading visibility and response speed into AWS, Azure, and other public cloud. With our focus on simplifying, integrating, and automating security operations for customers with FireEye Helix, having scalable, native visibility into all cloud services, networks, endpoints, third-party security products enables us to stay ahead of our customer needs."
“Ixia CloudLens Public was designed and built for the cloud and as a result, it is inherently elastic and scalable. CloudLens Public provides CA’s network monitoring solutions the visibility needed to monitor end-to-end response times to track and optimize the end user experience, no matter where an application is deployed.”
“Ixia’s CloudLens Public full-packet visibility in AWS enables Dynatrace DC RUM customers to monitor and improve the experience of business-critical applications such as SAP, Citrix and Oracle.”
“Moving enterprise workloads to the cloud can create stumbling blocks for security teams, as they no longer have the network packet visibility needed to be effective. Ixia's CloudLens Public solves this problem by providing full, easy and highly scalable visibility in the public cloud. The joint Ixia and ProtectWise solution provides automated threat detection and unlimited forensic exploration.”
“As a provider of large scale SaaS-based performance management solutions hosted in AWS, AppNeta is very familiar with the challenges associated with obtaining actionable packet-level visibility in the public cloud. We found CloudLens Public to scale to meet the elastic demands of public cloud customers in a multi-tenant, self-serve model like ours and unlike other solutions we've examined, perform well with minimal overhead. With CloudLens Public, deploying monitoring solutions in the public cloud occurs in a matter of minutes, not hours or days.”
“The NetFort LANGuardian software download ensures users can get granular real time visibility of network and user activity on any remote site or data center in minutes. Now, using Ixia CloudLens Public, this has been expanded to ensure the cloud is no longer a blind spot. The combination of Ixia and NetFort ensures organizations always have a unified view of their environment from a single console that provides real visibility, metadata and context for faster detection and response across their virtual, physical and cloud networks.”
“Extending actionable network forensics into the cloud is both difficult and important. With Ixia CloudLens Public, Savvius is able to bring cloud capabilities to Omnipeek and Omnipliance in a manner that is scalable, elastic, and reliable.”
“The adoption of public cloud solutions is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. With this comes unique and significant challenges around how organizations ensure the security and integrity of their data and applications. Ixia’s CloudLens Public solution solves the critically important problem of providing access to network traffic within and across cloud environments to enable solutions like LogRhythm’s Network Monitor to perform deep packet inspection, rich metadata extraction, analytics and full packet capture around cloud-based workloads. Together, LogRhythm and Ixia CloudLens Public give our customers the necessary visibility and threat detection capabilities to instill confidence as they migrate to the cloud.”
“As organizations have been moving applications to the cloud, it has become more and more difficult to efficiently obtain the packets required for deep analytics on the usage and integrity of those applications. Ixia’s new CloudLens Public offering provides a scalable and flexible way to efficiently collect packets from cloud hosted instances. This solution has been validated to work with ntopng traffic analysis tool.”
Ixia works with leading security, APM and NPM tool providers, including open source providers, to pre-validate CloudLens interoperability direct from cloud. The tools of the cloud visibility ecosystem providers operate directly with CloudLens, without requiring data backhaul to a virtual machine or network packet broker, for a seamless experience and complete visibility into cloud environments.
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