Kentik today announced a significant advance in network performance monitoring (NPM) for today’s cloud-centric, distributed applications. Built to meet the needs of modern digital business operations, Kentik’s NPM solution builds on Kentik Detect, the big data-based, SaaS network analytics platform chosen by digital leaders like Yelp, Box, Neustar, Pandora and Dailymotion. Kentik NPM also includes nProbe host-based and sensor monitoring agent software offered in partnership with ntop. Kentik’s NPM solution delivers real-world insight into the network and Internet’s role in distributed, cloud-based application performance issues.
“Migration to the cloud, in its various forms, creates a fundamental shift in network traffic that traditional network performance monitoring tools fail to cover,” said Gartner Research Director Sanjit Ganguli in his May 27, 2016 research note title ‘Network Performance Monitoring Tools Leave Gaps in Cloud Monitoring’. “Compute latency and communication latency become much harder to distinguish, forcing network teams to spend more time isolating issues between the cloud and network infrastructure…Packet analysis through physical or virtual appliances do not have a place to instrument in many public cloud environments…Today’s typical NPMD vendors have their solutions geared toward traditional data center and branch office architecture, with the centralized hosting of applications.”
Kentik’s NPM solution overcomes these challenges by offering the nProbe host-based agent that deploys rapidly into hybrid data center and cloud environments, and monitors network performance factors such as latency, retransmits, out of order packets, and packet fragments based on actual application traffic flows, offering the most relevant and actionable intelligence.
Unlike siloed traditional solutions, Kentik Detect ingests and unifies network and application performance metric data points from nProbe or third party sensors along with billions of NetFlow, sFlow, IPFIX, GeoIP, and BGP routing data points from network infrastructure devices. Kentik Detect’s big data-powered ad hoc analytics, powerful anomaly and DDoS detection, and visualization of traffic over actual Internet paths and geographies means that engineers have a one-stop network intelligence hub for maintaining the highest application performance.
“With a substantial portion of the world’s internet advertising flowing across our open cloud platform, predictable performance is a business-critical concern,” said Scott Martin, VP Technical Operations for AppNexus, a leading ad-serving technology provider. “Kentik’s NPM solution has given us a breakthrough level of visibility that puts us in far better control of the complex network and Internet traffic delivery factors that impact our service delivery.”
“Kentik's team came from digital businesses like Akamai, Netflix, YouTube and CloudFlare, so we’re deeply aware of the challenges of operating cloud applications and services and the deficiencies of traditional tools to meet those challenges,” said Kentik CEO Avi Freedman. “Digital businesses can’t afford to go hunting for answers when user experience is on the line. Kentik NPM instantly answers the pivotal question of whether the network is the cause of application performance issues or not; and if so, what to do about it.”
Kentik’s NPM solution is available immediately. Kentik is holding an educational webinar--Network Performance Monitoring for Cloud and Digital Operations, on September 29th at 10 am PT.