Virtual Network Analysis

Critical traffic may never leave the rack, creating a "virtual" blind spot. Let WildPackets illuminate the way.

WildPackets offers both on-box and off-box solutions that bring award-winning network analysis and troubleshooting to intra-host and inter-host virtual traffic. Regain the visibility you have on your physical network with a WildPackets Virtual Network Analysis solution.

The migration to blade chassis-based virtual servers and virtualized trunking has created new blind spots in the enterprise: the traffic between virtual hosts in the same blade chassis, and the traffic between virtual servers on a virtualized network fabric. This "invisible traffic" never crosses any physical network segment where it can be easily captured using traditional network analysis techniques. As a result, network and application engineers have little or no visibility into the traffic between virtual servers.

WildPackets virtual network analysis solutions provide IT organizations complete visibility and real-time troubleshooting for intra-host and inter-host virtual traffic. WildPackets solutions can continuously monitor critical applications running within virtual environments, alerting IT organizations and application engineers the instant problems begin, and providing an ongoing recording for all network traffic so problems can be investigated immediately.

Invisible Traffic

"Invisible traffic" is a problem for any data center team trying to troubleshoot, optimize, or secure its virtual server operations. You can't tune what you can't see. And with enterprises virtualizing more and more of their data center operations, the size of this blind spot is only destined to grow.

Intra-host traffic

Intra-host virtual traffic is the most common application of virtualization today, and is widely used by companies of all sizes. It typically involves a single physical host with multiple virtual machines.

Virtual Network Analysis VSMP Diagram

To monitor and analyze intra-host traffic on a single physical server, WildPackets offers a software-only, on-box solution, OmniEngine. OmniEngine runs as one of the apps on the virtual server, and has access to all of the virtual NICs within the host, allowing it to monitor and analyze all intra-host traffic.

Inter-host traffic

As virtual infrastructures get larger, especially in enterprise settings, the trend is for multiple virtual hosts to be connected on a virtual fabric, resulting in a collection of virtual systems with only a single, physical connection to the network.

Virtual Network Analysis VSFS Diagram

To monitor and analyze the greater volume of data that exists on a shared virtual network fabric, WildPackets offers dedicated, off-box, appliance solutions. These appliances take advantage of capabilities within the network fabric to mirror virtual network traffic to a physical port, where the appliances have access to the network traffic for monitoring and analysis. For real-time analysis, use Omnipliance CX or MX depending on the overall network volume. For extremely high data rates and forensic analysis capability, use Omnipliance TL.

Root-cause analysis

When other virtual management tools report problems, get to the root cause by capturing and analyzing virtual network traffic with a WildPackets Virtual Network Analysis solution.

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