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Posts by Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP Product Marketing

Kentik Earns Forrester Nod as Breakout Vendor

By Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP Product Marketing | Jan 3, 2017
Analyst Report, Company, Network Management

Kentik is honored to be the sole network monitoring provider named by Forrester Research as a “Breakout Vendor” in a December 2016 report on the Virtual Network Infrastructure (VNI) space. The report asserts that I&O leaders can dramatically improve customer experience by choosing cloud networking solutions, and cites Kentik Detect as one of four groundbreaking products that are poised to supercede typical networking incumbents.

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RouterFreak on Kentik Network Performance Monitoring

By Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP Product Marketing | Dec 22, 2016
Performance Monitoring, Product

Earlier this year the folks over at RouterFreak did a very thorough review of Kentik Detect. We really respected their thoroughness and the fact that they are practicing network engineers, so as we’ve come up with cool new gizmos in our product, we’ve asked them to extend their review. This post highlights some excerpts from their latest review, with particular focus on Kentik NPM, our enhanced network performance monitoring solution.

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Kentik Cited as IDC Innovator

By Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP Product Marketing | Dec 15, 2016
Company, Network Management, Performance Monitoring

Kentik’s recent recognition as an IDC Innovator for Cloud-Based Network Monitoring was based not only on our orientation as a cloud-based SaaS but also on the deep capabilities of Kentik Detect. In this post we look at how our purpose-built distributed architecture enables us to keep up with raw network traffic data while providing a unified network intelligence solution, including traffic analysis, performance monitoring, Internet peering, and DDoS protection.

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The (Net)Flow That Kentik Makes Go: Know Your Traffic Flow Data Protocols

By Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP Product Marketing | Dec 8, 2016
NetFlow Analysis, Network Management

“NetFlow” may be the most common short-hand term for network flow data, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only important flow protocol. In fact there are three primary flavors of flow data — NetFlow, sFlow, and IPFIX — as well as a variety of brand-specific names used by various networking vendors. To help clear up any confusion, this post looks at the main flow-data protocols supported by Kentik Detect.

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How ISPs & Managed Service Providers Can Offer DDoS Protection

By Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP Product Marketing | Nov 28, 2016
DDoS Protection, Network Management

As organizations increasingly rely on digital operations there’s no end in sight to the DDoS epidemic. That aggravates the headaches for service providers, who stand between attackers and their targets, but it also creates the opportunity to offer effective protection services. Done right, these services can deepen customer relationships while expanding revenue and profits. But to succeed, providers will need to embrace big data as a key element of DDoS protection.

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Big Data DDoS Protection vs the DDoS Marketplaces Threat

By Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP Product Marketing | Nov 21, 2016
DDoS Protection, Network Management

The source of DDoS attacks is typically depicted as a hoodie-wearing amateur. But the more serious threat is actually a well-developed marketplace for exploits, with vendors whose state-of-the-art technology can easily overwhelm legacy detection systems. In this post we look why you need the firepower of big data to fend off this new breed of commercial attackers.

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It’s Time for NPM Appliances to Go Bye-Bye

By Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP Product Marketing | Nov 18, 2016
Network Management, Performance Monitoring

I recently had the chance to talk with some editors at TMCNet, specifically for Cloud IT Week, and we had a good conversation about the need for NPM to move beyond aging appliances and into cloud models.  It was one of those rapid, speed-dating type conversations and you never know how it will work out, […]

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The Dyn & Mirai Horror Show: The Weaponization of DDoS using Botnets

By Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP Product Marketing | Nov 14, 2016
DDoS Protection, Network Management

Whether its 70s variety shows or today’s DDoS attacks, high-profile success begets replication. So the recent attack on Dyn by Mirai-marshalled IoT botnets won’t be the last severe disruption of Internet access and commerce. Until infrastructure stakeholders come together around meaningful, enforceable standards for network protection, the security and prosperity of our connected world remains at risk.

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Automate Remotely Triggered Black Hole DDoS Protection in Under an Hour

By Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP Product Marketing | Nov 1, 2016
DDoS Protection, Network Management

DDoS attacks pose a serious and growing threat, but traditional DDoS protection tools demand a plus-size capital budget. So many operators rely instead on manually-triggered RTBH, which is stressful, time-consuming, and error-prone. The solution is Kentik Detect: automated RTBH triggering, based on the industry’s most accurate DDoS detection, that sets up in under an hour with no hardware or software install.

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Valuable Network Data Deserves Life in the Cloud

By Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP Product Marketing | Oct 17, 2016
Network Management

There’s a horrible tragedy taking place every day wherever legacy visibility systems are deployed: the needless slaughter of innocent NetFlow data records. NetFlow is cruelly disposed of, and the details it can reveal are blithely ignored in favor of shallow summaries. Kentik VP of Marketing Alex Henthorn-Iwane reports on this pressing issue and explains what each of us can do to help Save the NetFlow.

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