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Posts by Jim Meehan, Director of Product Marketing

At The Turning Point: FinServ Data Networks

By Jim Meehan, Director of Product Marketing | Mar 29, 2018
Network Management

While data networks are pervasive in every modern digital organization, there are few other industries that rely on them more than the Financial Services Industry. In this blog post, we dig into the challenges and highlight the opportunities for network visibility in FinServ.

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Insight Delivered: The Power of Sankey Diagrams

By Jim Meehan, Director of Product Marketing | Mar 14, 2018
Network Management

Sankey Diagrams were first invented by Captain Matthew Sankey in 1898. Since then they have been adopted in a number of industries such as energy and manufacturing. In this post, we will take a look at how they can be used to represent the relationships within network data.

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Recent memcached Attacks: What Kentik Sees

By Jim Meehan, Director of Product Marketing | Feb 28, 2018
Network Security

Attackers are using memcached to launch DDoS attacks. Multiple Kentik customers have reported experiencing the attack activity. It started over the weekend, with several external sources and mailing lists reporting increased spikes on Tuesday. In this blog post, we look at what our platform reveals about these attacks.

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Level 3 Route Leak: What Kentik Saw

By Jim Meehan, Director of Product Marketing | Nov 15, 2017
Network Management

As last week’s misconfigured BGP routes from backbone provider Level 3 caused Internet outages across the nation, the monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities of Kentik Detect enabled us to identify the most-affected providers and assess the performance impact on our own customers. In this post we show how we did it and how our new ability to alert on performance metrics will make it even easier for Kentik customers to respond rapidly to similar incidents in the future.

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Kentik Detect for Kentik Site Reliability

By Jim Meehan, Director of Product Marketing | Oct 30, 2017
Network Management

At Kentik, we built Kentik Detect, our production SaaS platform, on a microservices architecture. We also use Kentik Detect for monitoring our own infrastructure. Drawing on a variety of real-life incidents as examples, this post looks at how the alerts we get — and the details that we’re able to see when we drill down deep into the data — enable us to rapidly troubleshoot and resolve network-related issues.

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Visualizing the Digital Eclipse

By Jim Meehan, Director of Product Marketing | Aug 22, 2017
NetFlow Analysis

With much of the country looking skyward during the solar eclipse, you might wonder how much of an effect there was on network traffic. Was there a drastic drop as millions of watchers were briefly uncoupled from their screens? Or was that offset by a massive jump in live streaming and photo uploads? In this post we report on what we found using forensic analytics in Kentik Detect to slice traffic based on how and where usage patterns changed during the event.

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Accuracy in Low-Volume NetFlow Sampling

By Jim Meehan, Director of Product Marketing | Jun 19, 2017
Network Management

NetFlow data has a lot to tell you about the traffic across your network, but it may require significant resources to collect. That’s why many network managers choose to collect flow data on a sampled subset of total traffic. In this post we look at some testing we did here at Kentik to determine if sampling prevents us from seeing low-volume traffic flows in the context of high overall traffic volume.

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SDN and Self-Driving Networks

By Jim Meehan, Director of Product Marketing | May 15, 2017
Network Management

SDN holds lots of promise, but it’s practical applications have so far been limited to discrete use cases like customer provisioning or service scaling. The long-term goal is true dynamic control, but that requires comprehensive traffic intelligence in real time at full scale. As our customers are discovering, Kentik Detect’s traffic visibility, anomaly detection, and extensive APIs make it an ideal source for actionable traffic data that can drive network automation.

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Package Tracking for the Internet

By Jim Meehan, Director of Product Marketing | May 9, 2017
Network Management, Peering Analytics

Without package tracking, FedEx wouldn’t know how directly a package got to its destination or how to improve service and efficiency. 25 years into the commercial Internet, most service providers find themselves in just that situation, with no easy way to tell where an individual customer’s traffic exited the network. With Kentik Detect’s new Ultimate Exit feature, those days are over. Learn how Kentik’s per-customer traffic breakdown gives providers a competitive edge.

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Kentik Troubleshoots Network Performance

By Jim Meehan, Director of Product Marketing | Dec 5, 2016
How-To, Network Management, Performance Monitoring

How does Kentik NPM help you track down network performance issues? In this post by Jim Meehan, Director of Solutions Engineering, we look at how we recently used our own NPM solution to determine if a spike in retransmits was due to network issues or a software update we’d made on our application servers. You’ll see how we ruled out the software update, and were then able to narrow the source of the issue to a specific route using BGP AS Path.

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