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Big Data SaaS Saves Network Operations!

July 19, 2017

What do summer blockbusters have to do with network operations? As utilization explodes and legacy tools stagnate, keeping a network secure and performant can feel like a struggle against evil forces. In this post we look at network operations as a hero’s journey, complete with the traditional three acts that shape most gripping tales. Can networks be rescued from the dangers and drudgery of archaic tools? Bring popcorn…

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Announcing KDDI’s Adoption of Kentik

July 19, 2017

We’re very excited to share that KDDI, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, has selected the Kentik platform for network planning, operations, and to protect their key network assets and services. Read about the reasons that KDDI chose Kentik and why we’re so excited about this announcement.

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News in Networking: Apple’s New Data Center, Intel’s New Chip, and a Survey on Network Challenges

July 13, 2017

Out with the old, in with the new, or so it seems this week. Apple has a new data center, its first in China. Intel announced a new line of microprocessors. Ericsson announced a new network services suite for IoT. Also this week, Kentik’s survey from Cisco Live reveals network challenges affecting digital transformation. More after the jump.

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Kentik Detect Alerting: Configuring Alert Policies

July 11, 2017

Operating a network means staying on top of constant changes in traffic patterns. With legacy network monitoring tools, you often can’t see these changes as they happen. Instead you need a comprehensive visibility solution that includes real-time anomaly detection. Kentik Detect fits the bill with a policy-based alerting system that continuously evaluates incoming flow data. This post provides an overview of system features and configuration.

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Security in an SD-WAN World

July 06, 2017

As one of 2017’s hottest networking technologies, SD-WAN is generating a lot of buzz, including at last week’s Cisco Live. But as enterprises rely on SD-WAN to enable Internet-connected services — thereby bypassing Carrier MPLS charges — they face unfamiliar challenges related to the security and availability of remote sites. In this post we take a look at these new threats and how Kentik Detect helps protect against and respond to attacks.

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News in Networking: Verizon-Disney Rumors, ‘Most Promising’ 5G Operators, and UN List of Security Gaps

July 06, 2017

Verizon’s deal with Yahoo may still be on the minds of many, but Disney may be Verizon’s new big brand-of-interest. Also on acquisitions, Forrester’s CEO says Apple should buy IBM. Juniper Research released a list of the most promising 5G operators in Asia. And the UN released a list of countries with cybersecurity gaps. More after the jump…

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Three Little NetFlow Databases in a Big Bad World

June 26, 2017

Obsolete architectures for NetFlow analytics may seem merely quaint and old-fashioned, but the harm they can do to your network is no fairy tale. Without real-time, at-scale access to unsummarized traffic data, you can’t fully protect your network from hazards like attacks, performance issues, and excess transit costs. In this post we compare three database approaches to assess the impact of system architecture on network visibility.

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News in Networking: Intent-based Networking, a Huge S3 Data Leak, and BGP Route Leaks

June 22, 2017

This week Cisco made a series of product announcements, including intent-based networking for automation. NTT launched an SD-WAN. An open Amazon S3 server exposed millions of voters’ PII. A group proposed a way to reduce BGP route leaks. More after the jump…

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Accuracy in Low-Volume NetFlow Sampling

June 19, 2017

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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News in Networking: AWS Downtime, Skills for DevOps Engineers, and Tabs vs. Spaces Debate

June 15, 2017

The NSA officially blamed North Korea for the WannaCry ransomware attacks. A Virginia school got creative to keep its students on fast broadband. Ericsson predicts a 5G user spike. The tabs versus spaces programmer debate continues. And the Kentik team advises on avoiding AWS downtime and offers skills for DevOps engineers to know. All that and more after the jump…

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