It’s nearing the end of the year, but we haven’t slowed down. We have released a significant new product called Kentik Firehose, aimed at closed-loop network monitoring. With Kentik Firehose, organizations can now send streaming network analytics to application monitoring tools (e.g., New Relic), data sinks (e.g., Splunk, InfluxDB, Elasticsearch, AWS S3, etc.) or publishing platforms (e.g., Kafka, AWS Kinesis, Google Pub/Sub, etc.). Use Firehose to enhance business and DevOps intelligence with a comprehensive understanding of network dynamics and context.
The Kentik Network Observability Platform provides the most comprehensive data across all public, private, and hybrid networking environments, including flow records, streaming telemetry, SNMP data, device configurations, and synthetic performance metrics. With Kentik Firehose, you can now send all this data from Kentik into your application monitoring tools (e.g., New Relic, Splunk, InfluxDB, Elasticsearch, AWS S3, etc.), and publishing platforms (e.g., Kafka, AWS Kinesis, Google Pub/Sub, etc.).
Firehose closes the network observability gap and lets you uncover insights, and effectively troubleshoot your apps with full context and data about your networks included in the tools you use.
Examples of exportable data include:
Data formats include:
Customers are using Kentik Firehose to:
For further information see the Kentik Firehose Solution Overview.
Kentik Firehose is available as part of the Kentik Premium Edition and available for purchase for Kentik Pro Edition customers.
Customers will be able to configure Firehose data export via the portal settings and the Kentik KTranslate agent is available on the Docker hub for anyone who wants to try it. Instructions on how to set up and use Firehose is available in the Kentik Knowledge Base.
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Hybrid Maps now supports path visualization in all of our layouts. With Hybrid Maps, NetOps teams gain an immediate and single, unified view to understand topology state, traffic flows, network performance and device health status within and between multi-cloud, on-prem and internet infrastructures.
To see the new path visualization, apply a sidebar filter to express the traffic you want to see visualized in the maps.
Driven by strong interest since its launch a couple of months ago, our Synthetics Monitoring product added a slew of new features that are sure to delight. Here is a summary of the significant additions and changes.
The new HTTP Server Test allows you to quickly set up an HTTP GET style test to a web server and optionally run ping tests towards the resolved IP address. Depending on whether you are a network engineer mainly interested in whether a server is reachable or an application engineer interested in the specifics of what is causing an application to be unresponsive, we’ve got you covered with custom HTTP error codes. Any error codes you specify will be treated as a “pass” if returned by the web server.
Test results for the HTTP Server Test show the status code and the average time to last byte metrics, and the response size so you can spot anomalies in the amount of data returned from the requests.
The new DNS Server Monitor Test allows you to test the performance of one or more DNS servers associated with a hostname.
Test results show you the resolution time and any returned results (NS, MX, A, AAAA records…).
The traceroute-based network path view is a beautiful traffic visualization as it flows from your test points (agents) to specific endpoints (IP hosts, web servers, DNS servers or even other agents). It shows a hop by hop view and makes it very easy to quickly dig down to the root of the problem that is causing performance problems in your network and impacting your end-users’ experience with your applications.
Alerts can be configured per test while creating tests and will show up in the new Incident Log on the Performance Dashboard.
Alerts are triggered based on preset or user-defined test health criteria (for warning, critical states) and based on user-defined alert policies that can be configured per test.
Get notified as soon as an alert is fired via email, Slack or your notification system of choice through a custom webhook.
Different applications have different requirements for performance. Some may be more tolerant towards jitter while others may not. Configurable threshold for packet loss, jitter, latency, and time to last byte allows you to control what is considered a healthy or an unhealthy test result.
Easily export data from the Performance Dashboard, the Test Control Center and the Agent Management page. Exporting as a PDF runs in the background and notifies you through a banner.
Autonomous tests are a Kentik-unique concept that free you from the burden of identifying specific destination IP addresses and setting up tests one by one by leveraging real flow data to find, automatically set up and periodically refresh network tests.
You start by picking a specific type of entity (ASN, CDN, country, region or city) that you would like to test performance towards. Kentik shows you a list of entities of a specific type, ordered by the amount of traffic you have going towards it.
Selecting an entity (like an ASN or CDN) starts to run a query automatically for the top sites with traffic towards that entity. Testable sites without agents have a recommendation to “Add Agent.”
Get a quick description of the test by clicking the help link.
The static sparklines representing the correlated flow traffic in the synthetics test details pages are now dynamic and interactive to allow for a more straightforward correlation of spikes to real traffic. Inbound and outbound traffic now span the entire horizontal space and are arranged one above the other to improve usability.