Kentik - Network Observability
Solution Brief

Hybrid Cloud Monitoring

Visualize your cloud environment

As organizations adopt hybrid, multi-cloud environments, network and infrastructure teams will face serious blind spots with siloed tools impacting their ability to identify and troubleshoot problems. Kentik is the industry’s first solution to close operational gaps introduced by hybrid cloud environments.

Kentik provides — in one pane — visualization across infrastructures, including those that you own and those you don’t. You can drill into your cloud and data center environments, troubleshoot VPC flows, subnets, east-west traffic, and check your device interfaces. At the internet and WAN edge, Kentik enables monitoring, capacity planning, performance optimization, and even auditing flows through VPNs and firewall security zones.

Cloud network locations and health
The Kentik platform showing network locations, their health and the connectivity status between them.

Beyond unified visibility, Kentik also provides intelligent alerting and diagnosis across complex infrastructures, improving uptime and reducing MTTR.

Get an instant understanding of:

  • AWS (Amazon Web Services), Azure, Google Cloud, and IBM VPC flow logs and inter-service dependencies
  • Site topology and architecture (spine/leaf and tiers), device metrics (CPU, memory, interface utilization), VPCs, and north-south and east-west traffic
  • Cloud connectivity between any source and destination — reduce MTTR by streamlining cloud troubleshooting
  • Network components, such as VPNs, firewalls, and transit gateway traffic flows
  • Cloud service bottlenecks that can break applications
Cloud network locations and health
Unified visualization of hybrid infrastructure: multi-cloud, cloud regions, internet networks.

These insights bring to light the specifics of traffic flows so you can pinpoint issues and route traffic more efficiently. It will also help you avoid high-cost links (like public internet) and identify which applications are transiting these high-cost links. A change in path can save significant cloud costs.

What is Hybrid Cloud Monitoring?

Hybrid cloud monitoring is the process of managing, tracking, and analyzing the performance of an IT infrastructure that spans on-premises environments, private cloud, and public cloud services. This approach combines the security and control of on-premises and private clouds with the scalability and flexibility of public cloud services.

As more businesses adopt hybrid cloud architectures, achieving comprehensive visibility and control over these diverse environments becomes crucial. Hybrid cloud monitoring involves using tools and strategies specifically designed to oversee all aspects of the hybrid cloud infrastructure — from the health of network devices, servers, and applications to the performance of workloads and data flows across various cloud platforms.

Act on what matters

Kentik ingests data streams from the internet, edge, cloud, and data centers and provides real-time visualizations and AIOps-powered early insights, diagnosis, and workflow automation for a quick resolution.

Network topology
Drill into site topology, device metrics (CPU, memory, interface utilization), and north-south and east-west traffic

The Kentik Network Observability Cloud eliminates visibility and intelligence gaps. The Connectivity Checker enables you to verify or troubleshoot connectivity between any source and destination. Reports can be set to persistently monitor important paths. Kentik empowers professionals with preemptive agility in complex hybrid cloud environments — where disruptions are intrinsically harder to foresee and recover from — so they can deliver reliable networks and a great digital experience.

Detailed cloud performance

Kentik provides both a network and services view of cloud performance. Proactively and continuously test network connectivity and performance. Visualize the network within and between VPCs, regions, gateways, and on-prem. Use knowledge about how your traffic is routed through clouds to proactively detect high latency in critical routes between regions, zones, and on-premises endpoints. Get a bidirectional view from both source and destination addresses. Get a performance view from different geographies for all internet-facing applications using Kentik’s global agents.

Traffic flows and metrics in AWS Direct Connect
AWS Direct Connect traffic flows and performance metrics

See the performance of critical cloud services and determine which regions or VPCs are driving utilization. Dig into the data to see history, status codes, and DNS lookup time.

Cloud performance monitoring
Cloud Performance Monitor and a view of service performance.

Optimize cloud traffic costs

Manage cloud connectivity and data transfer costs. Identify and optimize misconfigured expensive egress routes. Monitor cloud networking expenses by detecting shifts in consumption rates or new traffic sources incurring high costs. Observe cost in real-time and historical trends. Project and control cost at instance, service, and account level for accountability and planning.

Customizable cloud monitoring dashboard
Your customizable dashboard showing critical cloud monitoring data.

Monitor Kubernetes clusters

Kentik Kube is a new module of the Kentik Network Observability Cloud that helps cloud and infrastructure engineers gain detailed network traffic and performance visibility both inside and among their Kubernetes clusters so they can quickly detect and solve network problems. We built Kentik Kube to provide visibility for cloud-managed Kubernetes clusters (AKS, EKS, and GKE) and on-prem.

Kubernetes cluster showing latency
Kubernetes cluster running on AWS, displaying latency at the front end of an online shopping site.

Understand traffic flows between and within pods. Analyze traffic and identify performance problems between pods and services to help application teams troubleshoot problems quickly. Track traffic flows between clusters and external systems or clients. Find anomalous traffic and understand dependencies.

What are the benefits of hybrid cloud monitoring?

Effective hybrid cloud monitoring provides organizations with a unified view of their entire IT infrastructure. This visibility enables them to identify potential issues, troubleshoot problems rapidly, and ensure optimal performance across all components. In addition, it often employs real-time data analysis and AI-powered insights to detect potential issues before they can impact system performance and service delivery.

Given the complex nature of hybrid cloud environments, monitoring tools must be capable of interpreting and managing data from various sources while providing actionable insights. These tools should also offer features such as intelligent alerting, performance optimization, capacity planning, and auditing capabilities to efficiently manage and maintain the hybrid cloud infrastructure.

By leveraging hybrid cloud monitoring, businesses can ensure reliable and high-performing operations, providing a seamless digital experience to their end users. With comprehensive visibility into network performance, organizations can also optimize cloud traffic costs, manage cloud connectivity, and strategically plan for future capacity needs.

Hybrid Cloud Monitoring Tools from Kentik

Kentik provides a comprehensive solution for hybrid cloud monitoring. It offers unified visibility across all infrastructures, including those on-premises, in the private cloud, and public cloud services such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and IBM.

Kentik’s platform enables real-time visualization and intelligent alerting across complex infrastructures, aiding in troubleshooting and performance optimization. Using AI-powered insights and workflow automation, it also allows for detailed performance analysis within and between VPCs, regions, gateways, and on-premises.

With features for monitoring Kubernetes clusters and capabilities for optimizing cloud traffic costs, Kentik is a powerful tool for navigating the complexities of hybrid cloud environments, closing operational gaps, and delivering reliable networks for a superior digital experience.

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Key benefits

  • Unified mapping of all network infrastructure, private, hybrid, and public cloud
  • Health status presented dynamically on a visual map
  • Advanced inter and intra-traffic profiling and filtering in single-click actions
  • Powerful anomaly detection to help with diagnosis
  • Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud visibility, including among Kubernetes clusters
  • Discover traffic patterns and map networks including Kubernetes Control and optimize cloud networking costs by monitoring egress traffic
  • MTTR reduction by troubleshooting faster in complex cloud environments
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