Network Traffic Analysis

Monitor Network Traffic and Bandwidth Usage

  • Analyze bandwidth consumption across networks, servers, applications and more.
  • Find backups or file transfers running during peak load periods
  • Track unauthorized, bandwidth hogs like streaming or gaming
  • Reprioritize authorized activities that consume a disproportionate share of bandwidth.

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Available as an add-on to the Premium, MSP and Distributed editions. Included in the Total Plus edition.
 
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Get Visibility into Your Network Traffic

Network Traffic Analysis gives you detailed visibility into your network traffic to see which users, applications, and protocols are consuming bandwidth. This insight allows you to maximize your return on ISP costs and ensure adequate bandwidth for critical business applications.

Network Traffic Visibility

Having insight to application bandwidth consumption allows you to better manage the performance of your overall infrastructure, applications and services. You can identify bottlenecks and plan effective workarounds or justify a needed bandwidth upgrade.

Bandwidth Capacity Planning

Being able to see historical bandwidth usage trends allows you to stay ahead of capacity planning. Having the visibility to which applications are driving consumption allows you to demonstrate effective bandwidth management and more easily justify upgrades.

Faster Troubleshooting

Knowing what traffic was consuming bandwidth during a slow-down can really accelerate your troubleshooting. It helps you identify bottleneck issues like bandwidth hogs running where and when they shouldn’t be. Finding these quickly can make you a network superhero.

Tech Tip:

“Use WhatsUp Gold’s Network Traffic Analysis feature and configure threshold alerts for utilization by sender or receiver or interface, failed connections, conversation partners, non-business traffic such as YouTube or Spotify or potential security threats such as high volumes of traffic from a protected host or a suspect protocol (e.g. UDP).”
Mark Amick, Sr. Product Consultant, Product Management

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Common Questions About Network Traffic Analysis

What Problems Can Traffic Monitoring Solve?

Here’s just a few wins you can get:

  • Find backups or file transfers running during peak load periods
  • Track unauthorized, bandwidth hogs like streaming or gaming
  • Reprioritized authorized activities that consume a disproportionate share of bandwidth.

What Protocols Does WhatsUp Gold Support?

The Network Traffic Analysis module collects network traffic and bandwidth usage data from any flow-enabled device on the network. It supports Cisco’s NetFlow and NetFlow-Lite as well as  NSEL protocols, QUIC, J-Flow,  sFlow and IPFIX.  Collect and view data for Cisco CBQoS (Class Based Quality of Service) and NBAR (Network Based Application Recognition).

What Reports Are Included?

Out-of-the-box reports include:

  • Senders, receivers and conversations
  • Sender and receiver domains
  • Sender and receiver countries
  • Applications and protocols
  • Incoming and outgoing interface traffic
  • Incoming and outgoing interface utilization
  • Bandwidth usage by host and group

Can I Get Traffic Alerts?

Receive threshold-based alerts to help you address network traffic problems before they impact your users, applications, and business. Get alerts when senders or receivers exceed bandwidth thresholds, when interface traffic exceeds utilization thresholds or when you exceed failed connections or the number of conversation partner thresholds.

Can it Help Me Save Money?

Monthly ISP bandwidth charges are expensive. WhatsUp Gold’s Network Traffic Analysis lets you drill down to identify the sources and destinations of your internet traffic, the applications consuming internet bandwidth and the users of those applications. In this way, you can manage and justify ISP costs and ensure that your business critical web applications are getting the bandwidth they need.

How About Quality of Service?

The NBAR (Network Based Application Recognition) Top Applications report displays the network traffic resulting from the top applications according to Cisco’s NBAR classification engine. The CBQoS reports provide information about the effectiveness of class-based policies.

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Network Traffic X-Ray Vision

Analyze netflow data to see things that just aren’t possible with SNMP like a port level analysis of applications consuming bandwidth, end-points (‘talkers’) consuming bandwidth by port and bandwidth consumption by end-point or application over time

Bandwidth Usage Super Intelligence

Automatically track WAN usage by application for a month and then show management just what those monthly costs are paying for. Management likes IT pros that think about the business and you have all the factoids at your fingertips.

Network Omni-Presence

Some of your peers maybe worried that you are watching everything when they see reports that show who is using valuable bandwidth for games or videos when they should be working. But you’ll be on top of unauthorized activity that impacts end-user response times.

Super Network Optimization Skills

How about validating that your best laid QoS plans are actually working. Traffic monitoring at the network flow level can show you the affect of application prioritization schemes.

Cyber-Attack Antennae

Set alerts for suspicious conditions like spikes in failed connection attempts on a device. Quickly spot that all of the transmissions originate form a few IP addresses outside your network and you can block an external portscan before the attacker is successful.

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit), 2012, 2012 R2 (64-bit), or 2016
  • Processor: Quad-Core 2.6 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Storage (installation): 25 GB
  • NIC: 100 Mbps
  • Database: SQL Server 2014 Express included by default
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