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Cloud Switch

A probe is a device or software that converts packet-based network communications into an analyzable metadata format. Different techniques for accomplishing this are used depending on the traffic and application. Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and Machine Learning are used for user traffic as well as large volume traffic such as video content. For signaling traffic, the packets are parsed and the relevant data extracted.

Features

Highlights

  • INBAND DYNAMIC VISIBILITY SERVICE STEERING
  • CLOUD CENTRIC VISIBILITY
  • APPLICATION BREATHING SUPPORT
  • VISIBILITY IN HARDWARE (NO PERFORMANCE DEGRADATION IN THE SERVER)
  • VISIBILITY BASED ON APPLICATION ID (MICRO SERVICE) LEVEL
  • NO SOFTWARE CHANGES ON THE SERVER
  • FULLY SOFTWARE AGNOSTIC

The Challenge

In a large network environment, there can be thousands of microservices to monitor with each service running on a separate server/rack/data center because of redundancy reasons. In the worst case, the “application” could be running all over the world in several data centers. There are even more difficulties because the applications can jump dynamically through the data centers. As a result, classical tapping is not possible anymore!

The Solution

When the number of servers increases to thousands or tens of thousands and scale-outs and scale-ins happen regularly and across a large network it is a catch-up situation with SDV and there may be delays that are no more acceptable.

The only solution that can handle tens of thousands of servers with high cloud elasticity is a cloud switch that has tapping and network packet broker inbuilt. Cubro cloud switch (CCS) has all the necessary information about VM and container movements, scale-ins and scale-outs between hosts and is able to provide needed packets to the monitoring system.

The most advanced big data centers use the Cubro Cloud Switch (CCS), because it combines an advanced switching fabric with a visibility fabric. 

Visibility must be a part of the network infrastructure in the cloud. For example in a data center with 10,000 servers or more physical tapping becomes expensive and virtual tapping unmanageable.

Cubro visibility solution follows the Cloud elasticity in real-time. This is only possible, if the visibility solution is a part of the network infrastructure, and gets Correlated Service Metadata out of the fabric. 

In the Cubro solution each switch acts as a visibility node:

  • High capability for load sharing
  • The network itself can provide transport functions in the form of several types of tunnels forwarding the traffic to the monitoring tools. 

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