WhatsUp Gold makes it easy to get detailed visibility into your network traffic to see which users, applications, and protocols are consuming bandwidth or connecting to suspicious ports. This insight allows you to setup bandwidth usage policies, maximize your return on ISP costs and ensure adequate bandwidth for critical business applications and services.
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, justify a needed bandwidth upgrade or watch for traffic to Tor ports and other suspicious connections.
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.
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.
Here's just a few wins you can get:
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).
Out-of-the-box reports include:
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 or connect to suspicious ports, when interface traffic exceeds utilization thresholds or when you exceed failed connections or the number of conversation partner thresholds.
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.
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.
"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)."
Jim Cashman, Director of Product Management
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.
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.
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.
The unified dashboard is the best interface I've used and is definitely the de facto future of service, server and application monitoring. I love it!Matt Cline
Senior Systems Administrator
My responsibility is to make sure that IT meets Flexi-Van's strategic goals and objectives. With WhatsUp Gold I'm better able to succeed in my mission. I highly recommend it.James Mercer
Director of IT
WhatsUp Gold quickly notifies team members of failures without staff having to watch a monitoring station. We are able to manage WhatsUp Gold without it managing us.John Kholmorgan
Network Services Director
Austin Independent School District
Network Traffic Monitoring is the process of collecting data concerning the protocols and IP addresses traversing a network for analysis and review in order to detect any abnormality or process which could adversely affect performance, availability or security.
A network flow is a sequence of packets from a source IP address to a destination. It is the logical equivalent of a connection or call. NetFlow is a network protocol developed by Cisco to collect IP network traffic as it enters or exits an interface.