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Without proper tools that can interpret, analyze and display network traffic and related problems, a network administrator is limited to the time-consuming trial and error method trying to identify problems. The tool should also be able to confide to the universal belief that “Prevention is better than cure”.

iNet Enterprise Overview

As networking environment, especially those in large enterprise and organizations, gets more and more complex, locating and isolating the source of any network problems without proper tool is equivalent to finding a needle in the haystack. Ensuring the computing resources and the networking platform hosting them are protected is also becoming a war against the impossible because new worms/viruses/attacks crop up everyday and it is difficult to detect and remove these malicious attacks.

Network and system administrators have turned to network monitoring and protection tools to ensure smooth operation of networks within the enterprise. Most organization has about 50 to 1000 computers and the numbers are growing. Imagine one of the computers is flooding the network; the system administrator would then have to investigate each machine to find out which one is causing the problem by making desk-side visits. Such process may is cumbersome, inaccurate and in some cases, take days (even weeks) to pinpoint and solve the problem

iNet Enterprise Technology

As computer networks are growing at a drastic rate, network administrators can no longer monitor network problems using traditional methods such as SNMP and RMON. What network administrators need is the latest passive monitoring approach. There are few of ways to monitor network segments. iNetmon uses a passive capturing method to access traffic statistics of a network segment. For network devices with an internal RMON (Remote MONitoring) probe, the RMON Extension gives you access to the information gathered internally by the network devices. Finally for network devices with internal SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) agents, the SNMP Extension gives you access to SNMP alerts (traps) and current status of the network devices. The passive monitoring method is the most compatible method supported by most network devices. Based on the survey done among some of the major manufacturers of switches, not all features used by the active network analyzer to monitor a network are built into the network devices. In order to be fully compatible will all computer networks, iNetmon adopted the passive approach because of the following reasons.

  1. As for SNMP 1, it reports only if devices are functioning properly. This can prove to be too vague and doesn't pinpoint the problem-causing device. Industry has attempted to define a new set of protocols called SNMP 2 that can provide additional information upon recognition of a problem. However, standardization efforts have not been successful.
  2. Although RMON can prove to be a very useful network-monitoring tool, it is still plagued with various problems besides high costs. Even with the introduction of RMON 2, a problem with incompatibility between vendor implementations has still not been alleviated. Because of this, RMON tool vendors have been adding propriety extensions to their products to make them more attractive to network managers who are demanding more functionality. There is still much risk of becoming dependent on a single vendor.
  3. The passive approach, which is used by the iNetmon engine, does not increase the traffic on the network for the measurements. This is not like SNMP and RMON where the polling requires collecting the data and the traps and alarms (SNMP and RMON) all generate network traffic, which can be substantial. The general passive approach is extremely valuable in network trouble-shooting; however it is limited in certain ability to emulate error scenarios or isolating problems arising from other networks. Thus, in order to overcome these limitations, iNetmon uses an advanced passive approach. That's why an advanced network traffic monitoring application such as iNetmon is needed to overcome the problem faced today.

There are few of ways to monitor network segments. iNetmon uses a passive capturing method to access traffic statistics of a network segment. For network devices with an internal RMON (Remote MONitoring) probe, the RMON Extension gives you access to the information gathered internally. 
 

iNet Segment is an autonomous and intelligent agent that sits in every network segments, collecting various focal network data while providing full protection to the network segment against worm and related attacks

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 iNet Console gets network data from iNet Segment and displayed as various, time-sensitive statistics in the form of charts and tables. The charts provide information on the network activity. The packet per second (pps) and bits per second (bps) charts show the amount of packets moving on the network in every second. This can help to indicate peak hours of the network. User can monitor the flow of packets on the network. The network utilization graph shows the percentage of bandwidth utilized. This module can be used in different network bandwidth. Traffic Analyzer enables you to see the total traffic and the bandwidth on your segment in real time. It also graphs the information against a percentage of bandwidth utilization to give you some knowledge into the total load on the segment. It is displayed in histogram format, which is useful in determining optimal network configuration and solving global traffic issues before they become global problems. Network Utilization is logged and stored in a History function in Traffic Analyzer. By comparing a current utilization to previous recorded utilizations, a network administrator can quickly determine network trends or judge the effect of a change to the network in the case of devices upgrading or topology changes. 

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 In addition to network traffic and bandwidth utilization, iNet Segment also tracks all the protocols in each interval(specified in number of minutes) of monitoring activity and iNet Console visualizes this myriad of network data as listed below. The parameters visualized are as follows:

  • Application Protocols
  • Packet Per Second Ratio
  • Network Protocols
  • IPv4 Protocols
  • IPv6 Protocols
  • IPv4 versus IPv6 Protocols
  • Top Usage (10 top IP addresses with high bandwidth usage)
  • Application Monitoring (10 top application with high bandwidth usage)
  • Network Anomalies.
  • Network Worm Actibities.

iNet Console also gathers data on worm attacks on alerts generated by the Worm Engine within iNet Segment and alerts generated by the built-in intelligence engine in iNet Server

iNet Serveris a central component of iNet Enterprise that collects data and performs clustering and trend analysis on the data to see if there is any pattern and avert any potential disasters. It plays three crucial roles:

  • Data acquisition from iNet Segment installed in various segments.
  • Data provider to iNet Console for network data visualization and playback.
  • Intelligent analysis of the data for pattern recognition, prediction and clustering.  

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The traditional enterprise monitoring concept involves sending information packets from the agent to the console on a periodic basis which is known as streaming technique. This technique would drain the bandwidth and thus deny bandwidth to other more critical applications. Network infrastructure has to cope with high bandwidth applications and at the same time needs a tool to keep an eye and scrutinize network health. As we know, conventional monitoring approaches would only aggravate and cause the network to perform poorly. We need a tool that robustly monitors and at the same time does not affect the network performance while performing its tasks.

In view of this, we have introduced a radical concept in addressing the bandwidth issue. One of the goals of our products is to use technology or techniques that consume minimal bandwidth and yet provide real-time and up to date information about your network. iNet Enterprise suite uses non-streaming techniques to provide centralized monitoring.
 


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