Fastly outage has also led to mixed outcomes

General

Yesterday, Fastly made news headlines after a configuration error led to a wide-spread failure of commercial and critical apps and websites. This phenomenon has not only led to a new general interest in the inter-workings of the Internet, but also, as most news sources reported, exposed how fragile the Internet can be.

However, in a world as complex as the Internet, it is easy to miss out on the networks that have had a different experience than those underwhelmed by Fastly traffic during this event. As a network-monitoring-as-a-service provider (amongst many other things), we at BENOCS found that not all networks we monitor showed a drop in Fastly traffic. To show you what we mean, let’s compare two networks.

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Who filled my pipe? Flows on Links can help you figure that out

Features, General

Flow analytics tools, such as our own are great for seeing how traffic flows enters and leaves your network in order to determine its behavior. However, when it comes to answering questions such as “who filled my pipe (aka who is consuming valuable backbone capacity)?”, or “do I need to raise transit prices?”, you often find yourself limited by the information these tools can provide.

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More on how the COVID19 Lockdown affected the Internet

Research

What happens to the Internet when the entire world changes their behavior at the same time? Internet traffic patterns have been growing and changing for many years. However, the rate at which these traffic patterns changed during the spring of 2020 was unprecedented. So, what did this mean for the Internet, and how did networks manage with the heavy influx of traffic?

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Not every network’s traffic increased during the COVID19 lockdowns.

General, Research

Since the period when most governments started mandating lockdowns and encouraging social distancing at the beginning of 2020, many network operators, SaaS, OTT providers and CDNs have been reporting unprecedented spikes in traffic volumes and content demand. But what about the other side of the coin? If the demand for the Internet increased, did traffic volumes on every network increase? The answer may surprise you.

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The Internet during a pandemic: Maintaining the quality of service

General

As the COVID-19 continues to spread globally at alarming rates, governments and large companies alike are taking great preventative measures to slow the spread of the disease, such as by cancelling large events, limiting travel, and forcing employees to work from home. These initiatives are moving a large influx of people into the digital realm at a rapid rate, which is stressing out networks and causing the quality of service to reduce. With so many people now relying on the internet for their livelihood during this pandemic, it is important for service providers to have control over traffic volumes in order to maintain their quality of service. For that, they need excellent network visibility and analytics.

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It is important for analytics to be backed by powerful data

General, Products

It’s that time of year again. Another great year is over, and it is time to start making plans for an even better year to come. As we begin to map out our goals for the next 366 days, we thought it might be fun to look further into the future at the potential solutions and services BENOCS could offer its user… when the time is right.

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How the BENOCS Director went from research to product

General, Products, Research

Back in 2010, before BENOCS, our founder along with a few other researchers presented the new challenges facing ISPs: CDNs/hyper-giants and their poorly mapped traffic. In that proposal[1], they opened the research community to a new idea: the prospect of creating a system that would be implemented in the ISP network, which would use the network’s data to facilitate better mapping from the CDN/hypergiants’ side. Now, nine years later and six years of development, the system called the BENOCS Director is not only running, but has also proven its viability and is showing positive results.

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