Overcoming today’s network visibility limits

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In times of rapidly increasing internet traffic, it is becoming important for internet service providers (ISP) to seek more visibility and control over how and where content is entering its network, and how this can affect the user’s quality of experience. Content delivery is still a blind flight, but how can you equip for the future when you do not know your demand as well as how it affects your network assets? Instead of facing rising infrastructure costs, let us help you get over the “best effort” principle and make content delivery and Quality of Experience (QoE) for your end users great.

Most of the players offering Traffic Management and Analytics tools are providing a limited scope of network visibility by only collecting NetFlow or HTTP, and rarely look beyond one’s own nose to use a more complete network data. As a result, they offer a rather narrowly focused (thus limited) view with some sort of selection of pre-defined filters, however, fall short of clear-cut possibilities for addressing a wider array of business-critical questions. Data is often aggregated too early and too intensely, which leads to a short-term “memory” of the collected traffic. Moreover, they usually lack a comprehensive structure, yet use a case specific data structure that can only be brought about by correlating the right data sources in the right way and with the right timing/resolution. Demands on tomorrow’s network monitoring capabilities go beyond the mere counting of traffic flows and detection of “insular” configuration errors. The lack of context-awareness and powerful flow granularity management renders most of today’s solutions as unfit for the job inside large carrier networks and the diversity of business questions.

We at BENOCS believe that only a comprehensive data structure built from a wide array of network-innermost real-time data gives you the opportunity to gain the problem-relevant insight for tomorrow’s carrier business. BENOCS combines the deepest network data sources (IGP, BGP, SNMP, NetFlow, IPFIX, DNS, and more) to produce a real-time network database that provides a dynamically updated and high-resolution map of your core asset. Our “Insight Engine” then allows the highly flexible production of those answers you really need in your department – this may include identification of potential peering customers but stretches way over to network capex projections for the 5+ year planning discussions. BENOCS also offers fine-resolution retrospection on raw NetFlow data – more than twice as long as competing solutions – which allows you to detect historic patterns and apply predictive analytics. With the outstanding time resolution and “finer-than-AS-level” detectability offered by BENOCS Flow Analytics, it becomes possible for you to make real-time decisions based on your actual – and even the expected – traffic to bring the most out of your network at all times.

In order to improve QoE, not only by passively “seeing” your given infrastructure and traffic, but also by directing the traffic in more intelligent ways, BENOCS Flow Director gives you the opportunity to coordinate traffic between your AS and content delivery networks (CDN) – see chart below. With our network monitoring feature and API, we leverage the network information from the AS to offer selectable network parameters (e.g. delay) to CDNs and other content providers. CDNs can then choose the most efficient paths based on your published network parameters and can implement a content delivery strategy together with you to enhance cooperative traffic steering. This enables ISPs to inform partnering CDNs on how to reduce congestion, smoothen the overall flow of traffic and optimize end users’ QoE.

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