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15 Jun

Platform Enhancement: Flow Analytics for Application Performance Insights


To truly succeed, businesses need data at their fingertips to enable operational insights.

That’s why SevOne – the leading global provider of digital infrastructure management solutions – recently introduced a series of enhancements for the SevOne Digital Infrastructure Management Platform.

The new offerings of SevOne 5.6 are designed to help companies leverage the platform to unlock business agility across the new operational network landscape.

This week, we dive deeper into our Flow Analytics capabilities. In our last post, we explored our Cisco ACI offering. In the coming weeks, we will also feature two other enhancements from the latest release – Live Maps and RESTful API.

Flow analytics gives you the ability to continuously monitor the traffic on your most critical links. By utilizing flow analytics, you can analyze network usage, spotting rogue applications, bandwidth hogs and sources of congestion. With these insights, you’ll gain an understanding of how applications are behaving on your infrastructure.

The SevOne 5.6 release includes a few enhancements to our flow reporting capabilities. Users can now create policies similar to SNMP to keep traffic manageable.

How To: Flow Alerting



For example, you can set a policy to alert you if network backup traffic is detected between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Or you can set policies and alerts that pertain to your Wi-Fi network, so if, for example, employees are streaming too much video during the workday, the quality of service delivered to customers won’t be impacted.

From the alert, you can pivot to other performance data that explains how and why the issue occurred. This gives you the ability to solve the problem before it impacts customers.


You can set two types of thresholds to measure your flow data: rate of data, and volume of data thresholds.

The rate of streaming media and multicast traffic is important to monitor. If traffic has reached capacity, customers will begin to feel the effects of too much traffic on the network. But if you don’t see an adequate rate of traffic, you may also have a problem on your hands, as perhaps, some part of the network is not communicating properly with the other components.

You can set volume of data thresholds to be alerted when a certain amount of a specific kind of traffic reaches capacity or is about to reach capacity.

Related, up-to-the-minute flow data can now be accessed directly from the alert. Once you have a threshold violation, you can drill down from the alerts page into the Flow Falcon interface. This will give you context – it’s the last few minutes of flow data. Flow alerts can be integrated into dashboards and status maps to provide immediate visual cues to events in your infrastructure. This is critical in connecting the dots after an interruption or issue has occurred.

With flow analytics, you can gain visibility into application behaviors without the cost of dedicated traffic probe solutions. Broad NetFlow support includes: NetFlow v5/v9/IPFIX, Cisco Application Visibility and Control (AVC), Cisco Medianet Performance Monitor, as well as NetFlow from other devices such as Citrix Netscaler devices, sflow, jflow, and more.

Flow analytics also allow you to gain a deeper understanding of traffic patterns, application usage and types of service. You can turn your deeper understanding of application traffic and infrastructure behaviors into actionable operational insights.

To learn more about SevOne's flow monitoring abilities, visit our supported technology page on flow analytics for application performance insights.

Tim Greenside
Written by Tim Greenside
Global Solutions Architect, SevOne

Tim Greenside is a Global Solutions Architect at SevOne. A seasoned sales engineer and solutions advisor, he has more than 18 years of experience in consulting and technical sales roles supporting the sale of network, system and application service assurance, fault and performance management solutions. 

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