This week’s topic is Data Capture and more specifically, Metadata Capture. In the previous blog we discussed Raw Packet Capture, this week we will discuss the differences in Packet and Metadata capture and the best use cases for Metadata Capture.
Metadata Capture is used to receive summary data from the network, including but not limited to NetFlow, IPFIX, SNMP and Syslog. Metadata has been used for years to provide network monitoring tools the necessary information data for Performance Monitoring, Security, Compliance and Business Analytics. Today, one of the primary forces behind its rise in popularity is the ability to do real-time streaming analysis on the network to identify a performance issue or security breach. Advancements in machine learning now provide promise in the ability to predict performance issues or security breaches.
This is the first in a series of posts on the various techniques for virtual network traffic visibility in the cloud. There are three critical tools for this visibility we will cover in this series: Data Capture, Data Brokering and Streaming Analytics. These tools can provide visualization and understanding of all the packets that travel in and out of virtual environments (North – South) and between applications (East – West) inside the cloud.