Visible Informant

Your Network Performance Monitor (NPM)


How Visible Informant Works

Visible Informant collects Class Based Quality of Service (CBQoS) and flow data, processes it, and together with performance data collected by Visible Informant, presents the data in graphs and reports to show bandwidth use on your network. These reports help you:

  • Monitor interface-level network bandwidth usage, and identify users, applications, protocols, and IP address groups that consume most bandwidth.
  • Track conversations between internal and external endpoints as well as monitor the contents of these conversations.
  • Analyze traffic patterns, with up to one-minute granularity, over months, days, or minutes by drilling down into any network element.
  • Enhance bandwidth capacity before outages occur.

Flow Monitoring Architecture

The platform we use to power Visible Informant provides centralized administration, access control, and alerting and reporting. The Platforms Web Console is the web  interface used for navigating through the Visible Informant Summary page, manage monitoring settings, or common features like alerts and reports. Data travels from flow-enabled network devices to the Visible Informant collector, which collects the data and inserts it into the Visible Informant Flow Storage Database.

CBQoS Monitoring Architecture

CBQoS implementations work much the same way as flow-enabled implementations, except that the Visible Informant collector polls each device and the device returns data
that meets the CBQoS policies you have defined. The system keeps collected data in the Platform Database. The Platform Web Console is then used to navigate through the dashboard, manage the product settings, or the common features of the Platform products, such as alerts and reports.