Tech Specs

Flow Analyze is non-intrusive; no network probes are required. It just collects data from your core routers. In addition, its effect on network traffic flow is negligible. Because it only receives NetFlow data, there is very little impact to the router – this data is header information only and no payload information. The flow data that Flow Analyze uses is between 0.1% and 0.5% of the monitored traffic bandwidth and a fraction of that if we use “sampling.” For example, if the overall Internet traffic is 500 Mbps, flow data will be between .5 Mbps and 2.5 Mbps. As for the service load on a router, the typical Flow Analyze service increases upstream internet traffic by 0.1% (e.g., if active Internet traffic is 1 Gbps, the upstream flow traffic will be ~1 Mbps).

Hardware/software/OS: The local client runs using Java, and runs in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac OSX 10.6 or greater, and many Linux variants.

The Billing API is a generic SOAP web service that resembles IPDR records. It can be queried and used by any billing system. The API is a layer on top of a postgres database, running in Tomcat server. The API is published with a WSDL document, which is a common enterprise method for exposing web services.

Flow Analyze supports all types of flow including NetFlow, Sflow, Jflow, and Cflowd.

Flow Analyze has no license limit on the number of internal users or Customer App Monitor users. Maximum number of simultaneous internal users is 10 and maximum number of simultaneous Customer App Monitor users is 400.

Flows per second that Flow Analyze is capable of handling:

  • Flow packets per second: 3,000
  • Flows (PDUs) per second: 90,000
  • Input virtual packets per second: 2,000,000
  • Output virtual packets per second: 8,000

Supported routers:

  • 3Com/H3C
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Cisco
  • Ericsson
  • Extreme
  • HP
  • Huawei
  • Juniper Networks
  • Redback