Sinefa's visibility is designed for high resolution and deep drill-down with scale in mind. From links less than 1Mbps to core networks running at 10+Gbps, Sinefa's visibility offers performance and scale without sacrificing detail. At the core of Sinefa's visibility is our flow aggregation and processing pipeline technology, put simply, this allows Sinefa Instances to ingest millions of flows and process them efficiently into sample sets.
Current generation visibility solutions store the top X flows (e.g. 1,000) for each sample period (e.g. 5 minutes). From these 1,000 flows, the top applications and hosts are derived. But what if several users are using connection intensive applications such as Bittorrent? Bittorrent creates hundreds of connections for each user, so the top 1,000 flows could easily all be made up of a single application. This clearly doesn't scale. Add to that drill-down capability… there is no way you can achieve useful drilldown when there is such little detail, particularly at higher speeds. What if you wanted to view the users of a particular application other than Bittorrent? There would be little or no detail because most of the data in the top 1,000 flows is made up of Bittorrent connections.
The problem gets worse at lower resolutions when data is summarised down. Data is lost when the top 1,000 flows for each 5 minute period is aggregated into a 60 minute sample to produce a top 1,000 flows for the 60 minutes. For example, what if there are applications that made the top 1,000 flows for some of the 5 minute samples but not the others? When they are summarised into a 60 minute sample, the totals will be under reported because of the missing data.
Next Generation Visibility
Sinefa's next generation visibility solution efficiently stores ALL connections in RAM, and derives the TRUE top applications, hosts and users for each sample period, for all resolutions. In addition, for each record, Sinefa derives TRUE drill-down statistics. What's more, Sinefa has 1 minute resolution, 5 times more than other solutions. So that's more accurate reporting at higher resolution, and longer retention.
Sinefa's solution also has the ability to segment traffic and provide the same high definition visibility on every segment. This allows users to split up the traffic into logical groups, such as branch offices, customers, or departments, and report individually on these groups in full detail.
All of Sienfa's reporting is hosted in the cloud, meaning no expensive hardware and no servers or databases to maintain. Sinefa can report on an entire WAN, a group of locations, an individual location or a segment of a location all from the one UI. Full report filtering and drill-down allows users to quickly view relevant information all from a single interface.
Visibility for Virtual Networks and Public/Private Cloud Environments
Some current generation appliances have been retro-fitted to install "virtually inline" with virtual networks in an attempt to offer some sort of solution in this space, however, that does not help in public or private cloud environments. Sinefa's solution was built from the ground-up with virtualization in mind, from deployment in virtual environments to monitoring traffic inside virtual networks. Current generation solutions simply can't be retro-fitted to provide full visibility into all virtualized environments.
|Feature||Sinefa's Solution||Other Solutions|
|Historical Data Resolution||1 minute||5 minutes or more|
|Realtime Data Resolution||1 second||10 seconds or 1 minute|
|Realtime Scope||Up to 1,000 locations||Only one location|
|Data Retention||Unlimited @ Daily Resolution||2 Years @ Monthly Resolution|
|Flows Analysed||All||Top 1,000|
|Top Applications, Hosts, Users||True top 1,000||Up to top 1,000 (derived from top 1,000 flows)|
|Maintaining Peaks||Sinefa's solution accurately maintains historical peaks||Historical peaks disappear due to taking 'averages of averages' resulting in misleading historical graphs|
|Appilcation Signature Updates||Yes, available on demand. Daily automatic updates.||Only with full software release download. Manual update only.|
|Drill-down||True HD drill-down||Whatever can be derived from the top 1,000 flows|
|Segmentation||Yes, each segment reported individually with HD visibility||No|
|Multi-tenant||Yes, with Customer Portal, each customer can access their own data||No|
|Central Reporting||Yes, all reports are managed and viewed centrally||No, each appliance reports individually|
|Deployment||Software (VM), Software (BYOD), Hardware, Inline, SPAN Port, Netflow, Network TAP||Inline Hardware Appliance, SPAN|
|Environment||Physical networks, Virtual networks (hypervisor and VM) and cloud (eg. Amazon AWS)||Physical network only|
|Pricing||Low Opex||High Capex|
|Backup||Full, automatic backup in the cloud||Data is stored on the appliance, lose the appliance, lose the data|
|Speed||Fast, next generation UI||Cumbersome and slow UI|
|Updates||New features and updates automatically available every month. No reboot. No outages.||6-12 month release cycle. Very large update files. System reboot and network outage.|