Sinefa for Aggregation Points

Gain insight into traffic patterns across your WAN from a central aggregation point - for multi-site organizations 

Provide an amazing network experience for your users by understanding their behaviour on the network and alleviating network performance problems.

Overview

Sinefa's Aggregation Point visibility allows you to immediately understand network application usage over the entire WAN, Internet and cloud environment from a single location.

• Total WAN visibility via one centralized deployment

• Improve network performance

• Smoother migration to cloud services

• Low cost OPEX service, minimal (or no) CAPEX

• Free 14-day trial

• Provisioned in minutes

• Reduce service tickets and cost

• Improve network performance

• Capacity planning

A Sinefa probe is deployed at an Aggregation Point at the edge of the network, typically in a data centre or head office location or where many WAN circuits terminate. For multi-site organisations, Sinefa's scalable solution gives immediate application traffic visibility of every remote location. Sinefa is designed to handle thousands of branch locations and 100's of Gigabits per second leveraging power of the cloud for detailed analytics and presentation from any web browser. Visualize network traffic by VLAN, MPLS label, Subnet and Active Directory group. 

Delivering a Better User Experience

Providing a network connection to an end user is not enough. As organizations digitize their business, the user experience is key. The network is the underlying mechanism to deliver the services of the future. Network experience is a crucial in order to achieve business productivity and a positive user experience, especially when using cloud-based applications or virtual desktop infrastructure. 

Sinefa provides visibility of all traffic moving in and out of individual branches as well as remote locations. Administrators can quickly identify which applications and users are consuming bandwidth and allocate bandwidth to ensure critical business applications perform as expected.

Additionally, Sinefa can be used for Cloud pre-migration network assessments, for example baselining, managing the cloud footprint of applications, and determining if additional network capacity is needed.

Sinefa's portal focuses on simple and concise presentation in order to enable non-technical users to quickly understand usage patterns and the best course of action to improve overall network performance. 

Reporting features

Sinefa offers a large number of pre-populated reports enabling users to view historical data analytics by application, host, website and location. Users can also view data usage, PPS, throughput, TCP health and RTT per flow.

Custom Dashboards can be created and search queries are also supported. Sharing information with key stakeholders is as simple as scheduling reports to be emailed within the company and externally as required.

Sinefa Data Explorer provides access for extensive data mining and can be exported into standard formats such as excel. There is also API access for building and supporting third party applications and dashboards. All of these features are available through a dedicated web portal that allows permission-based access to new users. 


Deploying Sinefa

Sinefa is a visibility fabric with flexible deployment options to cover cloud environment, WAN and Internet inter-connects at scale. Organizations obtain visibility into their internet services as well as their WAN, cloud and mobile services.  

A variety of deployments are supported, from distributed probes at the remote locations to a centralised aggregation deployment deployment. Probes covering virtual, physical, AWS and Azure deployments work together to cover any type of network architecture. Bare metal deployments for Sinefa probes are also supported. 

Every deployment is made up of one or more Sinefa Probes. These probes are used to analyze and classify large amounts of traffic in real time. The data is then processed and presented by the portal on app.sinefa.com (public cloud) with a self-host version of the portal available for customers who cannot use public cloud for security reasons.

Traffic Extraction & Network Coverage

Getting visibility of traffic going out to cloud networks can be a challenge for any company. Service and network architectures have vast differences and leveraging monitoring points is the key to effective traffic visibility across the entire network. Sinefa Probes can ingest traffic from many different mediums with intelligent network taps like Gigamon becoming a common method of traffic extraction. Sinefa offers flexible deployment options including spinning up virtual probes anywhere in the network, which further simplifies network visibility coverage. 
 

 NFV Ready

Sinefa is architected as a Virtual Function. Sinefa Probes can exist on bare metal or virtual infrastructure and can also be orchestrated into NFV deployments and managed via standard APIs.  Sinefa Functions are compatible with most Openstack-based platforms and can be service chained alongside other network functions like routing, load balancing and firewalling. 

 

APIs & Contextual analytics

Sinefa stores a wealth of real-time and historical analytics on network traffic.  While Sinefa provides its own presentation layer, extensive APIs allow data extraction based on JSON to be presented or post processed by other toolsets to provide a single pane of glass for all services. Beyond the visibility and control of traffic, Sinefa's analytics can provide value and context to other digital services. 

 

Tapping the Core

Traffic at the network core can now be made visible using Gigamon and Sinefa. You can find out more here.

In-network/Self Hosted cloud deployments

Sinefa Self Host Controller is a hosted version of app.sinefa.com.  Metadata collected from Sinefa Probes is stored and kept in-network and does not rely on public cloud infrastructure. 


Benefits

 

Sinefa offers strategic advantages to organizations by improving user and customer experience. Sinefa reduces the number of user complaints, reduces and eliminates the cost and time to close service tickets, and provides pre-cloud-migration network fit analysis.  Specific benefits flow as follows:

Network User

  • Key business applications can be prioritized using Sinefa’s shaping tools. Bandwidth limits and critical applications get priority

  • Network performance problems can be solved quickly

 

Strategic

  • Faster and more successful digitization of business 

  • Migration to better performing cloud services faster.

  • Improve user and customer satisfaction at minimal cost.

  • Business insights- more detail on how the network is being used can lead to more intelligent business decisions

Network Manager

  • Faster troubleshooting

  • Reduced number of service tickets and calls to help desk, which reduces the cost of network support and improves the capacity of the support team.