Trustpower is an Internet Service Provider (ISP) headquartered in New Zealand. Their history dates back to 1915 as Tauranga’s first power station. Now, Trustpower has over 700 full-time employees working throughout New Zealand. Read More
Our first time exhibiting at Cisco Live was a blast! The most rewarding part was talking to hundreds of network professionals and learning about their experiences and problems, and also how we can make their lives a little bit easier with NetBeez.
NetBeez is an end-user monitoring tool that uses WAN and WLAN sensors to capture network and application performance from multiple locations of your network. While we were at CLUS, we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to attendees how NetBeez network performance monitoring works and what data it collects by deploying sensors on the tradeshow floor. Here’s what we discovered:
We deployed a wired and a wireless agent on the trade show floor. A pair of agents helps in quickly identifying if the issue is the wireless or wired network causing user experience issues. The wired agent was connected to a drop in the Cisco Investments Pavilion area, and the wireless one was deployed at our booth in the World of Solutions. Read More
In a perfect world, telecommunication networks have 100% uptime, low latency, and high bandwidth. In reality, each one of us deals with slow applications, choppy calls, and unreliable connections. In WiFi networks, this is even more frequent.
Yet, providing a good end-user experience is possible. Detecting problems before users do is not a fortune teller’s trick, but something that can be achieved with the right tools and processes in place. So how can Network Engineers achieve Zen for their networks? Read More
Around a year ago Microsoft released a Windows Insider Preview that included the ability to run a native Bash on Ubuntu. I was really excited about it, since I wouldn’t have to use things like Cygwin on my PC anymore and, more importantly, I could run any Debian package on my Windows machine. I immediately installed the Bash console, but I was disappointed within the first minute: basic commands like “ifconfig” didn’t work. I didn’t pay attention to Microsoft’s warning that the Bash console was in Beta.
A year and several releases later, the Bash console that I just tested on Windows version 10.0.15063 is much more complete to the point that a NetBeez agent can be installed on it.
Why is this important? It gives the ability to install a NetBeez agent on an actual user’s PC, so if you need to offer support or investigate any performance issues you can do it by getting data from the actual user’s machine. Below are the steps to install a NetBeez agent on Windows.
Recently, I had a brief discussion on performance monitoring with a network engineer that works for an Internet Service Provider. After showing him a product tour of NetBeez, he mentioned that he could do the same with Ethernet performance tools (e.g. ITU-T Y.1731), which are available on most networking platforms, without the need of deploying additional hardware or software probes.
To support his statement, the network engineer mentioned that his requirements were to monitor individual Ethernet links, or portions of the overall network. I agreed with him that, for that specific use case, Ethernet performance monitoring was the right solution.
However, I reminded him that most enterprises and service providers that we work with use NetBeez to measure the end-user experience, and that Ethernet performance monitoring only runs at Layer 2. For this reason, the best way to monitor the network from the end-user perspective is to use Layer 3+ protocols that allow to run true end-to-end connectivity and performance tests against cloud applications, WiFi networks, and other services offered to users. This is not possible with Ethernet performance monitoring tools. If you want to read more about this topic, please check out this blog post that I wrote few weeks ago.
BeezKeeper showcased at Interop ITX, May 15-19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Interop ITX, the independent conference for tech leaders, presented NetBeez with a Best of Interop ITX Award as an Emerging Vendor, recognizing their BeezKeeper product for its role in advancing the Cloud space and addressing real-world customer concerns. In each of the award program’s 5 categories of innovation, the event named the exhibitor whose new product or service is helping the IT industry to grow both successfully and strategically.
“We are honored to accept the Best of Interop Award as an Emerging Vendor in the Cloud category,” said Stefano Gridelli, CEO of NetBeez. “NetBeez is on the forefront of providing proactive visibility and detection of network outages and the BeezKeeper provides unprecedented views of network health on the world’s most sophisticated enterprise networks.”