Cisco Unveils Tetration Analytics Platform for Data Center Monitoring

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2016-06-15 Print this article Print
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The Tetration Analytics platform, which has been in development for about two years, is designed to provide continuous monitoring, analysis and reporting of all aspects of the data center, according to Cisco executives. Businesses can move to a proactive from a reactive management stance by making informed operation decisions, and the continuous monitoring enables them to detect and address any abnormal patterns within the data center before they become significant problems, which include everything from hardware and software issues to security concerns.

"The network is going to play a big role in next-generation security architectures," said David Goeckeler, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Networking and Security Business Group.

It will touch on everything from application insights and forensics to policy assessments, automated whitelisting and compliance.

Cisco's strategy calls for installing software sensors on end hosts that can be either virtual machines or bare-metal servers, with the initial release supporting Linux and Windows server hosts. In addition, hardware sensors are put into the ASICs of the vendor's Nexus 9200-X and 9300-EX network switches to collect flow data. A single Tetration appliance can monitor up to 1 million unique flows per second, officials said. The sensors for both the software and hardware send flow information back to the Tetration Analytics platform in real time.

The platform itself is an Intel-powered 39-node appliance with UCS 220 servers and Nexus 9300 switches prewired and software pre-installed. The appliance can be set up easily and deployed on-premises, with the first ones scheduled to be available in July.

Tetration is part of a larger push by Cisco to become an enterprise IT solutions and services vendor that can compete with the likes of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell. It is another step in the company's shift away from simply making hardware products to become more software-focused.

Kerravala said that as Cisco evolves into an IT solutions provider, it will need to offer such products as analytics software to enterprises. Big data analytics a significant growth market that IDC analysts said will grow in worldwide revenues to more than $187 billion in 2019 from almost $122 billion last year.

Cisco officials earlier this month announced a partnership with IBM in which the two companies will combine Cisco's network infrastructure and analytics capabilities with IBM's Watson cognitive computing and business process management offerings to bring IoT insights to the edge of the network.


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