NetFlow Optimizer Key Features

  • Monitoring of AWS via VPC Flow Logs

    • Ability to read VPC Flow Logs from Kinesis or CloudWatch or S3

    • Ability of supporting many AWS accounts, VPCs, and AWS regions with one NFO EC2 instance

    • Enrichment of flow records with VPC name, EC2 instance name, DNS name, and AWS region

  • Monitoring of network device health

    • Identification of overload conditions

    • With our SNMP polling

      • CPU utilization

      • Memory utilization

      • Tracking of interface errors

      • Dropped packets counter

      • Flapping interface identification

    • Latency / Jitter

  • Application visibility via flow from

    • AWS VPC Flow logs

    • Palo Alto Network devices

    • Cisco ASA

    • Cisco devices generating AVC

    • Any exporter based on known destination ports

  • Security

    • Identifies security threats and traces current known threat sources

    • Enriches flow data with current Reputation and GEO IP information

    • Drill in to see which hosts are affected

    • Enables you to look back in time for forensic investigation by setting a rolling *flow capture and replay period of time

  • Virtual network / physical network visibility for customer of both Splunk and VMware

    • Pinpoints physical devices and interfaces impacting VM performance, on a Splunk dashboard

    • Reconstructs paths VM-to-VM and VM-to-host conversations over the underlying physical network

  • Unmatched performance utilizing patented technology

    • Capable of processing 1,000,000 flows per second without a single drop

    • Can process up to 350,000 flows per second with consolidation

  • Real-time consolidation of flow data enables customers to store and index only a fraction of volume and at the same time gain all benefits of flow information without losing accuracy

  • Capable to process any standard flow protocols, NetFlow v5/v9, Flexible NetFlow, NetFlow Options, IPFIX, sFlow (both data records and counter records), J-Flow, NetStream

  • Enriches flow data with real-time DNS, SNMP information, VMware vCenter, current Reputation, and GeoIP information

  • Flexible and extensible SNMP Traps support and SNMP Polling capabilities

  • Deduplication: optionally report flows only from authoritative router/switch. Authoritative network device is determined as the one that sees the most flows for each communicating pair. This is recalculated every 30 seconds (by default, and could be changed), thus providing accurate information in a dynamic network environment

  • Modular approach enables customers to enable and configure features to address their specific use cases

  • Each Module has its own converter, allowing the format of output independently from Module logic (default is Splunk CIM compliant syslog)

  • NFO is a software solution. Same code base for Windows and Linux, as well as virtual appliance

  • Built-in Services:

    • NetFlow Capture and Replay – enables you to look back in time. You can set rolling *flow capture and replay period of time, and store *flows in memory or on disk, then press <Replay> button to send these records in syslog or JSON format to your SIEM to gain complete visibility of past network traffic

    • DNS – add FQDN names to IP addresses

    • SNMP Polling

    • SNMP Traps support

    • Original Flow Data conversion – enables one-to-one *flow to syslog or JSON translation. Allows the naming of IPFIX Enterprise private information elements

  • Supports up to 16 output destinations, which could be configured to send out various types of data (e.g. retransmit flows to a legacy flow collector, while producing analytics to be sent to Splunk)

  • NFO can be configured via our GUI or REST API. Useful to customers with a large number of locations

  • Integration with Active Directory. Supports Two Factor Authentication

Compatibility with other systems

As NetFlow Optimizer outputs flow data in standard syslog or JSON format, it is easily consumed by any syslog analyzer or SIEM system. In the sections below you will find details about various components available from NetFlow Logic for integration with Splunk and VMware vRealize Log Insight.