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What is NetFlow Optimizer?

NetFlow Optimizer™ (NFO) is a software-only processing engine for network flow data. It accepts NetFlow, IPFIX, sFlow, J-Flow from network devices (routers, switches, firewalls, virtual networks), and Cloud Flow Logs (AWS VPC, Microsoft Azure, Oracle OCI, and Google VPC). It provides real-time network monitoring and enables advanced level of operational intelligence and security for virtual and physical networks.

NFO performs the following actions on flow data:

  • Reduces volume of flow data by aggregating flow records. This makes it easier to store and analyze the data
  • Enriches flow data with valuable information such as VM names, Applications, User identity, etc. This provides more context for the data, making it easier to understand
  • Converts flow data to syslog or JSON, making it easy to ingest into a variety of observability platforms and SIEMs