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June 11, 2010

Lancope's Cocchiara Explains NetFlow Use, Analysis for Networks

(Editor's Note: This article refers to a video interview shot at Interop (News - Alert) 2010. To view TMCnet's entire library of videos from Interop and other industry shows, demonstrations and interviews in our in-house studio, visit our Video News home page.)

At the Interop 2010 show in Las Vegas, TMC's CEO Rich Tehrani (News - Alert) had a chance to interview Lancope's CFO and Head of Corporate Development, David Cocchiara. The company works in NetFlow collection and analysis, saying they use the analysis to provide "global visibility for large enterprises worldwide."

This means they allow clients "end to end" visibility into their networks, "whether it's virtual, physical, remote locations, all the new things you're seeing at the show here, all the convergence you're seeing in networks today, all the different technologies, or different arrangements of the network, we're able to provide monitoring and management, and complete visibility over all of those.'

Lancope can monitor traffic on VPN networks, they can "monitor VPN connections, or on virtual. We started doing a lot of physical, we can monitor routers and switches, monitor the behavior of users, monitor the behavior of network interfaces, and the typical activity."

He said that as the virtual environment is growing, whether you hear of it as virtual or cloud computing, "we've created a way to extract data from the virtual servers, or the individual servers on a virtual device, and monitor that in the same way."

The types of things they monitor for would include network behavior, "particularly if the network is being used appropriately. We monitor bandwidth, if it's being used more than normal, if certain user activity happens to be abnormal, if the user's doing something they wouldn't normally do - or that you wouldn't expect them to do."

View the full video interview below (Apple (News - Alert) users click here):

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David's articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Patrick Barnard
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