Network Analytics provides network operators and administrators with a deeper understanding of their networks. A typical network, today – enterprise, data center, telecom or cloud – is quite diverse. It comprises of various devices from multiple vendors – a load balancer from F5, a firewall from Checkpoint, routers, and switches from Cisco and Juniper. Pinpointing and addressing any issue in such a network without relevant statistics and analytical information is tedious and error-prone.
Network analytics allows an operator to collect valuable and continuous data, analyze trends and predict future behavior. True network analytics needs to start by being completely vendor-agnostic. It should be able to collect data across disparate devices, store the relevant time-series data and correlate that data in real time.