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Cisco platform lets IT rein-in disruptive data center operations, security, applications

Michael Cooney | June 16, 2016
Cisco’s Tetration Analytics full rack appliance tackles critical data center operations such as policy compliance, application forensics.

On the policy-setting side, customers can validate new policies by running them through Tetration first to see what their impact would be on the enterprise. Users can also use this information for regulatory compliance applications.

In the security realm the system establishes a baseline for normal behavior and can then monitor application behavior and quickly identify any deviation in communication patterns in real time or use Tetration’s forensics search engine to look for other security issues and user behavior analytics.

Tetration really goes to what we call “the network as a sensor,” said David Goeckeler, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Networking and Security Business Group. Tetration lets customers monitor the interior of the network and look for anomalies they would not have seen before. Tetronix is a platform we will layer many advanced security applications on in the future, Goeckeler added.

“Generally, large enterprises and service-provider customers are looking for greater visibility into their datacenter networks. At a high level, that’s what Cisco is addressing with the Tetration Analytics Platform. In a number of scenarios — cloud migration, SDN migration, disaster recovery, the transition to a zero-trust security model, verifying policy compliance, and even integrating IT systems after mergers and acquisitions — pervasive visibility is increasingly critical to success,” said Brad Casemore, research director, data center networks with International Data Corp.

“Customers that face these issues, and that acutely feel the need for pervasive visibility, likely will not be dissuaded by the size of the platform or by the investment required to procure it, but this is an offering best suited to organizations of sufficient size and scale to have the use cases and challenges for which Tetration was designed.”

The Tetration platform will be available in July and Cisco said pricing was not set.

 

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