New telemetry technology alerts to data center interconnect anomalies
Mellanox Technologies today introduced a new network telemetry technology that monitors and alerts on data plane anomalies in an effort to reduce system downtime. The technology, called What Just Happened, targets primarily cloud and enterprise data center environments.
The Lowdown: An improvement over traditional streaming and inband network telemetry, What Just Happened skips over much of the time-consuming data collection and manual sifting for network problems. WJH leverages capabilities built into the ASICs of its Spectrum and Spectrum-2 Ethernet switches to inspect packets across all ports at line-rate, multi-terabit speeds.
The Details: WJH, which can identify anomalous behavior and issue concise, actionable alerts for rapid remediation and recovery of cloud applications and critical business operations, is available now with the latest versions of Mellanox Onyx, Cumulus Linux, and SONiC Network Operating Systems.
The Impact: Mellanox WJH technology is compatible with Open Ethernet and can be integrated with open-source tools such as InfluxDB, Grafana, and Kibana. It also works with data center monitoring solutions like Mellanox NEO and Cumulus’ NetQ.
Mellanox will be showcasing WJH at the 2019 KubeCon event in Barcelona later this month.
The Buzz: “We make the most advanced Ethernet switches in the market, with networking capabilities that go well beyond industry-leading latency and packet forwarding performance,” said Amit Katz, vice president of Ethernet switches at Mellanox. “Customers need a smarter network, a network that can be invisible when it comes to automated installation and provisioning, but extra-visible when it comes to troubleshooting. Every customer who has tried WJH has been amazed at how quickly they were able to discover behavior they never knew was occurring in their network. We make WJH advanced telemetry available to all our customers without playing the license-per-feature game that our competitors do. WJH is a technology enabler that is the missing element for autonomous and self-healing networks.”
“Mellanox Spectrum switches are a part of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Storage Networking portfolio as the HPE M-series. For storage administrators, troubleshooting network and SAN issues has always been a challenge. With WJH, we solved this problem and can easily debug severe network issues in minutes. This is the power of Ethernet Storage Fabric (ESF) – it’s not just another Ethernet switch,” said Rupin Mohan, director of R&D for storage networking at HPE. “The combination of WJH and Smart Fabric Orchestrator (SFO) enhances HPE M-series solutions and simplifies SAN management and troubleshooting by providing advanced diagnostics that help keep everything running smoothly without performance degradation.”
“Unplanned data center outages cost millions of dollars per year in lost revenue. In today’s digital world, a stable network is key to reliable business operations, and this is only achieved by knowing what is going on in the network,” said Dell’Oro Group analyst Sameh Boujelbene. “As data center networks increase in performance and sophistication with overlays, such as VXLAN and GENEVE, there is a real need for ever more advanced visibility. Advanced network telemetry is an emerging technology that will increase data center uptime. While a very basic level of telemetry has been part of all data center switches for years, this new kind of advanced telemetry is now an area of innovation that network operators are focused on, and we believe WJH will drive demand for Mellanox Ethernet switches.”
“Nimbix accelerates HPC, AI, and machine/deep learning applications by providing purpose-built cloud computing technology that is optimized for these workloads,” said Rob Sherrard, co-founder and vice president of service delivery at Nimbix, a provider of cloud computing for AI, machine learning, and High-Performance Computing (HPC). “Mellanox’s switches are part of our best-in-class cloud computing infrastructure and we are excited to use WJH to increase the utilization of the data center fabric while improving the visibility of the overall network.”
“As Web-scale networking becomes the enterprise norm, so does complexity. As complexity increases, so does the need for enhanced visibility. Complementing Cumulus NetQ, which provides fabric-wide telemetry, WJH is switch-by-switch and collects data at the packet level across all ports at line-rate,” said Josh Leslie, CEO of Cumulus Networks. “Combining WJH and Cumulus NetQ provides fabric-wide telemetry and packet information, enabling deeper visibility with additional granularity across the network fabric for better understanding of the entire network.”