Part 10: Indeni Insight
Indeni Insight is a continuously updated database that provides the global network and security community with the data to understand how devices behave in the real world. By democratizing this data, Indeni enables engineers and architects to make better decisions, and write better code.
The Indeni system enables Insight by default.
How it Works
Each installation of the Indeni Automation Platform collects millions of metrics in its on-going operation – from basic CPU and Memory usage to in-depth device type-specific metrics. These metrics are then analyzed by a rule engine for the generation of issues.
The Indeni Insight component of the platform collects issues, metrics and additional device data, and sends it to a central database. All of the data collected by Indeni Insight is non-confidential – it has no personally identifiable information, no company-identifying information, no devices names, and no IP addresses. This allows us to give everyone access to the data, without posing a risk to any Indeni user.
Please Note that Insight requires access to “service.indeni-ops.com” over ports 80 (HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS).
The top of each report gives an overview of the current license utilization, version in use, best practices followed and work hours saved.
Whether you are evaluating new network or security devices, or looking to lower the TCO of your existing infrastructure, with Indeni Insight you can benchmark your performance across your peers and make informed decisions.
The device overview section shows the models and versions of software used in your environment, compared to other users connected to Indeni Insight. It is a great way to know if you are in line with other users of the same devices.
Each instance of Indeni contains an Insight Data Collection component which which saves non-confidential data useful to peers. When a configuration change is made in Indeni, or when an issue is generated, this component saves some relevant data. The component collects only specific types of data and specific fields. It particularly selects data that we know is not confidential. This essentially follows a whitelist concept, where only safe non-confidential data will actually be collected.
The data is saved locally on the hard drive of the machine running the Indeni server. Once an hour, the data is compressed and sent to a dedicated S3 bucket in Amazon Web Services (AWS). This bucket is write-only externally, which means data can only be written to it, but not retrieved from it. A series of AWS Lambda Functions are triggered when data is uploaded. They process the data, verify it, and insert it into the global MySQL database described below.
The Indeni Insight database is a MySQL database running in Amazon Web Services. To access it, please click here:
Please Note: As an actual End-User, you will need to replace “firstname.lastname@example.org” (in “here“) with your own email address. Be sure to use the same email address you use to access Indeni Crowd (http://community.indeni.com) and that you have at least 1000 points in the community. You should receive an email within minutes containing the database access information. The database contains data in a series of related tables designed for ease of querying.
If you need assistance, or additional setup information, please see our article on how to install manually. If you still have outstanding questions, please let us know in our community!