As a network professional, you live in a new reality; networks that include F5 devices in their environment are getting more complex and incredibly diverse. Networks are expected to be outage proof to prevent business disruption, loss revenue and maintain end user productivity. This is putting strenuous pressure on IT teams to perform.
Dynamic Knowledge for F5
- Guarantee F5 device configurations are done correctly (ie: matching routing tables)
- Optimize firewall performance (tracking CPU, number of connections, dropped packets on ports)
- Monitor logs to prevent loss.
indeni automatically checks F5 configurations, logs, and key statistics to identify issues before they cause downtime. In addition indeni provides human readable remediation steps for the issues found, linking to official F5 materials, such as SK articles, whenever appropriate.
Automate Configuration and Load Balancing Checks for F5 Devices
The complexity of networks will be simplified by the automation provided by machine learning software. Configuration techniques, effective load balancing methods, checks and scripts will be stored in a digital runbook accessible in the cloud. Here is a glimpse of how indeni will shape the future of the networking landscape:
Cross data center sync
So you have a few data centers, each with its own LTM® device group, and ConfigSync working within each group. That’s great, but how do you make sure the appropriate configuration is in sync across data centers? With indeni, you can.
indeni will connect to your GTMs™ and LTMs®, understand the relationships between them and identify what applications are balanced between the data centers. Then, it will continue to compare all the relevant configurations and point out when someone changed an application’s configuration in one data center but didn’t do it in the other.
Data sources: LTM and GTM device configurations.
License and limits tracking
The operation of your LTMs is limited by the licenses you’ve purchased as well as any limits you’ve set yourself (such as per pool member). indeni will track this continually and tell you when you are nearing the limits. You don’t need to tell indeni anything – it will automatically discover what the limits are and analyze the data accordingly.
Much better than an SNMP-based solution where you need to keep updating the thresholds on your own, isn’t it?
Data sources: device configuration, licenses and current stats.
Automatic /var/log/* analysis
F5® devices are superb with the amount of insight they provide through logging when things break. However, how do you keep track of this? How do you know if you have an important issue? How do you know what SOL to read when it happens?
indeni does this automatically – analyzing your log files and crossing the data with the available SOL’s. When an important log message is encountered, you’ll immediately get an alert sending you to the correct SOL.
Data sources: /var/log/* files and SOLs.
NTP, NTP, NTP
Everyone you talk to will tell you NTP is one of the most important configurations you need to get right in order for everything to function correctly. So you set NTP and make sure it works – all is well. Three months later, something changes in the network and NTP stops working.
While indeni is not unique in this, we will cover this for you as well. With indeni, you’ll know if your certificates are about to expire, if they are valid, if they are revoked, etc. Much better than getting a call from the help desk saying the application is down.
Identify issues before your users
Examples of F5 Load Balancer issues indeni can identify
- F5© ALERT OF THE WEEK: BIGD PROCESS DOWN
- F5© ALERT OF THE WEEK: TOO MANY RST PACKETS SENT
- F5© ALERT OF THE WEEK: MULTIPLE SECURITY ASSOCIATIONS NEGOTIATED FOR A SINGLE TUNNEL
- F5© ALERT OF THE WEEK: SIP MIGHT HAVE ISSUES IN THE CURRENT SOFTWARE VERSION
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