Released nearly two years ago in 2016 Cisco Tetration Analytics is a platform designed to help customers gain complete visibility across everything in the data center in real time. Cisco Tetration Analytics gathers telemetry from hardware and software sensors, and then analyzes the information using advanced machine learning techniques. Tetration addresses critical data center operations such as policy compliance, application forensics, and the move to a whitelist security model. Through continuous monitoring, analysis, and reporting, the Tetration Analytics platform provides IT managers with a deep understanding of the data center that will dramatically simplify operational reliability, zero-trust operations and application migrations to SDN solutions and the cloud.
Tetration is designed to help enable pervasive and complete visibility across the data center using either server software sensors that require very low overhead, network hardware sensors that monitor packet-by-packet meta data, or both combined for the most complete solution. Tetration executes advanced data center analytics in real time and presents actionable analysis with easy to understand visuals. Tetration delivers information critical for data center operations, such as: application insights, automated white list policy recommendations, policy simulation and impact analysis, compliance management, and network flow forensics.
Tetration is “like a time machine for the data center”, says Cisco, which enables organisations to rewind what has happened in the past, view what is happening in the present in real time, and model what could happen.
“We were delighted to engage with Cisco to gain experience with Tetration as an early field trial participant,” said Brett Jones, director of infrastructure technology for Cerner. “With the Tetration Analytics trial, we better understand application behavior and dependencies across our data center,” Jones told Cisco. Cerner is a global leader in healthcare technology. Cerner’s health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 20,000 facilities worldwide.
How it works:
Software sensors are installed on end hosts: either virtual machine or bare metal servers. From the first Tetration release, software sensors supported Linux and Windows server hosts, while hardware sensors are embedded in the ASICs of Cisco Nexus 9200-X and Nexus 9300-EX network switches to collect flow data at line rate from all the ports. A single Tetration appliance will monitor up to one million unique flows per second. Both software and hardware sensors communicate the flow information in real time to the Tetration Analytics platform. The platform can be installed in any data center with any servers and any network switches.
The Tetration platform is a “one-touch” appliance: the servers and switches are prewired and the software is pre-installed. Setting up Tetration is easy: answering a few questions regarding the data center environment allows the Cluster to be configured. The big data complexity is hidden- no special big data expertise is needed to deploy or operate Tetration.
The full rack appliance is deployed on-premise at the customer’s data center.