Netrounds offers testing, monitoring, and troubleshooting of your network through the use of active agents.  These agents are offered in a variety of deployment options, from cloud, to containers, to on-premises virtual machines, to linux applications, to physical equipment.  The addition of physical equipment interests me because it enables you to test beyond the wire and into the WiFi.  With the slew of deployment options available, you are given the opportunity to test through a client experience from their wireless device, through the switches, routers, firewalls, IPS, VPN tunnel, to your cloud provider and verify the experience is meeting your target performance metrics.

These agents are always talking and reporting back to the Control Center, so you have an actively monitored environment.  The Control Center is the brains of the operation and can be configured either using APIs or using the Web-GUI – so no admin shall be forgotten.  From the demo we saw at Networking Field Day 20 the API and Web-GUI appeared to be equal in their development and ease of use.  It was evident netrounds is serious about their API as we saw seven test agents be deployed in seven countries and sync to Control Center in under one minute.

Netrounds dashboard

Aa a network engineer, I felt that netrounds would simplify my life by providing verification for changes made to our production systems.  Our typical process, and I’m sure I’m not alone, is to identify a problem, research solutions, recommend a change, schedule a change window, make the change, and then wait until users return to the network to verify the change was a success or not.  With netrounds I can easily use a canned test or create a custom multi-step test to verify the specific outcomes I am expecting.  Now, instead of waiting for my users to become beta testers for changes I can deploy a test to an agent, verify the outcome, and report to the team that the problem has been rectified.  No more wasting your evenings or early mornings on rework and secondary change windows.

Netrounds drag-and-drop test builder

Another great feature was the ability to test VNFs of your service-chains, either the full cycle or step-by-step.  What I mean by this is you can deploy a test agent with two interfaces into your environment to measure from behind the firewall and filtering to the outside, or put four interfaces on the test agent to test each step between the inside network and out the otherside of the firewall.

Netrounds VNF testing

I recommend the next time you are evaluating a network monitoring platform that can actually tell you when the user experience is not meeting your clients expectations you give netrounds a look.  You can see their videos from their presentation at Networking Field Day 20 on Youtube or by watching below.

Disclaimer: Gelstalt IT, the organizers of Networking Field Day, provides travel and expenses for me to attend Networking Field Day. I do not receive cash compensation as a delegate. Also, I do not receive compensation for writing about or promoting Networking Field Day.

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