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Prior to our work with Riverbed, IT engineers spent a significant amount of time analyzing trace data and performance metrics, frequently arriving at different and conflicting conclusions on the cause of performance problems... We want to spend less time firefighting and spend more time focusing on SunTrust's strategic business goals. Riverbed is a key enabler in this transformation. – Tim Baker, Manager, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Visualize application transactions

In today’s complex application architectures, a user transaction can involve many server tiers and the exchange of thousands of messages between them. Finding the source of delay for individual user transactions in multi-tiered server environments can be like finding a needle in a haystack. As a result, IT engineers spend significant time analyzing trace data and performance metrics, often arriving at different and conflicting conclusions on the cause of performance problems.

Features and benefits of SteelCentral™ Transaction Analyzer Plus

SteelCentral™ Transaction Analyzer Plus provides powerful, detailed analysis of a single transaction through visualization and analysis techniques to help you quickly and conclusively determine the root cause of a performance problem.

You can collate multiple related packet traces for individual user transactions from across multiple server tiers into a single multi-tier view of application and network message exchanges. Then you can visualize multi-tier transactional behavior and performance and easily communicate information to application stakeholders.

  • Powerful, graphical diagrams and customizable reports help stakeholders get a clear understanding of application behavior
  • Expert analysis provides automatic diagnosis of performance bottlenecks
  • Quantify the effects of change on your network and application performance before deployment
  • Gain ubiquitous visibility across servers, desktops, even the cloud using light-weight capture agents
  • Integrates with SteelCentral Packet Analyzer Plus

SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer Plus includes a license of SteelCentralTM Packet Analyzer Plus. Packet Analyzer Plus rapidly isolates the specific packets needed by Transaction Analyzer to diagnose and troubleshoot complex performance issues. It enables users to quickly analyze multi-terabyte packet recordings from SteelCentral AppResponse 11 or other packet capture engines. Because SteelCentral Packet Analyzer Plus uses indexing to speed analysis, it can quickly dissect large trace files to focus on specific transactions for multi-tier user transaction analysis and performance prediction in Transaction Analyzer.

Troubleshoot application problems faster

"This is what I really need! SteelCentral™ Transaction Analyzer provides more value than CA NetQoS SuperAgent. I know we don't have a network issue, but I can prove this with you, not with SuperAgent." Senior network engineer, health care provider

Create a powerful facility for troubleshooting problems throughout your enterprise by deploying lightweight agents on servers, desktops, or in the cloud; easily manage a large-scale agent deployment with SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer Packet Trace Warehouse. Empower end-users to easily report a problem when it is occurring and automatically capture packet traces for subsequent forensic analysis. Resulting in eliminating the need to deploy expensive hardware probes on every network segment.

Packet Trace Warehouse

SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer Packet Trace Warehouse

Easy management of capture agents

SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer Packet Trace Warehouse (PTW) enables centralized management of enterprise-wide capture agents and secure web-based packet captures from end-user workstations, and servers. Sophisticated security and administrative controls enable IT staff to deploy light-weight capture agents across thousands of servers, desktops, even the cloud. When end-users have an issue with an application, they can securely log on to the Packet Trace Warehouse web portal to identify and submit the necessary packet captures for troubleshooting. Troubleshooting staff can then diagnose the problem quickly and access packet captures via the web portal - typically downloading the captures to SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer for detailed analysis.

Key capabilities of Packet Trace Warehouse

  • Centralized management and control of thousands of capture agents, including web-based capture and preview, authentication, and audit trail
  • Automatic discovery of all installed Transaction Analyzer agents
  • Leverage existing investment in hardware to deploy agents
  • Augment appliance-based captures with agent-based capture for complete visibility
  • End-user driven captures empower users to capture traces when reporting problems

"Root cause analysis takes minutes or hours and not days and weeks even in a complex multi-tier SOA environment. In several cases we have been able to identify and resolve a number of cross platform problems, and not just performance issues, that individual vendors were not even able to isolate. This has been invaluable for troubleshooting applications in production and perhaps more importantly for new application releases prior to deployment before they impact our customers."
- Barry Caswell, Senior Manager, Architecture and Engineering, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

Capture Agents

SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer Agents

Lightweight, distributed packet collection

SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer Agents (also called “capture agents”) are used to collect packet traces from one or more locations. They can be installed on existing hardware (servers, cloud, desktops, etc.). These packet traces are imported into SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer to create a transaction model for deep-dive analysis and troubleshooting. Typically, capture agents are managed through SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer Packet Trace Warehouse.

 

SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer’s AppDoctor feature automatically diagnoses performance bottlenecks.

 

"Prior to our work with Riverbed, IT engineers spent a significant amount of time analyzing trace data and performance metrics, frequently arriving at different and conflicting conclusions on the cause of performance problems... We want to spend less time firefighting and spend more time focusing on SunTrust's strategic business goals. Riverbed is a key enabler in this transformation."

- Tim Baker,  Manager SteelCentral™ NetPlanner SunTrust Banks, Inc.

 

 

SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer’s QuickPredict feature predicts response times in numerous what-if scenarios.

Product Models

There are 2 versions of SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer. The primary difference between them is which products they support

  • SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer Plus – includes SteelCentral Packet Analyzer Plus
  • SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer 

 

SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer Plus

SteelCentral Transaction Analyzer

Includes SteelCentral Packet Analyzer Plus

 

Offline, in-depth analysis leveraging packet traces from a wide variety of sources

Joins packet traces from multiple vantage points to form a single transaction view

Unlimited, free, lightweight and secure packet-capture agents

Automated diagnostic report that pinpoint performance bottlenecks and summarize sources of delay

Simulate the effect of WAN optimization on user transactions

“What-if” assessments of application modifications

Out-of-the-box and customizable reports

CUSTOMER STORY

End-to-end visibility into application performance from both the network and application perspective.

Partner Solution

With new solutions from Riverbed and VMware, you can cut the costs of operating IT infrastructure, improve cloud deployment and network visibility, and boost application performance for your users.

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