ExtraHop, MongoDB and Wire Data Analytics
Bear with me here...it's important!
At ExtraHop, we believe that having visibility into the application and network environments goes far beyond break-fix and performance management. It's not that these aren't useful, mind you - solving performance and application issues is great.
But shouldn't we be able to do more with all of this data? Break / fix has been around for 20 years, and the state of the art hasn't changed much at all, at least until ExtraHop came onto the scene. But that still isn't enough.
We believe it's time to take things further and to use Wire Data to its full potential. Why? Because we're a data-driven world, and this trend is a juggernaut (pun intended:) that won't stop. Businesses and operations that don't adopt a data-driven approach will fall behind those that do.
Wire Data is relevant to Ops, the NOC, the SOC, Marketing, and the Business itself. But in order to tap into it, you must adopt a platform approach to the problem. Environments are all different, and every one has its own needs and priorities.
So if you need a tool, you should be able to make one - to tailor a solution that fits your needs, not someone else's.
And you don't need a vendor to tell you what's important, what you do and don't care about. That approach is big-brother APM, and is a huge part of the problem.
Tapping the power of ExtraHop Wire Data Analytics & MongoDB
The ExtraHop platform does incredible things at incredible scale right out of the box. But what if you need more? Welcome, friends. Welcome to giant-data greatness with ExtraHop and MongoDB.
Combined, ExtraHop & MongoDB allow you to do some amazing, previously impossible things. While I'll only be able to scratch the surface, I sincerely hope this gets your wheels turning.
First, make sure you've got MongoDB installed on a system and your ExtraHop system can route to it via the management interface. This is the network path the MongoDB traffic will traverse. If you need help installing MongoDB, look here for instructions.
Second, on your ExtraHop system, go here: Admin->Capture->MongoDB Settings. It will look something like this:
Here, I've got a default MongoDB setup. Click the 'Test Settings' button and it should work. If it doesn't, make sure you've got MongoDB running on the appropriate server, on the port you expect, and that the management interface of your ExtraHop appliance can route there.
Now that this is done, you can send whatever you want to MongoDB. That's right - anything that you can do in a trigger can now be sent to a monster big-data engine with query, search, sort, etc. The possibilities are insane, and point directly to the power of Wire Data driven Ops Intel.
In part 2, we'll start writing some data into MongoDB and querying it.