Network monitoring (15)
Baseline threshold calculation (14)
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ThousandEyes is Internet and Cloud Intelligence technology. Its Digital Experience Monitoring platform delivers a collectively powered view of the Internet, enabling enterprises and service providers to work together to improve the quality of digital experiences. Visibility provided by ThousandEyes enables users to optimize application delivery, end-user experience, and ongoing infrastructure investments.
ThousandEyes is based on a distribution of smart agents across the Internet and enterprise, providing visibility all the way to the end user. The ThousandEyes platform leverages data collected from a fleet of vantage points throughout the global Internet, from within data centers and VPCs and on end user devices to expose dependencies that impact digital service delivery, allowing businesses to see, understand and improve how customers and employees experience websites, applications or services.
The vendor states it is currently used across industry sectors, including Silicon Valley technology companies, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, retail, manufacturing, and education. Cisco acquired ThousandEyes in 2020, to extend its monitoring and visibility portfolio.
- Supported: Network monitoring
- Supported: Baseline threshold calculation
- Supported: Alerts
- Supported: Network capacity planning
- Supported: Network mapping
- Supported: Customizable reports
- Supported: Wireless infrastructure monitoring
- Network performance monitoring is really good with the information provided
- Good customer support
- Easy to use interface
- Documentation is detailed and easy to understand
- End point agent can be improved to include more tests
- Integration options can be expanded to include more apps/ programs
- Better pricing options
- System monitoring, especially when we are not in the office
- Report generation to show performance trends or issues
- Alerts to notify when things are not performing well
- Monitoring links
- Sending alerts
- Monitoring external services
- Monitoring servers
- Monitoring services to get more details
- Integration with other services
- Real time mapping.
- Network related issue resolution.
- BGP routing is fixed to 15 minutes.
- Documentation can be improved.
- Expensive for some.
- Network Monitoring
- Track network experience between apps
- Dashboard quality
- Gain a true birds eye view of all your processes and how they are functioning in tandem
- Harness more control of assets in the cloud
- Clearly visualize the end user experience
- Passive network data is not avail
- Application code injection would be helpful
- Lot's of information in a single dashboard
- Nice graphics and monitoring dashboards
- Real time information
- Better intervals for the BGP slots, maybe reduce to 3min.
- Excellent UI that provides a lot of power without being overly complex.
- APIs are full featured and easy to use.
- Enterprise agent deployment is well packaged and documented.
- Ability to share and export test results is immensely helpful.
- Internet Insights has a lot of potential, as ThousandEye's user base continues to grow.
- pricing model is complicated and mysterious.
- There is a bit of a learning curve to understanding how tests and alerts work.
- Would like more ability to organize and view test results. Using account groups helps, but a master view across account groups would be very useful.
- would like more cloud agents inside eyeball networks.
- Good synthetic monitoring capabilities.
- Test multiple protocols and network ports emulating as close as possible the behaviors of real applications in production environments.
- The number of possible tests and reports are very good.
- API integration is very good to integrate with analytics.
- The EndPoint agent (client installed on the user's PC) has very limited functionality, mostly only to monitor web (HTTP/HTTPS) transactions.
- Synthetic monitoring only emulates connections to the respective server or other ThousandEyes agents. It does NOT emulate actual end-user transactions.
- Alerting on outages. ThousandEyes provides a few different options to receive alerts: you can have alerts emailed to a subset of (or all) users, there is a basic Slack integration, and if more flexibility is required (or your preferred method of being alerted isn't built-in) webhooks can be used to hit another API.
- Speeding up mean time to resolution (or mean time to innocence if you're a more siloed and blame-happy organization). Failure alerts can be configured to include the cause of the failure instead of just "resource x is down." For example, the alerts can come out and say that a website was down due to an HTTP 500, which will help prevent staff from spinning their wheels trying to diagnose the network from the client to the web server.
- Post mortems and root cause analyses. After an outage has been resolved, it is possible to go back for up to 30 days without losing any level of detail for the test in question, and to view information like the DNS response received, the network path taken by the traffic, and any added latency incurred by an individual link. It can also be used to view Internet routing changes surrounding the incident.
- Support. Every ticket or chat I have opened has been met by a friendly and helpful staff member that has been able to provide helpful insight into what is causing a particular issue, and what steps they will take on their side to resolve an issue or provide suggestions of steps to take on our side if necessary.
- The elephant in the room is going to be cost. ThousandEyes is a great tool, but you will pay for it. There are other services that do a good job at providing a smaller subset of features compared to ThousandEyes. If all you need is that particular subset of features, ThousandEyes may not make fiscal sense for your organization.
- As a subset of the cost issue, within the last 18 months or so the pricing on enterprise (local) agents has been modified in a way that seems not to benefit the customer. Previously enterprise agents had a flat monthly cost associated with them with unlimited test usage (the only limit on test usage was based on concurrent tests running at any given point in time). This meant that instead of using a cloud agent and paying per-test, you had the option of spinning up an cheap Digital Ocean droplet and creating your own cloud agent for external testing without using Cloud Agents. When the change was made they eliminated the flat per-agent cost and instead treated the pricing the same as that of the cloud agents but cutting the number of "cloud units" per test in half for tests run from enterprise agents. For organizations with under-utilized enterprise agents, this may be helpful financially, but for organizations that push their local agents to the limit, the cost skyrocketed.
- BGP monitor peering sessions have been less than reliable. The data doesn't seem to be an issue, but the sessions seem to bounce or fail altogether on a fairly consistent basis. The routers or servers with which your routers peer sit behind some firewalls that have caused issues in the past.
- Fantastic Dashboard and GUI.
- Excellent Performance in terms of issue identification and reporting.
- Integration with multiple platforms so that alerts can be routed to the desired platforms like slack,scom etcq.
- Good reporting features available.
- Excellent Customer Support.
- Documentation about the functionality can be improved.
- It could have machine learning features embedded within to suggest solutions for the issues that it detects.
- Cost could be another factor for a small organization.
- Hardware/Server Monitoring is the core functionality and it does it very well.
- The alerting engine is very powerful and easy to administer and configure.
- The interface is very easy to use and the menu system is easy to navigate and find what you are looking for.
- The search options work well and allow you to easily find data.
- It is a not a true network monitoring/troubleshooting platform even though users sometimes try to use it as such. We initially purchased the product for just Network monitoring and found it lacking in certain areas. There are far superior tools built specifically for Network Monitoring.
- Support is average at best and this is a place where lots of product companies stumble. They are not bad at support, but just average.
- Alerting is powerful but you can easily get lost in the options if you are not careful and end up blasting users with tons of emails. Need to get training and experiment with a small user base before enterprise rollout.
- Agent to Agent testing. Full round trip test. Have a customer using a Server Side API that is having an issue. Loan a Nuc, or have them install the ThousandEyes agent in their network. You'll find the issue guaranteed.
- Device Layer vision - ability to see from the server, through the Firewall, switches Proxy and internet. Measure jitter, latency, response time, load time and see the path your packet takes.
- Share your tests live. Provide the customer a link to a live test, they can see what you do, review your metrics and verify your tests. They can also use it as a tool to better their service. Build the trust and stickiness with your customers' most difficult users - the IT Operations team.
- Validate your QOS and routes for VOIP, video conferences, and data traffic. Highly flexible and configurable complete with transaction-based testing, custom headers, calls and tools to mimic any scenario you need.
- Continue to innovate and support more and more services. In the world of IOT and point to point traffic being more and more prevalent creating a flexible product is fantastic. Build on the end user product, last mile and even more sharing.
- Detailed internet path analysis - helps us provide data to our ISPs when we experience upstream issues and get to a resolution more quickly.
- Customer internet issues - we can also provide our customers geographic and ISP path analysis to identify when there are pathing problems outside our network and point them towards ISP-level recolution instead of debating whose network the issue is in.
- Alerting of peering and reachability issues.
- Pricing model is pretty steep with limited flexibility. You can't use "points" from one product to another for example. Also would like to see some applied credit capability - like if we host some endpoints why can't those be a credit towards our account?
- Would love to see some integration with some other data like Internet health, ISP outages and alerts etc.
- Possibly some kind of common-style explanation or description of where problems are within a specific timeframe. It takes a bit of hunting and digging to isolate an issue within a complex bidirectional path.