What is Synthetic Monitoring and What Are the Benefits? | Obkio

What is Synthetic Monitoring and What Are the Benefits? | Obkio

Feb 10, 2021

What is Synthetic Monitoring and What Are The Benefits?

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Many traditional network monitoring solutions use a packet capture method to capture real-user data and monitor network performance. Now, modern network monitoring tools have switched to synthetic monitoring to monitor network performance without collecting user information.

What is Synthetic Monitoring?
It is a monitoring technique used to monitor application and network performance by simulating user activity.

Synthetic monitors connect to websites, web applications and services, APIs, and network destinations to simulate a user's actions or path.

How Does Synthetic Monitoring Work?

  1. Deploy Monitoring Agents

Synthetic monitoring relies on agents to simulate actual user performance within a network or application.

  • Exchange Synthetic Traffic
    Obkio's Monitoring Agents exchange UDP synthetic traffic to monitor network performance between each pair of Agents.
  • Automatic Monitoring Sessions
    Synthetic monitors work by issuing automated, simulated traffic from a monitoring agent to your network to mimic what a typical user might do.

    The Benefits of Synthetic Monitoring

  • Monitor from the end-user perspective
    By monitoring your network with agents that simulate end-user activity, synthetic monitoring enables you to measure the true end-user experience.
  • Find and fix issues before they affect end-users
    Proactively monitor network destinations, even during low-traffic periods, to be alerted if any performance degradation or network issues occur.
  • Automatic alerting
    Synthetic monitoring’s proactive monitoring alerts a team to any issues, or signs of upcoming issues, as soon as they happen.
  • Create a performance baseline
    Monitoring data can be used to create a baseline to compare good performance with bad, identify areas of improvement and develop performance improvement strategies.
  • Hold service providers accountable
    Identify if problems are occurring in your network, or your MSPs network. So it’s blatantly clear who is responsible for fixing a problem.
  • Measure and adhere to SLAs
    For Service providers, understand the availability and performance limitations of a client’s network to set up realistic service level objectives and avoid unforeseen penalties or complaints.
  • Monitor all ends of your network
    Get the unique ability to monitor areas of your network or application which doesn’t have real user traffic yet or may have low user traffic.

    Want to try for yourself?

    Obkio is a pro at monitoring network performance with synthetic traffic. Try Obkio for free @ obkio.com/free-trial/

    Obkio is a simple network performance monitoring solution that allows users to continuously monitor the health of their network and core business applications to improve the end-user experience.

    Easily identify the source of a system failure and so you can quickly apply the corrective measures, right at the heart of the problem, before it affects your end users.

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