Enriching network traffic telemetry with network, application, and business context

Avi Freedman
Date and time: 
Thu, Apr 8 2021 - 12:15pm
Avi Freedman
  • Ram Durairajan

To make sense of network traffic telemetry (NetFlow, IPFIX, sFlow, VPC Flow Logs, eBPF, etc) in modern, orchestrated and diverse networks, it's necessary to enrich those telemetry streams with context. Kentik's ingest layer does this live with millions of flows/second, and started doing so with BGP routing, but also has other large-scale and generalized mechanisms for doing high-speed lookup and enrichment/decoration/coloring of incoming data, each of which can have tens of millions of dynamically changing association rules. This talk will describe some of the use cases of that ingest layer, as well as a general architecture and some examples for BGP, customer IDs, and DNS.


Avi Freedman is the co-founder and CEO of Kentik. He has decades of experience as a leading technologist and executive in networking. He was with Akamai for over a decade, as VP Network Infrastructure and then Chief Network Scientist. Prior to that, Avi started Philadelphia’s first ISP (netaxs) in 1992 after studying and running infrastructure at Temple University, then later running the network at AboveNet and serving as CTO for ServerCentral.