How AppNeta’s Technology Works

Patented TruPath™ Technology Monitors It All

AppNeta's patented TruPath™ is the core technology of AppNeta Performance Manager. We've built a unique solution that gives visibility into the public internet and 3rd party networks required for modern business. TruPath™ is the core technology behind AppNeta’s ability to see into these 3rd-party networks. AppNeta’s technology works for both dual-ended paths where physical, virtual, or containter-based Monitoring Points can be placed at both ends and for single-ended network paths where IT doesn’t own or operate the target infrastructure. Beyond visibility, TruPath™ provides diagnostic details for many common network issues. Customers get active, low-overhead network performance monitoring, in real-time, and through every network hop. AppNeta's powerful technology lets you see much more than typical monitoring tools.

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For really gauging end-user experience today, legacy technologies simply do not work. SaaS and web apps don't run on-site, so IT teams can't access the devices used to deliver those web-based applications to end users. TruPath™ gives you the complete application's view of your network performance.

How TruPath™ Works

Our TruPath™ technology works by sending and receiving many varied short sequences of packets. Those packet trains are transmitted using the commonly available IP network mechanisms ICMP or UDP to defined end hosts (also called targets). A target is any IP stack that can respond to an ICMP-based ping or can send back a UDP or TCP packet. When this capability is combined with our Usage data, AppNeta can also support paths to apps that are supported by dynamic endpoints or clusters like Office 365, G Suite and others. TruPath™ automatically discovers network paths across any network, including Equal-Cost Multipath (ECMP) networks, by using ICMP-, UDP-, and TCP-based traceroutes.

Summary of the core of TruPath™: Packet Train Dispersion

TruPath™ delivers the same accuracy as packet flooders, but with smaller sequence lengths of tens of packets per minute. This normal testing takes place through Continuous Path Analysis (CPA). If an issue is detected, then TruPath™ will automatically increase the number of packets to confirm an issue. Once an issue is confirmed, TruPath™ gathers more data through our Deep Path Analysis (DPA).

When TruPath™ detects degradation symptoms, it automatically performs diagnostic analyses against models of network dysfunction. These models isolate and identify characteristics that are specific to a particular source. Each type of degradation affects the packet trains differently and thus creates a unique “signature” that distinguishes one type of degradation from any other. TruPath™’s patented analytics engine, the Application Path Expert system (APEX), performs a form of pattern recognition on the packet timings, packet loss, and other network errors to assess which known type of degradation may be present.

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