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Top Down Drill-down with Riverbed Cascade

Posted by bobegilbert on July 20, 2011

I am often asked how Cascade differentiates itself from various other network performance management products.  While there are a number of features and core capabilities unique to Cascade, I believe it is the drill-down capability that really sets Cascade apart.  It's hard to demonstrate this capability in a blog post, but I thought I would start with an analogy and take you through a typical drill-down sequence using screen shots.

Let's start with the analogy.  Cascade's ability to start from a business level, top-down view is like starting with Google Maps and getting a bird's eye view of the area in question.

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The next step is that you can drill-down with a simple mouse click. 

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Another mouse click and you are able to zoom further into the area.

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Using a seamless workflow and only a few clicks you get to the specific point that you were looking for.

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Cascade's top-down drill-down capability is just like having Google Maps for your network.  Let's look at a real-world sequence.

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So there you have it.  With Cascade's powerful top-level drill-down capability, you start with an executive level dashboard view and can drill down effortlessly to the source of the problem all the way down to the packet sequence that was causing the problem.

I would love to hear from Cascade customers about how they use drill-down to discover and resolve network and application performance problems.

 

 

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