LiveAction released its network monitoring platform, called LiveSP, that is targeted at service providers. The technology comes from the company’s December acquisition of LivingObjects, a French software developer. LiveSP was upgraded to include support for software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN), as well as increased application visibility, scalability, and operational intelligence.
The platform was developed by the company’s new service provider business unit, and it is built specifically for service providers to deliver monitoring and reporting to their enterprise customers.
LiveSP is a cloud-based multi-tenant monitoring platform that provides customized reports on certain key networking tasks. It also allows service providers to manage customer premises equipment (CPE) from a centralized interface.
The platform supports LiveAction’s partnerships with Cisco, Corvil, Gigamon, and Palo Alto Networks. It provides additional SD-WAN monitoring for Cisco IWAN, Viptela, Nokia Nuage, and others; and integrates with Viptela, Nuage, and Cisco’s network services orchestrator.
“LiveSP is able to ingest network metadata and provide data interpretations. This includes traditional network elements and controllers like those in a SD-WAN,” said Darren Kimura, LiveAction’s executive chairman, in an email. “Since the platform is application aware, it’s able to show CPE utilization, paths traveled and transport quality. LiveSP removes complexity to make it easy to monitor nearly any SD-WAN solution on the market.”
LiveSP enables service providers to analyze SD-WAN performance metrics and events . The platform also collects and standardizes data coming from SD-WAN controllers from multiple vendors as well as CPEs and provider edges (PEs).
In addition to new SD-WAN capabilities, the platform is designed to integrate with different CPEs, meaning service providers can easily run the platform on their networks.
LiveSP can function as a stand-alone platform, but can also be white labeled by the service provider. As the platform is tailored specifically to service providers, it has rights management that enforces security policies and reduces the workload required to manage large volumes of enterprise users.
While LiveSP is based on the technology from the Living Objects acquisition, the launch and upgrade also include features incorporated from LiveAction’s existing network performance analytics platform, LiveNX. These features include the SD-WAN integrations — which LiveAction added to LiveNX last year — scale, and network workflows.
The difference between LiveAction’s two platforms, explained Kimura, is that “LiveNX is a very deep platform and LiveSP is very wide,” and the latter “is designed to view tens-of-thousands of CPEs quickly and push executive level reporting to an end customer in the event that network problems are discovered.”