AWS Gateway Load Balancer Enhances NETSCOUT Visibility in AWS

AWS Gateway Load Balancer Enhances NETSCOUT Visibility in AWS

With continuous innovation during the last few years, cloud migration is moving from the early adoption stage to mainstream use. As more and more enterprises develop their cloud migration plans, we feel Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the logical choice because of its global footprint and reputation for excellence. Of course, with this migration to the cloud comes the increased need for visibility to ensure an excellent customer experience.

The challenge that these enterprises face is that workload migration creates borders and blind spots between different IT domains, such as client edge, service edge, and server edge across hybrid on-premises and cloud environments. This can make the task of finding the root cause of service issues and assuring application security challenging.

The recently announced AWS Gateway Load Balancer (GWLB) makes it easier for NETSCOUT to offer end-through-end Visibility without Borders. The GWLB makes it easy to deploy our best-of-breed deep packet inspection (DPI) and security appliances by adding high availability, scalability, and load balancing capabilities.

NETSCOUT appliances deployed behind GWLB are used by enterprise customers for increased visibility, service triage, network analysis, service discovery, and protection against application-layer attacks targeting destinations such as web servers, SIP voice, and BGP. The GWLB extends NETSCOUT visibility in AWS with new packet acquisition vantage points for North/South (N/S) traffic at the very edge of the AWS network to the on-premises data center and East/West (E/W) inter-VPC traffic at the VPC edge.

NETSCOUT East/West and North/West Monitoring Architecture within AWS with GWLB
NETSCOUT East/West and North/West Monitoring Architecture within AWS with GWLB  -  For a 3-Tier Web Application Use Case


As an AWS Advanced Technology Partner that has achieved the AWS Network Competency and AWS Migration Competency designations, NETSCOUT helps organizations gain the visibility and actionable intelligence they need to migrate services to AWS and assure them in a hybrid cloud environment with confidence.

NETSCOUT offers Visibility without Borders and advanced application troubleshooting capabilities across a hybrid cloud comprised of on-premises and AWS deployments, before, during, and after migration. This significantly improves end-user experience and accelerates the migration of workloads to AWS. By seeing service dependencies across on-premises and AWS deployments, NETSCOUT is able to help significantly reduce mean-time-to-repair (MTTR) of service issues. As a result, enterprise customers gain more confidence to innovate and accelerate the migration of on-premises workloads to AWS.

NETSCOUT accomplishes this by capturing packet data traversing the cloud environments and performing simultaneous deep packet inspection and real-time analysis. NETSCOUT’s vSTREAM virtual appliance monitors service traffic running within cloud infrastructures and generates Smart Data at its point of collection. This Smart Data delivers a comprehensive view into the performance characteristics of all infrastructure and application components and their dependencies. For this reason, it is important to develop a packet acquisition strategy that relies on Smart Data generated by processing and analyzing packet data across the hybrid cloud, including on-premises and in the public cloud. This is the ultimate source of truth. 

For additional information regarding AWS Gateway Load Balancer, please refer to the following AWS blog.

To learn more about end-through-end Visibility without Borders, join NETSCOUT at AWS re:Invent 2020.

Watch the video below to see the solution architecture and a demo.

AWS Load Balancer nGeniusONE Demo Ray Krug