Aspera Analytics

Aspera Analytics is an beta cloud-based platform for analytics, visualization, and reporting that allows Aspera business users, administrators and operators the ability to generate vivid visualizations of transfer history and usage. Users can ingest standard Aspera logs to view relevant trends, verify key delivery SLAs, and quickly troubleshoot transfer performance. 

Interactive zoom and filter capabilities provide a view of the data across several dimensions such as time, user, IP, and more. Analytics supports drill downs into key metrics such as bytes transferred, bandwidth used, and file statistics over time at both an aggregate or individual node level.

The platform performs large scale data processing and analysis using state-of-art big data techniques: Aspera auto-scaled Redis cluster ScaleKV and Apache Spark deployed on IBM Softlayer/OpenStack. The in-depth transfer performance and content analysis leverages Aspera R&D expertise including:

  • Transfers statistics and metadata (including associated products, versions, and users) overviews on geographic, timeline and categorical perspectives.
  • Transfer bottleneck analysis for any given time and resolution.
  • Content types, sizes and numbers per-session analysis.
  • Successful, failed, and skipped files per-session analysis.

A fast rich data presentation using state-of-the-art D3.js big data visualization techniques with new customizable Aspera Analytics techniques allows for a highly interactive and interconnected multi-graph and cross-table data presentation of the following areas:

  • Geographic and timeline overviews and statistics.
  • Network/transfer measurements (e.g. rate, efficiency, loss, rtt, etc) over time for any given transfer/link at any time resolution.
  • In-depth bottlenecks analysis (disk i/o, network i/o, sender or receiver) over time for any transfer, server, or link at any time resolution.
  • Concurrency overview and analysis for a link or a server over time.
  • Transfer context analysis such as users, products, and versions aggregation analysis.
  • In-depth Aspera transfer content analysis.
  • Content types, sizes and numbers per-session analysis.
  • Successful, failed and skipped content per-session analysis (sender, receiver, multiple nodes perspective).

To answers questions such as:

  • What is the distribution of file types and per node utilization on my cloud-based deployments including aggregate throughput, network delay and packet losses?
  • Why are transfers not going any faster, where does the problem lie (aggregate bandwidth analysis and constraints, network speed v.s. storage speed, causes of the bottlenecks)?
  • For all Connect browser clients transferring with me, what is the usage distribution across my users over a specified period of time and who has not transferred at all in that period?
  • Where are the constraints and why are transfers slow and so many files skipped?
  • What is the performance analysis for spontaneous / ad-hoc transfers?
  • Which users are falling back to HTTP for transfers instead of FASP. Do we need to send a tech on site to open their firewall ports?