Skydive-Prometheus Connector

by Kalman Meth, 01/11/2020

Support was recently added for a Skydive-Prometheus connector based on the skydive-flow-exporter. The connector translates data from Skydive captured flows into a format that can be consumed by Prometheus. The first implementation of the Skydive-Prometheus connector periodically provides the byte transfer counts for each network connection under observation. The code can be easily tailored to provide additional flow information.

Flow Exporter add-on to Skydive

by Kalman Meth, 31/12/2019

Support was recently added for an Exporter add-on to Skydive. The Exporter filters the flow data obtained from Skydive, performs a data transformation, and forwards the information to some output, possibly an object store. This data may then be used to perform various kinds of analyses for security, accounting, or other purposes. In this article, we give a detailed description of the various options plus instructions to use the Flow Exporter.

How to send packets/flows to external tool

by Sylvain Afchain, 03/09/2019

Sometimes you may want to use Skydive to automate your packet captures but having the flows or the packets sent directly to an external tool. While Skydive provides since awhile now a mechanism to attach the “original/raw” packets to a flow, I will describe here another mechanism that we introduced quite recently to expose flow or packets outside of Skydive.

Security Advisor add-on to Skydive

by Kalman Meth, 31/07/2019

Support was recently added for a Security Advisor add-on to Skydive. The Security Advisor filters the flow data obtained from Skydive, performs a data transformation, and saves the information to an object store in JSON format. This data may then be used to perform various kinds of analyses for security, accounting, or other purposes. In this article, we give full instructions to install and use the Security Advisor.

Collectd as Skydive metrics provider

by Sylvain Afchain, 08/07/2019

We recently introduced a first version of a Skydive Collectd plugin. This aims to leverage some Collectd plugin to enhance the Skydive topology. This blog post will explain how the Skydive architecture allowed to implement it quickly and how the metrics are reported.

Skydive with eBPF

by Andre Kassis, 07/07/2019

Skydive is an open source real-time network topology and protocol analyzer. It aims to provide a comprehensive way of understanding what is happening in the network’s infrastructure. To that end, Skydive collects data regarding the topology and the flows in the environment in which it is deployed and passes it to the user…

Introducing the Skydive Kubernetes probe

by Aidan Shribman, 01/05/2019

In this article I introduce the Kubernetes Probe which constructs the topological view of the Kubernetes resources. I begin by providing the motivation to using the probe as opposed to just using standard tooling (such as kubectl). Next I walk through several use cases demonstrated on various Kubernetes resources.

What performance can I expect

by Sylvain Afchain, 07/02/2019

In this article I’m going to try to answer to a question that often comes up about Skydive : “Ok but what will be the impact on my system”. Answering this question can be complex as Skydive address multiple use cases. So for this article I’ll take a very common use case which is monitoring the topology and the interfaces metrics. Here it won’t talk about packet capture, We will talk about this aspect in a further article.

Add non Skydive nodes in topology

by Masco Kaliyamoorthy, 27/11/2018

Skydive displays the network topology by receiving the network events from the skydive agents. You ever wondered how to add or display in topology diagram, a network components which is out of the skydives’ agent network or a non network entities like TOR, data store and etc. No more worries on that, thanks to the skydive ‘Topology Rules’ API.

Since version 0.20, Skydive provides Topology Rules API, can be used to create new nodes and edges and update existing nodes’ metadata. Topology Rules API divided in two APIs, node rule API and edge rule API. Node rule API is used for create a new node and update metadata of existing node. Edge rule API is used for create edge between two nodes i.e linking two nodes.

Discover topology using LLDP

by Sylvain Baubeau, 09/10/2018

We recently added support for automatic topology discovery using Ansible. During last hackathon, we discussed about adding an LLDP probe in a dynamic way by creating a LLDP probe in Skydive.

Let’s see how it works.

Capture for interfaces that don’t exist (yet)

by Sylvain Afchain, 09/10/2018

I have been reached out a couple of time for a feature request which was something like :

“I would like to capture the very first packets, like DHCP, of a VM that is about to boot. It will be great to add a mechanism to start a capture for a future interface.”

So yes it will be nice, and in fact it is already possible since the beginning of Skydive as it was one of the use cases that we wanted to address. Let’s see how to achieve this.

Introduction to Skydive workflows

by Sylvain Baubeau, 29/08/2018

Since version 0.19, Skydive allows you to automate Skydive actions using a new type of object called workflows. Let’s imagine you want to test the connectivity between 2 containers. If you had to do it manually, you would have to :

  • create a capture on the interface of each container
  • generate some traffic using the packet injector
  • use a Gremlin query to check for flows corresponding to the generated traffic
  • delete the captures In this blog post, we will see how you can script these actions using workflows.

Network topology discovery with Ansible and Skydive

by Sylvain Afchain, 05/09/2018

Since Skydive already has a Python client library I thought it was “fun” to create an Ansible module leveraging it to add topology entities. In this blog post I will show how to use this module and how to use this module to provide real topology information.

Deploy Skydive on top of OpenStack using Tripleo

by Sylvain Afchain, 07/08/2018

Skydive supports multiple deployment ways, from containers (Kubernetes, OpenShift) to Ansible playbook. In this blog post I will explain how to deploy Skydive on top of OpenStack using Tripleo. Support for Skydive is already integrated in TripleO since the Queens release but this support has been reworked the new config download feature. During the last few weekds, we added a TripleO job to our CI. In this blog post, I will extract some of the scripts involved in the CI job to show how to deploy the latest version of Skydive with Tripleo.

Flow Matrix

by Nicolas Planel, 24/07/2018

Skydive Flow Matrix is a tool on top of Skydive that helps you understand which services are connecting to each other on your platform. Thanks to the Skydive SocketInfo probe, Flow Matrix will report all opened Sockets between client and server processes across hosts…