In some data centers, engineers have stream to disk packet collection tools that constantly monitor the performance of business critical applications. This is an important monitoring method to have in place, especially due to the intermittent behavior of some problems. However, when an issue strikes, it can simply take too much time to mine through Terabytes of data, looking for the needle in the haystack.

through Terabytes of data, looking for the needle in the haystack. Starting the analysis at the client end can ensure that only pertinent data to the user is captured, without the need of filtering through unrelated packet streams.

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