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Deepfield Analytics Service


infosheet image Campus and regional networks generate a massive amount of data. Analyzing and correlating that data into useful and timely reports can help shape network-related investments and support decisions in such areas as cloud service usage, traffic engineering, and optimization of your costs and resources.

As a benefit of Internet2 higher education primary network participation, you can now take advantage of a network analytics service hosted by Internet2. This Internet2 Network Analytics Service uses Deepfield technology to track, analyze and model Internet2 network telemetry.

This cloud intelligence solution will allow you to track, model and visualize your use of the Internet2 Network. Predefined reports help you shape your network, traffic and cloud decisions, and provide information for grant applications, statutory reporting requirement, and a variety of other needs. Custom reports and queries allow you to drill down and look at specific traffic or use case information.


Predefined Reports

Internet2 Deepfield Analytics predefined reports will help you maximize your network, traffic and cloud decisions, as well as providing information for grant applications, statutory reporting requirements, and a variety of other needs.

Custom Reports

Custom reports and queries allow you to drill down and look at specific traffic or use case information—a great way to make sure your strategic and project-level decisions are data driven. More custom report documentation and training information will be posted as it becomes available.

Deepfield Analytics service sample report - total bandwidth

Sample report – Total Bandwidth and Subscriber Count

Internet2 Deepfield Analytics Service sample report - service by router

Sample report – Service by Internet2 R&E Router

Deepfield Analytics Service

webinar was held on Sept. 16, 2014, describing some of the features of the Deepfield Analytics Service.


Internet2 Deepfield Analytics Service is free and available to all active higher education Internet2 primary network participants.

See the Participate tab for information on how to access the service.


For more information on the Internet2 Deepfield Analytics Service, browse through these frequently asked questions.

Is the data I view through the Internet2 Deepfield Analytics Service private?

Your privacy and the privacy of your data is important to Internet2. For more information, see our privacy policy.

Why can’t I open the Access Request form?

You must sign in to the Internet2 site with your InCommon Federation credentials, or with your Internet2 SiteID, in order to fill out and submit the Access Request form. To see if your institution is an InCommon Participant, see InCommon Participants. If your institution is not an InCommon Participant, you can create an Internet2 SiteID to access the form. Find out more by reading our Federated Services User Guide.

I received notification that my access has been configured but I can’t get beyond the Shibboleth access page.

This is typically caused by a mismatch in the attributes your local IdP is releasing. See the Required Shibboleth Attributes page for details on which attributes we need to receive.

My campus is not an InCommon Participant. How else can I get access?

Internet2 supports the use of an Internet2 SiteID to access this service as well as InCommon Federation credentials. You can create an Internet2 SiteID and use it for access to this as well as other Internet2 services. Please note that if you are using an Internet2 SiteID, you must select Internet2 SiteID as your organization when logging into this service.

How can I get support for the Internet2 Deepfield Analytics Service?

For further support, please contact the Internet2 network operations center (NOC): call (317) 278-6622 or email

Is a description of the Deepfield Analytics Service available?

Yes, a webinar was held on Sept. 16, 2014, that included a section describing the Deepfield Analytics Service. A link to the webinar can be found here.

What about the privacy of data that is retained and stored?

Raw flow data is stored on the Deepfield system in files until it is processed. The files are discarded after processing to conserve disk space. These raw flows are then combined with SNMP and BGP routing tables to produce a proprietary Deepfield record called Deepflow. Deepflow is an intermediate database of the analyzed/classified combined flow data. This process is completed within one to two hours. Deepflow is rolled-up into DeepCube, which is the long-term database containing aggregate views of the collected data. No IP information is stored in this database. The DeepCube data is stored for up to two weeks and pruned when disk space is required (high water mark of 88%). The hardware currently running the Internet2 Deepfield system has a total of 2TB local disk storage. The flow data storage implemented on the Deepfield system is consistent with the current Internet2 Member data privacy policy as noted above. No IP address specificity is contained within any long-term storage.

How does Deepfield determine the categorization of traffic?

Deepfield deployments have a category dimension that provides a high level of abstraction for sites and services to aid in reporting. There are currently 24 categories. See Deepfield Categories (PDF) for details.

Internet2's Deepfield Analytics Service is available to current active Internet2 higher education primary network participants.

Access will be coordinated through the Internet2 Executive Contact at each member institution. To request access, sign in to Internet2 using your InCommon Federation or Internet2 SiteID credentials, then fill out and submit the Access Request form.