Introducing HTTP Tracer: In-depth Web Performance Analysis

by | Jul 28, 2023 | Application Performance, Articles, Network Performance, News, Videos

Perform synthetic tests on web services and API call performance to identify issues and enhance performance

Thierry Notermans

Thierry Notermans

Chief Product Officer & Chief Information Security Officer

We’re excited to announce the launch of a significant enhancement to our platform – the HTTP-Tracer. This innovative feature takes our performance monitoring capabilities to a new level, providing comprehensive insight into web services and web-based API calls. The HTTP-Tracer generates key performance metrics such as availability, DNS resolution time, connection time, TLS handshake time, and server response time. Additionally, it identifies the number of redirections that occur and measures their impact on the performance, seamlessly complementing our existing Net-Tracer solution.

To assist you in understanding the scope of this new feature, we’ve prepared an introductory video that explains the HTTP-Tracer’s full capabilities. Please visit the link to learn more about how the HTTP-Tracer can revolutionize your performance monitoring.

What’s even better? The transition is seamless! For our users who have deployed Enterprise Stations or Fleets on Windows devices, these systems have already been automatically updated to support the HTTP-Tracer. You can start configuring your HTTP-Tracers right away. For additional information or assistance, please feel free to refer to our online documentation or contact our Customer Success Management (CSM) team. We’d also like to note that while the HTTP-Tracer is not currently supported on the Android app, this functionality will be included in an upcoming product update.

With the HTTP-Tracer, Kadiska continues to lead the way in providing state-of-the-art network analysis solutions. Stay tuned for more exciting developments from Kadiska.

This video provides an overview of the recently introduced HTTP Tracer capability in the Kadiska platform. This feature, an expansion of Kadiska’s Tracer technology, enables synthetic and proactive testing of both web services and web-based API calls’ performance.


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Video Summary

The HTTP Tracer collects key performance metrics such as availability, DNS resolution time, connection time, TLS handshake, and server response time. This function complements the Net Tracer, which tests the network path’s performance from a source to a destination, identifying the full network path in the process.

The exploration begins with the HTTP Tracer dashboards. Users first navigate to the main Tracer universe where the network overview dashboard has gained a new section dedicated to HTTP Tracers metrics. This addition complements the existing Net Tracer section.

By sorting through various metrics, users can focus on specific services to gather detailed information. Choosing a particular item filters and updates all data in the corresponding dashboards.

The ‘performance by tester’ dashboard provides insight into changes in availability. This dashboard includes sections related to both Net Tracers and HTTP Tracers, offering a broad view of performance metrics. For example, it can reveal connection problems with certain services from specific locations.

Kadiska platform’s new ‘web performance’ dashboard provides an overview of availability, the number of tests performed, and errors corresponding to specific availability periods. This gives instant insights into issues like TCP connection problems or timeouts set in HTTP Tracer settings.

This dashboard presents several metrics, including DNS resolution time, connection time, the time taken to establish a TLS session, and server response time. It introduces new metrics related to redirections, noting how many redirections took place before the tester reached the final server and the time these redirections consumed.

The dashboard allows users to identify their location, the HTTP protocols, and the TLS versions negotiated between the tester and the HTTP Tracer target. It provides a detailed view of server connections, their locations, and performance metrics. Users can simultaneously focus on time series for performance metrics such as availability, connection, TLS, and server for in-depth analysis using the ‘focus mode’.

Using the distribution graph, users can further fine-tune their analysis, identifying issues like the slowest server. The response status time evolution enables quick identification of problems with certain types of errors. Filtering specific error types allows understanding of their impact on various services.

The Kadiska platform provides comprehensive documentation at for further assistance with HTTP Tracer setup and functionality. This new feature enhances Kadiska’s performance testing capabilities, offering detailed and actionable insights into web service performance.


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