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Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module (NAM) for ISR G2 SRE

Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module Software 6.0 for ISR G2 Services-Ready Engine Data Sheet

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Delivering a consistent end-user experience is paramount in today’s IT environment, which is dynamic and distributed. Understanding who is using the network, knowing what applications are running on the network, assessing how the applications are performing, characterizing how traffic over the network is being used are the foundation for managing and improving the delivery of your business-critical applications. They are the foundation for establishing and verifying quality of service (QoS) policies, undertaking WAN-optimization projects, troubleshooting application performance issues, and many other tasks to help ensure efficient business operations and meet committed service levels in an enterprise.

Product Overview

Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module (NAM) Software 6.0 for ISR G2 Service-Ready Engine (SRE) offers unparalleled visibility for network administrators to help ensure optimal use of network resources, quickly troubleshoot performance issues, and deliver a consistent end-user experience. Integrated with the Cisco® ISR G2 SM-SRE-700 Series and SM-SRE-900 Series platforms, Cisco Prime NAM Software simplifies operational manageability at the remote sites and facilitates cost-effective delivery of services across your Cisco enterprise network.

Figure 1. Cisco Prime NAM for ISR G2 Service Ready Engine

Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module Software 6.0 for ISR G2 SRE (Figure 1) takes advantages of the SRE hardware innovations to deliver next-generation performance, higher scalability, and extended data retention. It offers the most comprehensive solution for assuring performance of applications and services delivered to the remote sites. It combines detailed traffic analysis, application performance intelligence, comprehensive voice quality monitoring, along with deep insightful packet captures to help you efficiently manage your committed service levels. Its unique strength is underpinned by the design, which includes embedded data collection and analysis capabilities with a remotely accessible, web-based management and reporting console, all of which runs on a Cisco Services-Ready Engine Service Module (SM) that is installed into the Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISR) Generation 2 (G2) family of routers.

Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module for ISR G2 SRE allows you to:

Characterize end-user experience and validate effective use of control and optimization techniques such as QoS and Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) to enhance application delivery

Accelerate problem resolution with contextual packet captures, display filters and real-time decodes

Gain visibility into CAPWAP traffic to help quickly identify network bottlenecks and application performance issues in a wireless access environment

Enhance operational efficiency with a remotely accessible intuitive web-based interface that eliminates the need to travel to remote sites or backhaul the data to a centralized location

Figure 2. Cisco NAM Traffic Summary Dashboard

Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module includes an interactive graphical user interface (GUI) with dashboards (Figure 2) to give you an immediate view of network and application performance delivered at the remote site. The dashboards implement prepackaged workflows to help you simplify problem detection, isolation, and root-cause analysis. In addition, when combined with site-based historical data it helps expedite your optimization and capacity planning decisions to be able to meet committed service levels.

The Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module for ISR G2 SRE is the glue binding your Cisco enterprise network deployments, providing application visibility within the branch, between branches, and between the branch and data center. Cisco Prime NAM deployed in the branch provides end-to-end visibility for branch-to-branch applications, such as voice, and for TCP-based applications hosted in the data center, driving the consistency and efficiency application delivery across the network.

Cisco Prime NAM for ISR G2 SRE Features and Benefits

Cisco Prime NAM Software means agility. Deployed at the remote site, it offers the agility that allows you quickly to understand what is happening on the network and preempt any performance issues before they affect the end users. Cisco Prime NAM Software offers an extensive set of features (Table 1) that provide a multilayer view of network performance to help you successfully navigate the labyrinth of application delivery challenges in today’s hyperconnected world. Cisco Prime NAM Software provides the foundation of knowing, giving you the edge in managing and improving network and application performance. More extensive description of the software features and benefits can be obtained from the Cisco Prime NAM Software data sheet.

Table 1. Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module for ISR G2 SRE Features and Benefits

Feature

Benefit

Infrastructure integration

Integrated with the Service Ready Engine on the Cisco ISR G2 SM-SRE-700 Series and SM-SRE-900 Series platforms, the Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module Software takes advantage of the latest hardware innovation to deliver next-generation performance, higher scalability, and extended data retention. The solution provides greater investment protection, lower total cost of ownership, and a reduced footprint, saving premium rack space.

Application performance intelligence

Characterize the end-user experience for TCP-based applications and isolate application response-time problems to the network, server, or the application, to accelerate troubleshooting.

Comprehensive voice quality monitoring and real-time troubleshooting

Gather real-time reports on Mean Opinion Score (MOS) and other key performance indicators (KPIs) such as jitter and packet loss to understand and improve how the end user experiences the delivery of voice services. MOS is computed based on ITU-T Recommendations G.107 offering accurate characterization of voice quality. Combine monitoring with real-time troubleshooting using prepackaged dashboards to improve the end-user service levels.

WAN-optimized network visibility

Obtain proof points demonstrating how WAAS has improved application delivery (for example, decreased application transaction times from client perspective or improved LAN data throughput).

Detailed traffic analytics

View short- and long-term performance data on hosts, conversations, and applications that use critical network resources.

Insight into CAPWAP traffic

Visibility into CAPWAP tunnels unveils a wealth of information that helps to improve service delivery over wireless access networks. Reports on performance and usage statistics on a per access point or per endpoint basis help to quickly identify network bottlenecks and application performance issues.

Cisco TrustSec® policy validation

Validate the Cisco TrustSec policy using security group tags (SGTs) and evaluate the endpoints or hosts, applications, and conversations participating in one or more security groups.

Deep, insightful packet captures

Solve complex performance problems with trigger-based captures, filters, decodes, and error scan features. Packet captures can be triggered based on performance thresholds, allowing you to focus on specific performance problems. In addition, use external storage to collect extensive packet captures for offline analysis.

Open interface

Ease Cisco Prime NAM configuration and export of computed performance data using standards-based APIs (REST/XML).

Anytime, anywhere access

Access the web interface from any desktop, eliminating the need to send personnel to remote sites or haul large amounts of data over WAN links to the central site.

Supported Cisco ISR G2 Services-Ready Engine Platforms

Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module for ISR G2 SRE can be deployed on Cisco ISR G2 SM-SRE-700 Series and SM-SRE-900 Series platforms. For additional information on the Cisco Services-Ready Engine, please refer to the SRE product pages on http://www.cisco.com/go/sre. See Table 2 for supported ISR G2 platforms.

Table 2. Supported ISR G2 Platforms

Router Platform

Minimum Cisco IOS® Software Required

Cisco 3945 ISR

Cisco IOS Software 15.0(1)M

Cisco 3925 ISR

Cisco IOS Software 15.0(1)M

Cisco 2951 ISR

Cisco IOS Software 15.0(1)M

Cisco 2921 ISR

Cisco IOS Software 15.0(1)M

Cisco 2911 ISR

Cisco IOS Software 15.0(1)M

Summary Product Specifications

Table 3 lists product specifications for the Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module for ISR G2 SRE.

Table 3. Summary Product Specifications

Feature

Description

Monitoring interfaces

Two monitoring interfaces: One internal backplane interface for receiving a copy of WAN traffic through the Cisco Express Forwarding copy packet monitoring feature in the router’s Cisco IOS Software and one external Gigabit Ethernet interface for receiving traffic directly from local or remote LAN ports. Either can be used for management of traffic, for receiving NetFlow data exports from local or remote network devices, flow agent data from Cisco WAAS, or NetFlow data from Cisco Performance Agent (PA).

Supported topologies and data sources

WAN: Packets on WAN interfaces are copied by a special packet monitoring feature using Cisco Express Forwarding and sent to Cisco Prime NAM through the internal backplane interface for analysis at the IP layer and up. NetFlow (versions 5 and 9) data from local and remote devices is sent through the internal or external interface.
LAN: An external Gigabit Ethernet interface receives packets directly from local and remote LAN ports. NetFlow (versions 5 and 9) data from local and remote devices is sent through the internal or external interface. Cisco Performance Agent data exports.

Supported interfaces

HTTP/HTTPS with embedded web-based Cisco Prime NAM software
Simple Network Management Protocol Version 1 (SNMPv1) and Version 2c, with standards-based applications

Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module Software

Cisco Prime NAM Software 6.0
Web-based: Requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or later or Mozilla Firefox ESR 10.0 or later
Supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security with up to 256-bit encryption
Role-based user authorization and authentication locally or using TACACS+

MIBs

The Cisco NAMs are standards compliant and support the following major MIB groups:

MIB-II (RFC 1213) - All groups except Exterior Gateway Protocol (EGP) and transmission
Cisco Discovery Protocol
EntityMIB (RFC 2737)

Protocols

Cisco Prime NAM identifies hundreds of unique protocols (Layers 2 through 4) and automatically detects unknown protocols. Supported protocols include, but are not limited to:

TCP and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) over IP including IPv6
HTTP and HTTPS
Voice over IP (VoIP) including H.323, Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP), Real-Time Protocol/Real-Time Control Protocol (RTP/RTCP), Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP), and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
SIGTRAN protocols
Mobile IP protocols including General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) Tunneling Protocol (GTP)
Storage area network protocols
Database protocols
Peer-to-peer protocols
Switch and router protocols
Cisco proprietary protocols
Unknown protocols by TCP/UDP ports, Remote Procedure Call (RPC) program numbers, and so

Custom applications

Cisco Prime NAM supports custom applications. These applications can be defined on the basis of port, port range, server IP address, or HTTP URL.

Warranty Information

Find warranty information on Cisco.com at the Product Warranties page.

Ordering Information

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Homepage. See Table 4 for part numbers. To download software, visit the Cisco Software Center.

For new SRE SM customers purchasing Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module for ISR G2, please select part number SM-NAM-SW-6.0-K9 as the software option when ordering your Cisco SRE SM, and it will be delivered to you preloaded on your SRE hardware. Existing SRE SM customers that would like to purchase Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module for ISR G2, please order part number SM-NAM-SW-6.0-K9= (physical delivery) or R‑SM‑NAM-SW6.0-K9= (electronic delivery). To upgrade to Cisco Prime NAM Software Version 6.0, please order part number R-SM-NAM-SW6UP-K9=. Software updates can be downloaded from the Cisco.com Software Center at no charge using your Cisco Software Application Support contract access privileges.

Table 4. Ordering Information

Cisco Part Number

Description

SM-NAM-SW-6.0-K9

Cisco Prime NAM Software 6.0 for ISR G2 SRE

SM-NAM-SW-6.0-K9=

Cisco Prime NAM Software 6.0 for ISR G2 SRE Spare

R-SM-NAM-SW6.0-K9=

Cisco Prime NAM Software 6.0 for ISR G2 SRE (eDelivery)

R-SM-NAM-SW6UP-K9=

Cisco Prime NAM Software Upgrade from 5.x to 6.0 for ISR G2 SRE (eDelivery)

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Table 5 shows the technical support services available for Cisco Network Analysis Module. Cisco Application Support plus Upgrades provides technical support services, including updates and upgrades for any Cisco software application running on the SRE module.

Table 5. Cisco Technical Services for Cisco Network Analysis Module

Technical Services

Cisco Software Application Support plus Upgrades (SASU)

Access to application software maintenance and minor updates, and major software application upgrades
Around-the-clock, global access to Cisco TAC engineers with specialized application software expertise
Unrestricted access to the extensive Cisco.com resources, communities, and tools

For More Information

For more information about Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module for ISR G2 SRE, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/nam, contact your local account representative, or email the Cisco NAM product marketing group at nam-info@cisco.com.