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Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Network Analysis Module (NAM-NX1) with Software Version 6.1 Data Sheet

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Virtualization and cloud technologies present exciting opportunities for business transformation, innovative service delivery models, and improved economics. Enabling these opportunities is the network. To foster success, the network must be agile and adaptable, performing and changing to the rigorous needs of the business. The Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Network Analysis Module gives you the power, visibility, and flexibility needed to maximize your advantage in this new IT landscape. It helps you get control over your network and scale to deliver resilient and consistent services.

Product Overview

The Cisco Nexus® 7000 Series Network Analysis Module (NAM-NX1) is a high-performance services module (Figure 1) that delivers deep application awareness, insightful performance analytics, and comprehensive network visibility. It helps you characterize the application experience, optimize the use of network resources, and troubleshoot performance issues, improving service delivery in today’s dynamic data center.

Figure 1.      Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Network Analysis Module (NAM-NX1)

Integrated with Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches, the Cisco® NAM-NX1 takes maximum advantage of the fabric. It permits you to:

   Use Cisco Network-based Application Recognition 2 (NBAR2) natively in NAM to monitor and improve the performance of business-critical applications.

   Gain deeper insight into virtualization and overlay technologies such as OTV, LISP, and VXLAN to optimally design the network for distributed and efficient services delivery. For instance, in OTV environments, Cisco NAM-NX1 can look inside each overlay to provide traffic statistics and application performance metrics to help you analyze and ensure the effective use of these technologies.

   Accelerate troubleshooting with interactive reports and purpose-built workflows; you can analyze data in the context of the specific application, site, client, and server; and extend visibility across physical and virtual environments.

   Preserve investment in existing management assets with integration using a standards-based API.

Designed to meet the rigorous demands of the data center, Cisco NAM-NX1 takes advantage of leading edge hardware and processing capabilities onboard. It also takes advantage of backplane integration with the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series chassis to provide greater investment protection, lower total cost of ownership (TCO), improved power management, and a reduced network footprint. It also enables the collection of packets directly from the backplane, delivering highly reliable and accurate analytics.

Cisco NAM-NX1 comes with a remotely accessible web-based management and reporting console (Figure 2), which runs the Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module Software. The software includes prepackaged dashboards that provide an immediate view of network performance and workflows that help accelerate operational decisions.

Figure 2.      Cisco Prime NAM Traffic Summary Dashboard

Extending Cisco AVC to the Data Center

With Cisco Prime NAM 6.1, the NAM just got richer. NAM 6.1 implements Cisco Network-based Application Recognition 2 (NBAR2), a Cisco technology included in Cisco Application Visibility and Control (AVC) solutions that performs deep packet inspection (DPI) to automatically recognize and classify applications to Layer 7. With it, NAM can provide visibility into the performance of your business-critical applications - no matter where they are hosted or how they are distributed. It can tell you whether transaction times are fast or slow. It can give you information on who’s accessing the apps, which ones, how much, and when. And with these insights, it can help you prioritize those that the business depends on and throttle those that are business irrelevant. It enables more efficient and more economical operations. And all of it is now natively in Cisco NAM.

Cisco Nexus 7000 NAM-NX1 Features and Benefits

The Cisco NAM-NX1 offers an extensive set of features, all in one solution, that provide a multidimensional view into network and application performance to help you successfully tackle the service delivery challenges in today's dynamic IT environment (Table 1).

Table 1.       Cisco NAM-NX1 Features and Benefits



DPI with NBAR2

Get rapid visibility into how your business-critical applications are performing. Cisco Prime NAM with NBAR2 allows classification of IPv4, IPv6, and v6 transition techniques, evasive applications such as Skype and Tor, business applications such as Microsoft Lync, cloud applications such as Office 365, and even mobile applications such as FaceTime using advanced classification techniques.

Advanced application performance analytics

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

Application traffic analysis

View short-term and long-term network utilization by application, host, conversation, Differentiated Services Code Point (DSCP) group, and various overlay network technologies so you can make better network resource allocation decisions.

IEEE1588-based time synchronization

Packet capture from the backplane combined with precision hardware time-stamping improves the accuracy of performance measurements such as jitter and application response time. The IEEE 1588 hardware time stamps also facilitate accurate packet capture analysis when captures from multiple NAMs are merged to investigate complex application performance problems.

Visibility into Cisco OTV

Maximize the benefits of Cisco OTV across data centers. The Cisco NAM deployed with Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches lets you profile traffic and troubleshoot OTV deployment problems.

Cisco TrustSec® policy validation

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

Insight into data center protocols

Design data center overlay networks for optimal delivery of distributed applications. Supported protocols include OTV, LISP, MPLS, VXLAN, FabricPath, and so on.

Comprehensive voice quality monitoring and real-time troubleshooting

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

WAN-optimized network visibility

Obtain end-to-end proof points demonstrating how Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) has improved application delivery (for example, decreased application transaction times and improved WAN bandwidth utilization). Accelerate return on investment (ROI) by assessing the best site and application candidates for optimization as part of a phased rollout plan.

Deep, insightful packet analysis

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

Advanced hardware and software filters

Reduce the time to gather critical network data, accelerating troubleshooting and analysis of network traffic behavior. Examples of the filters include MPLS label, VLAN ID, Frame length, Layer 4 Protocol, Pattern Match.

Open interface

Preserve investment in existing management assets with a standards-based (REST/XML) API.

Product Specifications

Table 2 lists the specifications for the Cisco NAM-NX1.

Table 2.       Product Specifications



High-performance architecture

  Two x86 CPU clusters, with a total of four 8-core CPUs and hardware-based packet acceleration, offering high-performance Gigabit Ethernet monitoring performance
  Backplane connection for Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) and Encapsulated Remote SPAN (ERSPAN) data sources
  Inband management interfaces for NetFlow, ERSPAN, Cisco WAAS Flow Agent data sources
  64 GB DDR3 RAM
  900 GB SAS onboard hard disk drive
  Mini SAS (front-panel connector), and Small Computer System Interface over IP (iSCSI) options for external storage interface
  RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet IEEE 1588 time synchronization port

Supported platforms

  Can be deployed in a slot on a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch with the Cisco Nexus 7000 4-Slot, 9-Slot, 10-Slot, or 18-Slot Switch chassis supporting both the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Supervisor 1 and 2 Modules
  Supported with Cisco NX-OS Software version 6.2(2)

Supported topologies and data sources

  LAN: SPAN, Remote SPAN (RSPAN), ERSPAN, NetFlow (Versions 5 and 9), and Cisco WAAS Flow Agent
  WAN: NetFlow (Versions 5 and 9) from local and remote devices, VACL-based captures, and Cisco WAAS Flow Agent

Supported communication protocols

  HTTP and 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 NAM Software

  Cisco Prime NAM Software 6.1
  Web-based: Requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or later or Mozilla Firefox ESR 24 or later
  Support for SSL security with up to 256-bit encryption
  Role-based user authorization and authentication locally or using TACACS+

Note: Refer to the Cisco Prime NAM 6.1 release notes for more information about supported system software versions.


The Cisco NAM is standards compliant and support the following major MIB groups:

  MIB-II (RFC 1213): All groups except Exterior Gateway Protocol (EGP) and transmission
  RMON (RFC 2819): Alarm and event groups only
  RMON2 (RFC 2021): trapDestTable only
  Cisco Discovery Protocol
  EntityMIB (RFC 2737)

Applications and protocols

The Cisco Prime vNAM supports two protocol classification modes, DPI (NBAR2) and Classic.

A list of the NBAR2 protocols supported in NAM 6.1 can be found at:

NBAR2 Protocol Packs for NAM can be found, when available, on the Cisco Prime NAM Software support site at:

The DPI mode is the default mode.

Cisco Prime NAM in Classic mode identifies hundreds of unique protocols (Layers 2 through 4) and automatically detects unknown protocols. It also supports URL-based application definition.

Supported protocols include, but are not limited to:

  TCP and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) over IP, including IPv6
  Voice over IP (VoIP) including 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)
  SAN protocols
  Database protocols
  Peer-to-peer protocols
  Switch and router protocols
  Cisco proprietary protocols
  Unknown protocols by TCP/UDP ports and Remote Procedure Call (RPC) program numbers

Custom applications

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

Physical dimensions

Dimensions (H x W x D): 1.733 x 15.3 x 21.9 in. (4.4 x 38.9 x 55.6 cm); occupies one slot in the chassis

Operating environment

  Operating temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
  Operational relative humidity: 5 to 90 percent, noncondensing
  Storage temperature: –40 to 158°F (–40 to 70°C)
  Storage relative humidity: 5 to 95 percent, noncondensing

Warranty Information

Find warranty information on at the Product Warranties page.

Ordering Information

Please see Table 3 for ordering information. To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering homepage. Cisco Prime NAM Software Version 6.1 is preloaded with the service module. To download the software or updates, visit the Cisco Software Center.

Table 3.       Ordering Information


Part Number

Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Network Analysis Module (NAM-NX1) (Spare)


Cisco Prime NAM Software version 6.1


Cisco Services

Services from Cisco and Our Partners

Realize the full business value of your technology investments with smart, personalized services from Cisco and our partners. Backed by deep networking expertise and a broad ecosystem of partners, Cisco Services help enable you to successfully plan, build, and run your network as a powerful business platform. Whether you are looking to quickly seize new opportunities to meet rising customer expectations, improve operational efficiency to lower costs, mitigate risk, or accelerate growth, we have a service that can help you. For information about Cisco Services, go to Table 4 shows the Technical Support Service recommended for the NAM Blade on the Cisco Nexus 7000 NAM-NX1.

Table 4.       Cisco Technical Services

Cisco SMARTnet

Cisco SMARTnet® provides:

  Global 24-hour access to Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC)
  Access to online knowledge base, communities, and tools
  Hardware replacement options, including 2-hour, 4-hour, and next business day *
  Ongoing operating system software updates **
  Smart, proactive diagnostics and real-time alerts on devices enabled with Smart Call Home

For More Information

For more information about the Cisco Nexus 7000 NAM-NX1, visit, contact your local account representative, or email the Cisco NAM product marketing group at




* Advance hardware replacement is available in various service-level combinations. For example, 8x5xNBD indicates that shipment will be initiated during the standard 8-hour business day, 5 days a week (the generally accepted business days within the relevant region), with next business day (NBD) delivery. Where NBD is not available, same day ship is provided. Restrictions apply; please review the appropriate service descriptions for details.
** Cisco operating system updates include: maintenance releases, minor updates, and major updates within the licensed feature set.