Guest

Cisco Services Modules

Cisco Network Analysis Module Software 4.0

  • Viewing Options

  • PDF (59.3 KB)
  • Feedback

PB500677

In today's business reality, distributed enterprises heavily rely on applications for communication, collaboration, and effective day-to-day operations. At the same time, IT is challenged with managing application delivery in an environment that is rapidly changing. The number of business applications is growing, application architectures are increasingly complex, application traffic is proliferating, and traffic patterns are difficult to predict. In addition, driven by security, regulatory, and economic considerations, enterprises are embracing data center consolidation, desktop virtualization, and network and application convergence to maximize the value of their IT investments. This demands comprehensive application and network visibility to successfully deliver disparate applications in a complex IT environment.

Cisco ® Network Analysis Module (NAM) is a powerful network-aware performance assurance solution that delivers unparalleled visibility into application and network performance to help ensure the consistent and efficient delivery of applications and services to end users. It combines performance monitoring, traffic analysis, and advanced troubleshooting to provide a comprehensive solution that meets the performance management needs of today's dynamic, evolving enterprises. The visibility enables IT to effectively use control and optimization mechanisms such as quality of service (QoS), and Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) to improve application performance.
The unique design of Cisco NAM combines a rich set of embedded data collection capabilities and performance analytics with a remotely accessible, web-based management console, all of which reside on a single network module or new high-performance appliance. The network module can be installed into Cisco Catalyst ® 6500 Series Switches, Cisco 7600 Series Routers, Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) Generation 2 (G2) or first-generation Cisco ISRs. The new NAM appliances extend the reach of the NAM in places in the network either not currently served by the blades or where higher performance monitoring is essential.
Cisco NAM includes a Traffic Analyzer GUI, which provides quick access to both configuration menus and real-time and historical performance reports.
Table 1 lists the key features of Cisco NAM.

Table 1. Cisco NAM Features

Feature

Description

Application performance monitoring

Offers intelligent application performance monitoring and real-time visibility for voice, video, and data applications. Cisco NAM helps improve the operational efficiency of IT organizations by enabling them to proactively detect performance degradation, quickly identify its source, and troubleshoot the underlying issues.

Transaction-aware application response time monitoring

Analyzes TCP-based application packets as they travel from the client through the network to the data center and out again, providing insight into network round-trip time, server response time, data transfer time, transaction time, and so on to monitor application performance. 

Voice-over-IP (VoIP) and video packet quality analysis

Analyzes voice and video packet streams and provides visibility into key network performance indicators to maximize the quality of the user experience.

Comprehensive flow-based monitoring

Automatically identifies hundreds of protocols and provides real-time and historical performance reports on hosts, conversations, and applications using critical network resources.

LAN and WAN monitoring in one solution

Provides visibility into traffic from local and remote switches and routers for comprehensive traffic monitoring.

Web-based captures for deep, insightful data analysis

Captures the packets to help resolve acute problems before they affect users. Captures can be performed using a web browser from any desktop, and the decodes can be viewed through the Traffic Analyzer GUI. Extensive capture features, including trigger-based captures, decodes, filters, and a capture analysis toolset, help to quickly pinpoint and resolve problem areas.

Anytime, anywhere access

Includes an embedded Traffic Analyzer web interface that can be accessed 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.

Pre- and postdeployment metrics to quantify business changes

Provides valuable "before and after" traffic analytics to help plan for and verify changes in network resources, such as new application roll-outs, WAN optimization, server consolidation, segmenting the network, and deploying VoIP and video.

Secure solution

Offers TACACS+, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol-based security.

Deployment flexibility

Cisco NAM can be deployed in blade form factor in Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches, Cisco 7600 Series Routers, and Cisco Integrated Services Routers, and as a multigigabit appliance. This complement of blades and appliances allows NAM instrumentation to be broadly deployed in the network for comprehensive performance monitoring.

Highlighted New Features in Cisco NAM 4.0

Cisco NAM 4.0 offers the features described in Table 2.

Table 2. New Features in Cisco NAM 4.0

Feature

Benefit

New NAM 2200 Series Appliances

An extension of the NAM family of modules, the NAM 2200 Series Appliances offer high-performance monitoring, large onboard storage, and maximum deployment flexibility. They increase the reach of the NAM in places in the network either not currently served by the blades or where higher performance monitoring is essential.

Intelligent application 0erformance (IAP) analytics

Provides comprehensive application performance measurements to accurately characterize end-user experience, LAN/WAN latency and application delays. Intelligence derived from integrated application and network visibility helps assure the effective and reliable delivery of the applications that make up the business.

Superior voice quality monitoring

Provides standards-based voice quality in real time using Mean Opinion Score (MOS) and key performance indicators such as jitter and packet loss. Superior voice characterization combined with real-time troubleshooting helps improve the quality of voice services delivered to the end user.

Integration with Cisco Unified Communications Management Suite

Offers scalable and flexible deployment options complementing the Cisco Unified Communications Management Suite with networkwide visibility allowing active enforcement of enterprisewide service quality objectives.

Visibility into WAN-optimized networks (WAAS deployments)

Measures the impact of WAAS on application performance.

Identifies the applications where WAN optimization and application acceleration services can be most beneficial in improving the performance.

Provides end-to-end application performance visibility critical for ongoing optimization improvements and resolving problems related to application performance degradation.

Platform Requirements

For optimal performance Cisco NAM Software 4.0 is recommended for use on the NAM platforms listed below, although it is supported on all shipping NAM platforms as well as on NM-NAM.

• All NAM 2200 Series Appliances

• WS-SVC-NAM-1-250S

• WS-SVC-NAM-2-250S

• WS-SVC-NAM-1 with MEM-C6KNAM-2GB=

• WS-SVC-NAM-2 with MEM-C6KNAM-2GB=

• NME-NAM-120S

Information regarding system (switch or router) hardware and software requirements can be found in the Cisco NAM Software 4.0 Release Notes posted on Cisco.com.

Availability

Cisco NAM Software 4.0 became available in December 2008 as part of NAM blade orders. The new Cisco NAM Appliances became available in January 2009. Current Cisco NAM customers can download the new release from the Cisco.com Software Center at no charge using their Cisco SMARTnet ® contract access privileges.

Ordering Information

Table 3 provides ordering information for Cisco NAM Software 4.0. Table 4 provides ordering information for the Cisco NAMs. To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Homepage. To download software, visit the Cisco Software Center.

Table 3. Ordering Information for NAM Software 4.0

Customer

Access

Part Number

Description

Current NAM customers

• WS-SVC-NAM-1-250S
• WS-SVC-NAM-2-250S
• WS-SVC-NAM-1
• WS-SVC-NAM-2
• NME-NAM-120S
• NME-NAM-80S
• NM-NAM

Download from Cisco Software Center

None

Cisco NAM for Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco 7600 Series

Cisco NAM for Branch Routers

New customers

• NAM2204-RJ45
• NAM2204-SFP
• NAM2220

Preloaded in the NAM hardware

NAM-APPL-SW-4.0

Cisco NAM Software 4.0 for Cisco NAM 2200 Series Appliances

New customers

• WS-SVC-NAM-1-250S
• WS-SVC-NAM-2-250S
• WS-SVC-NAM-1
• WS-SVC-NAM-2

Preloaded in the NAM hardware

SC-SVC-NAM-4.0

Cisco NAM Software 4.0 for Catalyst 6500 and Cisco 7600 Series NAM

New customers

• NME-NAM-120S
• NME-NAM-80S

Preloaded in the NAM hardware

NME-NAM-SW-4.0

Cisco NAM Software 4.0 for Branch Routers NAM

Table 4. Ordering Information for Cisco NAMs

Part Number

Cisco NAM 2200 Series Appliances

NAM2204-RJ45

Cisco NAM 2204 Appliance, 4x1GbE, RJ-45

NAM2204-SFP

Cisco NAM 2204 Appliance, 4x1GbE, SFP

GLC-T

1000BASE-T SFP

GLC-SX-MM

GE SFP, LC Connector SX Transceiver

GLC-LH-SM

GE SFP, LC Connector LX/LH Transceiver

NAM2220

Cisco NAM 2220 Appliance, 2x10GbE

NAM2220-AC-PS

AC Power Supply (Redundant)

XFP-10GBASE-SR

XFP, 10GE, Short Range

XFP-10GBASE-LR

XFP, 10GE, Long Range

NAM-APPL-SW-4.0

Cisco NAM Software 4.0

Part Number

Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco 7600 Series NAM Description

WS-SVC-NAM-1-250S

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco 7600 Series Network Analysis Module-1

WS-SVC-NAM-2-250S

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco 7600 Series Network Analysis Module-2

MEM-C6KNAM-2GB=

Field-Installable Memory Upgrade Kit (2GB) for WS-SVC-NAM-1 and WS-SVC-NAM-2

SC-SVC-NAM-4.0

Cisco NAM Software 4.0

Part Number

Cisco Branch Router Series NAM Description

NME-NAM-120S

Cisco Branch Routers Series Network Analysis Module

SNAM-50VOICE

Voice Monitoring Software License for NME-NAM-120S, 50 RTP Streams

SNAM-100VOICE

Voice Monitoring Software License for NME-NAM-120S, 100 RTP Streams

NME-NAM-SW-4.0

Cisco NAM Software 4.0

SM-NM-ADPTR

NM Adapter Card for integration of NME-NAM into supported ISR G2 platforms

For More Information

For more information about Cisco NAM, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/nam, contact your local sales representative, or email the Cisco NAM product marketing group at nam-info@cisco.com.