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Improve Application Visibility and Traffic Control

Many companies need a way to track application use, manage network bandwidth, identify and dispose of unwanted traffic, and prioritize mission-critical applications on a per-user basis. Unlike controlled Systems Network Architecture (SNA) environments, IP-based environments lack the structure to ensure appropriate application behavior. As a result, mission-critical applications must contend for available bandwidth with noncritical and unwanted applications, and many applications are subject to network latency and jitter that impede their ability to function properly.

Your IT department needs a solution that can prioritize application traffic and control the behavior of network traffic to help ensure that individual applications are performing optimally based on their importance to business operations. Based on application classification and control technology from the Cisco Service Control product family, the Cisco Application Performance Assurance Network Module provides application identification and prioritization for today’s demanding enterprise networks.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies and classifies applications and protocols
  • Identifies network users and determines their application and network usage patterns (requires integration with existing authentication system)
  • Offers a variety of reports from 100 available templates to represent existing network traffic
  • Provides traffic management capability required to prioritize, block, or redirect traffic as required to minimize congestion, improve application performance, and plan more effective network bandwidth upgrades

The Cisco Application Performance Assurance Network Module solution consists of a hardware module (NME-APA-E2 or NME-APA-E3) designed for insertion into a Cisco 2800 or 3800 Series Integrated Services Router, a software license that enables view and report capability or view, report, and control capability; and the Application Performance Assurance Device Console (APA DC) which provides integrated device management, reporting, and administration in a GUI-based application.

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