Overview

Distributed Monitoring
  • Highly recommended for more than 600 interfaces
  • Highly scalable
  • Distributed monitoring: monitor across-the-globe offices from one location

Enterprise networks are ever-growing in terms of size and complexity. It is becoming increasingly challenging for network administrators to get complete visibility of company's different location at once. The parameters that one needs to monitor is ever on the rise and this leads them to look out for friendlier tools to aid in monitoring the network. NetFlow Analyzer seeks to help such networkers with the Distributed Edition.

Distributed Edition is a scalable bandwidth monitoring, traffic analysis and network forensic tool for monitoring your network. It relies on flow data (NetFlow,sFlow etc.) received from switches and routers and caters to the needs of large enterprises with distributed networks. It can scale to monitor tens of thousands of interfaces or switch ports. NetFlow Analyzer Distributed Edition enables rapid troubleshooting of network incidents, tracking of worms and security violations more effectively and helps in planning your network upgrades in a more informed manner. It can also serve the purpose of alerting you based on thresholds that you can set for limiting bandwidth usage in the network. Apart from this, you can also monitor QoS, SLAs, information specific to rich media traffic with the help of Cisco Medianet and more. The many users of NetFlow Analyzer are a testament to this! A high level of automation and intuitive reporting ensures easy understanding and insight into your network.

NetFlow Analyzer Distributed Edition Architecture

Enterprice Edition architecture

A typical setup involves a single Central Server and "n" number of Distributed collectors based on number of remote locations. The collectors collect & process the flows from the routers and passes the compressed data to the Central Server through a secure https connection. The Central server stores the data from the collectors and provides a centralized web console for generation of reports.

Key Features:

  • Centralized console for monitoring
    • Monitor all remote locations from a single centralized console
    • Get consolidated visibility of top bandwidth consuming apps
    • Set priority for business critical apps with proper bandwidth usage, centrally
  • High scalability
    • Scalable upto 80k flows/sec
  • Department wise analysis
    • View department wise bandwidth usage by creating IP/interface groups
  • Advanced reporting
    • Generate real-time reports across all remote sites
    • Analyze trends and generate capacity planning reports
  • Alerting
    • Alerts on high link utilization across all collectors
  • Business view
    • Automatically locate devices on Google maps
    • Logically map all devices/interfaces to track bandwidth collectively
  • Easy troubleshooting
    • Drill down to traffic info from all collectors to pinpoint faults
    • Take informed decisions with the help of consolidated data

More features

Hardware Configuration

Parameter Central Server Collector
Processor 2.4 GHz Dual Core 3.2 GHz Quad core
RAM 4 GB 8 GB
Hard-disk space 600 GB 1 TB SATA hard disk
Operating system 64 bit 64 bit

The recommended software requirements for installing and running NetFlow Analyzer Distributed Edition are as follows:

Supported Operating Systems Supported Browsers
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 2000 Server
  • Windows 2000 Professional with SP 4
  • Windows 2003 Server with SP 2
  • Windows XP with SP 2
  • Windows 2008 Server with SP 1
  • Red Hat
  • Cent OS
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 and above
  • Firefox 1.x
  • Netscape 7.0 and above
  • Mozilla 1.5 and above
  • Google Chrome 9.0 and above
  • Safari

Note: NetFlow Analyzer Distributed Edition supports NetFlow® versions 5/7/9, sFlow®, J-Flow®, IPFIX®, NetStream®. For router and switch specifications refer the Configuring Cisco Devices section of the User Guide.

Screenshots:

  • Screenshots
    Select the dashboard view as central or a collector from top corner.
  • Screenshots
    Collective view of all collectors in setting tab.
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