IP Flow Information Export or IPFIX is an extended version of NetFlow v9, standardized by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). It supports variable length fields like HTTP hostname or HTTP URL as well as enterprise-defined fields. IPFIX allows you to collect and analyze flow data from layer 3 devices and firewalls with an IPFIX collector and IPFIX analyzer.
With NetFlow Analyzer's IPFIX monitoring and reporting features, you can diagnose and troubleshoot network issues and generate customized reports. You can plan your future bandwidth needs to optimize usage with these one-minute granularity reports. NetFlow Analyzer helps you generate and schedule custom bill plans, and sends email and SMS-based alerts in case of threshold violations.
IPFIX is an industry standardized version of NetFlow. IPFIX, often referred to as NetFlow v10, is a more relevant option when it comes to working with data or devices that are not built by Cisco itself. While NetFlow also provides multiple options for this, they're simply more time-consuming and complicated to use.
One of the major differences between NetFlow and IPFIX is that IPFIX allows a vendor ID to be specified. This allows the vendor to add proprietary information to the flow and export any data they want. IPFIX also allows variable length fields, making HTTP host and URL export easier.
NetFlow Analyzer monitors and analyzes IPFIX data to provide better insights into traffic patterns and bandwidth usage trends to help avoid bandwidth hogs. You can generate detailed traffic reports by device, interface, application, and quality of service (QoS); and drill down to see the top sources, destinations, and conversations to highlight the top talkers in your network.
You can create and manage alerts profiles, set custom threshold-based Link Down and No Flow alerts, and get notified in real-time in case any violations. NetFlow Analyzer gives you options to be alerted via SMS, email, or SNMP trap; you can even log ServiceDesk Plus tickets and troubleshoot issues faster.
With the Advanced Security Analytic Module, NetFlow Analyzer identifies junk traffic and categorizes it based on the issue. It helps you detect a broad range of external and internal security threats, track network anomalies that override your firewall, and identify anomalies, DDoS, and zero-day attacks.
NetFlow Analyzer, our flow-based bandwidth management software, integrates NetFlow, sFlow, jFlow, IPFIX, and various other flow formats to provide real-time visibility into network traffic and bandwidth performance with its detailed reports. Download a free trial of our real-time IPFIX monitor now!