IP SLA Monitoring Tool

Advanced IP SLA monitoring for improved network performance

Enterprise networks these days span on-premises and cloud environments, proving how their dependence on highly efficient IT has increased exponentially. Enterprises, especially those that are spread out globally, rely on critical operations like video conferences or VoIP calls. The very nature of such applications to be highly prone to packet loss, latency, and downtime issues demands a way to ensure optimal performance and uninterrupted communication services. Which brings us to this strategy: proactively monitoring the network traffic and IP services.

If you're managing a large enterprise, you need visibility into all the nodes to find the sources of problems and get an overview of how your overall network is doing. Cisco IP SLA reports provide the most vital metrics that help you build the most business-friendly network.

What is IP SLA?

IP SLA is a technology founded by Cisco to test the performance of a network by simulating types of network traffic sent from an IP SLA source router to a destination. By simulating various kinds of traffic and analyzing them, IP SLA provides various performance statistics, such as jitter, packet loss, and the round-trip time (RTT), for Cisco IOS devices or remote IP devices.

IP SLA contains three timestamps; one is the originating timestamp, and the other two are the receive and transmit timestamps. As these names suggest, the IP SLA source router sends the originating timestamp, and the destination router inputs a receive timestamp and a transmit timestamp.

Therefore, IP SLA helps with:

  1. End-to-end monitoring.
  2. Evaluating if there's an operational issue.
  3. Availability monitoring.

SLA monitoring

SLA monitoring involves monitoring a network's current service levels against the agreed service levels. It helps you measure the response times, the performance of the network, and any downtime encountered. This involves identifying the effectiveness of SLAs.

Performance monitoring

Monitoring vital factors like jitter, latency, packet loss, and the mean opinion score can help you meet network needs, detect underperforming nodes, and uncover ineffective management. By viewing such insights, you can improve the user experience, optimize service performance, and decrease response times.

Network availability monitoring

Measuring the WAN RTT is essential for ensuring the continuous availability and reliability of the network. This is a consequence of enterprises adopting the network for every single operation, considering the process improvement and cost efficiency it offers. But this also means that downtime is an expensive affair that could not just incur losses but also debilitate the business until the network is restored. Thus, monitoring the continuity of availability is essential.

Quick troubleshooting

Constant monitoring of service levels results in alerting the network administrator of possible hiccups that are liable to occur in the network.

ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer: The powerful IP SLA monitoring tool

NetFlow Analyzer uses Cisco IP SLA monitoring technology to offer streamlined, real-time insights into the performance of your network with continuous traffic monitoring and reporting capabilities. You get end-to-end visibility into potential bottlenecks, helping you accelerate troubleshooting and ensure the around-the-clock availability of business-critical applications. NetFlow Analyzer offers insights into all the metrics important to evaluating performance so that you can identify and resolve issues to ensure a seamless user experience.

  1. Jitter:Jitter is the variation of data packet arrival times. If the jitter value is high, the packets might be lost. In such cases, the network devices compensate for the jitter by buffering data, increasing the latency further.
  2. Packet loss:Packet loss is the phenomenon in which data packets fail to reach the destination. Devices try to retransmit the lost packets, causing a delay in transmission. So, the higher the packet loss, the poorer the connection is.
  3. RTT:The RTT is the time it takes for a data packet to reach the destination and travel again to the source.
  4. Latency:Latency refers to the time it takes for the packets to reach the destination.

VoIP monitoring

Ensuring effective VoIP deployment is critical for internal and external parties associated with your organization. An efficient VoIP setup can help your organization as much as an ineffective setup can ruin your productivity. The VoIP monitor in NetFlow Analyzer helps you monitor the voice call quality between sites by generating traffic and providing key performance information such as jitter, latency, packet loss, and delay.

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WAN monitoring

Connectivity is the most vital aspect of an enterprise that has its different parts woven together by a network. To ensure the seamless functioning of a business that largely depends on a network, maintaining constant connectivity is mandatory. The WAN RTT monitor is used to ensure quick response times and minimal disruptions to availability by monitoring the WAN, latency, and QoS with IP SLA management.

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Threshold-based notifications

NetFlow Analyzer's IP SLA monitoring allows you to have visibility into errors and when the service levels are not met. This means you can establish thresholds for VoIP, WAN, and video metrics and get alerted when the collected values exceed the limits.

IP SLA Monitoring Software- ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer

NetFlow Analyzer is a full-featured bandwidth monitoring and network traffic analysis solution that acts as an advanced IP SLA monitoring software for organizations. As flow-based software, it supports a wide range of flow formats and devices and eliminates blind spots in your dynamic IT.

Advantages of monitoring IP SLA:

  1. Embedded in Cisco IOS that rules out the need for any separate hardware or software installation
  2. Automated, real-time and accurate monitoring of network health
  3. End to end monitoring
  4. No additional hardware cost
  5. Vast extent of pervasiveness
  6. Measurement of critical factors like jitter, latency, packet loss, MoS and RTT
  7. Extreme ease of deploying
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