Cisco Prime NAM 2304 Appliance
Four 1 Gigabit Ethernet monitoring interfaces and eight 1 TB enterprise class SATA II hard disk drives
Cisco NAM 2304 Appliance:
Consistent and accurate visibility across today's multigigabit networks is essential for managing the delivery of your business-critical applications and improving end-user experience. Knowing who is using the network, what applications are running on the network, how the applications are performing, and how traffic over the network is being used is the foundation for effective service delivery whether you are rolling out a new business application, undertaking WAN optimization, verifying quality of service (QoS) policies, optimizing network resources, or troubleshooting application performance issues.
Cisco Prime™ NAM 2300 Series Appliances are next-generation, purpose-built devices that uniquely combine packet- and flow-based network intelligence to help solve complex performance issues in your network. The integrated dashboard (Figure 1) allows you to undertake multidimensional analysis, dive deeper into the network, and quickly get access to critical information to help ensure that business-critical applications are able to meet committed service levels. And, when there's a problem, Cisco Prime NAM appliances can help you find it fast, reducing the time it takes to resolve the problem from days to just minutes.
Cisco Prime NAM 2300 Series Appliances Functional Overview
Cisco Prime NAM 2300 Series Appliances take full advantage of leading-edge Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) C220/240 M3 rack-server platforms to deliver unparalleled performance, reliability, and manageability. The series comprises two appliance models, the Cisco Prime NAM 2320 Appliance and the Cisco Prime NAM 2304 Appliance designed to meet diverse performance analysis needs in scalable multigigabit switching and routing environments.
The Cisco Prime NAM 2320 Appliance includes two 10 Gigabit Ethernet monitoring interfaces and sixteen 1 TB enterprise class Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA II) hard disk drives with an option to upgrade to twenty-four drives at the time of ordering. The Cisco Prime NAM 2304 includes four 1 Gigabit Ethernet monitoring interfaces and eight 1 TB enterprise class Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA II) hard disk drives.
The NAM 2320 Appliance is well suited for deployments in the data center, enterprise campus core, and service provider networks. The NAM 2304 Appliance caters well to the needs in enterprise unified access and campus, WAN edge, and managed remote sites.
Cisco Prime NAM Improves Operational Efficiency
With wired/wireless convergence, growing complexity in application deployment architectures, rapid adoption of virtualization and cloud, and increasing network traffic rates, network teams are constantly challenged with the task of ensuring that the network performs to the rigorous needs of the business. Cisco Prime NAM 2300 Appliances deliver the performance and agility needed to tackle this challenge.
Cisco Prime NAM 2300 Appliances exploit their high-performance packet acquisition capability, line-rate hardware filters, and advanced analytics to deliver granular traffic statistics, rich application performance metrics, voice quality metrics, and deep, insightful packet captures. Extensive storage allows you to go back in time to understand what happened in the past when an event that affected network performance occurred. The capability can be utilized at critical observation points across the network to improve the operational effectiveness of Cisco Borderless Networks and the Cisco Data Center Fabric Path solution architectures. For example, Cisco Prime NAM can help you get the most from your WAN optimization investment, assess the impact of virtual machine (VM) mobility, or troubleshoot network bottlenecks in the data center.
Cisco Prime NAM includes integrated dashboards that provide an at-a-glance view of network and application performance and intuitive workflows that help you speed up problem detection and resolution. Using techniques such as contextual navigation, interactive reports, and one-click packet captures (Figure 1) you can get to the root cause of the issue highlighted on the dashboard. All of this can be remotely accessed from anywhere so that you can know how the network is performing at any time. The visibility helps to accelerate troubleshooting, advance resource optimization decisions, and deliver consistent end-user experience.
Figure 1.Application Performance Troubleshooting Workflow
Features and Benefits:
The Cisco Prime NAMs offer an extensive set of features (Table 1) that provide a multilayer view of network performance to help you successfully navigate the labyrinth of application delivery challenges in today's hyperconnected world. They provide the foundation of knowing, giving you the edge in managing and improving network and application performance.
|Application Performance Intelligence||Tracks up to 400,000 concurrent client-server transactions to characterize end-user experience and isolate application latency issues to the network, server, or the application to minimize any triage process.|
|Voice/Video Monitoring and Troubleshooting||Monitors up to 20,000 concurrent Real-time Protocol (RTP) streams to troubleshoot voice quality issues in real time. Mean Opinion Score (MOS) is computed based on ITU-T Recommendation G.107, which offers accurate characterization of voice quality.|
|Traffic Analytics||Analyzes traffic trends by hosts, conversations, and applications that consume critical network resources. Validates differentiated services code point (DSCP)/QoS profile and detects anomalous behavior that may indicate inappropriate use of network resources or imminence of performance degradation.|
|Extensive Packet Captures||Solve complex performance issues, taking advantage of rich capture filters, trigger-based captures, and built-in error scan.|
|Combined Flow- and Packet- Analytics||Gains multidimensional perspective by analysis of NetFlow and packet data in the same solution.|
|WAN Optimized Network Visibility||Obtains proof points that demonstrate how Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) has improved application delivery.|
|Cloud Network Visibility||Extends visibility into the VM network, including interactions across virtual machines and virtual interfaces. Monitors the virtual machine even while being migrated.|
|Site-Based Monitoring||Tracks site-specific performance data for troubleshooting, optimization, or capacity decisions. A site can be used to represent geographic locations, departments, or even managed customer networks.|
|Monitoring of Virtual Switching System (VSS) Deployments||Monitors both virtual switches in VSS environments, reducing management overhead while improving operational efficiency.|
|Open Interface (REST/XML)||Configures NAMs and exports computed data to feed in-house or third-party reporting applications that you already own, preserving investments into existing assets.|
Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) is a built-in management service with the Cisco Prime NAM 2300 Series Appliances. IMC uniquely differentiates the solution with simplified management through a web-based GUI to access, configure, administer, and monitor the appliance. Some of the IMC functions include:
- Power on, power off, power cycle, reset, and shut down the appliance
- Toggle the locator LED to locate the NAM appliance with blinking blue LED in the lab
- Manage remote presence with the keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) console. The console is an interface accessible from IMC and emulates a direct KVM connection to the appliance. The KVM console allows you to connect to the appliance from a remote location. It also provides the Virtual Media feature that is used for recovery/ISO install
Cisco Prime Integration
Cisco Prime for Enterprise is an innovative strategy and portfolio of management products that empower IT departments to more effectively manage their networks and the services they deliver. Cisco Prime is built upon a network services management foundation and a set of common attributes. It delivers an intuitive workflow-oriented user experience across Cisco architectures, technologies, and networks. Cisco Prime simplifies network management, improves operations efficiency, reduces errors, and makes the delivery of network services more predictable.
Cisco Prime supports integrated lifecycle management of networks, services, and endpoints for Cisco borderless network, data center, and collaboration architectures with end-to-end assurance. Cisco Prime Infrastructure can centrally manage the Cisco Prime NAM appliance with functions such as inventory, configuration, and image and fault management. It can also roll up the performance intelligence from NAMs deployed across the network into a consolidated dashboard.
|Cisco NAM 2300 Series Appliances Specifications|
|NAM 2304||NAM 2320|
|Chassis||1-rack unit (RU)||2-rack unit (RU)|
|Processor||Two Intel Xeon E5-2609 processors||Two Intel Xeon E5-2640 processors|
|Memory||48 GB (6x8GB) industry-standard double data rate (DDR3) main memory||48 GB (6x8GB) industry-standard double data rate (DDR3) main memory|
|Hard disk drive||8 TB (8x1TB) hot-swappable, enterprise class SATA II; RAID 1 on two drives (hosting the operating system and embedded performance database) and RAID 5 on the rest of the drives used for packet capture storage||24 TB (24x1TB) or 16 TB (16x1TB), hot-swappable, enterprise class SATA II; RAID 1 on two drives (hosting the operating system and embedded performance database) and RAID 5 on the rest of the drives used for packet capture storage|
|Monitoring ports||Four 1 Gbps 10/100/1000Base-T RJ-45 or four 1 Gbps Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) including multimode 850 nm SR, single-mode 1310 nm LR, 1000BASE-T, 10/100/1000BASE-T||Two 10 Gbps Small Form-Factor Pluggable plus (SFP+) including multimode 850 nm SR, single-mode 1310 nm LR, single-mode 1550 nm ER, passive direct attach copper CR|
|Management port||10/100/1000 RJ-45||10/100/1000 RJ45|
|Monitoring and Capture Performance||Traffic monitoring throughput (sustained)*: 3.8+ Gbps
Full packet capture to disk (sustained)*: Up to 1.9 Gbps
Number of monitored RTP streams (concurrent): 20,000
Number of monitored client-server transactions (concurrent): 400,000
|Traffic monitoring throughput (sustained)*: 17+ Gbps
Full packet capture to disk (sustained)*, **: Up to 11.5 Gbps
Number of monitored RTP streams (concurrent): 20,000
Number of monitored client-server transactions (concurrent): 400,000
|Physical dimensions||One RU: 1.7 x 16.9 x 28.5 in. (4.32 x 43 x 72.4 cm)||Two RU: 3.4 x 17.5 x 28.0 in. (8.7 x 44.5 x 71.2 cm)|
|Operating Temperature||32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C) (operating, sea level, no fan fail, no CPU throttling, turbo mode)||32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C) (operating, sea level, no fan fail, no CPU throttling, turbo mode)|
|Nonoperating Temperature||-40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)||-40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)|
|Operating Humidity||10 to 90% noncondensing||10 to 90% noncondensing|
|Nonoperating Humidity||5 to 93% noncondensing||5 to 93% noncondensing|
|Operating Altitude||0 to 10,000 ft (0 to 3000m); maximum ambient temperature decreases by 1°C per 300m)||0 to 10,000 ft (0 to 3000m); maximum ambient temperature decreases by 1°C per 300m)|
|Nonoperating Altitude||0 to 40,000 ft (12,000m)||0 to 40,000 ft (12,000m)|
|Supported Topologies and Data Sources||
|Managed Device Support||Cisco Prime NAM 2300 Series Appliances can be deployed with any network device that can be configured with a standard data source (see above) such as SPAN, RSPAN, ERSPAN, NetFlow. The implementation of the Managed Device feature differs by the type of network device. Please read the NAM 5.1.3 Release Notes for any limitations that may apply. The Managed Device feature allows Cisco Prime NAM to poll the device health and interface/port statistics using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).|
|Time Synchronization||Network Time Protocol (NTP)|
|Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module Software||
|MIBs||The Cisco Prime NAMs are standards compliant and support the following major MIB groups:
|Protocols||Cisco Prime NAM identifies hundreds of unique protocols and automatically detects unknown protocols. The NAM also allows customization of the protocol engine by defining protocols on a single port or on a range of ports. Protocols supported include (this list is not all-inclusive):
* Characterized based on typical traffic conditions simulated on the test bed
** Achieved with 24x1TB HDD configuration
Download the Cisco NAM 2300 Series Appliances Datasheet (PDF).
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