Expanding Visibility with NBAR and IP SLA
IP SLA and NBAR are important monitoring technologies that should be utilized for cost-effectively improving visibility and understanding of network and application performance.
What are NBAR and IP SLA Technologies?
Cisco offers enhanced monitoring functionality on select routers via NBAR and IP SLA technologies that examine, analyze and classify network traffic. Each operates independently and enables more effective management and improved performance, especially where the ability to install probes is restricted or network visibility is otherwise limited. Here is a summary of what each offers:
Network Based Application Recognition (NBAR)A mechanism that classifies and regulates bandwidth for network applications to ensure that available resources are utilized as efficiently as possible. Read more.
Internet Protocol Service Level Agreement (IP SLA)Enables the creation of time-based network and services performance data which can be used to validate service level agreements. Read more.
Observer Infrastructure is designed to automatically request NBAR and IP SLA metrics when completing device discovery and polling. As a result, no setup is required and the resulting router parameters are comprehensively presented within a single interface.
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