The Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series NAM-3 is an integrated traffic and performance analysis blade designed for 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks that empowers network administrators to quickly understand how traffic over the network is being used and how it is performing to troubleshoot performance issues and help ensure a consistent end-user experience. It combines a rich set of embedded data collection and analysis capabilities with a remotely accessible, web-based management console, all of which reside on a single blade that is installed into Cisco Catalyst 6500 E-Series switches.
10 Gigabit+ monitoring performance
NAM-3 is designed to monitor and troubleshoot high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks.
Deployed in the Cisco Catalyst 6500 series switch, the Cisco NAM-3 takes advantages of backplane integration. It provides greater investment protection, lower total cost of ownership, and a reduced footprint that saves premium rack space. Backplane integration allows collection of packets right from the source, helping to ensure high reliability and precision analytics.
Application performance intelligence
Characterize the end-user experience for TCP-based applications and isolate application response time problems to the network, server, or the application, minimizing any triage process.
IEEE 1588 hardware time-stamping
Packet capture from the backplane combined with a precise hardware time stamp results in accurate performance measurements with metrics such as application response time and jitter. The IEEE 1588 hardware time stamps also facilitate accurate packet capture analysis and are specifically useful when merging captures from multiple NAM-3s for investigating complex application performance issues.
Comprehensive voice quality monitoring and real-time troubleshooting
Gather real-time reports on Mean Opinion Score (MOS) and other key performance indicators (KPIs) such as jitter and packet loss to understand and improve how the end user experiences the delivery of voice services. MOS is computed based on ITU-T Recommendations G. 107, offering accurate characterization of voice quality. Combine monitoring with real-time troubleshooting using prepackaged dashboards to improve the end-user service levels.
WAN-optimized networks visibility
Obtain end-to-end proof points demonstrating how Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) has improved application delivery (for example, decreased application transaction times, improved WAN bandwidth utilization). Accelerate the return on investment (ROI) for your assets by assessing the best site and application candidates for optimization as part of the phased rollout plan.
Detailed traffic analytics
View short- and long-term performance data on hosts, conversations, and applications that use critical network resources.
Look back to the past with the embedded Performance Database to understand what happened when an event that affects network performance occurred to accelerate root-cause analysis and prevent any reoccurrence. Use historical analysis for advancing optimization and capacity decisions.
Deep, insightful packet captures
Solve complex performance issues with trigger-based captures, filters, decodes, and Packet Capture Error Scan features. Packet captures can be triggered based on performance thresholds allowing you to focus on specific performance issues. Utilize external storage (mini-SAS or 10 Gigabit Ethernet) to store longer packet captures for offline analysis.
Advanced hardware and software filters
Reduce the time to get to the critical data to accelerate troubleshooting and analysis of network traffic behavior.
Monitor Virtual Switching System (VSS) deployments
Monitor both virtual switches in VSS environments, reducing management overhead while improving operational efficiency.
View network and application performance by logical groups or sites that you can create to mirror your network topology. For example, you can create sites by geographic locations, departments, or even managed customer networks. The feature facilitates tracking site-specific service-level objectives, resolving performance issues, or enforcing optimization policies.
Pre- and post deployment metrics
Glean valuable before and after traffic analytics to help plan for and verify changes in network resources, such as introducing applications, establishing quality of service (QoS) policies, consolidating servers, and deploying voice over IP (VoIP).
Ease NAM configuration and export of computed NAM data using standards-based APIs (XML/REST for configuration, NetFlow Version 9 for data export).
Anytime, anywhere access
Access the web interface from any desktop, eliminating the need to send personnel to remote sites or haul large amounts of data over WAN links to the central site.