Cisco Performance Agent is a licensed software feature of Cisco IOS software that offers comprehensive application performance and network usage data valuable for network administrators to accurately characterize end-user experiences and optimize the use of network resources.
Moreover, Cisco Performance Agent works transparently with other Cisco IOS software services and the Cisco Network Analysis Module (NAM). Aggregated metrics are sent over standard Cisco IOS Flexible NetFlow, and can easily be consumed and displayed by Cisco NAM. Cisco NAM is conveniently available as a virtual blade on Cisco Wide Area Application Engine (WAE) appliances, or as a standalone appliance. When Cisco IOS Wide Area Applications Services (WAAS) Express (Cisco IOS WAAS Express) is enabled, Cisco Performance Agent helps to maximize the value of WAN optimization in the branch office.
Simplicity and completeness
With Cisco Performance Agent, a few simple commands in Cisco IOS software deliver tremendous value to customers, allowing them to adequately assess the quality of network transactions, application performance, and user experiences across their network. Cisco Performance Agent delivers combined metrics by gathering data from Cisco IOS Software monitoring tools such as NetFlow, NBAR, and NAM. The data is then consumed by Cisco NAM at the data center, thereby delivering a complete and simple solution.
Because Cisco Performance Agent is a part of Cisco IOS software, it is tightly integrated into the network fabric. Such a close integration helps ensure that any network optimizations through WAAS and metrics collection happen simultaneously without the added overhead of another interception. The tight integration has the added benefit of minimal configuration and compatibility with commonly used Cisco IOS software services.
Low total cost of ownershipProduct Highlights
Cisco Performance Agent is cost-effective and provides the lowest TCO of any solution currently on the market, since it is an integrated solution. By integrating Cisco Performance Agent into Cisco IOS Software and Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 (ISR G2), Cisco Performance Agent reduces capital expenditures (CapEx), operating expenses (OpEx), support costs, and the number of branch-office devices required. Cisco Performance Agent eliminates the need for expensive infrastructure.
- Uses the deep-packet-inspection capabilities of Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR) for more accurate application representation
- Supports tailoring and summarization for reduced effect on WAN resources
- Provides application performance analytics for easy consumption by Cisco and partner management
- Inherits Cisco WAAS Express classification policy to minimize configuration