As mission-critical workloads migrate to virtual servers, visibility into the virtual switching infrastructure becomes critical to manage end-to-end service delivery. The virtual switching layer extends the network to the virtual servers. Lack of insight into this layer affects the ability of network administrators to manage application services. In addition, the fluidity of the virtual infrastructure, in terms of workload-driven dynamic resource allocation or virtual server migrations across hosts, poses a new set of management challenges. In this dynamic environment, network administrators are not only responsible for troubleshooting application performance issues but also for making sure that the network is ready to support resource scaling in real time. This demands deeper network visibility and analytics to present meaningful and consistent performance information for network administrators.
Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module (NAM) for Nexus 1010 allows network administrators to extend operational visibility into Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch deployments. The Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch is a software switch on a server that delivers Cisco Virtual Network Link (VN-Link) services to virtual machines (VMs) hosted on that server. This distributed switch has two major components: the Virtual Ethernet Module (VEM) and the Virtual Supervisor Module (VSM), which manages the VEMs. A VSM can itself be deployed as a virtual machine; as an alternate deployment scenario, the Cisco Nexus 1010 Virtual Services Appliance can host four Virtual Supervisor Modules.
Reinspired user experience
Cisco Prime NAM Software 5.1 for Cisco Nexus 1010 introduces a next-generation GUI that helps accelerate troubleshooting and optimization decisions. It offers preconfigured dashboards that provide a comprehensive graphical overview of network performance so you can immediately grasp if all is well or if a problem is emerging. It also includes prepackaged interactive reports with helpful features such as contextual navigation, advanced filters, and one-click packet captures.
Flexible site-based monitoring
This feature allows you to view network and application performance by logical groupings 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 and view performance data on a per site basis making it easier to obtain both a global and local view of how your applications are performing.
Historical analysis with embedded performance database
The new performance database stores computed data so you can go back to the past to learn what happened on your network when a particular event occurred. The data is available to troubleshoot unanticipated performance issues or to analyze optimization needs.
Packet capture, decodes and error scan
Cisco Prime NAM for Nexus 1010 implements packet capture on ERSPAN data source to help investigate and troubleshoot complex performance problems. Cisco NAM's capture and decode capability provides depth and insight into data analysis using trigger-based captures, filters, decodes, and a capture analysis toolset to quickly pinpoint and resolve problem areas. The packet capture error scan automatically highlights packet-level anomalies eliminating the need to manually inspect the packet data to find the "needle in the haystack. "
NetFlow version 9 data export
By exporting analytics in a standardized format, this capability allows you to use computed NAM data to feed in-house or third-party reporting applications that you already own, building up additional value and building out existing investments.