Flow Metadata is a Cisco innovation and part of the Medianet architecture, designed for traffic classification.
In order for the network to provide functions and services to application traffic, it needs to be able to classify traffic granularly and disseminate information consistently. Flow Metadata is an application awareness technology that provides classification methodologies based on a multitude of parameters and drive functions in network policy (like QoS, PfR, FNF, Monitoring, etc.) that allow for easier, accelerated and scalable deployments.
Flow Metadata infrastructure extends across end points and network devices, and makes the network cognizant of the type, nature and characteristics of the traffic streams thereby enabling flexible policy enforcements and enhanced application visibility. This session highlights the Flow Metadata concept, the challenges it can effectively solve and how it can be deployed in the network across various platforms.