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Extending Cisco Technologies Thru Solar Winds Network Management


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Presentation on NetFlow, IP SLA, Cisco EnergyWise, and the Nexus 1000v and how to leverage these technologies using SolarWinds network management applications.

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Extending Cisco Technologies Thru Solar Winds Network Management

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  2. 2. A big “Howdy” from SolarWinds®<br /> based in Austin, Texas<br />Josh Stephens, Josh Stephens, Head Geek, Monster Blogger, and Constant Tweeter<br />Today’s Topic: <br />Extending Cisco Technologies w/SolarWinds<br />Who is SolarWinds?<br />What we do…<br />Who are our customers?<br />The SolarWinds community…<br />Introduction<br />
  3. 3. Agenda<br /><ul><li>Introductions
  4. 4. Free stuff is cool…
  5. 5. NetFlow
  6. 6. IP SLA
  7. 7. Break
  8. 8. Cisco EnergyWise
  9. 9. Nexus 1000v
  10. 10. SolarWinds Demonstration
  11. 11. Summary and Q&A</li></li></ul><li>Let’s get to know each other…<br /><ul><li>Who are these folks?
  12. 12. Who am I?
  13. 13. Who are you?
  14. 14. How do you do this today?</li></li></ul><li>Who doesn’t like free stuff?<br /><ul><li>The features we’ll discuss…
  15. 15. Are included within Cisco IOS
  16. 16. Are already deployed on your network
  17. 17. Trusted by thousands of engineers worldwide
  18. 18. Easy to leverage using SolarWinds applications</li></li></ul><li>What types of problems are we solving?<br /><ul><li>User Problems
  19. 19. The internet is down!!!
  20. 20. Why is the network so slow?
  21. 21. I can’t get an e-mail from Joe…
  22. 22. I’m trying to download this file and it keeps failing…
  23. 23. Your Problems…
  24. 24. Spanning tree keeps shutting down ports
  25. 25. VPN tunnels won’t stay up
  26. 26. SNMP authentication is failing
  27. 27. You’ve screwed up an ACL or password and now you’re locked out</li></li></ul><li>NetFlow<br /><ul><li>Answers these questions
  28. 28. Who is using my bandwidth?
  29. 29. What are they doing with it?
  30. 30. Types of Flows
  31. 31. NetFlow – Cisco
  32. 32. J-Flow - Juniper
  33. 33. sFlow – HP, Brocade, Extreme
  34. 34. IPFIX – next generation</li></li></ul><li>Basics of Traffic Flow Technologies<br />Keeps track of the traffic flowing from place to place<br />Traditionally leveraged to monitor layer 3 (routed) traffic flows<br />Recent addition of layer 2 (switched) traffic detail<br />
  35. 35. Commonalities of Traffic Flow Types<br />Transport Protocol is UDP<br />Some newer versions optionally support TCP and SCTP<br />UDP Port numbers are generally configurable<br />Technology included within router/switch software<br />Check your IOS feature set if using Cisco gear<br />Some implementations in software, some on ASIC<br />Easy to configure/enable on network gear<br />Usually only a few CLI commands<br />Some devices configurable via SNMP and/or web services interface<br />
  36. 36. IP SLA<br /><ul><li>Cisco IP Service Level Agreements (IP SLA)
  37. 37. Sometimes called SAA or RTT (old names)
  38. 38. Especially beneficial because of the perspective</li></ul>Cisco IOS IP SLAs (IP Service Level Agreements) is a feature included in Cisco IOS Software that can allow administrators the ability to Analyze IP Service Levels for IP applications and services. IP SLA&apos;s uses active traffic-monitoring technology to monitor continuous traffic on the network. This is a reliable method in measuring site-to-site network performance. Cisco Routers can also act as IP SLA Responders to provide more accuracy in measurements across a network.<br />Source –<br />
  39. 39. Traditional Network Monitoring<br /><ul><li>Implies a “hub and spoke” methodology
  40. 40. NMS typically sits in the middle and polls outward
  41. 41. Doesn’t represent site-to-site performance
  42. 42. Implies two-way but tests one-way
  43. 43. Today’s networks
  44. 44. MPLS vs. Frame relay
  45. 45. Fully-meshed networks are common-place
  46. 46. Local sites with direct internet access</li></li></ul><li>Why IP SLA?<br /><ul><li>Network troubleshooting and monitoring
  47. 47. Perspective is ultra-important
  48. 48. Multiple test points
  49. 49. Several different types of operations
  50. 50. Existing Infrastructure
  51. 51. No need to deploy probes or agents
  52. 52. Built into already deployed Cisco devices
  53. 53. Easy to configure/leverage</li></li></ul><li>Technical Alternatives<br /><ul><li>Probes
  54. 54. Expensive
  55. 55. Increase your carbon footprint
  56. 56. Hard to maintain
  57. 57. Slow deployment
  58. 58. Agents
  59. 59. Nobody likes a footprint
  60. 60. Even harder to maintain/manage
  61. 61. Not usually free</li></li></ul><li>Requirements for using IP SLA<br /><ul><li>IP SLA Devices
  62. 62. Most Cisco routers and switches
  63. 63. Especially helpful for in edge devices
  64. 64. Need CLI or SNMP access to enable
  65. 65. IOS (see next slide)
  66. 66. IP SLA Statistics use
  67. 67. View from command-line
  68. 68. Real-time monitoring tools
  69. 69. Long term monitoring for historical trending and alerting</li></li></ul><li>Break time…<br />“These pretzels are making me thirsty…”<br />Cosmo Kramer<br />
  70. 70. EnergyWise<br />EnergyWise is a framework for network-based power management and reporting (today…)<br />Measure power of all connected network devices (phones, APs, PCs, building systems, physical security, PDUs, etc.)<br />Control and optimize power delivery with policies and embedded intelligence<br />Realise significant cost savings<br />The end goal is to normalize data, normalize traffic<br />
  71. 71. Cisco EnergyWise<br />Converges IT and Facility Networks<br />Tenant Services and TechnologiesIP-Based<br />Building Services and TechnologiesNon-IP<br />High-Speed Internet<br />Lighting<br />Wireless<br />Elevators<br />Network Isthe Platform<br />VPN<br />24/7 Monitoring<br />IP Telephony<br />HVAC-Sensors<br />Audio and Video Conferencing<br />Fire<br />Visitor Management<br />Video Surveillance<br />Interactive Media<br />Access<br />Digital Signage<br />Energy<br />
  72. 72. An EnergyWise Network: Overview<br />
  73. 73. SolarWinds for the Cisco EnergyWise<br /><ul><li>Orion NPM (Network Performance Monitor)
  74. 74. Monitors Cisco EnergyWise capable gear
  75. 75. Reports energy savings in real-time and over time
  76. 76. Energy saved is money saved…
  77. 77. Orion NCM (Network Configuration Manager)
  78. 78. Inventories and enables Cisco EnergyWise
  79. 79. Automates configuration and deployment tasks</li></ul>J0sher2014<br />
  80. 80. SolarWinds Orion & Cisco EnergyWise<br />The combination of SolarWinds Orion (NPM & NCM) with Cisco EnergyWise allows customer to:<br />Reduce energy consumption by managing EnergyWise policies on network devices using an intuitive configuration management interface<br />Report on energy consumption and savings over specific time periods<br />Graphically compare maximum power consumption vs. current power consumption across all of your EnergyWise enabled devices<br />Preview EnergyWise policies using an intuitive energy management calendar<br />
  81. 81. Using Orion to Enable EnergyWise<br />4 easy steps for using Orion to get the most out of your EnergyWise deployment<br />
  82. 82. Question #1<br /><ul><li>The 1000v is:</li></ul>The latest hybrid automobile from Honda<br />The best sunscreen money can buy<br />The cool new virtual switch from Cisco Systems<br /><ul><li>Correct Answer – C. The cool new virtual switch from Cisco Systems</li></ul>J0sher2014<br />
  83. 83. Cisco Nexus 1000v<br /><ul><li>Just like the physical Cisco switches that we all know and love…
  84. 84. Supports advanced features like NetFlow
  85. 85. Similar skillsets for configuration
  86. 86. Solves several problems associated with deploying virtualization technology
  87. 87. Visibility into the virtual server infrastructure (ESX from VMWare)
  88. 88. Manageability for virtual switching technology</li></ul>J0sher2014<br />
  89. 89. SolarWinds for the Cisco Nexus 1000v<br /><ul><li>Native support in Orion NPM
  90. 90. Discovers and monitors the Nexus 1000v
  91. 91. Monitor network traffic by VM, host, etc…
  92. 92. Automated notifications for virtual switch issues
  93. 93. Additional visibility with the Orion NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
  94. 94. NetFlow – who and what of traffic analysis
  95. 95. Especially helpful for virtualized application servers</li></ul>J0sher2014<br />
  96. 96. - Slide 25 -<br />SolarWinds Orion Demonstration<br />
  97. 97. Summary and Q&A<br />Thank you for attending!<br />To learn more or to download free 30-day trials of<br />SolarWinds products visit:<br />Contact information<br />Josh Stephens, Head Geek<br /><br />twitter: sw_headgeek<br />Blog:<br />