IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer V4.1 delivers detailed visibility on the composition of network trafficIBM United States Software Announcement 209-282
September 22, 2009
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IBM® Tivoli® Netcool® Performance Flow Analyzer V4.1:
- Collects Cisco NetFlow versions v5, v7, v9 and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) defined Internet Protocol Flow Information eXchange protocol (IPFIX) flow records
- Is designed to be highly scalable and cost effective - appropriate for basic enterprise environments through Tier 1 CSPs
- Can improve capacity planning and network redesigns - helps optimize use of network resources so network designers are able to be more judicious in making plans knowing the composition and sources of network traffic
- Assists efforts to ensure mission-critical applications are provided the necessary resources
- Identifies unanticipated traffic and isolates to source
- Identifies most of the applications that are consuming most network bandwidth and by what hosts within the network
- Has early detection of traffic pattern changes - changes that could impact service performance
- Locates business impacting network problems that are caused by incorrect configuration, unexpected customer traffic
- Validates network architecture updates and new network and traffic management configurations as well as confirms applications' traffic is being forwarded correctly
- Supports user defined aggregates that enable network operators to define the sets of information needed
- Delivers extremely fast report generation and response times due to in memory database
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IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer, a flow-based network traffic performance analysis system, provides its users detailed visibility on the composition of network traffic. With the knowledge of the traffic patterns within their networks, network operators can more effectively plan for expanding capacity as well as troubleshoot performance problems.
Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer supports the collection and analysis of Cisco NetFlow or Internet Protocol Flow Information eXchange (IPFIX) data records to generate a wide variety of reports showing the traffic patterns at different locations in the network. IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer is capable of computing and presenting aggregate values in near real-time and at fine grained or detailed periods.
Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer is an innovative flow-based network profiling tool for scalable network monitoring. It provides a highly detailed view of resource usage in networked IT infrastructures. This includes traffic reports showing host and application communication patterns, including usage trends.
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|Planned availability date|
- September 25, 2009: eGA
- September 25, 2009: pGA
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Network operators will use IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer V4.1 to track which applications are consuming more bandwidth. It enables them to anticipate and report potential problems to network analysts and planners.
Operators can use IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer to isolate the source of problems with the delivery of services. Should an application over utilize bandwidth, it will impact other applications, some of which may be mission critical. Quickly isolating and identifying the problem sources aids efforts to enhance customer satisfaction.
Network planners use IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer to observe the traffic patterns over time. Visibility of the traffic per application, per quality of service (QoS), and per network segments enables planners to strategically plan expansions or reconfigurations, rather than simply throwing bandwidth at any congestion problems.
Finally, business planners could use reports from IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer to understand what applications are most popular and growing. This could effect how a service provider chooses to package services.
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IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer is part of Tivoli's broad performance management solution offer.
IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Manager is the main network performance management product in this solution area. IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer offers additional complementary features to IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Manager and to IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager.
IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer has a smaller footprint and initial cost than IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Manager and it operates on Linux®. It offers a compelling value proposition for large and medium-sized enterprise networks who want to monitor application flows.
IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer provides an alternative to the current IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Manager Cisco Netflow application pack. Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer is more cost effective for small and mid-size networks and it is focused on near-real-time flow monitoring, but is not integrated to IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Manager and does not use its infrastructure.
IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer offers unique value to network service providers, including up to Tier 1. It offers features such as the storage of raw records, the ability to execute subsequent analysis of these data, near real-time reporting, and a strong set of flow specific reports.
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Program Program number VRM name 5724-Y97 4.1 IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer
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Specified operating environment
Server - The following details the minimum hardware specification for a Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer server:
- CPU - depending on choice of operating system
- 1x UltraSPARC IV, IV+ or UltraSPARC T2+, T2, T1 processors (Solaris)
- 2x Dual-Core Intel® XEON processors (Linux)
- 4 GB memory
- 1x72 GB hard disk
Client - The following details the minimum hardware specification for a Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer client:
- 1.4 GHz Pentium® III (or above) processor
- 1 GB memory
The following third-party products are required for the server and client. Version information can be found in the Installation Guide.
- Operating system (one of the following):
- Solaris (SPARC)
- Red Hat Linux
- SUSE Enterprise Linux
- Apache HTTP Server
- Windows®, Red Hat Linux, or SUSE Enterprise Linux
- Browser (one of the following):
- Internet Explorer (7, or later; Adobe's Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) plug-in)
The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a README file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.
The performance of IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer depends upon the volume of flow data being passed to it. Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer can process a constant load of 100K flows/s without drops when four aspects are configured. This would be the aggregate of the interfaces being monitored and passing flow records to a Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer instance.
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IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer uses the security and auditability features of the operating system software and the Tivoli Management Framework. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer is priced using the following chargeable components and metrics:
- Base per install - An IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer Base consists of one instance of the product installed.
- Base per Resource Value Unit (RVU) - RVUs will be calculated in the following manner. Supported entities are assigned a certain point value based on size or performance level of the entities. RVUs are calculated from this total number of points based on factors in Volume Unit Exhibit (VUE) 002 Table F below.
Important: In computing the RVU, it is important to count only those network resources that are sending flow records to the flow analyzer. There may be many devices in a network, but only a subset of these are configured to track flows and forward that information in flow records to the flow analyzer.
For example, in a managed Virtual Private Network (VPN), a service provider might configure the edge devices to track the flows coming in from the customer sites, with no flow monitoring in the core. In this case, only those edge devices are counted for computing RVUs. In another configuration a service provider might only configure flow collection on routers connected to peer networks. In that situation, only those peering routers are counted for computing RVUs.
Points are assigned to managed entities according to the following table:
Managed entity point table
Managed entity: Points: Large switches, SP Core 5,000 WAN Services, Service Aggregation 500 Large Branch Routers/Switches 250 Small Branch and CPE Routers 70
Contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner for a current list of managed entities.
VUE 002 Table F
Points from quantity To quantity Factor 1 60,000 0.050 60,001 300,000 0.045 300,001 600,000 0.040 600,001 1,200,000 0.035 1,200,001 1,800,000 0.030 1,800,001 2,400,000 0.025 2,400,001 3,600,000 0.020 3,600,001 and more 0.015
Example of calculation of RVUs
A set of customer devices that are sending flow records to the flow analyzer consists of managed entities, which total 405,000 points according to the managed entity point table.
- 405,000 points requires 18,000 RVUs per VUE 002 Table F
- (60,000*0.05 + 240,000*0.045 + 105,000*0.040)
- RVU quantity (part number quantity) to order is 18,000
IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer is not interchangeable with IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Manager for the purpose of the calculation of points from the managed entity table, the resulting RVU calculation, nor the resulting entitlement.
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IBM Tivoli Netcool Performance Flow Analyzer V4.1 PID 5724-Y97PA licenses
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