Cisco EasyQoS and LiveNX: A Powerful One-Two Punch
Quality of Service (QoS) issues have plagued the network from the start. The biggest issue has always been the lack of solutions to easily configure and monitor QoS. To address this, Cisco continues to refine and improve EasyQoS’ ability to configure simple QoS policies.
Complementing EasyQoS, LiveAction’s in-depth QoS management capabilities provide the level of QoS assurance that every network engineer seeks.
Benefits of the combined solutions include:
- EasyQoS works with APIC-EM, allowing you to use existing technologies, which saves on hardware and maintenance costs.
- LiveNX’s QoS Assurance is integrated with EasyQoS.
- The combination allows users to seamlessly apply policies across hundreds or thousands of devices, minimizing human error.
- This accelerates QoS rollouts – what used to take 6+ months can now be done in minutes.
- Enables both greenfield and brownfield deployments.
In working with Cisco’s EasyQoS 1.5.0.x technology in hands-on sessions at Cisco Live, it’s clear that while EasyQoS features major new enhancements like traffic class modification, excluding interfaces from QoS policies, and configuring DSCP for traffic classes, network engineers still need the assurance that their QoS policies are working and that they’re right.
This is where LiveNX’s QoS Assurance technology, which focuses on network visualization and management, comes in. Along with auditing and visualizing policies, the network topology enables you to see the entire network and verify that the application traffic is doing what it’s supposed to do.
EasyQoS provides the configuration but for the assurance in knowing that your policies are working and that they’re right, LiveNX, the trusted network visualization and performance management solution provides:
- QoS assurance for real-world production scenarios.
- Real-time auditing and visualizing policies.
- A network topology that quickly verifies the application traffic is doing what you thought it would across your entire branch.
LiveNX complements Cisco’s EasyQoS because they’re built on the same principles. These include easily integrating with existing technologies to maximize IT investments, a software-based approach to automating and deploying QoS policies, and a captivating UI that makes it easy to deploy QoS policies in real-time.
Throughout the event, attendees proactively came to us to say that LiveNX is the best solution to the problem of QoS because of the way it performs in the network. Three, in particular, stand out for their candor.
Tom Kunath of Cisco said that LiveNX helped “identify asymmetrical routing problems because of a QoS issue.” This problem truly “was a needle in a haystack issue that would have otherwise gone unnoticed” if not for LiveNX’s deep QoS management capabilities.
One of the largest medical device providers in the world told us that LiveNX immediately identified traffic that was mistakenly marked one-way and spotted errors in the QoS policies that were deployed manually using CLI.
Third, a global manufacturer who was running both LiveNX and another network monitoring tool in parallel shared his experience. Despite the other monitoring tool indicating there were no issues in the network, LiveNX identified that a particular router was fully loaded and redlining. The router ended up failing and the manufacturer was forced to spend hours rebuilding it. That was a painful situation that convinced him to use LiveNX as the default QoS management product.
When it comes to QoS, there’s no ‘set it and forget it’ approach. As the network becomes more complex and intuitive, it requires a simple way to visualize, monitor and actively manage QoS policies to ensure it’s consistently delivering great end user application experiences.
July 5, 2017