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LiveAction significantly enhances Cisco capacity planning by offering detailed network visibility, analytics, and reporting capabilities. Capacity planning is crucial for ensuring that a network can meet current and future data traffic demands efficiently without overprovisioning and incurring unnecessary costs.

Here’s how LiveAction supports and optimizes capacity planning for Cisco networks including those running Cisco SD-WAN:

01. Comprehensive Network Visibility

  • Traffic Analysis: LiveAction provides in-depth visibility into network traffic patterns, including peak usage times, types of traffic, and the sources and destinations of data flows. This level of detail is essential for understanding how the network is being used and where bottlenecks or underutilized resources may exist.
  • Application Performance: By monitoring application performance across the network, LiveAction helps identify which applications are consuming the most bandwidth and resources. This information is crucial for planning capacity based on actual application needs.

02. Advanced Analytics for Trend Analysis

  • Historical Data Analysis: LiveAction stores historical performance data, enabling network administrators to analyze trends over time. This capability is critical for predicting future network requirements and making informed decisions about when and where to add capacity.
  • Predictive Analytics: Utilizing predictive analytics, LiveAction can help forecast future network demands based on historical data trends. This foresight allows for proactive network planning, ensuring that the network can handle anticipated growth without performance degradation.

03. Performance Baselines and Reporting

  • Baseline Establishment: LiveAction allows organizations to establish performance baselines, against which future network performance can be compared. This baseline is essential for identifying deviations from expected performance levels, which could indicate the need for capacity adjustments.
  • Customizable Reporting: With its customizable reporting features, LiveAction provides detailed insights into network performance and capacity utilization. These reports can be tailored to specific needs, making it easier for decision-makers to understand the current state of the network and plan for future needs.

04. QoS and Policy Optimization

  • Quality of Service (QoS) Management: LiveAction facilitates the optimization of QoS policies to ensure critical applications have the necessary bandwidth and resources. Effective QoS management can often alleviate the need for immediate capacity upgrades by optimizing the allocation of existing resources.
  • Policy Adjustments: By analyzing how different policies affect network performance and capacity usage, LiveAction enables network administrators to make informed decisions about policy adjustments to improve efficiency and accommodate growth.

05. Scenario Planning and Simulation

  • What-If Analysis: LiveAction supports scenario planning and what-if analysis, allowing network teams to simulate changes to the network, such as adding new services or applications, and predict their impact on network capacity and performance. This feature is invaluable for avoiding potential issues before they arise.


LiveAction aids Cisco capacity planning by providing the tools and insights needed to accurately assess current network usage, predict future requirements, and make decisions about when and where to expand network capacity. Its comprehensive visibility, advanced analytics, and reporting capabilities allow organizations to optimize their networks for efficiency, performance, and growth, ensuring that they can meet the demands of their users and applications both now and in the future.