LiveNX: Your Platform for Cisco SD-WAN Visibility and Assurance
Cisco’s acquisition of Viptela has shifted the focus of delivering cloud-first software-defined networking solutions to their customers. With the vision to deliver intent-based networking – that is, network solutions that conform to what’s important to the business – Cisco SD-WAN (formerly Viptela) accelerates the delivery of that vision to the enterprise.
The Network Lifecycle: Every Step Counts
A solution that supports these essential capabilities can enhance every step of the network lifecycle, prevent productivity- and schedule-killing missteps, and accelerate detection, troubleshooting, and resolution when problems do arise.
Day 0: PLAN CHALLENGE: Knowing what you need to plan for a new solution isn’t easy. Where do all network devices exist? What applications are my business users using, and at what peak times? How much bandwidth is required to prevent the help desk from lighting up?
Network inventory. Automatic device discovery quickly creates an exhaustive inventory of every device and interface in the network.
Network performance baseline. Real-time capture and analysis of line-rate raw flow data simplify the task of establishing an application and network performance baseline.
Business-critical applications. Real-time visualization of traffic at the application level, as well as summary reports, help to properly define policies that will optimize the performance of each application on the new network.
Day 1: DEPLOY CHALLENGE: What do you need to know for Cisco SD-WAN rollout? Are you migrating from Cisco IWAN? Which applications are taking MPLS vs Internet paths? Can you see and visualize vEdge and ISRs, ASRs, and public or private cloud platforms in one view?
Validate policy intent. Business applications take the paths and traffic prioritization as intended by initial policy configuration.
Monitor application turn-up. Real-time visualization of end-to-end flows quickly identifies performance metrics and highlights routing loops for quick diagnosis and correction. Path change alerts facilitate configuration adjustments.
Traffic classification verification. Real-time visualization also exposes QoS anomalies and service provider traffic classification issues.
Day 2: OPERATE CHALLENGE: What do you need to reduce MTTR for network operations of a hybrid WAN beyond the vEdge? Can you visualize real-time AND historical traffic? Can you manage application flow and proactively detect anomalies?
Real-time traffic monitoring. Use real-time end-toend flow/path visualization to monitor bandwidth, manage performance, and mitigate problems before they affect users.
Historical traffic analysis. Use historical playback of end-to-end flow/path visualization to investigate and remediate performance problems across apps, users, and devices.
Proactive alerts. Configure alarms to notify engineers of degraded performance or failure before users even know about them.
Capacity planning and network optimization. Perform on-going characterization of network utilization, traffic patterns, thresholds, alarms and other metrics to further optimize network performance.