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Deployment Options

LiveNX components can be deployed via the following methods: Virtual, Physical, and Cloud. The Virtual Deployment Specifications, as well as the Cisco and Multi-Vendor Device Support lists, are provided below.

If you are interested in deploying LiveNX in a Physical, Cloud (Azure, AWS, & Google Cloud), Hyper-V, or KVM environment, please contact LiveAction sales for the specifications appropriate for those environments and your needs.

Virtual Deployment Specifications

The LiveNX Server is primarily deployed as a VMware .OVA appliance and is fully operational right out of the box. The server operating system runs on a Linux (TinyCore or Ubuntu) platform.

Server Platform Specifications:

  • VMware ESXi v5.0 or higher – VMware Hardware Version 8 (vmx-8)
  • Network Hardware – At least two Physical NICS on ESXi
    – Support up to 10 Gbps
    – Virtual NICs on OVA are utilizing E100
Proof of Concept (POC) Small Deployment Medium Deployment Large Deployment Physical Deployment
<= 25 devices or
<= 25 k flows/sec.
<= 100 devices or
<= 50 k flows/sec.
100 to 500 devices or
<= 100 k flows/sec.
500 to 1000 devices or
<= 150 k flows/sec.
Up to 1000 devices or
<= 500 k flows/sec.
Min. Requirements:

  • 8 vCPU Xeon or i7
  • 16 GB RAM
  • Max Heap Size 8 GB
  • 500 GB Data Disk
Min. Requirements:

  • 16 vCPU Xeon or i7
  • 32 GB RAM*
  • Max Heap Size 16 GB
  • 2 TB Data Disks
Min. Requirements:

  • 16 vCPU Xeon or i7
  • 64 GB RAM*
  • Max Heap Size 31 GB
  • 4 TB Data Disks
Min. Requirements:

  • 32 vCPU Xeon or i7
  • 64 GB RAM*
  • Max Heap Size 31 GB
  • 8 TB Data Disks
Min. Requirements:

  • 64 vCPU Xeon Gold 5218
  • 768 GB RAM
  • Max Heap Size 384 GB
  • 32 TB Data Disks (16 TB usable with RAID 10)

Each LiveNX server/node supports up to 76 TB disk space.
Server IOPS Recommendation LiveNX 8.0 – 1000 IOPS Read and 4500 IOPS Write.
*For Cisco SD-WAN environments, a large deployment with a minimum of 256 GB RAM is required for the Virtual Appliance option.

LiveNX Network Protocol Requirements

Below is a list of required network protocols for normal operation of the LiveNX platform. This can be used as the basis for any firewall rules required.

Protocol Port Number Direction Description
TCP 7000 Java Client to NX Server Java Client Access to Platform
TCP 443 Web Browser to NX Server User Access to Web UI of Platform
TCP 7026 Server to Node (Bidirectional) Server <-> Node Communication
UDP 2055 Network devices to nodes Netflow Export
UDP 161 NX Node/Server to Network Devices SNMP Polling of Network Devices

Table 2: LiveNX Protocol/Port Requirements

LiveNX requires READ-ONLY access to network devices, the platform supports both versions 2c and 3, table below details the configuration required on Cisco devices to enable SNMP v2c or v3.

Version Command
v2c snmp-server community RO
v3 snmp-server group v3 auth read access snmp-server user v3 auth md5 priv aes 128

Table 3: SNMP Config (Cisco)

LiveNX Semantics Data Requirements

In addition to the information and prerequisites required for LiveNX to discover devices and add them to the inventory, there are other pieces of data required; semantic data. The network/device semantics allows LiveNX to provide maximum insight into the network both in terms of visualization and reporting.

Semantic Data Purpose
Sites to which devices belong Allows devices to associated with sites for visualization within Java Client
Address of the sites – street, city, postcode, country Allows sites to represented on a map from Web UI
IP Subnet’s associated with the respective sites Allows LiveNX to run site to site reports based upon IP Address/Subnet
Any differentiators between circuits e.g. MPLS/INET or Service Provider A tag allowing LiveNX to build reports based
Bandwidth capacity of WAN facing interfaces/circuits Allows Live NX to calculate utilization rates per WAN interface – 95/99th percentiles

Table 4: Semantic Data Requirements

The collection of Netflow data is a key component of the LiveNX platform, it allows users to both visualize and report upon traffic through the network. LiveNX is a platform that supports several different ‘flavors’ of Netflow: IPFIX, Version 5, Version 9, Flexible Netflow (FNF).

Client Platform Specifications:

  • Windows or macOS
  • 4 Cores
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Web browser: Edge, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari

Cisco Device Support – SNMP & Flow

  • ASR 9000 Series Router
  • Cisco AnyConnect Network Visibility Module on Windows and Mac OS X Platforms
  • Cisco ASA 5500 Series Firewalls
  • Cisco Catalyst Series Switches 2900, 3650, 3850 & 4500-X 6500, 6800, 9000 are supported.**
    (Limited LiveNX QoS Monitor support on Layer 3-routable interfaces and VLANs depending upon Cisco hardware capabilities.)
  • Cisco ISR Series Routers: 800, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2600, 2600XM, 2800, 2900, 3600, 3700, 3800, 3900, 4200, 4300, 4400, 4500, 7200, 7600**, ASR 1001x, 1002x Series Routers, CSR 1000V**
  • Cisco Meraki MX Security Appliance
  • Cisco Nexus Switches (Nexus 3000, 7000, 6000 & 9000 Series)
  • Cisco NetFlow Generation Appliance
  • Cisco SD-WAN vEdge, Cisco IOS XE SD-WAN Edge Devices

**Recommend IOS versions 12.3 or higher or 15.0 or higher for use with the software (IOS XE 2.6.0 or higher for ASR 1000 series). Earlier IOS versions may also work but are not officially supported. General-release IOS versions are recommended, although early-and limited-release versions will also work with LiveNX

Multi-Vendor Device Support – Flow

  • Adtran NetVanta Series Routers
  • Alcatel-Lucent Routers
  • Barracuda Firewall
  • Brocade Series Routers
  • Checkpoint Firewall
  • Citrix NetScaler Load Balancer
  • Extreme Network Switches
  • F5 Load-Balancer
  • Gigamon GigaSMART
  • Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Procurve Series Switches
  • Ixia’s Network Visibility Solution
  • Juniper MX Series Routers
  • Ntop nProbe
  • Palo Alto Networks Firewalls
  • Riverbed SteelHead WAN Optimization Controllers
  • Silver Peak WAN Optimization Controllers
  • Sophos Firewall
  • Ziften ZFlow

LiveCapture | LiveWire

Product Name LiveWire Edge LiveWire Core LiveWire PowerCore* LiveWire Virtual
Intended Use Cases Small Office/Remote Office Large Branch / WAN Edge Data Center All
LiveFlow Export Up to 1Gbps Up to 6 Gbps Up to 17 Gbps Up to 4 Gbps
Forensic Capture (CTD) Up to 1Gbps Up to 4 Gbps Up to 40 Gbps** Depends on Hardware
Memory 16 GB 32 GB 192 GB Minimum 8 GB
Storage Capacity 1 TB SSD 16 TB 64 TB or 128 TB User Configurable
Dimensions / Weight 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.7 in
2.64 lbs
1 U
39 lbs
2 U
73 lbs
Omnipeek for Windows Yes (1 license) Yes (1 license) Yes (1 license) No
VOIP, Video and UC Analysis Yes Yes Yes Yes

* Supports 10Gbps, 40 Gbps, and 100 Gbps
** Using 2 external storage systems