Network Baseline

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Mar 11th, 2007
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Hey Guys,

I am wanting to perform a baseline of our core network performance. What i am particuarly interested in is how many packets per second the core switches are processing and the current backplane performance. We are using older 3550 stackable switches in our core. I am measuring CPU and interface statistics but I dont think this is providing me with the information i require. The CPU of the core switches sits at a very low 3% on average and looking at the interface statistics i cannot see any drops or failures.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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kyawzawhtut Sun, 03/11/2007 - 23:36
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Hi Aaron

You should be very happy and dancing for such a low-traffic network.

By the way, what tool do you use to do monitoring?

You may like to try MRTG [Freeware] or PRTG to monitor things like CPU/Interface utilization, Error rate etc.


AaronRiemer Sun, 03/18/2007 - 16:54
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Hi kyawzawhtut,

I use cacti and PRTG funnily enough for monitoring. PRTG to monitor netflow information and cacti for the cpu / interface statistics.

The reason i ask these questions is because we are setting up a seperate redundant site and i am trying to toss up whether we should go for a stacked or modular based solution.



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