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Deploying IP and MPLS QoS for Multiservice Networks by Clarence Filsfils, John William Evans

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5 SLA and Network Monitoring

5.1 Introduction

This chapter discusses the technologies and techniques available for SLA and network monitoring in QOS-enabled IP networks. There are two main approaches, which are generally used in concert to monitor the performance of a QOS-enabled network service in order to determine whether SLAs have been or can be met:

  • Passive network monitoring. With passive network monitoring, network devices record statistics on network traffic, which can provide an indication of the status at a particular network element. Periodic polling is typically used to gather this data for reporting and analysis. This is a micromeasure which looks at each device in isolation; by looking at multiple network elements an aggregate ...

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