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cisco mars

some consultant are advising me not to use cisco mars. they say they can use soem software and dump it into a sql base. do you know about any software like this. what these systems deliver that mars woudl not and why it is better to ge tmars.
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It basically boils down to value you get for price you pay ... Cisco mars mines data from netflow records to give you network operations information. You can get this information by dumping netflow records into a DB and querying the DB on your own. If you have a small network that is generating 5-10K netflow records per second you are good to go ... with flat file databases such as SQL lite, you can scale up to 40-50K records per second .... beyond that DB simply would not scale.

There are alternatives available to mars ... free and one of the popular ones being nfdump/nfsen ... it does not monitor your network but provides a nifty and fast way for querying netflow records.
Arbor networks offers a commercial solution but that is a multibox solution that isnt very charming ...
An upcoming development in this field is a commercial offering from Guavus Network Systems which by far has the best approach for solving this problem. However, they are still in Beta.
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