Using Cisco Mars to monitor and report bandwidth usage

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Does anyone know if a Cisco mars can monitor and give reports for bandwidth usage?

CS-MARS Standalone: v6.0

We are trying to get reports from a Point to Point circuit. We have a 3560 switch going to a 7206 router at one location going over a point to point to another 7206 router and would like to see how much bandwidth we are using on a daily basis.
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nowhere in the product feature sheet it's written actually, don't have it installed anywhere so cannot verify, but considering it to be a security product more likely it will show the attack and threat pattern related reports rather than b/w.

I would definitely go for MRTG/PRTG Or CACTI Or Netflow in order to get free professional bandwidth usage reports. (Netflow softw is not free)

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MARS is more of an Intrusion Detection system.  It can alert you if there is a sudden increase in traffic to a port, but it doesn't have usage reporting.

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OK thanks, what about Ciscoworks QPM 4.1 does anyone know if that can produce bandwidth reports?
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you can use the netflow information from your networking device to produce bandwidth reports.  I use a free netflow analyzer to store my netflow information and can the view the bandwidth on each port over the past 24 hours.

You can also produce find the bandwidth usage for each host and protocol.  

check out this free tool.  it really is free, no trial or anything:
http://www.plixer.com/products/netflow-sflow/scrutinizer-netflow-sflow.php
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I don't know, but here is a question that might offer viable alternatives:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Networking_Hardware/Switches/Q_25101734.html
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sorry. wrong thread.   : /

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agree with above, netflow is an excellent tool. Can also download copy of network instruments observer  (eval copy)
http://www.netinst.com/

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That got the job done thanks

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