What is TA? Traffic Analysis (TA) is a central feature of Meraki products that allows us to classify packet flows and use that classification in a variety of features. All of these features rely heavily on accurate traffic classification. Traditional TA: 200+ IDs NBAR: 1500+ IDs What is NBAR? Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR) is an advanced application recognition engine developed by Cisco that utilizes several classification techniques and has the ability to easily update its classification rules. It supports 1,500+ applications and sub-classifications with less than 1% unknown and less than 1% unclassified encrypted traffic. Meraki platforms that support NBAR provide granular and enhanced capabilities in regard to client tracking and application enforcement.
Why is Meraki upgrading the traditional Traffic Analytics engine? Given the exponential growth of IoT, mobile, and desktop applications as shown below, the existing 200+ IDs are proving difficult to maintain. The future of traffic classification is beyond static port numbers and protocols. Hence, NBAR provides global signatures for the current applications (less than 1% unknown).
What are the feature integrations? Application Tracking
Network-wide > Traffic analytics
Network-wide > Clients > Application details
Security & SD-WAN > Firewall > Enforce Layer 7 deny rules
Wireless > Firewall and traffic shaping > Enforce Layer 7 deny rules
Traffic shaping rules
Security & SD-WAN > SD-WAN & traffic shaping > Traffic shaping rules > Enforce L7 traffic shaping policy
Wireless > Firewall and traffic shaping > Enforce L7 traffic shaping policy
Security & SD-WAN > SD-WAN & traffic shaping > SD-WAN policies > VPN traffic > Enforce L7 SD-WAN policy
Group policy rules
Network-wide > Group policies > Layer 7 firewall > Enforce Layer 7 deny rules
Network-wide > Group policies > Traffic shaping > Enforce L7 traffic shaping policy
Are there future enhancements and integrations for the next-gen traffic analytics?
Yes, this is only the beginning.
For more information regarding the NBAR integration, please refer to the following documentation:
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