Q: Can you perform billing with sFlowsamples?
A: Yes, depending on how you need to invoice.
Being a vendor that supports NetFlow and sFlow reporting, we deal with lots of flow questions. Most recently, I was dealing with a customer that was trying to figure out how to do billing with sFlow. Depending on how you want to invoice, sFlow may or may not be appropriate. This document from Inmon sums it up nicely by saying, “sampling does not provide a 100% accurate result.” The document goes on to state, “but it does provide a result in which the error can be accurately characterized.” Which is really a fancy way of saying that sampling allows you to be ‘fairly’ accurate.
Jimmy D the Netflow Detective
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