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Baselining is a method for analyzing computer network performance. The method is marked by comparing current performance to a historical metric, or "baseline". If the performance of a network switch or other network components is measured over a period of time, that performance figure can be used as a comparative baseline for configuration changes.


Baselining is useful for many performance management tasks, including:

  • Monitoring daily network performance
  • Measuring trends in network performance
  • Assessing whether network performance is meeting requirements laid out in a service agreement