Changing the Polling Interval

The polling interval defines how often sFlow byte and packet counter data for a port are sent to the sFlow collector(s). If multiple ports are enabled for sFlow, the switch device staggers transmission of the counter data to smooth performance.

For example, if sFlow is enabled on two ports and the polling interval is 20 seconds, the switch device sends counter data every ten seconds.The counter data for one of the ports are sent after ten seconds, and counter data for the other port are sent after an additional ten seconds. Ten seconds later, new counter data for the first port are sent. Similarly, if sFlow is enabled on five ports and the polling interval is 20 seconds, the device sends counter data every four seconds.

The default polling interval is 20 seconds. You can change the interval to a value from 1 to any higher value. The interval value applies to all interfaces on which sFlow is enabled. If you set the polling interval to 0, counter data sampling is disabled.