Let’s start with usability. Probably the biggest change to topology maps is that they’re now connected to Entuity Views. Entuity Views provide simple mechanisms for organizing network objects into groupings that are meaningful to you. For example, you can group objects by network function, geographic location, business unit, or customer. Entuity 16 connects maps and Views so that they’re always in sync, with maps reflecting the organization of Views and updating within seconds based on changes to Views. This simplifies administration and maintenance as you need only define device relationships once. It also means that all users instantaneously see the same thing if someone changes a View or a map (note that administrators control permissions, and permission settings for maps are consistent with the Views they represent).
Entuity 16 also supports multi-server environments, allowing you to display devices managed by different Entuity servers on the same map along with physical connections between devices and their interfaces. The image to the right shows devices monitored on separate Entuity servers in London and New York. A physical connection between the London and New York core routers has been manually created to identify their connection, which in turn has been saved to the topology database so that it’s available to other maps.
The new mapping enhancements also vastly improve visibility by enabling you to see the entire hierarchy of Views in maps. Subviews are now represented as subgroups, with maps also showing their inter-connectivity. Port “Incidents” (a collection of events) can be flagged on the map at the device level. And a new non-polling node type allows additional non-managed devices and clouds to be represented.
Something customers have told us they really want is a big screen display in the NOC of their entire network so they can see everything in one place. Entuity 16 adds the ability to view multiple maps simultaneously in multi-cell dashboards. Panels can be quickly panned or zoomed and devices and connections can be drilled into for quick troubleshooting. Each map is dynamically rendered along with current state and connectivity information so that even complex maps of large networks can be visualized in dashboards, like so:
Plus, maps are presented very fast due to the use of HTML 5 and client-side rendering. The image below shows a close-up of a map that includes nearly 1000 devices. Maps of all sizes can be rapidly panned and zoomed to focus on devices that really need attention.
To see a video demo of Entuity topology maps, click here.