The 6 Things you need for more Efficient Network Management
But of course, pressure on the network to quickly adapt to new technologies is only increasing the network’s complexity and the effort it takes to manage it.
The problem is most of today’s enterprise solutions were not architected to easily adapt to rapidly changing technologies and business demands. These solutions consist of many disparate, loosely connected products, with differing requirements and many dependencies, making them complex, fragile and an endless drain on resources.
Eventually, a “bolted together” network management solution will stifle agility and productivity and increase operational costs just to keep it functioning. Ask yourself these questions:
If you answered yes to either of the above, you need a new network management system, one with an extensible, agile, efficient, and scalable architecture consisting of these key elements:
All-in-One Network Management
Unlike other solutions that require installing, integrating, and managing multiple products, Entuity all-in-one network management includes everything you need to manage your network with ease and peak efficiency, including:
Uniform Data Schema
A network management system is only as good as the data it collects and exposes, and its effectiveness at turning that data into actionable insight. If the data is organized differently by each product (for example, at different time intervals), it is extremely difficult or impossible to correlate it in a meaningful way. That’s because the data is fragmented and requires labor-intensive integration efforts to build a complete picture of what’s happening on the network. In addition, changes to a node must be manually input to each product individually.
Some vendors claim to offer a top-level consolidation; however, these tend to be “alt-tab” approaches, and each underlying product still has its own server, database, administration, and scalability requirements. The “consolidation” layer requires yet another integration to take advantage of the data, thereby adding to the complexity.
The data schema of each database embedded in Entuity servers is identical, which allows for distributed data processing and optimized I/O load across Entuity servers, while simultaneously presenting multiple databases as one logical, global database that administrators and users can automatically access from any server. By distributing the workload, Entuity improves I/O and scalability and delivers timely, accurate data.
A wide variety of out-of-the box reports and dashboards within the product allow for comprehensive data analysis. Reports and dashboards can also be output in many different formats suitable for viewing in various desktop applications, such as Microsoft Word and Excel. In addition, Entuity supports customized report creation.
There is no need to integrate the various functions or to reintegrate them on upgrade. Each part, including an embedded database, is built to work with all of the others straight out of the box. This makes it easy to install, customize, operate, and maintain, and lowers total cost of ownership to a fraction of other network management products. And, similar to master data management, these functions share a common set of data, leading to minimal duplication, increased performance and scalability, seamless integration between all features, and deep insight about the network.
Uniform Federated Architecture
Each server is responsible for all of the monitoring for a portion of the network, and interfacing of the servers is transparent to administrators and users. Servers communicate with each other to coordinate division of labor for service delivery. An embedded database at each server means that data is collected and stored locally instead of having data storage and processing concentrated at a centralized database, which would introduce a bottleneck and a single point of failure, as with some other solutions.
Understanding Legacy Network Management Architectures
The integrations between the products are often only surface-level, allowing for little, if any, intelligence, for example, cross-functional cooperation or sharing of data. Instead, many simply launch another feature in a fire-and-forget fashion, potentially passing context information, at best, as they go.
And while some vendors may claim to offer a consolidation layer (or a “single pane of glass”), these are generally “alt-tab” style approaches, and each product still has its own server, database, administration, and scalability requirements. For example, extending network coverage still requires scaling each solution individually. Adding new devices in one system, such as fault, may be very different from adding them to topology or performance. The consolidation layer simply adds to this complexity because it is yet another piece that must be integrated and separately maintained.
Central License Server and Flexible Pricing
Entuity makes it as easy as possible for busy network managers by eliminating time-consuming licensing details. Entuity’s distributed licensing model offers a simple, dynamic, scalable way to allocate licenses among servers and to use those licenses where and when they’re needed. And, with the most flexible pricing structure in the industry, Entuity lets businesses choose the model that works best for them, including device-based, object-based, perpetual licensing, or subscription-based licensing.
Overall, Entuity’s licensing and pricing approaches let you balance between capital and operational expenses and allow the network management system to evolve in pace with the business. If an option is missing from our model, we’ll work with you to find one that suits your business.
Virtualized Network Management Server
The benefits of using Entuity in a virtualized environment include less expensive provisioning, as Entuity can be deployed more cost effectively on virtualized hardware, thus getting the most from existing capabilities and investments. Virtualized servers and server duplication also improve agility by enabling load balancing and relocation to occur very quickly. Finally, virtual failover allows failover to happen rapidly and automatically with little to no disruption to polling cycles.
Extensible, Agile Processing Engine
Entuity is also capable of polling networks and gathering network inventory, topology, fault, and performance information for physical and virtual devices using a variety of methods. These methods include SNMP, syslog, LLDP, SONMP, flow, QoS, IP SLA (DHCP, UDP, ICMP, HTTP, and Jitter), SOAP web services and XML, and other APIs to extract management data from other application managers, such as Cisco Unified Call Manager, VMware vCenter Server, and Oracle VM Manager.
Entuity’s data core detects modules, ports, and incoming and outgoing connections and automatically updates the database. Data, vendor, and technology agnostic, Entuity can be applied to any IT environment, making it readily adaptable to next-generation technologies and long-term strategic approaches to managing IT environments. Functional modules can easily be added to the core architecture through license keys, eliminating the overhead required by multi-product solutions.
Entuity and Virtualization
Virtual load balancing
Fast, easy scalability
Entuity Benefits for Service Providers
Improve device management
Achieve granular pricing and licensing control
Improve price quotes
Demonstrate service delivery:
Expand quickly and efficiently
Strengthen competitive positioning with new service offerings
Protect premium level customers
About Entuity Integrations
A number of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) comprise Entuity’s Integration Strategy and Toolkit. These APIs make it easy for customers to integrate Entuity reports, analytics, and data into those tools and solutions they need to effectively manage their networks, such as managers of managers (MOMs), dashboards, and more. The various APIs differ in the amount and types of data that are exposed for subsequent processing, but all of them are designed to augment and support precise and accurate network analytics across all devices from one end of the network to the other.
Entuity integrates with key industry platforms, including BMC (Atrium CMDB, BPPM, BNA, BCO, and Remedy AR), Oracle Enterprise Manager, HP, and IBM, as well as with help desk systems, performance management systems, and more.
Entuity is efficient by design—built to dramatically reduce the complexity of network management. It’s extensible, agile, and unified architecture enables change to accommodate growth, offers massive scalablility, and easily integrates with the larger IT environment. By shielding network administrators and users from the underlying architecture, Entuity simplifies management, dramatically increases operational efficiency, and lowers total cost of ownership.