Network Monitoring and Management
AggreGate Network Manager enables end-to-end monitoring and management for your network devices and services.
AggreGate Network Manager scans your network and discovers routers, switches, workstations, servers, printers, and all other types of network equipment. Discovery process detects applications and services running on uncovered computers. Discovery may be scheduled for periodic execution.
The availability of network services is checked by authenticating/authorizing with credentials stored in the centralized repository. AggreGate Network Manager can also detect custom applications and services listening on user-defined ports.
The Manager performs periodic detection of L1/L2/L3 network topology using ARP, STP, AFT, CDP, LLDP and other technologies. All network links are stored in the server database and can corrected manually. It's also possible to discover topologies of other type, including SDH/PDH, MPLS, service topology, and other. Topology information can be retrieved from lower-level Element Management Systems (EMS).
Discovery is performed using SNMP, ICMP, TCP port scanning, and other methods. Network topology is automatically analyzed by reading interfaces/subnets tables from SNMP-enabled routers. However, it's possible to perform scanning of manually specified subnets and IP ranges.
Discovery engine can create new device accounts and update monitored services configuration for existing accounts. Re-discover Services action is available to obtain up-to-date services information for a single host.
Dynamic Network Mapping
Advanced UI Builder integrated into AggreGate IoT Platform helps building dynamic network maps of any complexity:
- Static maps with raster or vector background images. Especially suitable for floor/facility plans.
- Topology maps showing links between devices and their dynamic status. Topology maps support zooming, panning, rotation, node relocation, and more.
- Geographical maps based on Google Maps, Bing Maps, OpenStreetMap, or other GIS source. Geographical maps also support topology visualization, i.e. dynamic device-to-device links.
Topological and geographical maps can render different types of network topology, including L1/L2/L3 OSI model links, device parent-to-child relationship, internal manually filled topology database, external database table, and custom topology providers (MPLS, SDH, etc).
Network maps may contain:
- Color-coded and/or animated device icons indicating device type and status
- Valuable device/network information
- Charts and event logs
- Links and buttons opening detailed submaps
- Background images
- Custom toolbars
- Any other UI components
The Network Manager is designed to monitor networks of any size:
Small businesses having up to hundred network devices are usually faced to relatively simple monitoring tasks, such as tracking availability of company servers and services (e.g. mail and web).
AggreGate Network Manager can send email and SMS notifications to company's network administrator if a service or a whole host goes offline, before he gets called by one of management executives.
Modern medium and large organizations tend to have pretty complex network infrastructure comprising gateway routers, managed switches, network printers, and numerous servers.
Typical network management tasks include bandwidth usage monitoring and network traffic analysis, historical trending for critical services performance, printer usage monitoring, capacity planning assistance, etc.
Multi-tier networks of ISP/MSPs and multi-office international enterprises require individual approach. It usually involves distributed monitoring of multiple datacenters, virtualized infrastructure, wireless or VoIP networks.
In most cases, monitoring huge networks is associated with extending AggreGate Network Management by implementing new data acquisition/processing modules or bridging to external applications for performing deep customized data analysis.
Event Consolidation and Management
SNMP traps, Syslog messages and Windows Event Log events are converted into system events and stored centrally. These events may be browsed in Event Log, acknowledged, used for triggering alerts, etc. Real-time and historical events may be filtered, sorted and highlighted by date, source, type, level, and custom expressions.
See Event Management for more information.
Alerts may be trigged by any system event or state, for example, when an SNMP trap satisfying a certain condition is received or a monitored parameter of a server/router is out of range.
Every alert may have unlimited expression-based triggers. Alert notifications include popup windows, sound alarms, e-mail and SMS messages, and other methods. Pending alerts and alert escalation are also supported. Alert-to-action bindings allow automatic execution of corrective actions in interactive or non-interactive modes when an alert is raised.
The distribution package includes numerous configurable built-in alerts for typical network, server, application, and service problems (e.g. High Packet Loss Rate, Low Disk Space/Memory, etc.)
- Fine-grained Polling, Caching and Trending. Polling period, update history storage time and many other options are configured individually for every monitored parameter. AggreGate Network Manager constantly polls all configured devices and caches their configuration in a server-side database for quick access by other system facilities.
- Preconfigured Device Templates. Recommended set of monitored parameters and polling intervals is set up automatically for every new device.
Reporting. Advanced reporting engine, built-in report editor, report printing and exporting in different formats. Automatic report generation from any viewed/edited data. Scheduled report emailing. Built-in reports for availability, response time, CPU load, disk usage, traffic statistics, and more.
- Charting. Support for a wide list of chart types, including dynamically updated charts. Pre-defined fully customizable charts for monitoring server CPU load and disk space usage, router traffic, etc.
- Grouping. Grouping and group operations are available for network devices. Groups may include devices of different manufacturers.
- Agent-less Monitoring. AggreGate monitors network without any agents, so there is no additional software or hardware to install on devices that need monitoring.
- Distributed Monitoring. AggreGate Client software is designed to process data coming from several servers located in different parts of a large network. Enterprises may benefit from centralized monitoring of different branches from IT headquarters.