Have been working on AggreGate Network Manager
for several months, we've made a lot of modifications and improvements along with totally new features --- many big, important, and really interesting ones. Should we say we have a new AggreGate Network Manager now? Looks like that.
Anyway we are currently (re-)documenting AggreGate Network Manager
… and an idea emerged: why not to post some of its fresh and hot snippets here? We don’t see any impediments so far! And so here we go… starting with the Network Manager overview
The major domain of AggreGate Network Manager
is an operational
aspect of network management
: keeping the network (and the services that the network provides) up and running smoothly. The central part here is "monitoring the network to spot problems (outages, failing or slow components) as soon as possible, ideally before users are affected". Therein AggreGate Network Manager supports network problems detection, prognostication and diagnosing by:
- collecting, storing and processing quantitative characteristics of network parts and components producing source data for analysis tools;
- supporting data visualization and human analysis;
- providing tools to organize highly-customized automatic data processing, important events revealing, and response systems including full-fledged notifications and automatic corrective actions.
As a reaction to a network management event user can (manually or automatically) invoke suitable actions
out of the provided by AggreGate Network Manager
AggreGate Network Manager
also provides facilities to organize asset management for hardware and software elements in network environment.
Summing up, AggreGate Network Manager
functionally can be classified into few categories as follows.
Providing advanced methods and tools for network monitoring, AggreGate Network Manager
includes a variety of configuration facilities allowing to form monitoring infrastructure by discovering, adding, and setting up devices to be monitored, as well as configuring monitoring tools, and customizing AggreGate Network Manager Server
for better performance.
Network Devices and Application Monitoring
Monitoring can be considered as the most important aspect of AggreGate Network Manager
as it concerns nearly all the tasks network administrators meet. Monitoring subsystem of AggreGate Network Manager
- collecting various data, including availability and performance metrics, from devices, services and applications, and their resources (CPU, storage, bandwidth etc.)
- important event detection and handling by notifying users, and/or performing automatic corrective actions.
tools represent data and events for users in a convenient (visual, readable, printable) form, allowing them to analyze the situation and react accordingly, or provide automatic action invocation in response. The feedback is provided by generic AggreGate
tools like system tree
(representing devices, their status and grouping, as well as monitoring tools and server configuration), charts
, reports and queries
, and widgets
(including specific ones like device maps
for geometric and topological network representation). Feedback components can be configured for specific user tasks using standard AggreGate
facilities and special configuration tools provided in AggreGate Network Manager
provides a wide choice of actions a user can invoke in response to monitoring event. AggreGate Network Manager
add few specific options for network management.
To provide more full-fledged problem-management solution, AggreGate Network Manager
can be integrated with virtually any Helpdesk or Trouble Ticketing System
IT asset management
is another typical network management task AggreGate Network Manager
also supports. Asset Management plugin
allows to associate some asset tracking information with your network devices.
That's all for today... but coming more soon!