SteelCentral Network Planning and Configuration Management (NPCM)

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Riverbed SteelCentral™ Network Planning and Configuration Management (NPCM) family helps overwhelmed IT staff deal with the everyday challenges of delivering critical business services to end users.

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  • The Riverbed performance management story becomes more compelling than ever and further solidifies Riverbed’s position as the recognized leader in this space. The NPCM v18 release builds on and extends the richness and depth of Riverbed’s network performance management portfolio, with:

    Unified real-time network intelligence
    Topology-driven network configuration management, and
    Smart multi-layer network planning
  • SteelCentral Network Planning and Configuration Management (NPCM)

    1. 1. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.1 Overview
    2. 2. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.2 Intelligent Configuration Management • Network Troubleshooting • Automated Diagramming • Policy Compliance • Configuration Management Real-Time Network Data Management • Central data collection and repository for NPCM tools Predictive Multi-Layer Network Planning • Multi-layer Planning • Proactive Change Validation • Optical Network Design Introducing Network Planning and Configuration Management (NPCM)
    3. 3. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.3 Riverbed SteelCentral™ Network Planning and Configuration Management (NPCM) family helps overwhelmed IT staff deal with the everyday challenges of delivering critical business services to end users. NPCM products can make a daily impact by: • Keeping your network in compliance with an ever-increasing number of regulatory, organizational, and security policies using NetAuditor. • Planning ahead for the growth and the network impact of new services and technologies using NetPlanner. • Having a complete, up-to-date set of network change, topology and configuration data using NetCollector. Introducing Network Planning and Configuration Management (NPCM)
    4. 4. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.4 Network Planning and Configuration Management Streamlining the NPCM story OPNET NetMapper® software OPNET Sentinel® software OPNET VNE Server® software OPNET Network Planner® software SIMPLIFIED LINEUP - From 16 Products to 3
    5. 5. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.5 What’s new? NetCollector Added SteelHead support to enable diagramming and configuration auditing Quick, trace-route independent, and more accurate application network paths Rebranded and refocused NetPlanner Integration with NetProfiler for flow- based capacity planning and routing analysis VPN browsers for one- stop VPN planning in carrier networks Optimized for planning use cases NetAuditor New network diagramming workflows Overlays configuration differences and violations on network maps Configuration change management using Provisioner module Streamlined web interface
    6. 6. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.6 NPCM business benefits Improve efficiency – Create accurate network diagrams on-demand for troubleshooting, regulatory compliance, planning, change management and inventory reporting in minutes, not weeks Ease infrastructure management – Reduce misconfiguration by up to 70%; for infrastructure that’s too important and too complex to be managed manually Reduce network outages – Reduce network outages up to 30% with customized, automated audit reports; detect policy violations before they affect service availability Mitigate Risk – Accurately plan for changes - data growth, data center migration, technology migration, and new application deployment - without making changes to the production network
    7. 7. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.7 NPCM products at a glance
    8. 8. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.8 What makes NPCM different? NetAuditor provides a greater level of detail and customizability for on-demand network diagramming and reports that can be easily shared, and can be viewed from any internet-capable device. NetPlanner has a high-fidelity network model that combines multiple sources of data for a more complete understanding of the network and more accurate predictions of network behavior and performance. NetCollector has a uniform data model that supports multiple use cases, with industry-leading, multi-vendor, deep network discovery and collection at Layer 2 /3, and can infer physical, logical and virtual relationships between infrastructure elements.
    9. 9. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.9 NPCM: Three Key Takeaways Reduce network outages – Helps speed network troubleshooting to reduce MTTR and ensure compliance. Ease infrastructure management – Reduces time and effort spent manually collecting and reconciling network data. Mitigate risk – Helps plan for network resiliency despite network changes and growth over time.
    10. 10. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.10 Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.10 For More Information Nik Katsoukas Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Riverbed Technology, Inc. Greg Paul Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Riverbed Technology, Inc. Jim Frey Vice President of Research, Network Management Enterprise Management Associates, Inc.
    11. 11. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.11 Thank You Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.11
    12. 12. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.12 Intelligent Network Configuration Management NetAuditor at a glance Policy Compliance and Reporting Automated Diagramming Configuration Change Management Network Troubleshooting
    13. 13. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.13 Predictive Multi-layer Network Planning NetPlanner at a glance Flow-based capacity planning and routing analysis Rich set of network visualizations Comprehensive reporting “What-if” scenario capability
    14. 14. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.14 Unified Real-Time Network Intelligence NetCollector at a glance Framework to acquire comprehensive network data Rich data model Automated deep network discovery & collection
    15. 15. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.15 NetAuditor - Sample Screen Shot THE WEB-BASED INTERFACE FOR NETAUDITOR ACCELERATES AND SIMPLIFIES TROUBLESHOOTING WORKFLOWS WITH INSTANT IDENTIFICATION OF RECENT NETWORK CHANGES AND AUDIT VIOLATIONS
    16. 16. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.16 NetAuditor/NetCollector – How it works Collect and process configuration and operational data from the network using CLI and SNMP with NetCollector NetAuditor analyzes this data and creates a model of the network for use in network troubleshooting, automated diagramming, policy compliance, and reporting The changes to address the detected network problems are created using the Provisioner module of NetAuditor Provisioner for SteelCentral NetAuditor Module pushes the changes to the production network using NetCollector and maintains a detailed record of the changes made A D C B
    17. 17. Copyright 2014 Riverbed Inc. Confidential.17 NetMapper - Sample Screen Shot CREATE RICH NETWORK DIAGRAMS IN MS VISIO FOR DOCUMENTATION AND DISTRIBUTION WITH THE STEELCENTRAL NETMAPPER FOR NETPLANNER MODULE

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