To speed the isolation of network issues, NetBrain built the Overall Health monitor to visual display the top problem areas in a network. This significantly improves the network operator’s ability to hone in on the problem area to isolate 80% of the network issues almost immediately.
Captures the most common baseline network details Displays the results visually on the map Built-in, customizable alarm and threshold values
With the above timeline, it is easily demonstrated that the installation and discovery process of NetBrain can be completed in about 1hr for 1000 nodes. Nodes can be added at the rate of ~2000/hr. These numbers require current generation servers and are measured using Telnet and SNMP discovery methods.
Network bandwidth used in the discovery is considered nominal based on a default discovery thread limit of 64 devices per network server, the varied response times from each of the currently being discovered nodes, and the data mining being text based. An operator should budget ~3Mbps per Network Server for the discovery process.
NetBrain Enterprise Server components (Customer License Server, Workspace Server, Network Server, and Automation Servers) can be installed in one or more server boxes, running Window 2003 Window 2008 or Window 2012. Servers can be deployed in geographically dispersed locations, close to the managed network or users to increase throughput and performance.
*Performance varies based on the resources available on the server and the actual hardware deployed.
NetBrain offers a number of options for data import/export Data Import APIs 7 APIs to import data into NetBrain from other IPAM or CMDB HP Network Automation Integration Import live network data into NetBrain SOAP web service based API Data Export Read-only NetBrain Database query integration NetCool Integration Launch NetBrain directly from NetCool Event window Find video… Integration is available on request Use SecureCRT and Putty instead of integrated telnet client
With NetBrain’s Qmap, all troubleshooting activities remain in the context of the problem area on a map providing a True Single Pane of Glass. CLI results can be parsed and the appropriate information displayed directly on the map, and/or the user can view full historical raw data. Chart and Monitor data is easily customizable and again, displayed without leaving the context of the map. Work flow is focused and even previous monitor results can be displayed on the map during post-mortem type discussions.
NetBrain Features At A Glance
Create Diagrams Instantly
Reduce from hours to seconds to
create a feature-rich diagram
Say good-bye to out-of-date
Discover Network Intelligently
Discover device, topology and
design of network
Map Problem Areas Instantly
Create a dynamic map of problem
Analyze “what’s changed”
across relevant devices
Probe Live Network
Visualize “what’s happening”
inside a network
Change Network Automatically
Deliver or rollback a complex change
with the push of a button
Once the change is done, the
documentation is done as well
Analyze Impacts Automatically
Examine the network before and after
the changes using CLI output
NetBrain is the 1st map-driven automation software for network troubleshooting, change, and documentation.
Drill Down with Qapp
Run hundreds of automated
diagnosis to discover root cause
“D.C.U.” “M-P.H.D.” “C.A.D.”
Share network specific
knowledge including all
analysis, and Qapp Drill-
Share Qmaps with any
user, even if they do not
have NetBrain installed
on their local PC
Qapps + Exchange
Automate heavily-lifting of
CLI and process. Share
Reduce Workload 20X
50% reduction in MTTR
Single Source of Data
Automated documentation saves 20% of
engineering time on average.
Visual Troubleshooting with ‘Map-Driven PHD’
with a map.
Probe – Overall Health Monitor
What is the Current Health?
80% of issues isolated
If it worked before,
Need more data?
Automate the heavy lifting!
o A purpose-built, executable application used to automate network activities
o Use Case:
o Convert any labor-intensive CLI task into a repeatable application
• Check CPU and interface errors across all Qmap devices,
display results on a map, and set visual alarms
• Share standard isolation techniques with other engineers
How Qapp Works
CLI command parser
GUI to define
Qapp Creation Process
What to do with
Bos-Core1-Tr>show process cpu
CPU utilization for five seconds: 4%/0%; one minute: 5%; five minutes: 5%
show process cpu One minute: $int:cpu1
Five minutes: $int:cpu5
Monitor it in the map
Create an alert (visual
Monitor the CPU performance of network devices. Create an alert message
when CPU usage is higher than a certain percentage and highlight the device
in red color in the map.
Typical Installation Timeline
Install the Server and Client
~ 20 minutes for standard deployment
Import User Information from
~ 10 minutes
Step3 Discover your Live Network ~ 30 minutes for 1000 devices
Tune Workspace for Everyday
Depends on size of network
~3Mbps per Network Server for discovery
NetBrain Fully Distributed Architecture
Customer License Server Workspace Server(s) Automation Server(s) Network Server(s)
2Ghz Dual Core
10GB free space
2Ghz Quad Core
20-100GB free space
2Ghz Dual Core
20GB free space
2Ghz Quad Core
20-100GB free space
Windows 2003 SP2/R2 Standard/Enterprise Edition
Windows 2008/R2 Standard/Enterprise Edition or Windows 2012 with IIS pre-installed.
VMware is supported. Requires user with Windows Administrator’s rights
*Recommend up to
5000 nodes per
> 50,000 nodes
•Tier 1: SNMP polling for monitor
•Tier 2: CLI access and L2/L3 topology mapping based on configuration and path data (ARP,
MAC, Routing and NDP tables)
•Tier 3: Design Reader and advanced features (IP SLA, NETFLOW and virtualization)
3 Tiers of support
•Wireless Access Points
5 Different categories
•Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, Arista, Force10, Alcatel-Lucent, Checkpoint, Palo Alto, Fortinet,
•47 total device types in 5.2b (combination of vendor and category)
•Full list available in the Workstation Client (Workspace> Vendor Model> Device Type) and in
SE Handbook > Multi-Vendor Support
3rd Party Integration and APIs
7 APIs for IPAM
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