Enterprise Search and Analytics
Based on our automated discovery, user and location data, and service relationships, AccelOps generates
up-to-date layer 2 and 3 network topology maps with interactive alerts,
service overlays, filters and drill-through details.
Users can easily analyze real-time and historic IT data using intuitive text-based or structured searches, and run, schedule
or customize more than 500 reports against real-time or historic data.
Layer 3 Network Topology
AccelOps automatically discovers and categorizes network assets using intelligent discovery methods such as smart scan and IP range scan. Once the discovery is completed, the system creates the necessary information about your layer 2 topology and plots it on screen. AccelOps shows the network topology using an advanced user interface written using Adobe's Flex technology. It provides the rich interactivity of a local application but at the same time provides anytime, anywhere access via the browser. You just need a standard web browser to experience network topology along with other features of the AccelOps solution. The fully connected network topology can show network nodes such as:
- Firewall and VPN gateways
- Routers and switches
- WLAN controllers and WLAN APs
- Network IPs
Layer 2 Network Topology
The AccelOps visualization engine can also show layer 2 connectivity between hosts and switches. During the discovery process, it detects the existence of layer 2 devices such as switches and bridges and then uses that information to automatically draw the layer 2 topology. Using identity and location analysis, it can also determine the switch port and VLAN IDs of each connected host. When the user clicks on the plus + button on a layer 2 device, the connected hosts information will be shown for each VLAN. Moving all the child nodes along with the main node is possible by clicking the CTRL button and then dragging the nodes with the mouse.
Business Service Topology
AccelOps provides an automated and scalable business service management (BSM) solution which allows your organization to define business services, associate infrastructure resources, monitor key performance indicators, track SLA metrics, and proactively monitor service incidents. The user can see the network nodes associated with a business service in the network topology and can also monitor the health and incidents on the member nodes visually. This helps to visualize the criticality of the nodes very easily just by glancing at the graph.
Device Category Topology View
Using multi-vendor parsing and discovery technology, AccelOps automatically discovers the different types of devices in your network and intelligently categorizes them into the correct groups. By selecting the visualization option, AccelOps can display all of the member nodes of a particular group so that all those nodes are highlighted automatically. This will help the user to visualize which type of devices have the highest incidence of problems and to locate them faster in the network. The topology supports different type of network categorization such as:
- Network devices (eg. switches and routers)
- Security devices (e.g. firewalls, VPNs and IDSs)
- Wireless LAN controllers and APs
- Servers (eg. Windows, Unix, Netware)
- Virtual machines (eg. VMWare, Hyper-V)
- Network segments
Search on any Node Name, IP Address, or Business Service
In order to improve root-cause analysis and expedite problem resoluton, AccelOps allows the user to find any network resource in the topology directly by doing a smart search on the topology. The user can enter the device name or IP address and the topology engine will highlight the devices which contain the name or IP. The topology can then display the connectivity of those nodes using either the layer 3 or layer 2 connectivity (with switch port ID and associated VLAN IDs).
The tool even allows the user to enter a business service name, and the topology will highlight all the devices which are part of that business service, along with the path which connects them.
Incident Notificaton Overlay
The AccelOps system keeps track of the incidents occuring on your network using an advanced analytics engine in real-time. The user can write a rule to detect any simple or complex scenario and the system will create the correct alerts applicable to that scenario. The visualization engine automatically keeps track of these incidents and overlays them on the main graph nodes so that the user can get a rapid visual cue of network issues at any time. The tool has the option of showing all incidents – critical (red) incidents, warning (yellow), or informational (green) incidents. These topology incident overlays are automatically updated by the user interface. It's also possible to obtain full details on each incident, by just clicking on the incident count indicator button.
Real-time Device Health Incidents on Topology
The user can get quick details on any node in the topology with a single click. Information such as hostname, IP address, device type, model, version, and last updated method and time will be shown immediately. It also shows dynamic real-time health information such as availability health, performance health, average CPU and average memory. It also shows the incident summary by severity and function (such as availability, performance and security) for the last 24 hours. Information about port identity and other related information is readily available. The user can click on the more button at any time to navigate to the CMDB page and highlight information about that device.
Zoom In/Out Topology Layouts
The network topology allows the user to zoom in and out of the topology. This help to focus on the essential part of your network in order to pinpoint specific devices and help to expedite root-cause analysis and incident management. Using vector graphics technology, the icons on the topology will be scaled without losing any of their clarity.
The topology also supports a variety of layout algorithms such as hierarchial, concentric, radial, and direct placement.
Scalable, Auto-Updated Topology
In order to scale better with larger topologies, the tool displays the first layer of a graph only up to the network level so that not all of the endpoints are shown immediately in the graph. Additional nodes can be expanded or collapsed as needed.
The topology graph will be automatically updated every time the discovery (both manual and scheduled) detects new nodes or report changes in your physical network.
AccelOps features an intuitive real-time search feature supporting free-form text-based and structured search on parsed attribute values to display the real-time frequency of incidents and raw events. It also displays the intensity of the events matching the query in a trend graph in real time. This provides quick and valuable insight into the issues occurring within the infrastructure as it happens.
You can drill down into each of the events or show more fields in the display area in real time. All the fields in the real-time events are automatically parsed by AccelOps using a flexible XML-encoded event handling technology. Additional information about any IP, User or Mac address is just one click away.
By double-clicking on the individual bars in the trend graph, you can analyze the events on that time interval in the Historical View.
Enterprise Search and Automated Reporting
AccelOps delivers a flexible and extensible reporting framework with more than 500 built-in and customizable reports categorized into device groups such as network devices, servers, and applications, and into functions such as security, performance and availability.
The search framework provides a simple and immediate means to to search historical data – both incidents and raw events. The feature supports result aggregation and sorting on any of the attribute values contained in the events. The user can further search within existing reports using smart search filters. Users can easily run, modify, and save the report criteria or schedule to run the report over future time intervals.
Within the dynamic search UI, you can modify the displayable fields, do sorting on any of the columns, and view the result pages on demand.
You can schedule the reports to run at any interval and the results can be emailed to administrators when generated.
You can export any report result into PDF or CSV, or the results can be saved for future reference and viewed on-demand.
You can schedule a report at any time with any level of granularity and the results will be delivered via email with an attached report PDF.
XML-based search and report definition enables easy and convenient sharing within the IT community.
All the report results provides three different views into the result data:
- A trend view in a time chart that provides the time window in which events of interest occurred
- A pie chart view that dives into the "aggregate" values of interesting data
- A tabular view that displays all the detail fields along with queried data in a complete, multi-sorted table
You can save any generated report result for future viewing allowing query results to be reused.