Discover your network’s topologies to learn how it’s all connected

Discover your network’s topologies to learn how it’s all connected

Can you really know how your network is actually interconnected?

Network engineers often lose a lot of time by manually identifying how devices are connected while troubleshooting a network issue. They connect on one device, find what interfaces are configured, find the next hop, then connect to the next device and so on … an exhausting process.

Lessen their burden and improve operations by providing a reliable topology view of current topologies of the network based on different protocols like L2, BGP, OSPF, IS-IS, etc.

In a multi-vendor network where your engineers have to jump from Juniper to Cisco, then to Huawei and other types of devices, it’s important to have this insight to make troubleshooting smoother and faster.

Automatically crawl through your network and detect multi-protocol topologies

Crawling and detecting topologies in a multi-vendor environment must be performed automatically so the actual topologies are always exact and up to date. By visualizing different topologies you can drill down to the root cause faster.

The UMBOSS Automatic Discovery Management (ADM) Module is specialized in the discovery of active network components and topologies as well as other logical resources provisioned on the devices. It is crucial when network inventory is being newly established and initial network data should be stored. Later it must be regularly updated.

Topology discovery is a process based on complex heuristic algorithms. ADM supports various protocols to discover topology on different network layers, crawls through devices of many vendors, builds topology structure, and documents it. Some of the protocols supported by ADM are:

  • L2 Topology (LLDP)
  • L3 Topology
  • BGP
  • IP/MPLS
  • IS-IS
  • OSPF
  • RSVP
  • BFD
schematic representation of an OSPF topology

Core features of ADM when discovering topology

  • Topology can be discovered by directly accessing devices or through the integration with third party element management systems (EMS).
  • Modular and scalable architecture allows for the easy development and deployment of vendor-specific discovery plugins.
  • Multiple discovery protocols provide precise calculation of network topologies on different layers of the network.
  • Network crawling algorithms guarantee high accuracy and efficiency of the results.
  • UMBOSS ADM is integrated with UMBOSS NDM and other commercially available inventory systems.
  • Discovery can be invoked manually, triggered by an event, or jobs can be scheduled to provide regular discovery and reconciliation processes.
  • Management of discovery and reconciliation processes is carried out with a user friendly web-based administration application.

A few of the many benefits of topology discovery

  • Insight into how your network is actually interconnected
  • Accelerated troubleshooting as all topology data is in one place and you can view your network from different angles
  • Reduced manual discovery of links and margin for error
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