Most of us are still using the original 1st generation network diagramming tool – Microsoft Visio. While it is easy to use, the process is painstakingly slow and manual.
The 2nd generation tools such as Opnet NetMapper and SolarWinds LANsurveyor have introduced a network discovery component to enable automated creation of diagrams. However, these tools require can only support the diagramming of manually-defined areas and become static once created.
Recent advancements have resulted in the introduction of a 3rd generation tool from NetBrain based on Dynamic Network Diagrams. A dynamic network diagram is driven by an underlying data model, and can self-update when network changes occur. Diagram creation is automated based on simple inputs by users in real-time. What’s special is that the tool has the most powerful discovery application, its unique Dynamic Diagrams, and is still as easy, if not easier to use than Visio.
NetBrain offers two solutions in support of dynamic network diagrams: stand-alone Consultant Edition (for network consultants) and server-based Enterprise Suite (for enterprises).