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Network Diagrams Have Evolved…

We’ve come a long way from hand-drawn network diagrams. Advancements in diagramming software have allowed engineers to spend less time documenting their network and more time performing important network management tasks. Unfortunately, too many networks are still documented with outdated techniques.

Three Generations of Diagramming Software

1st
Static Diagrams
with Visio
Neatly drawn but cumbersome to create and update.
2nd
Static Diagrams
with Auto-Discovery
Difficult to scale and overly complex to setup.
3rd
Dynamic Diagrams
Highly scalable, built on-demand, and always Up-to-date.
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Dynamic Network Diagrams Dynamic Network Diagrams

Dynamic network diagram technology was designed to overcome the challenges of previous diagramming software. Dynamic diagrams are created on-demand, instantly. Because they are data-driven from the live network, they are always up-to-date. Through this approach, there’s no need to create and maintain a database of drawings.

Instantly Build Dynamic Network Diagram

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On-Demand Mapping On-Demand Mapping

On-demand mapping allows engineers to create a network diagram customized to the task at-hand. For example, to instantly diagram the path of an application, users can just enter the source and destination addresses. In this fashion, a dynamic diagram is like GPS for the network - instead of an atlas of maps, users can get a customized map from simple input.

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Dynamic Network Diagram of Slow Application Path

Dynamic Diagram of Application Path

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Data-Driven Mapping Data-Driven Mapping

Traditional network diagrams are icon-driven so only a static image identifies each device. In a dynamic network diagram, every element correlates to a mathematical model. As a result, users can interact with the data behind the map, diagrams can auto-update, and information can be dynamically displayed or hidden by zooming in.

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Interact with Network Data Directly from the Map

Zoom In to See Network Data

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Manage the Entire Network with Dynamic Diagrams Manage the Entire Network with Dynamic Diagrams

A dynamic diagram is much more than a topology map. Engineers can interact with it for troubleshooting and change management, providing an end-to-end network management solution.

End-to-End Troubleshooting

Instead of using the CLI to interact with devices one at a time, users can interact with their network through a visual environment instead. This map-driven approach accelerates troubleshooting by allowing engineers to monitor performance data, analyze historical changes, and automate troubleshooting logic.

Learn more about visual troubleshooting »

Visualize Network Performance

Automatically Deploy Configuration

Map-Driven Change Management

Network changes can be both risky and manual. To minimize outages, network changes can be defined with a dynamic diagram. Through this environment, configuration updates can be pushed automatically and the impact can be instantly analyzed and documented.

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Compare Three Generations of Network Diagrams Compare Three Generations of Network Diagrams

  1st Generation
( Static Diagrams )
2nd Generation
( Batch Static Diagrams )
3rd Generation
( Dynamic Diagrams )

Examples of Software

Microsoft Visio

NetMapper
LAN Surveyor

NetBrain

Network Topology Data Yes Yes Yes
Device & Interface Labels Icon-Driven Icon-Driven Data-Driven
Embedded config/design data No No Yes
Powered by Auto-Discovery No Yes Yes
Created Automatically No Half Credit Yes
On-Demand Mapping No No Yes
Auto-updating No Half Credit Yes
Network Management Platform No No Yes
Easy to Use No No Yes

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