With NetBrain, a Dynamic Network Map serves as the foundation for network automation. Every task is run through the map, leveraging Executable Runbooks and rich APIs to integrate NetBrain with your existing tools and workflows.
Every network task starts with a Dynamic Map. Map any part of the network in seconds to get instant visibility. A common method is to search the network and map the search results.
The CLI provides depth, but only for one device at a time. A Dynamic Map displays any CLI data, across the map. By integrating NetBrain with monitoring, ticketing, or security solutions, the map becomes the single pane of glass.
Static network diagrams are obsolete almost as soon as they are created. Dynamic maps are updated instantly, pulling data from the live network to ensure accuracy.
When there’s a problem, the first question is ‘what changed?’. NetBrain can find the answer instantly. Leveraging recurring snapshots of the network, NetBrain performs comparative analysis to find changes in configuration, routing, and much more.
A Dynamic Map is so much more than a reference document, it provides both the input for automation, and the canvas for the output. Engineers leverage Executable Runbooks to automate network analysis on top of the map.
NetBrain’s A/B calculator performs a comprehensive analysis at every hop of the path, factoring advanced technologies like policy-based routing, NAT, access-lists, and much more.
With traceroute, interfaces are not known, only devices. With NetBrain engineers can visualize traffic flows from either a layer-3 (logical) or layer-2 (physical) perspective.
Multi-path routes are common in many networks today. Traceroute will only report on the path that was part of the probe messages. NetBrain displays these equal paths visually.
Asymmetric paths are difficult to detect with a ping or traceroute. With NetBrain, engineers can clearly visualize asymmetry.
When engineers are troubleshooting a slow application, the first question is ‘what changed?’ With NetBrain, the historical flow of an application can be mapped to see if it changed.
Executable Runbooks are fully programmable, by programmers and non-programmers alike, providing a framework for teams to translate best practices into repeatable and executable processes.
Executable Runbooks arm network teams with network automation which can be used for any task. Every runbook step is executable, saving engineers valuable time.
Data collected by runbook is automatically embedded inside, for review and analysis. Runbook results are attached to the Dynamic Map, which can be shared as a single URL.
Through NetBrain’s rich API framework, third party NMS solutions (e.g. monitoring or ticketing systems) can trigger a runbook analysis without human intervention.
Every runbook is a set of knowledge which can be broadly leveraged. NetBrain’s Runbook Center provides an online community where NetBrain users can share and download runbooks to enrich their workflows.
By integrating with different FCAPS data sources, a Dynamic Map becomes the single pane of glass for data analysis. Whether it’s visualizing hardware maintenance information or the status of open tickets, third-party data can be visualized on the map.
NetBrain’s rich data model can become the ‘single source of truth’ for all network data. NetBrain’s CMDB can be enhanced and synchronized with data from external CMDBs. NetBrain also provides Restful APIs for other NMS tools to read data from.
A third-party system (e.g. 24x7 monitoring or IDS) can trigger NetBrain into action. Through API triggered diagnosis, NetBrain provides visibility and analytics into the event while it’s happening.
By leveraging Executable Runbooks, engineers can automate diagnoses on the map. All runbook data is automatically saved to the map for quick review.
A runbook provides a tool for engineers to collaborate with colleagues or vendors. In addition to embedded topology, design, and performance data, a map also contains engineering notes and comments.
When engineers collaborate manually, a lot of work can be duplicated. With a Dynamic Map, engineers get instant visibility into all user activity, including the resulting data.
NetBrain runs in a web browser so every Dynamic Map is a unique URL. That URL can be shared via email with colleagues and vendors.
Teams can work together from a shared map repository to access common network designs, diagnose outages, or view open tickets.
NetBrain was developed with high scalability and resiliency in mind. Its fault-tolerant, server automation logic is optimized to support networks of large scale with minimal processing times.
NetBrain is a thin client user interface so it runs on any web browser and operating system. No client installations or updates are required, simplifying implementation.
For consulting companies and MSPs, NetBrain’s multi-tenant, multi-domain framework is ideal for managing multiple customers networks separately.
NetBrain can discover and map any device reachable by SNMP or a command line interface. NetBrain has hundreds of drivers to support dozens of network vendors. In special cases, IP SLA, NetFlow, and virtualization are also supported.
Existing TACACS+ authentication services can integrate with NetBrain, without requiring a separate NetBrain login authentication service.