NetBrain makes life easier for network teams, while improving the reliability and security of the network. Here are some of the most common use cases adopted by our 1000+ enterprise customers.
Automate network discovery and inventory
New assets are deployed, updated, and removed frequently and without pattern. To support the needs of your organization (network security, updates, troubleshooting etc.) it’s important to keep an updated inventory.
Do you know what you have in your network?
When you discover your network with NetBrain you get a comprehensive inventory of every network device (routers, switches, firewalls, load balancers, and wireless access points) as well as end systems on the network (servers, VoIP phones, call managers, etc.).
This inventory is updated automatically, every time the network is benchmarked with NetBrain, and you can export the asset reports to Excel or .csv with one-click. You can even customize the asset reports to include custom fields, by writing a NetBrain App.
Maintain accurate network maps
Your network is undergoing constant change – 2 changes for each device per year on average. If the network documentation isn’t being updated regularly, it could cause big problems down the road.
How up-to-date are your network diagrams?
With NetBrain, your network is self-documenting. That means you can access any view of your network (site maps, L3 maps, L2 maps) on-demand. NetBrain performs a recurring re-discovery, called a benchmark, to keep the network maps accurate and complete.
Before NetBrain, it was a massive project to update the network documentation. Now, it’s one less thing to worry about.
Track every change in the network
When there’s a new network problem, the first question you ask is ‘what changed?’ Answering that question is no small task.
Network problem? What changed?
In NetBrain, you open a live map of the problem area, and turn on Change Analysis to see all the changes that occurred since the last time the network was working. You can drill down to find exactly what changed – in configuration, routing, and much more.
Before NetBrain, you would have been relying on guesswork to start troubleshooting. With NetBrain, you can identify the source of the problem in minutes.
Troubleshoot Application Slowness
When a user complains of application slowness, the network is guilty until proven innocent. It can take days to diagnose whether the network is at fault.
Slow Application? Is it the network?
With NetBrain, you enter the IP address of the application server and the end host to map the path across the network. Once you’ve isolated the part of the network forwarding application traffic, you start diagnosing the problem with automation.
You can monitor the performance of each device and interface in the path, find out if the path changed recently, and automate common diagnoses to find the source of the problem.
Troubleshoot advanced network technologies
Your network is configured with multicasting, QoS, virtualization, MPLS, dynamic routing, and more). This complexity requires specialization for advanced troubleshooting.
How many people can troubleshoot the complex problems?
With NetBrain, your team’s experts can write Apps to ‘digitize’ their knowledge. They can create troubleshooting playbooks for complex problems which junior engineers can run. Now any engineer can automate the most common diagnoses for complex troubleshooting.
Before NetBrain, complex problems required a ‘network hero’ who has seen the problem before. Now, any team member can be the hero, armed with playbook automation.
Execute safer network upgrades
Making an upgrade to your network comes with risk because a small change can make a big impact to the underlying network downstream.
50% of outages are caused by a change. Can we do better?
With NetBrain’s Change Management Module you safely manage the entire change process in a single workflow. You define a configuration template and deploy the updates across many devices at once, with one click. Then, you verify the impact the changes made to the network – and you can roll them back with one click if something didn’t go according to plan.
Before NetBrain, network upgrades were manual and risky. Now you can accelerate the process, while also reducing the chance of an outage.
Comply with network audits
Compliance standards require that your organization takes proactive measures to ensure sensitive information is properly secured. It’s not enough to be compliant – you must prove it during an audit.
Is the network compliant with SOX, PCI, HIPPA, etc.?
You leverage NetBrain’s data collection, analysis, and documentation capabilities to overcome the challenges during an audit. NetBrain provides comprehensive documentation for the network’s inventory and design automatically. It also stores all your config files, route tables, and underlying design.
You can validate compliance for specific requirements by writing Apps that analyze individual configuration files to compares them against a ‘Golden’ baseline.
Enhance collaboration among engineering teams
When it’s time to troubleshoot or review a new design, it feels like everyone on the team is working in a silo.
From troubleshooting escalation to change reviews – is your team working together?
When you manage your network with NetBrain, every task starts and ends with a map. That map is the perfect place to document your findings so you can share them with your team. You can save output to CLI commands, annotate them, and link to them directly from the map.
Before NetBrain, you took your own notes and shared very little with the team. Now, everyone on the team is sharing their findings on one map.
Automate manual tasks without scripts
Only a handful of engineers can write network scripts. They only run on certain parts of the network and most team members don’t use them or know they exist. The alternative is manual and labor-intensive.
How hard is it to maintain in-house scripts?
With NetBrain, everyone on the team can be a DevOps engineer, by writing Apps to customize their own automation. A NetBrain App (or Qapp™) can be written in minutes. NetBrain’s visual programming environment requires no scripting, and the Apps can run on any part of the network.
Have a ‘single pane glass’ view of the network
Your multi-vendor network is managed through a variety of unique CLIs and interfaces. Other NMS systems collect a lot of data from your network, but there’s no ‘single source of truth’.
Is conflicting data from multiple sources slowing you down?
With NetBrain you manage all vendors – from routers and switches to firewalls and load balancers – through a dynamic map. NetBrain gives you a single pane of glass to manage the total network, from physical to virtual devices, across any vendor.