Network Acquisition

Ensuring Business Continuity Through the Acquisition

Your organization has been part of a merger or acquisition and as part of this, your IT group has inherited an entire network. This involves rolling out new network technology, and operationalizing the existing infrastructure while ensuring business continuity. Not an easy task.

Typically, the process of integrating acquired networks is broken down into four distinct phases. With NetBrain, organizations are better equipped to tackle these phases to keep the business fully functional during a merger or acquisition.

Phase 1: Target Network Infrastructure Assessment

During the first phase, it is critical to identify and fortify any missing or limited documentation of the acquired network infrastructure. Limited visibility into the existing design and new application requirements and traffic flows can create widespread problems for the team as you integrate the networks together.

NetBrain can assist in these areas by automating network diagrams which provide the level of detail that is critical for an efficient integration. With NetBrain, teams can automate documentation, creating accurate maps of all devices and links with color coded legends highlighting current capacities. Additionally, it allows network teams to create asset reports listing out all network elements in the existing environment and how they are connected. Dynamic Network Maps have virtually infinite detail to document any aspect of design.

Phase 2: Unified Network Design Review

Identifying duplicates is a painstaking process during a network acquisition. However, if not done correctly, it can lead to outages that severely impact network performance. With NetBrain, engineers will be able to visualize and assess the network as if they were merged before any potential outages will be created. Duplicate addressing is easily identified, as are protocol conflicts and non-compliance.

Phase 3: Physical and Logical Network Merge

Validating proper network operation after the change is often not fully completed due to time constraints or short maintenance windows. This is largely due to the manual nature of this activity which is extremely time-consuming and error-prone.

By dynamically mapping traffic flows with NetBrain, design teams can better understand critical application flows so they can accommodate these applications with the new design, and minimize disruption when the merged network goes live. Whereas manually mapping these flows can take weeks, NetBrain can map each application path instantly and they can be monitored through the change process.

Phase 4: Unified Network Operations

It’s important to remember that during a network acquisition attrition can be a very real problem and that critical knowledge may be lost throughout the process. Executable Runbooks can digitize the tribal knowledge and internal processes so that network teams are able to collaborate efficiently.

Without a proper baseline of both the stand-alone and merged networks makes it difficult to detect anomalies.  Network monitoring tools are great for identifying issues, but provide little insight into the cause of the problem. Organizations that use NetBrain are able to leverage Dynamic Maps and Executable Runbooks to get to the root cause of the problem exponentially faster.

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  • NetBrain Overview Demo 2019-01-22 14:00:00 2019-01-22 14:30:00 America/New_York NetBrain Overview Demo Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes. See firsthand how NetBrain’s patented Dynamic Maps and Runbook Automation technology make life easier for every engineer, every task and workflow, every day.

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  • Managing SDN with NetBrain 2019-01-23 14:00:00 2019-01-23 14:30:00 America/New_York Managing SDN with NetBrain See how NetBrain helps you manage your SDN infrastructure just like the rest of your network, from a single console. You’ll learn how Dynamic Maps can visualize the SDN fabric and its interconnections to the external network. We’ll also show you how our runbook automation solution helps teams codify SDN knowledge and operationalize workflows across the hybrid infrastructure.

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  • Automating Troubleshooting Diagnosis 2019-01-24 14:00:00 2019-01-24 14:30:00 America/New_York Automating Troubleshooting Diagnosis See how NetBrain can quickly pin down the root cause of any network problem across legacy, virtual, and SDN networks. You'll learn how NetBrain combines end-to-end visibility with automated diagnostics to cut network troubleshooting time in half.

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  • Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes 2019-01-25 15:00:00 2019-01-25 15:30:00 America/New_York Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes. See firsthand how NetBrain’s patented Dynamic Maps and Runbook Automation technology make life easier for every engineer, every task and workflow, every day.

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  • Automating Network Changes 2019-01-28 14:00:00 2019-01-28 14:30:00 America/New_York Automating Network Changes Making changes to the network is risky – a single misconfiguration can result in performance issues, or even outages, especially when new technologies and other key business initiatives are rolled out. See how NetBrain can automate your critical network change management workflows to validate changes and minimize human error.

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  • NetBrain Overview Demo 2019-01-29 14:00:00 2019-01-29 14:30:00 America/New_York NetBrain Overview Demo Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes. See firsthand how NetBrain’s patented Dynamic Maps and Runbook Automation technology make life easier for every engineer, every task and workflow, every day.

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  • Managing SDN with NetBrain 2019-01-30 14:00:00 2019-01-30 14:30:00 America/New_York Managing SDN with NetBrain See how NetBrain helps you manage your SDN infrastructure just like the rest of your network, from a single console. You’ll learn how Dynamic Maps can visualize the SDN fabric and its interconnections to the external network. We’ll also show you how our runbook automation solution helps teams codify SDN knowledge and operationalize workflows across the hybrid infrastructure.

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  • Automating Troubleshooting Diagnosis 2019-01-31 14:00:00 2019-01-31 14:30:00 America/New_York Automating Troubleshooting Diagnosis See how NetBrain can quickly pin down the root cause of any network problem across legacy, virtual, and SDN networks. You'll learn how NetBrain combines end-to-end visibility with automated diagnostics to cut network troubleshooting time in half.

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