Network Capacity Planning

Shouldering the Load: Planning for Added Network Capacity

Almost every organization is facing the challenge of rapidly expanding networks, as our recent survey highlights in detail. Findings reveal that 83 percent of professionals claim their company’s networks (e.g., switches, routers, firewalls, etc.) have increased in size over the last year.

Network capacity planning is essential for growing networks.

How do network teams prepare for this and ensure that their network is ready to handle the additional capacity? Network capacity planning is often a multi-phase process as organizations attempt to understand if the current network design and capacities are sufficient to meet the anticipated growth of the network.

With NetBrain, organizations are better can be better equipped to tackle these phases and ensure their network is poised to handle the added capacity.

Phase 1: Identification of Resources and Thresholds

Unsurprisingly, the first step of the network capacity planning process requires a clear picture of where the network stands today. Ideally, an organization can easily identify their current resources and thresholds to have a view of its current capacity. Our survey also revealed that 61 percent of engineers and managers did not have the network documentation required to gain insight into their network’s current capacity and thresholds.

With NetBrain, leading organizations are automating network diagrams to make this process extremely efficient. NetBrain can automate documentation, creating accurate network maps and inventory reports of all devices and links with color-coded legends highlighting current capacities. The key for any organization is to have clear visibility into the network, making the identification process far simpler.

Phase 2: Discovery of Current and Transient Hotspots

Identifying hotspots is critical in the network capacity planning process, as this allows organizations to identify where added capacity is needed. For even the most experienced network engineers, identifying transient hotspots can be challenging but it’s important that organizations uncover devices operating outside of acceptable thresholds. By automating diagnoses with NetBrain, monitoring tools can constantly poll devices, using triggered runbooks to perform periodic sampling and generate required data with minimal impact to the network.

Phase 3: Assessment of Critical Deficiencies

Once organizations understand their network resources and identify hotspots and devices operating outside of acceptable thresholds, the next troubleshooting steps would seem to be relatively simple. Unfortunately, one of the biggest roadblocks that organizations face in the third phase is understanding the network context. It is difficult to understand the business impact of a hotspot on critical operations without being able to see the network context.

By dynamically mapping network traffic flows with NetBrain, this is an easier process. Network teams can understand critical application flows so they can prioritize monitoring and capacity upgrades minimizing the impact of capacity deficiencies in critical applications.

Phase 4: Preparation for Growth and New Applications

Once capacity upgrades are complete, it’s critical that network teams ensure the network is properly prepared for future capacity needs. This includes maintaining operation baselines for performance and monitoring the environment without generating “monitoring hotspots”. Organizations often have plenty of data on these topics, but are unable to translate that into useful information efficiently.  Additionally, as new applications are rolled out on the network, organizations must be prepared for how that will impact capacity.

By using NetBrain maps as a single pane of glass, network teams can aggregate multiple data sources to provide visibility and context. This allows engineers to easily identify areas of interest on a continual basis, so that network capacity planning becomes a much more efficient process.

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  • Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes 2018-11-16 15:00:00 2018-11-16 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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  • Security and Cyber Defense Demo 2018-11-19 14:00:00 2018-11-19 14:30:00 America/New_York Security and Cyber Defense Demo See how NetBrain can proactively harden your network against security gaps and vulnerabilities such as misconfigurations, open ports, and legacy code versions. And when your network is under attack see how to quickly identify the part of the network that is impacted and visualize the extent of the damage in real time.

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  • NetBrain Overview Demo 2018-11-20 14:00:00 2018-11-20 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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  • Automating Network Changes 2018-11-26 14:00:00 2018-11-26 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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  • Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes 2018-11-27 14:00:00 2018-11-27 14:30:00 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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  • Managing SDN with NetBrain 2018-11-28 14:00:00 2018-11-28 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 2018-11-29 14:00:00 2018-11-29 14:30:00 America/New_York Automating Troubleshooting Diagnosis See how NetBrain can quickly pin down the root cause of any network problem across traditional, 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 2018-11-30 15:00:00 2018-11-30 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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