Data Center Interconnect is a critical component of large enterprise, campus, metro, and global data center fabric strategies. By leveraging NetBrain’s patented digital twin discovery and data model technology, NetBrain learns the entire digital infrastructure or fabric, regardless of the number of data center sites, or the technologies used to make those interconnections. It even maintains the essential performance details associated with forward and reverse paths across these complex fabrics. By having a single view of the entire DCI infrastructure, collaborative operational teams can assure demanding application and capacity needs are met. And as service tickets are created for infrastructure conditions that span multiple sites, a single view is the only scalable means to automate those service tickets. With NetBrain, network operators ensure that their IT business services are available.
Assuring DCI Performance
NetBrain’s auto-discovery and data model, along with the visual management console enables to form the ideal service platform for your network operational teams. Since NetBrain treats DCI as any other hybrid network, it can be used to automate various operational workflows upon any portion(s) of the DCI structure at scale. Moreover, NetBrain’s no-code approach to creating service workflows enables any subject matter expert with the required skills and experience to capture their expertise and share it with their colleagues, to be used at any point in the future to address the same or similar kinds of service tickets.
High-performance data center interconnect designs typically combine a variety of network technologies, including dark fiber, DWDM, SONET and MPLS, depending on speed and distance. Historically there had to be teams of operators for each site and each network technology, and hand-offs were an ongoing challenge. NetBrain changes all of that by using patented digital twin technology to duplicate your entire DCI infrastructure in real-time, with continual updates for every device, path, and protocol. If it’s connected anywhere in the world, NetBrain knows about it and can automate any real-time operation needed.
Operate Remote Infrastructures
With NetBrain’s end-to-end visual management console, delays and resource constraints are all but eliminated as the entire infrastructure is known in one place. With NetBrain PDAS fully aware, the automation of common service workflows can now span any site and any network technology, by leveraging the previously captured knowledge and experience of your subject matter experts. Distance no longer makes for high MTTRs – NetBrain and its extensible automation library, creates the effect of having SMEs onsite, at every site 24×7.
Leveraging Third-Party Data
NetBrain PDAS’ robust discovery and data model is further enhanced by out-of-the-box integrations with GitHub, AWS, Azure, GCP, Datadog, ServiceNow, Ansible, Splunk, and many other systems. By incorporating these data sources into its core data model, information is presented in context to the bigger picture, eliminating the need for multiple tools and transferring of external information. DCI tends to have extremely high impacts when problems occur, so the quicker service tasks can be completed, the smaller the risk.
Microservices and DCI
Distributed Data Center fabrics have a unique characteristic of moving lots of microservices and container-oriented applications across the entire infrastructure. It is quite common to have a single application comprised of many microservices that span multiple data centers. By providing end-to-end visibility and network intent validation and enforcement, your teams can ensure that the overall application design goals are being achieved, or take remediation steps when results are not as expected. With NetBrain, the assessment and assurance that application designers’ intents are being realized is an automated process, occurring continually, and proactively supporting the business.