SDN/NFV – From Theory to Praxis with Infosim® StableNet®

InterComms talks to Marius Heuler, CTO Infosim®, about Infosim® StableNet® and the management and orchestration of SDN and NFV environments

Marius Heuler has more than 15 years of experience in network management and optimization. As CTO and founding member of Infosim®, he is responsible for leading the Infosim® technical team in architecting, developing, and delivering StableNet®. He graduated from the University of Würzburg with a degree in Computer Science, holds several Cisco certifications, and has subject matter expert knowledge in various programming languages, databases and protocol standards. Prior to Infosim®, Marius held network management leadership positions and performed project work for Siemens, AOK Bavaria and Vodafone.

Q: The terms SDN and NFV recently have been on everybody’s lips. However, according to the critics, it is still uncertain how many telcos and enterprises use these technologies already. What is your point of view on this topic?
A: People tend to talk about technologies and ask for the support of a certain interface, service, or technology. Does your product support protocol X? Do you offer service Y? What about technology Z?

Experience shows that when looking closer at the actual demand, it is often not the particular technology, interface, or service people are looking for. What they really want is a solution for their particular case. That is why I would rather not expect anybody to start using SDN or NFV as an end in itself. People will start using these technologies once they see that it is the best (and most cost-efficient) way to relieve their pain points.

Andrew Lerner, one of the Gartner Blog Network members, recently gave a statement pointing in the exact same direction, saying that Gartner won’t publish an SDN Magic Quadrant, “because SDN and NFV aren’t markets. They are an architectural approach and a deployment option, respectively.“

SDN/NFV – From Theory to Praxis with Infosim® StableNet®

Q: You have been talking about use cases for SDN and NFV. A lot of these use cases are also being discussed in different standardization organizations or in research projects. What is Infosim®’s part in this?
A: There are indeed a lot of different use cases being discussed and as you mentioned a lot of different standardization and research activities are in progress. At the moment, Infosim® is committing to this area in various ways: We are a member of TM Forum and recently also joined the ETSI ISG NFV. Furthermore, we follow the development of different open source activities, such as the OpenDaylight project, ONOS, or OPNFV, just to name a few. Besides this, Infosim® is part of several national and international research projects in the area of SDN and NFV where we are working together with other subject matter experts and researchers from academia and industry. Topics cover among others operation and management of SDN and NFV environments as well as security aspects. Last but not least, Infosim® is also in contact with various hardware and software vendors regarding these topics. We thereby equally look on open source solutions as well as proprietary ones.

Q: Let us talk about solutions then: With StableNet® you are actually quite popular and successful in offering a unified network management solution. How do SDN and NFV influence the further development of your offering?
A: First of all, we are proud to be one of the leading manufacturers of automated Service Fulfillment and Service Assurance solutions. The EMAtm has rated our solution as the most definitive Value Leader in the EMAtm Radar for Enterprise Network Availability Monitoring Systems in 2014. We do not see ourselves as one of the next companies to develop and offer their own SDN controller or cloud computing solution. Our intent is rather to provide our well-known strength in unified network management for the SDN/NFV space as well. This includes topics like Service Assurance, Fault Management, Configuration, and Provisioning, Service Modelling, etc.

Q: Are there any particular SDN controller or cloud computing solutions you can integrate with?
A: There is a wide range of different SDN controllers and cloud computing solutions that are currently of general interest. In its current SDN controller report the SDxcentral gave an overview and comparison of the most common open source and proprietary SDN controllers. None of these controllers can be named as a definite leader. Equally regarding the NFV area, the recent EMAtm report on Open Cloud Management and Orchestration showed that besides the commonly known OpenStack there are also many other cloud computing solutions that enterprises are looking at and think of working with.

These developments remind me of something that, with my experience in network management, I have known for over a decade now. Also when looking at legacy environments there have always been competing standards. Despite years of standardization activities of various parties, often none of the competing standards became the sole winner and rendered all other interfaces or technologies obsolete. In fact, there is rather a broad range of various technologies and interfaces to be supported by a management system.

This is one of the strengths that we offer with StableNet®. We currently support over 125 different standardized and vendor-specific interfaces and protocols in one unified network management system. Besides this, with generic interfaces both for monitoring and configuration purposes we can easily integrate with any structured data source by the simple creation of templates rather than the complicated development of new interfaces. This way, we can shift the main focus of our product and development activities to the actual management and orchestration rather than the adaption to new data sources.

Q: Could you provide some examples here?
A: We continuously work on the extension of StableNet® with innovative new features to further automate the business processes of our customers and to simplify their daily work. Starting from Version 7, we have extended our existing integration interfaces by a REST API to further ease the integration with third party products. With Dynamic Rule Generation, Distributed Syslog Portal, and Status Measurements we offer the newest technologies for an efficient alarming and fault management. Our StableNet® Embedded Agent (SNEA) allows for an ultra-scalable, distributed performance monitoring as well as for the management of IoT infrastructures. Being part of our unified network management solution, all these functionalities, including the ultra-scalable and vendor-agnostic configuration management, can equally be used in the context of SDN and NFV. A good way to keep up-to-date with our newest developments are our monthly Global Webinar Days. I would really recommend you to have a look at those.

Q: As a last question, since we have the unique chance to directly talk with the CTO of Infosim®, please let us be a little curious. What key novelties can people expect to come next from Infosim®?
A: There are of course many things that I could mention here, but the two areas that will probably have the most significant impact on management and orchestration are our new service catalog and the new tagging concept. With the service catalog the management is moved from a rather device- or server-based perspective to a holistic service-based view. This tackles both the monitoring and the configuration perspective and can significantly simplify and speed up common business processes. This is of course also related to our new tagging concept.

This new approach is a small revolution to the way that data can be handled for management and orchestration. We introduce the possibility for an unlimited number of customizable tags for each entity, let it be a device, an interface, or an entire service, and combine this with automated relations and inheritance of proprieties between the different entities. Furthermore, the entities can be grouped in an automated way according to arbitrary tag criteria. This significantly extends the functionality, usability, and also the visualization possibilities.

Thanks to InterComms for the article.

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Unified Solution for Automated Network Management

Today’s Networking technology though very advanced,faces a major roadblock—the lack of automation in the network management products. “These products are incapable of delivering a truly unified management approach as they are not an integrated solution but merely a collection of different programs bound together under one GUI to give them the appearance of an integrated solution,” notes Jim Duster, CEO, Infosim. Moreover, the need for continuously updating new device information, changes in configurations, and alerts and actions across these different toolsets are contributing to an ongoing financial burden for enterprises. Addressing these concerns with a unique network management solution is Infosim, a manufacturer of Automated Service Fulfillment and Service Assurance solutions.

Infosim offers StableNet, a unified solution developed and designed to cover performance management, fault management, and configuration management with a software that is engineered with a single code base and a consistent data model underneath. “StableNet is the only “suite” within the network performance management software industry,” claims Duster. The solution addresses the existing operational and technical challenges of managing distributed, virtualized, and mission critical IT infrastructures. “With this approach, we are able to create work flows in every unique customer business and industry to cover many processes efficiently,” he adds. For instance, StableNet monitors the production equipment of a manufacturing company. In case of an equipment failure, the error is being reported and StableNet delivers the root cause of the problem, while notifying an external service provider. The service provider’s technician can open an inspection window with StableNet, exchange the defective device and after re air, can provide feedback to the customer’s operations center.

For supporting the flexible deployment of StableNet, the company offers Infosim StableNet appliance, a high performance, preconfigured, security-hardened, hardware platform. “Appliances related to StableNet series reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by simplifying deployment, consolidating network infrastructure, and providing an extensible platform that can scale with your organization,” states Duster. StableNet also provides a low cost agent platform called the StableNet Embedded Agent (SNEA)—that enables highly distributed installations to support End-to-End (E2E) Visibility, Cloud Monitoring and Internet of Things. The deployment of SNEA is economical and is auto discovered at tactical collection points in networks, thus resulting into a low TCO for collecting and processing network performance actions and alerts.

Infosim StableNet is deployed across the networks of major players in the Telco and Enterprise markets including that of a German auto manufacturer. Acting as the client’s centralized system, StableNet reduced their toolset from over 10 disparate software and hardware offerings from multiple suppliers to less than four. This significantly reduced TCO while increasing service levels. “Siloed IT personnel who used to hide behind non-consolidated results from their individual solutions were all synchronized into one solution, speeding productivity, collaboration and communication,” states Duster.

Infosim is currently participating in advanced research projects on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) with several universities and leading industry device manufacturers. “The company applies 50 percent of its new software development resource to customer needs which assists customers in achieving milestones in vendor agnostic device support additions, industry specific capabilities, and features that were envisioned by real users,” asserts Duster.

For the years ahead, Infosim plans to build upon its product capability by automating the processes and activities that produce guaranteed service levels and reduce the consumption of human resources in the Network Operations Center (NOC). “Our vision is to enable the Dark NOC, which means a large percent of the non-value adding activities of network engineers can be automated in our product, freeing network engineers to work on proactive new innovations and concepts,” Duster concludes.

Thanks to CIO Review for the article.

Infosim® StableNet 6.7® – What´s New?

 

StableNet Unified Network Management

Following the release of Infosim® StableNet® 6.7 we have scheduled two customer webinars in order to present you the new features and enhancements of this version.

Join John Olson, VP Technical Services Americas and Dave Poulton, COO Infosim UK for a live webinar and find out how you can benefit from this release.

Topics covered in this webinar are (among others):

  • Enhanced Application and Business Process Monitoring
  • Raspberry PI full featured StableNet® Agent
  • New LogNG Module / Log File Analysis

Register today and reserve your seat in one of these webinars:

StableNet® 6.7 What´s New?, April 15th, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm CET (GMT+2)
StableNet® 6.7 What´s New?, April 16th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am CET (GMT+2)

Infosim® announces Release of StableNet® Version 6.7

Infosim®, the technology leader in automated Service Fulfillment and Service Assurance solutions, today announced the release of its award winning software suite StableNet® Version 6.7 for Telco and Enterprise customers.

This version provides a significant number of powerful new and enhanced features, including:

  • Enhanced Application and Business Process Monitoring
  • Raspberry PI full featured StableNet® Agent
  • New Java GUI Look & Feel
  • New User Tracking
  • New LogNG Module / Log File Analysis
  • New Dynamic Reporting

StableNet® Version 6.7 is available for purchase now. Customers with current maintenance contracts may upgrade free of charge as per the terms and conditions of their contract.

Supporting Quotes

Dr. Stefan Koehler, CEO Infosim®

“I am thrilled to see that this release of StableNet® has again increased the value for our customers. The new Application Monitoring, the extended Log Files Analysis capabilities and the enhanced NCCM functionality clearly shows our commitment to listen to our customers as well as the market needs and demands.”

Supporting Resources-Stablenet Release Notes

ABOUT INFOSIM®

Infosim® is a leading manufacturer of automated Service Fulfillment and Service Assurance solutions for Telcos, ISPs, Managed Service Providers and Corporations. Since 2003, Infosim® has been developing and providing StableNet® to Telco and Enterprise customers. Infosim® is privately held with offices in Germany (Wuerzburg – Headquarters) USA (Austin), United Kingdom (Cambridge) and Singapore.

At Infosim® we take pride in the engineering excellence of our high quality and high performance products. All products are available for a trial period and professional services for proof of concept (POC) can be provided on request.

ABOUT STABLENET®

Infosim® develops and markets StableNet® , the leading unified software solution for Fault, Performance and Configuration Management. StableNet® is available in two versions: Telco (for Telecom Operators and ISPs) and Enterprise (for IT and Managed Service Providers). StableNet® is a single platform unified solution designed to address today´s many operational and technical challenges of managing distributed and mission critical IT infrastructures.

Many leading organizations and Network Service Providers have selected StableNet® due to its enriched features and reduction in OPEX & CAPEX. Many of our customers are well-known global brands spanning all market sectors. References available on request.

Thansk to Infosim for the article.

Five Steps to Building Total Visibility and Control of your Cloud Infrastructure using StableNet®

Modern enterprise applications are engineered for agility and are heavily virtualized for frequent deployment over scalable IT infrastructure environments. The benefits of virtualized public\private cloud environments include flexibility, efficiency, and agile business enablement. Multiple factors such as varying workload requirements, or ‘just-in‐time’ provisioning require an accurate and scalable muti-functional management suite to mitigate the risk of compromising the environment. Infosim’s StableNet® unified management system provides the total visibility and control required for your cloud hosting infrastructure environment.

Step 1 – WAN Access to your Cloud Environment

The Wide Area Network (WAN) is a key component in the delivery path of your cloud services. It is essential that the WAN routing devices that allow your public and private cloud‐based traffic to flow in\out of your hosting Infosim Public Private Cloudenvironment have the appropriate management array of functionality in place to deliver the service visibility and application performance needed for measuring the service availability and ultimately the customer experience. Optimization of the WAN is a necessity for application prioritization and acceleration delivery; therefore, maximum visibility and control of the WAN access points to and from your cloud environment are absolutely paramount for maintaining high service availability.

StableNet® is a unified management solution and is therefore ideally suited for cloud infrastructure management. For the WAN element of your cloud hosting environment StableNet® provides an array of multi‐functional capabilities that deliver the complete wrap required to monitor, police, and control your environment proactively. For the WAN infrastructure this includes:

Infosim Vendor Management Systems

  • Inventory Management (e.g. Device types, cards, serial numbers etc.)
  • Topological Management (e.g. Network Topology Visualization)
  • Configuration Management (e.g. Config Backup\Restoration)
  • Policy Management (e.g. Configuration Policy & Governance Control)
  • Change Control (e.g. Configuration Lock-­‐Down Change Control)
  • Performance Management (e.g. Bandwidth, QOS, System, Interface Performance with Threshold Management)
  • Fault Management with RCA (e.g. Fault Correlation Management with unique Root‐Cause‐Analysis)
  • Service Visualization (e.g. Visualize your entire cloud service environment)

Having this level of management control is required for a truly complete proactive management service for your private and public cloud WAN access. With traditional or legacy element management systems, costs can escalate when having to procure and support this number of functional management systems, which ultimately increases in CAPEX and OPEX.

However, StableNet® is a unified management system with a wealth of integrated functionality that therefore makes it extremely cost effective, driving down CAPEX and OPEX requirements while differentiating your management capabilities and keeping your operating costs to a minimum.

Step 2 – LAN Infrastructure Interconnectivity

The Local Area Network (LAN) is a critical element for network traffic delivery within the cloud hosting or datacenter. Your entire WAN access and cloud server hosting platform environment will have been interconnected to Infosim Public Private Cloud 2your physical and virtual LAN switching network infrastructure. The LAN switching element is the backbone of your cloud hosting environment so any problems within this area will seriously affect your customers and partners IT services. Implementation of a management system that has a complete proactive monitoring solution will reduce the risk of potentially damaging service outages.

As stated in the previous section, StableNet® is a unified management solution and is therefore ideally suited for cloud infrastructure management. For the LAN element of your cloud hosting environment StableNet® provides an array of multi‐functional capabilities that provide the complete wrap required to monitor, police, and control your LAN environment proactively as well as visualize the entire hosting environment from a single view detailing all LAN interconnection to both the WAN access points and the server hosting systems. The LAN infrastructure includes:

Infosim Vendor Management Systems 2

  • Inventory Management (e.g. Device types, cards, serial Nos etc.)
  • Topological Management (e.g. Network Topology Visualization)
  • Configuration Management (e.g. Config Backup\Restoration)
  • Policy Management (e.g. Configuration Policy & Governance Control)
  • Change Control (e.g. Configuration Lock-­‐Down Change Control)
  • Performance Management (e.g. Bandwidth, QOS, System, Interface Performance, with Threshold Management)
  • Fault Management with RCA (e.g. Fault Correlation Management with unique Root‐Cause‐Analysis)
  • Service Visualization (e.g. Visualize your entire cloud service environment)
  • 802.1q Trunk Monitoring (e.g. Monitoring of critical LAN trunk interconnects)
  • SPAN\RSPAN Monitoring (e.g. Monitoring of SPAN\RSPAN)

Step 3 – The Secure Infrastructure Environment

The security infrastructure surrounding the hosted WAN and LAN environment will typically consist of firewalls, intrusion detection (IDS/IPS), logging analytical systems (SIEM\SEM, etc.), and appliances. While many of these systems have specific vendor element managers for the configuration, analytics, and reporting, they will also support standard SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), system event and alarm logging functionalities, among other capabilities. StableNet® is vendor agnostic and supports many of these appliance types (F5, Cisco, Juniper, Checkpoint, etc.). It is therefore very important these devices are managed in a way whereby the physical and virtual elements are visualized within the service topology, and the performance and change management controls are policed around threshold, event and alarm management. Management and policing of specific configuration criteria, for example Rule-Set policies, are crucial for maintaining proactive service availability. StableNet® functionality also extends to extensive logging and analytical reporting capabilities which, can be deployed in high‐availability to maximize resilience and redundancy.

Step 4 – The Physical & Virtual Hosting Platforms

The physical and virtual platforms are controlled and built via the automation & provisioning tools. Management of the hosting systems, both physical and virtual, their associated operating systems (e.g. Windows, Linux, StableNet Integrated Data BusSolaris etc.), and physical and virtual network interconnections into the LAN hosting infrastructure will also need to be configured for performance, threshold event and alarm management, with specific service KPIs and SLAs. Visualization of both the physical and virtual environments together with the real‐time performance is critical for proactive management. Therefore, speed of onboarding the management wrap around the virtualized platforms needs to be engaged during the automated build process.

StableNet’s® unified management system provides the complete array of functional capabilities required for monitoring and managing the hosting platforms within a cloud environment. More importantly it can also be integrated with a plethora of provisioning and automation tools that make it very attractive in this space due to enriched capabilities. The StableNet® API provides seamless integration to and from other functional tools so as systems are built the provisioning of the full proactive management capability is provisioned to your service assurance criteria.

Step 5 – Application Performance Monitoring

StableNet APM Pie ChartThe performance of the applications your customers are using is crucial to your customer experience, as it’s the experience of the service that is paramount to the success of your business. Being able to measure the performance of applications, used by both public and private cloud customers, and provide monitoring dashboards and reporting of the service performance is a standard requirement for any cloud service provider.

APM products in the market place today have a wealth of functionality that brings additional complexities and ultimately results in a costly operating model. StableNet’s® APM functionality is already integrated with other enriched capabilities that make troubleshooting and identification of root cause so much easier from a single product.

Many applications today are browser, or Web‐based, applications. StableNet® has the ability to configure pre-defined scripts that can interact with a Web‐based application and perform a suite of metric tests that are collected and analyzed for specific performance‐related, and problem determination monitoring and reporting requirements.

  • Web‐based Application MonitoringStableNet Service Experience
    • URL\Web Page Availability and Response Monitoring
    • Historical Performance
    • Performance Trending
    • Performance Analysis

Your business customers rely on Web‐based applications to generate sales, present market research, or provide services. The complexity of these applications means they are susceptible to performance issues and failures; therefore, it is imperative from the user experience that the application functionality be monitored in a way where the deployment of transactional script-­‐based monitoring enables:

  • Performance Monitoring of each Application Transaction Step
  • Identify Application Performance Congestion and failures
  • Optimize User Experience
  • Root-­‐Cause-Analysis through Event & Alarm Notification Management

Deployment of APM will drive down your MTTR (Mean-Time-to-Repair) and provide you the comfort of knowing your customers are experiencing great service application performance. It will also provide you with the confidence to offer customer application performance-based SLAs (Service Level Agreements) that will drive existing customer sales and increase your customer base.

StableNet Sys LogConclusion

There are many aspects to managing a cloud hosting environment. Stacking up individual element managers to perform specific functions for your OSS (Operational Support Systems) requirements is both costly in terms of capital expenditure outlay; for example, platform, software, annual software support for each element management system, and operational expenditure in terms of increased headcount and tool specialization for each system. The strategy for the 21st century is to deploy unified management solutions, whereby you maximize the functionality capabilities from a single system, thus driving down both your capital and operational expense. More importantly though is the benefit it provides. A unified management platform is a suite of multi-functional capabilities in a single product that therefore has seamless integration and cross-correlation built-in, enabling what we class as True-Visualization of your entire End-to-End cloud hosting environment.

Thanks to Infosim for the article.

Infosim StableNet® Network Change and Configuration Management

Network infrastructure is evolving at an unprecedented rate and, with mixed vendor environments the norm rather than the exception, management of those systems has become a labour intensive exercise. Unlike fault and performance management, Network Change and Configuration Management (NCCM) has no common harmonised management method or protocols; Even the first level engineering teams have to be proficient in numerous different configuration languages and interfaces for the simplest of tasks.

Infosim’s StableNet® Network Change and Configuration Management Solution (NCCM) has been designed to be a common management platform enabling network infrastructure to be managed in a vendor neutral environment. It is a critical part of any organization’s management infrastructure and a logical next step in the Infosim StableNet® Service Assurance and Fulfilment Solution.

StableNet Network Management Solutions

Infosim StableNet® NCCM delivers key functionality in multi-vendor environments to enable common management techniques to be used: real-time configuration backup and restoration to ensure a complete audit trail of changes, service continuity and fault/performance analysis; process oriented change management enabling common tasks to be packaged into repeatable processes and for more complex changes to be structured; software and firmware upgrade management; configuration policy management to enforce corporate standards and regulatory requirements; vulnerability and end-oflife/ end-of-sales tracking for compliance, asset and financial planning; and a fully flexible reporting engine which delivers the information engineers and management need.

Real-time Configuration Backup, Change Correlation and Configuration Restoration

Automatic detection of changes to device configurations as they happen means Infosim StableNet® NCCM always has the latest configuration files historically versioned in its database—This is regardless of how StableNet Network Management Solutions 2the change was made; e.g. console cable, telnet, ssh, http etc.

With every change recorded as it happens, the time taken to identify, analyse and rectify infrastructure configuration faults is greatly reduced as the operator is immediately given the answers to the key questions: who changed what, how and when?

Configuration files can be compared with historical versions to see what changes have occurred to a device over time, highlighting configuration items that were added, removed or altered.

StableNet Network Management Solutions 3Each configuration backup also stores the hardware information for the device, such as chassis serial numbers and daughter card part numbers as well as the operating system information, image and software modules in use.

With extensible device interaction scripting, StableNet® NCCM has been designed to be a truly vendor-agnostic solution allowing support for new devices quickly and easily.

It has reported by analysts such as Gartner that around 60% of all network outages impacting mission-critical services will be caused by change and configuration issues—the majority of which are small changes that are implemented in the environment all the time regardless of corporate change policies. These incidents have been shown to have a mean-time-to-repair (MTTR) of approximately 200 minutes at an average cost of approximately $42,000 per hour per incident. According to Dunn & Bradstreet, 59% of USA Fortune 500 companies experience downtime a minimum of 1.6 hours per week.

By storing the latest configurations of all devices, Infosim StableNet® NCCM is able to assist in performance troubleshooting, identify the changes that StableNet Network Management Solutions 4occurred and then to roll-back to a previous known good configuration with a simple two-click process.

This simple yet controlled analysis and restoration removes much of the speculation around outages and can immediately identify when the incident is directly correlated to a configuration change or is the responsibility of an external third party supplier. The days of finger-pointing, buck-passing and scratching of heads is over!

Structured Change Management

Engineers will argue that ad-hoc changes will always be a necessary evil of network management and in some respects they are correct. However, ad-hoc changes should usually only be in response to an extraordinary event and not common practice.

Infosim StableNet® NCCM is designed to move the engineering teams towards a structured change process. Small changes can be simply executed with all the security controls within the product. Larger or StableNet Network Management Solutions 5more complex changes can be packaged into simple repeatable actions guaranteeing carbon-copy execution. This packaging allows complex changes to be “written-once” by high level engineers and “runmany” by less specialised staff.

Every action taken by the change management engine is logged for auditing show each device interaction, commands executed and the response from the device.

Configuration Policy Management

StableNet Network Management Solutions 6Many organisations have internal configuration and security policies as well as external regulations and directives to adhere to. Using manual processes it can take months to evaluate every device and to rectify any configuration issues. Of course, as soon as this manual process ends it has to restart!

Infosim StableNet® NCCM has a flexible configuration policy engine enabling allowing device configurations to be compared to a set of policies to identify devices that are in violation. As soon as configuration changes are detected they are immediately analysed for violations.

Configuration policies bring together a set of devices and applies a set of rules. These rules can be based on simple text strings to find items present or missing in configuration files; powerful configuration snippets with ‘section’ matching and regular expression searching; or advanced scripting languages.

Uniquely, the same rule can be created for different vendor hardware using the same identifier meaning an organisation can create a single corporate policy within Infosim StableNet® NCCM to reflect all hardware vendor equipment simplifying reports into a single view.

Vulnerability Management

Not a day passes without another set of vulnerability announcements being issued from the hardware manufacturers. It is impractical for organisations to check their estate for vulnerabilities using a manual StableNet Network Management Solutions 7process as it would be a never ending task! Infosim StableNet® NCCM has a comprehensive vulnerability scanning engine that permits a user to enter the details from the announcements, run a complete check against all the devices in the estate and report on the current status.

To enable focused identification, Infosim StableNet® NCCM can use extra snapshot device interaction commands to collect real-time information regarding device configuration. This enables identification of devices that are only vulnerable if certain configurations are in use thus reducing the number of false positives.

End-of-life and End-of-service Management

StableNet Network Management Solutions 8Similar to vulnerabilities, End-of-Life and End-of-Service announcements are issued on a nearly daily basis and these announcements cover not only hardware platforms but also sub-components such as modules and software operating systems.

Infosim StableNet® NCCM has the ability to check against all these parts using the rich device information collected and can report accordingly allowing for financial and hardware refresh planning and risk assessment analysis.

Subscription Services from Infosim

Infosim also offer subscription based update services for vulnerability and end-of-life/end-of service announcements. These updates are supplied electronically ready to install, through a simple import function, and include any extra components such as snapshot device interaction commands as required.

Thanks to Infosim for the article.