Infosim® Announces Release of StableNet® 7.5

Infosim StableNet Network Monitoring SoftwareInfosim®, the technology leader in automated Service Fulfillment and Service Assurance solutions, today announced the release of version 7.5 of its award-winning software suite StableNet® for Telco and Enterprise customers.

StableNet® 7.5 provides a significant number of powerful new features, including:

  • Dynamic Rule Generation (DRG); a new and revolutionary Fault Management concept
  • REST interface supporting the new StableNet® iPhone (and upcoming Android) app
  • Highly customizable dashboard in both the GUI and Web Portal
  • Enabling integration with SDN/NFV element managers
  • NCCM structurer enabling creation of optimized and well-formatted device configurations
  • New High-Availability (HA) infrastructure based on Linux HA technology
  • Syslog & Trap Forwarding enabling integration of legacy systems that rely on their original trap & syslog data
  • Open Alarms GeoMap enabling geographical representation of open alarms

StableNet® version 7.5 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:

Jim Duster, CEO Infosim® ,Inc.

“We are happy that our newest release is again full of innovative features like DRG. Our customers are stating this new DRG feature will help them receive a faster ROI by improving automation in their fault management area and dramatically increase the speed of Root-Cause Analysis.”

Download the release notes here

Thanks to Infosim for the article.

Infosim® Global Webinar Day October 29th, 2015 StableNet® 7.5 – What’s New?

Infosim® Global Webinar Day October 29th, 2015 StableNet® 7.5 - What's New?

Join Harald Hoehn, Senior Developer and Consultant with Infosim®, for a Webinar and Live Demo on the latest information regarding StableNet® 7.5

This Webinar will provide insight into:

StableNet® 7.5 New Features such as:

  • New Web Portal [Live Demo]
  • New Alarm Dashboard [Live Demo]
  • New NCCM Structurer [Live Demo]
  • DRG (Dynamic Rule Generation) as a new and revolutionary Fault Management concept

StableNet® 7.5 Enhancements such as:

  • Enhanced Weather Maps [Live Demo]
  • Improved Trap- and Syslog-Forwarding [Live Demo]
  • Advanced Netflow Features [Live Demo]
  • Enhanced Support for SDN

But wait – there is more! We are giving away three Amazon Gift Cards (value $50) on this Global Webinar Day. To join the draw, simply answer the trivia question that will be part of the questionnaire at the end of the Webinar. Good Luck!

Infosim® Global Webinar Day October 29th, 2015 StableNet® 7.5 - What's New?
(Take a look at our previous Webinars here.)

Thanks to Infosim for the article.

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.

CIO Review – Infosim Unified Solution for Automated Network Management

CIO Review

20 Most Promising Networking Solution Providers

Virtualization has become the life blood of the networking industry today. With the advent of technologies such as software-defined networking and network function virtualization, the black box paradigm or the legacy networking model has been shattered. In the past, the industry witnessed networking technology such as Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI), which eventually gave way to Ethernet, the predominant network of choice. This provided opportunities to refresh infrastructures and create new networking paradigms.Today, we see a myriad of proprietary technologies, competing for the next generation networking models that are no longer static, opaque or rigid.

Ushering a new way of thinking and unlocking the possibilities, customers are increasingly demanding for automation from the network solution providers. The key requirement is an agile network controlled from a single source. Visibility into the network has also become a must-have in the networking spectrum, providing realtime information about the events befalling inside the networks.

In order to enhance enterprise agility, improve network efficiency and maintain high standards of security, several innovative players in the industry are delivering cutting-edge solutions that ensure visibility, cost savings and automation in the networks. In the last few months we have looked at hundreds of solution providers who primarily serve the networking industry, and shortlisted the ones that are at the forefront of tackling challenges faced by this industry.

In our selection, we looked at the vendor’s capability to fulfill the burning needs of the sector through the supply of a variety of cost effective and flexible solutions that add value to the networking industry. We present to you CIO Review’s 20 Most Promising Networking Solution Providers 2015.

Infosim 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 Infosim for the article.

Infosim® Global Webinar Day September 24th, 2015 Why is this App So Terribly Slow?

Infosim® Global Webinar Day September 24th, 2015 Why is this App So Terribly Slow?

Infosim® Global Webinar Day
September 24th, 2015
Why is this app so terribly slow?

How to achieve full
Application Monitoring with StableNet®

Infosim® Global Webinar Day September 24th, 2015 Why is this App So Terribly Slow?Join Matthias Schmid, Director of Project Management with Infosim® for a Webinar and Live Demo on “How to achieve full Application Monitoring with StableNet®”.

 

 

This Webinar will provide insight into:

  • Why you need holistic monitoring for all your company applications
  • How the technologies offered by StableNet® will help you master this challenge

Furthermore, we will provide you with an exclusive insight into how StableNet® was used to achieve full application monitoring for a global company.
Infosim® Global Webinar Day September 24th, 2015 Why is this App So Terribly Slow?But wait – there is more! We are giving away three Amazon Gift Cards (value $50) on this Global Webinar Day. To join the draw, simply answer the trivia question that will be part of the questionnaire at the end of the Webinar. Good Luck! Why is this app so terribly slow?

Register today to reserve your seat in the desired time zone:
AMERICAS, Thursday, September 24th, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT (GMT-4)
EUROPE, Thursday, September 24th, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm CEST (GMT+2)
APAC, Thursday, September 24th, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm SGT (GMT+8)

A recording of this Webinar will be available to all who register!
(Take a look at our previous Webinars here.)

Thanks to Infosim for the article.

Infosim® Global Webinar Day August 27th, 2015

Infosim® Global Webinar Day August 27th, 2015

Oh. My. God. This time it IS the network!

How to prevent – or recover from – a network disaster
(and also win a $50 Amazon gift card!)

Infosim® Global Webinar Day August 27th, 2015Jason Farrer Join Jason Farrer, Sales Engineer with Infosim® Inc. for a Webinar and Live Demo on “How to prevent – or recover from – a network disaster”.

 

This Webinar will provide insight into:

  • Why is it important to provide for a network disaster?
  • How to deal with network disaster scenarios [Live Demod]
  • How to prevent network corruption & enhance network security

But wait – there is more! We are giving away three Amazon Gift Cards (value $50) on this Global Webinar Day. To join the draw, simply answer the trivia question that will be part of the
Infosim® Global Webinar Day August 27th, 2015questionnaire at the end of the webinar. Good Luck!

Register today to reserve your seat in the desired time zone:

AMERICAS, Thursday, August 27th, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT (GMT-4)
EUROPE, Thursday, August 27th, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm CEST (GMT+2)
APAC, Thursday, August 27th, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm SGT (GMT+8)

A recording of this Webinar will be available to all who register!
(Take a look at our previous Webinars here.)

Thanks to Infosim for the article. 

Infosim® Global Webinar Day July 30th, 2015 – The Treasure Hunt is On!

How to visualize the state of your network and service infrastructure to uncover the hidden treasures in your data

Infosim® Global Webinar Day July 30th, 2015 - The Treasure Hunt is On!Join Harald Höhn, Sea Captain and Senior Developer on a perilous treasure hunt on “How to visualize the state of your network and service infrastructure to uncover the hidden treasure in your data”.

This Webinar will provide insight into:

  • How to speed up your workflows with auto-generated Weather Maps
  • How to outline complex business processes with Weather Maps
  • How to uncover the hidden treasures in your data [Live Demo]

Infosim® Global Webinar Day July 30th, 2015 - The Treasure Hunt is On!But wait, there is more! We are giving away three treasure maps (Amazon Gift Card, value $50) on this Global Webinar Day. In order to join the draw, simply answer the hidden treasure question that will be part of the questionnaire at the end of the Webinar. Good Luck!

Register today to reserve your seat in the desired time zone:

AMERICAS, Thursday, July 30th, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT (GMT-4)
EUROPE, Thursday, July 30th, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm CEST (GMT+2)
APAC, Thursday, July 30th, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm SGT (GMT+8)

A recording of this Webinar will be available to all who register!
(Take a look at our previous Webinars here.)

Thanks to Infosim for the article.

Infosim® Global Webinar Day June 25th, 2015 – Convince Your Boss that You Need a New iPhone: Introducing the New StableNet® Mobile App

Infosim® Global Webinar Day June 25th, 2015 - Convince Your Boss that You Need a New iPhone: Introducing the New StableNet® Mobile App

Join Dr. David Hock, Senior Consultant R&D, and Eduardo González, Developer & Consultant, for a Webinar on “The new StableNet® Mobile App”.

This Webinar will provide insight into:

  • How will the StableNet® Mobile App make your life easier?
  • How are Apple™ Swift and the StableNet® REST API maximizing the user experience?
  • What functionality does the StableNet® Mobile App bring to your fingertips? [Live Demo]
  • When can you get the Mobile App for your StableNet® infrastructure?

Register today to reserve your seat in the desired time zone:

AMERICAS, Thursday, June 25th, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT (GMT-4)
EUROPE, Thursday, June 25th, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm CEST (GMT+2)
APAC, Thursday, June 25th, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm SGT (GMT+8)

A recording of this Webinar will be available to all who register!

(Take a look at our previous Webinars here.)

Introducing the First Self-Regulating Root Cause Analysis: Dynamic Rule Generation with StableNet® 7

Infosim®, a leading manufacturer of automated Service Fulfillment and Service Assurance solutions for Telcos, ISPs, MSPs and Corporations, today announced a proprietary new technology called Dynamic Rule Generation (DRG) with StableNet® 7.

The challenge: The legacy Fault Management approach includes a built-in dilemma: Scalability vs. Aggregation. On the one hand, it is unfeasible to pre-create all possible rules while on the other hand, not having enough rules will leave NOC personnel with insufficient data to troubleshoot complex scenarios.

The solution: DRG expands and contracts rules that automatically troubleshoot networks by anticipating all possible scenarios from master rule sets. DRG is like cruise control for a network rule set. When DRG is turned on, it can robotically expand and contract rule sets to keep troubleshooting data at optimum levels constantly without human intervention. It will also allow for automatic ticket generation and report alarms raised by dynamically generated rules. DRG leads to fast notification, a swift service Impact Analysis, and results in the first self-regulating Root Cause Analysis in today’s Network Management Software market.

Start automating Fault Management and stop manually creating rules! Take your hands off the keyboard and allow the DRG cruise control to take over!

Supporting Quotes:

Dr. Stefan Köhler, CEO for Infosim® comments:

“We at Infosim® believe you should receive the best value from your network, and exchange of information should be as easy as possible. The way we want to achieve these goals, is to simplify the usage and automate the processes you use to manage your network. Rules creation and deletion has been an Achilles’ heel of legacy network management systems. With DRG (Dynamic Rule Generation), we are again delivering another new technology to our customers to achieve our goal of the dark NOC.”

Marius Heuler, CTO for Infosim® comments:

“By further enhancing the already powerful Root Cause Analysis of StableNet®, we are providing functionality to our users that will both take care of ongoing changes in their networks while automatically keeping the rules up to date.”

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 (Würzburg – Headquarters), USA (Austin) and Singapore.

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.

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®

StableNet® is available in two versions: Telco (for Telecom Operators and ISPs) and Enterprise (for IT and Managed Service Providers).

StableNet® Telco is a comprehensive unified management solution; offerings include: Quad-play, Mobile, High-speed Internet, VoIP (IPT, IPCC), IPTV across Carrier Ethernet, Metro Ethernet, MPLS, L2/L3 VPNs, Multi Customer VRFs, Cloud and FTTx environments. IPv4 and IPv6 are fully supported.

StableNet® Enterprise is an advanced, unified and scalable network management solution for true End-to-End management of medium to large scale mission-critical IT supported networks with enriched dashboards and detailed service-views focused on both Network & Application services.

Thanks to Infosim for the article.

Be Ready for SDN/ NFV with StableNet®

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are two terms that have garnered a great deal of attention in the Telco market over the last couple of years. However, before actually adopting SDN/NFV, several challenges have to be mastered. This article discusses those challenges and explains why StableNet® is the right solution to address them.

SDN and NFV are both very promising approaches. The main objectives are to increase the flexibility of the control and to reduce costs by moving from expensive special purpose hardware to common off-the-shelf devices. SDN enables the separation of the control plane and data plane, which results in better control plane programmability, flexibility, and much cheaper costs in the data plane. NFV is similar but differs in detail. This concept aims at removing network functions from inside the network and putting them into typically central places, such as datacenters.

Six things to think about before implementing SDN/NFV

The benefits of SDN and NFV seem evident. Both promise to increase flexibility and reduce cost. The idea of common standards seems to further ease the configuration and handling of an SDN or NFV infrastructure. However, our experience shows that with the decision to “go SDN or NFV” a lot of new challenges arise. Six of the major ones – far from a complete list – are addressed in the following:

1. Bootstrapping/”Underlay”- configuration:

How to get the SDN/NFV infrastructure setup before any SDN/NFV protocols can actually be used?

2. Smooth migration:

How to smoothly migrate from an existing environment while continuously assuring the management of the entire system consisting of SDN/NFV and legacy elements?

3. Configuration transparency and visualization:

How to assure that configurations via an abstracted northbound API are actually realized on the southbound API in the proper and desired way?

4. SLA monitoring and compliance:

How to guarantee that the improved applicationawareness expected from SDN and NFV really brings the expected benefits? How to objectively monitor the combined SDN/NFV and legacy network, its flows, services and corresponding KPIs? How to show that the expected benefits have been realized and quantify that to justify the SDN/NFV migration expenses?

5. Competing standards and proprietary solutions:

How to orchestrate different standardized northbound APIs as well as vendor-specific flavors of SDN and NFV?

6. Localization of failures:

How to locate failures and their root cause in a centralized infrastructure without any distributed intelligence?

Almost certainly, some or even all of these challenges are relevant to any SDN/NFV use case. Solutions need to be found before adopting SDN/NFV.

  • StableNet® SDN/NFV Portfolio – Get ready to go SDN/NFV StableNet® is a fully integrated 4 in 1 solution in a single product and data structure, which includes Configuration, Performance, and Fault Management, as well as Network and Service Discovery. By integrating SDN and NFV, StableNet® offers leverage the following benefits:
  • Orchestration of large multi-vendor SDN/NFV and legacy environments- StableNet® is equipped with a powerful and highly automated discovery engine. Besides its own enhanced network CMDB, it offers inventory integration with third party CMDBs. Furthermore, StableNet® supports over 125 different standardized and vendor-specific interfaces and protocols. Altogether, this leads to an ultra-scalable unified inventory for legacy and SDN/NFV environments.
  • KPI measurements and SLA assurance- The StableNet® Performance Module offers holistic service monitoring on both server and network levels. It thereby combines traditional monitoring approaches, such as NetFlow with new SDN and NFV monitoring approaches. A powerful script engine allows to configure sophisticated End-to-End monitoring scripts. The availability of cheap Plug & Play StableNet® Embedded Agents furthermore simplifies the distributed measurement of a service. Altogether, this gives the possibility to measure all the necessary KPIs of a service and to assure its SLA compliance.
  • Increased availability and mitigation of failures in mixed environments- The StableNet® Fault and Impact Modules with the SDN extension combines a device-based automated root cause analysis with a service-based impact analysis to provide service assurance and fulfillment.
  • Automated service provisioning, including SDN/NFV– StableNet® offers an ultra-scalable, automated change management system. An integration with SDN northbound interfaces adds the ability to configure SDN devices. Support of various standardized and vendorspecific virtualization solutions paves the way for NFV deployments. StableNet® also offers options to help keep track of changes done to the configuration or to check for policy violations and vulnerabilities.

StableNet® Service Workflow – Predestined for SDN/NFV The increasing IT complexity in today’s enterprises more and more demands for a holistic, aggregated view on the services in a network, including all involved entities, e.g. network components, servers and user devices.

The availability of this service view, including SDN/NFV components, facilitates different NMS tasks, such as SLA monitoring or NCCM.

The definition, rollout, monitoring, and analysis of services is an integral part of the Service Workflow offered by StableNet®. This workflow, see Figure 1, is also predestined to ease the management of SDN and NFV infrastructures.

Figure 1: StableNet® Service WorkFlow – predestined for SDN/NFV management

Be Ready for SDN/ NFV with StableNet®

Trend towards “Virtualize Everything”

Besides SDN and NFV adoption trending upwards, there is also an emerging trend that stipulates “virtualize everything”. Virtualizing servers, software installations, network functions, and even the network management system itself leads to the largest economies of scale and maximum cost reductions.

StableNet® is fully ready to be deployed in virtualized environments or as a cloud service. An excerpt of the StableNet® Management Portfolio is shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: StableNet® Management Portfolio – Excerpt

Be Ready for SDN/ NFV with StableNet®

Thanks to InterComms for the article.