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Custom Network Maps and Map Maker Tool

A live graphical representation of IT network gives better visibility than skimming through thousands of events. This is true, especially when you have hundreds of services, devices and network events to manage combining both critical and not-so-critical resources. It is essential to have an eye on those critical resources which would end-up causing expensive setback if not restored on time.

OpManager's Custom network map tool is here to help you consolidate those critical devices and connections in a single view.

Other than letting you instantly identify performance bottlenecks and outages, a live pictorial map solves other day-to-day operational constraints such as

  • Identifying where the resource is located physically in a datacenter when the onsite administrator has to be sent in person to troubleshoot the device.
  • Foreseeing the dependent or affected services, departments, end-users and devices from an administrator perspective.

Global, regional and physical location-based mapping

It is pretty straight forward to create a custom network map using this map maker tool. Place a background image of your choice, group the related devices to the view and draw links between them (if needed). Here are few examples

  • Group the edge devices that connect geographically distributed remote sites and draw links between them. Have the world or relevant background image and visualize how well the connections between these locations are performing.
 
  • Import your datacenter or floor plan or rack image, place the crucial devices that you wish to monitor. Map the connectivity or relationship between them. Now you are all set to take a glimpse at your complete network along with the live device availability and performance statistics.
 
 
Did you know?

The created network maps can be documented and shared by exporting them as XML files or to Microsoft Visio 2007.

Download Visio add-in:

Download this add-in (.Zip) for Microsoft Visio 2007. This add-in helps you export the network maps or business views from OpManager to Visio. Refer to the help documentation for details.

Google Maps

By Leveraging Google Maps API, you can place the monitored device exactly on to the location (the balloon shaped icon). Similar to any other maps, the icons propagate the device status. This map view is particularly useful, when you have large number of distributed remote offices.

Google Network Maps
 

Hierarchical Mapping

At times, it is hard to place all the vital devices you monitor, on to one single view. To elude such cluttered maps, you can break them down to dependent network maps and create a parent view with all the dependent network maps placed in it as a shortcut. Similar to the device status, if a device in dependent view is in critical status, it is instantly propagated to the parent view's shortcut icon.

Here is a sample hierarchical view showing the department-wise device groupings, based on the service they cater to.

Hierarchical Network Maps
 

Business Service-based Mapping

In addition to the above, you can group devices based on the business service they cater to say CRM, Order processing systems and so on. This map view is convenient mainly for an administrator, who's responsible for ensuring the business critical service delivery.

Here are few examples for the same.

 
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