Network visualization: Layer 2 maps
OpManager is a network visualization solution that allows you to discover and visualize Layer 2 devices connected to your network. In addition to interfaces, this offers a comprehensive map of all nodes, interlinked layers, and port-to-port connection. OpManager's Layer 2 Maps helps network admins visualize the dependency mapping between seed routers and their connected devices. By setting up Uplink Dependency, network admins can reduce the volume of alerts triggered in the event of seed router failure. Administrators gain access to comprehensive node details, including names, IP addresses, statuses, and types. This network visualization capability significantly helps identify and troubleshoot network issues in Layer 2 devices swiftly.
Network visualization: Virtual machine topography maps
OpManager visualizes your virtual networks. The virtual network topology maps in OpManager depict the relationship between hosts, virtual machines, and data stores. You can also track VM migration across physical hosts with OpManager's network topology visualization tool. OpManager lets network admins discover VMware, Hyper-V, Xen, and Nutanix VMs using the host machine's IP address and VM credentials. After discovering VMs, OpManager automatically maps the interconnections between Host to VM, Host to Network, Host to Datastore, VM to Network, and VM to Datastore. This network visualization functionality enables network admins to view VM network connectivity, datastores, host machines and their VMs. With the help of this, network admins can analyze their virtual infrastructure, identify and troubleshoot VM sprawl and other issues in VMs easily.
Network visualization: Business views
OpManager, the best network visualization software, uses a drag-and-drop diagram builder to create business views. In OpManager, business views show devices in a graphical format based on the business service they deliver. This ensures the continuous availability of mission-critical programs and facilitates network troubleshooting.
OpManager's Business Views lets users create links to monitor storage devices, servers, Meraki controllers, and other network components spread across different geographical locations worldwide. These links furnish essential insights such as network traffic, interface speeds, and device availability. This data is invaluable for network administrators to uphold seamless operations by preempting downtimes and minimizing network latency between network nodes across the world, from a centralized console.
Network visualization: Zoho Maps and Google Maps
The default map source for the maps feature in OpManager is Zoho Maps. It can be used to visualize your network by arranging devices on maps based on their geographic distribution. The same ground distance in miles or kilometers can also be displayed using Zoho Maps. With OpManager's network visualization, you can also useGoogle Maps and place devices on it based on their geographic distribution.
Network visualization on Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI)
Hyper-convergence is an IT framework that combines storage, computation, virtualization, and networking into a single system to simplify data center management and boost scalability. OpManager's network visualization software enables you to discover the Nutanix cluster, which will automatically discover hosts and VMs, and display their relationship by placing them on a map. You can add the Nutanix Prism Central to automatically discover all the clusters mapped under the HCI device. This will give you a detailed network map of each and every virtual machine in the organization managed by the HCI, irrespective of the number of nodes.
Network visualization on Software-defined networking (SDN) infrastructure
SDN is a network architecture approach that allows networks to be intelligently and centrally controlled using software applications. Regardless of the underlying network technology, this allows operators to manage the entire network consistently and holistically. Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is Cisco's SDN architecture for data centers. OpManager's network visualization automatically plots the topology map of your ACI environment for better visualization. This gives you a comprehensive look at the APIC controller, the spines, and the leaves available in your network and how they are interconnected. Click on a device and you’ll see its availability status too. The Topology tab is pretty much a network map with live status updates.
Network visualization: Software-defined networking wide area network (SD-WAN) topology view
A SD-WAN is a virtual WAN that allows businesses to securely connect users to applications using a combination of transport services architecture, such as Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Long-Term Evolution (LTE), and broadband internet services.
OpManager's network visualizer's topology view option lets you perform software defined network visualization by giving you a complete map-like representation of the various devices in each network of the discovered Cisco Meraki controller. This topology view option helps you know the interconnections between the various devices in the selected network.
Network visualization: 3D rack and floor views
OpManager's network visualization software allows you to make virtual three-dimensional replicas of your data centers. You can build 3D rack and floor views of your server rooms with OpManager. These views assist network administrators in keeping track of server availability and status. Additionally, OpManager provides the ability to drill down into individual devices, offering comprehensive details such as their IP address, DNS name, type, category, vendor, monitoring interval, and more. With OpManager's Rack View, network admins can efficiently identify issues across network devices located on the rack, and seamlessly perform level 1 troubleshooting remotely.