Network visualization

Networks are complex entities and are predisposed to continuous evolution. With growing business requirements and needs, an organization's network can become increasingly sophisticated and complex. The composite nature of an organization's network can be attributed to the many network components it entails, its distributed topology spanning geographies, and the contemporary technologies it utilizes.

Such complexity makes it incredibly difficult for network administrators to monitor networks for performance, availability, and network faults. Businesses can circumvent these bottlenecks with vivid network visualization. Graphs and charts representing networks in the form of topology maps, dependency maps, layer 2 maps and data center visualization diagrams are all key to managing networks at scale. This is why it's all the more important for organizations to invest in dedicated network visualization software to streamline network management.

Challenges in visualizing a network and its components

The following are some of the challenges encountered in visualizing an organization's network environment:

  • Networks come in all shapes and sizes and are subject to expansion as businesses grow. With such volatility in play, it becomes incredibly difficult to visualize networks and their components manually.
  • With manual mapping of networks, businesses can't monitor network devices for their status and availability.
  • Enterprise-grade networks become even more difficult to visualize manually, as their networks are spread across geographies.

Why you should deploy a network visualization tool

The following are some of the prominent benefits of deploying network virtualization software for your business:

  • Root-cause detection: Clear network visualization can help network admins spot the root cause of network faults. This helps speed up troubleshooting and reduce the mean time to repair (MTTR).
  • Uptime monitoring: Network visualization tools can help administrators keep an eye on the availability and status of all their network components from a central console.
  • Device-dependency identification: Layer 2 maps and device topology visualizations can help network administrators identify the relationships between their network devices and spot dependencies for better fault troubleshooting.
  • Resource provisioning: Network visualization tools help spot dormant or inactive devices in a network, aiding administrators with smart resource allocation.

OpManager: The network visualization tool your business needs

OpManager is a comprehensive network monitoring solution that offers network visualization capabilities, enabling administrators to manage complex and distributed networks with ease. With OpManager's network visualization tool, administrators can seamlessly construct virtual replicas of their network's topographies and data centers in no time using a drag-and-drop diagram builder.

OpManager enables you to visualize your networks in the following formats:

  • Business views
  • Zoho Maps and Google MapsZoho Maps and Google Maps
  • Layer 2 maps
  • 3D floor views
  • 3D rack views
  • Virtual machine topography diagrams

Business views

OpManager is network visualizer software that enables you to construct business views using a drag-and-drop diagram builder. Business views in OpManager provide a graphical representation of devices according to the business service they cater to. This ensures the availability of business-critical applications at all times and helps in quicker troubleshooting.

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Zoho Maps and Google Maps

OpManager uses Zoho Maps as the default map provider for the maps feature. You can use it to visualize your network by placing the devices on the maps according to their geographic distribution. You can also display the equivalent ground distance in kilometers or miles using Zoho Maps. OpManager also lets you integrate Google Maps and place devices on it according to their geographic distribution.

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Layer 2 maps

OpManager is network visualizer software that lets you to discover Layer 2 devices that are connected to your network and creates a visual representation of them. This includes a detailed map of all the nodes, interconnected layers, and port-to-port connectivity in addition to interfaces.

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3D rack and floor views

OpManager's network visualizer lets you create virtual three-dimensional replicas of your data centers. With OpManager, you can create 3D rack views and floor views of your server rooms. These views help network administrators monitor servers for their availability and status.

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Virtual machine topography maps

OpManager renders a visual representation of your virtual networks. OpManager's virtual network topology maps paint a picture of the relationship between hosts, VMs, and data stores. OpManager also lets you track the migration of VMs across physical hosts.

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To learn more about how OpManager's network visualization capabilities can help in your network management efforts, download a free, 30-day trial, or register for a demo.

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