StableNet® Release 9.0 – New Features

The new release StableNet® 9.0 offers major performance and usability improvements, including an improved GUI scaling on high resolution monitors.
It is now possible to set up StableNet® without root access. We have also improved the zero-touch module and extended the monitoring possibilities for Cisco ACI.
This page presents the new features and improvements of StableNet 9.0 in more detail.

GUI/Usability

API

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Module Enhancements

Infrastructure

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1. GUI/Usability

Improved GUI Scaling on High Resolution Monitors

In order to make everything readable on a high resolution screen, it is common to use scaling of the operating system to increase the font size. In the StableNet® GUI this often resulted in a text being cut off since it was too large for the dialog. In StableNet® 9.0 dialog boxes are automatically adjusted according to your screen resolution and scaling in order to properly scale the content.

Improved GUI Scaling on Low Resolution Monitors

On the other side, we have also improved the scaling for low resolution monitors. If a dialog is too large for the screen in the chosen resolution, then it is automatically reduced in size. When this happens, the necessary scrollbars are displayed within the dialog box.

Copy & Paste in Weather Maps

You can now easily copy, cut and paste in Weather Maps using the defined shortcut key (e.g., ctrl+c). These actions are available within the same Weather Map or between two Weather Maps. Note that this feature has also been added to the 8.5.1 Service Release.
StableNet® Weather Maps Screenshot

XML Discovery Jobs

The properties of XML discovery jobs can be adjusted in the GUI without accessing the XML directly. StableNet® then updates the XML file accordingly.
StableNet® XML Discovery Jobs

Layering and Grouping in Dynamic Weather Maps

There are two new features for dynamic Weather Maps. It is now possible to dynamically group the elements using their assigned tags. It is also possible to define tag-based layers that are used by the automatic layout. The dynamic Weather Maps can be found at two places in the GUI: it is in the neighborhood tab in the inventory theme and it can be opened in a new window by right-clicking and selecting Device ➞ Dynamic Weather Map.
StableNet® Layering and Grouping in Weather Maps

Weather Map Portal

A new Weather Map Portal has been added to StableNet®.
The Weather Map portal is interactive. It is based on yFiles for Web, similar to the Weather Maps in the GUI. The new basis for development (Angular) offers more possibilities for the implementation of further features. Plus: It offers new functionalities that were not technically feasible before.
This feature is still in the Beta Phase. Therefore, not all actions are available, e.g., you can make changes to the Weather Map, but the changes cannot be saved yet. Over time more actions (like saving the changes) will become available.
StableNet® Weather Map Portal

2. API

Grafana, Measurement and Metric REST API

For StableNet® 9.0 we have created a data source showing StableNet® data in Grafana®. Grafana® is an open source analytics and monitoring solution that can display data from any database or application.

It is now possible to display the StableNet® measurement data in Grafana® plots. In order to create the Grafana® dashboards you have to install the StableNet® data source on the Grafana® server. The data source integrates the device and measurement selection into Grafana®. Additionally, StableNet® Analyzer charts can be easily imported to Grafana® dashboards by copying the link from the GUI into Grafana®.

StableNet® Grafana Showcase

3. Module Enhancements

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Improved/Enhanced/Extended Zero-Touch Module

Zero-touch provisioning is currently one of the most significant drivers in the IT industry. It helps to increase the deployment speed and lower the costs and it also reduces the amount of configuration errors.
Therefore, improving the Zero Touch module was one of our main focuses. This module helps you to perfect the move towards network automation and to optimize IT and Telco rollout projects. StableNet® can provide a zero-touch server, with which a plug-n-play setup can be achieved. With the StableNet® Config Portal the configuration files for zero-touch can be created easily. With one setup you can configure millions of devices.
In the new release not only the process for selecting the configuration file is simplified but also there is a centralized log of the process. It is now possible to observe and control all autonomous Zero Touch Provisioning processes via the StableNet® Web Portal.
StableNet® Zero-Touch Module
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Cisco ACI

The implementation of Cisco ACI discovery and monitoring has been improved and extended.

In particular:

  • Extended monitoring: Switch modules and capacity dashboards can now be monitored.
  • Improved presentation of the ACI measurement tree: The measurements are now all assigned to their respective device and will no longer be listed under the controller.
  • Improved backup process: The backup process of the controller configuration has also been improved.
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Device Selection on the fly in Jobs based on Resources

You can select and implement devices in the Resource Selection and start a connection to those devices via SSH. But you don’t have to add them to your inventory to do so. Small problems can therefore be solved by connecting with a device that isn’t necessarily in your inventory.
StableNet® Device Selection
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Improved Syslog/Trap Processing

In StableNet® 9.0 the syslog/trap processing is improved.
For each received syslog or trap, the syslog/trap filters and measurements have to be checked. This used to happen step by step. Now the syslog and trap measurements are processed in parallel – potentially utilizing all cores of the Agent system. The trap and syslog filters are still processed in serial since their filter actions have a defined order.

4. Infrastructure

Java 11 and WildFly 17

Java 11
StableNet® 9.0 is based on Java 11 which is an LTS release. Java 11 delivers improved performance and an optimized garbage collector. Moreover, the usability issues that occurred due to the use of Java 8 are now fixed (e.g., not being able to maximize the GUI on your second screen that has a different size).

Wildfly 17
The application server has been upgraded: We now use Wildfly 17. This upgrade fixes several security issues and improves the performance. Wildfly 17 is a Jakarta EE 8 certified application server, which is the current Java EE standard.

Non-Root Setup

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The StableNet® server and agent can now run on Linux without root access. This is helpful for cases where security guidelines in companies do not allow processes running as root.

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No special license is necessary and the installation is easy. In order to work with the non-root system, a 2-day workshop is required. In this workshop the access of the different modules is explained, e.g., how can a user script be run on a non-root system.

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