Network Configuration & Change Management using StableNet®
StableNet® White Paper
StableNet® – NCCM & VLM White Paper
Discovery & Network Inventory
Device Configuration Backup
Device Configuration Backup Key Feature Table:
Multi-protocol functionality is enabled to support multi-access to a multi-vendor infrastructure environment. Protocols supported include: ‘Telnet, SSH-Telnet, TFTP, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS, XML, Perl, SNMP, SCP’
StableNet® fully supports authentication integration into industry standard authentication systems i.e. ‘TACACS+, RADIUS, LDAP’ the ability to integrate with other bespoke authentication systems is possible on request.
Bulk and scheduled backup functionality.
StableNet® has a comprehensive in-built auto-scheduler whereby the configuration backups of an infrastructure can be configured to requirement & schedule. Backups can range from a single device to bulk backups of specific or entire infrastructures.
Additional scripting for CLI command inclusion.
Additional scripting for CLI command inclusion into any backup job can also be fully customized i.e. Performing a series of ‘Show’ commands as part of the backup process for usage, tracking and health purposes.
Text file-type supported.
Text file-type backups fully supported. Vendor types that use text based backups include Cisco, Juniper, Huawei, Brocade etc.
Binary file-type supported.
Binary file-type backups fully supported. Vendor types that use binary based backups include Ixia, Bluecoat, F5 Networks etc.
Archived storage support.
Full support for archiving of all backed-up configuration is optional, storage requirements need to be taken into consideration.
Config backup compare.
Powerful compare configuration difference (config-Diff) is an enabled feature within the StableNet® NCCM allowing you to visualize what has been changed from the previous config to date, or simply comparing the start-up config to the running config etc. Additionally, any other pre-scripted config backup captures i.e. ‘Show’ type command config collections can also be compared in order to track usage, health, and degradation over time.
Backup process operation notification/alerting.
When a backup job starts, ends or maybe fails operational and service type personnel may be required to be notified. Notification and alerting of backup events can be communicated via Email, SMS (if you have an available SMS gateway), and via the StableNet® GUI & Portal.
Reporting & analytics.
Customized configuration backup reports can be created via the reporting theme within the StableNet® GUI. These reports can be HTTP or PDF type reports and are available to view either via the portal dashboard, or by simply opening the PDF document.
Configuration Change Management
Enabling of Real-Time Configuration Change Detection
Bulk Configuration Change
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