XML Discovery Engine
StableNet® Use Case – Discovery & Inventory
A powerful blueprint for infrastructure and connectivity
See how the StableNet® platform delivers an excellent out-of-the-box discovery solution that has the power to be customized to your individual use case.
Background & Motivation
Discovery is not just discovery. We tend to think of network management as a linear process that begins with discovery and ends with reporting. The fact is that discovery is one part of an iterative cycle that we at Infosim® call unified network and services management. If done right, it is not the beginning nor the end but a critical component, the engine that supplies power to the entire process.
A machine- and human-readable program language, eXtensible Markup Language (XML) does not replace monitoring protocols such as SNMP in discovery. Instead, if SNMP and ICMP are thought of as the eyes of discovery, XML is the brain that tells them what to look at and how to organize what they see. To take one example, more than 30 years after its introduction, SNMP continues to be nearly ubiquitous in network discovery. However, given its well-documented limitations in regards to scalability and configuration capabilities, it is insufficient on its own to provide the customizable features that you may need down the road.
The discovery capability of network management software provides the foundation upon which all further processes are built. While it is true that you can’t manage what you can’t see, you also can’t manage everything that you see. Network management requires organization, structure and the ability to tailor processes to firm-specific requirements. With a basic understanding of what XML is and what can be accomplished, you can unlock the powerful Discovery functionality that is integral to the StableNet® platform.
There are certain components of the discovery process that are more or less standardized. Beginning with ICMP, the Stablenet®agent pings those devices you are interested in to see if they are available. The next step is to gather data through SNMP (or other protocols, e.g. WMI) in order to collect data, but even here, the XML blueprint begins to allow for valuable customization options or provide an impressive array of functionalities.
Automatic XML Discovery: Driven by an extremely versatile blueprint, the pre-configured XML Discovery process in StableNet®is an exceptional out-of-the-box discovery solution. Just give it a subnet or network and you can see all available devices, an inventory list and measurement tree, connectivity between devices, sensor measurements, and pre-configured alarm thresholds. The pre-configured parameters are based on years of experience and expertise.
Advanced XML Configuration: Should you decide you want a more tailored information collection, the discovery engine is a powerful toolbox which allows you to take matters into your own hands. By becoming familiar with the XML discovery engine, you can change the way your discovery works.
Benefits & Results
The StableNet® platform is designed from the ground up to bring customization, scalability, automation and consolidation to your network management workflows. XML Discovery is a key building block of this value proposition. While monitoring protocols such as SNMP, SSH, Telnet and WMI are good at basic communication, XML Discovery gives you the ability to take command of the conversation. You learn what you need to know and when you need to know it.
The XML discovery engine is at the core of the StableNet® customization possibilities. We know that there is no single config file that can perfectly anticipate all scenarios and variables network operators will be concerned with. Each business is different; each workflow is unique. The tags you define in your XML file will pay off in spades down the road. After all, this isn’t about us presenting our use case to you. This is about empowering you to make your own use case a success.
- Excellent out-of-the-box performance
- Numerous options for customization of discovery process
- Time saving through automation
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