Entuity V15.5 Brings Much-Needed Simplicity to Network Management

 
 
By Frank Olhorst  |  Posted 2015-08-28
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Entuity V15.5 Brings Much-Needed Simplicity to Network Management
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    Entuity V15.5 Brings Much-Needed Simplicity to Network Management

    Entuity strives to eliminate confusion and reduce network management stress with version 15.5 of its fully federated network management platform.
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    Browser-Based Primary Dashboard Is Accessible From Anywhere
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    Browser-Based Primary Dashboard Is Accessible From Anywhere

    Entuity leverages Web connectivity to provide a browser-based management screen and dashboard that is fully interactive and provides drill-down capabilities into the product's various functions. Dashboards can be customized, and the platform also supports full policy-based rights assignments, allowing administrators to control what menus, dashboards and consoles users have access to.
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    Management Connectivity Extends to Remote Sites
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    Management Connectivity Extends to Remote Sites

    With multi-site, heterogeneous network management in mind, Entuity brings the paradigm of physical site management into the virtual ideology of remote management. In other words, networks can be sliced and diced in most any fashion to meet management and monitoring needs. For example, components can be organized by site, segment or most any other factor, giving network managers multiple ways to monitor and manage the network infrastructure.
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    Activity Reports Provide Diverse Views of Network Performance
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    Activity Reports Provide Diverse Views of Network Performance

    Reports such as the "TopN Summary" create views into network activity based on administrator-defined measurements. Those reports prove to be a quick way for administrators to sort through problems on the network by looking at the most active elements that are being reported on.
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    Device Performance, Status Are Directly Measured on the Dashboard
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    Device Performance, Status Are Directly Measured on the Dashboard

    The extensive logging and data-gathering capabilities of the product provides the ability to delve deeper into how network devices and applications are being used and how responsive those elements are, and provides historic data about most everything about the use of a given component.
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    Device Information Is Fully Configurable
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    Device Information Is Fully Configurable

    Metrics are useless unless administrators can define them in meaningful ways. Entuity provides the capability for administrators to configure device metrics and create reporting methodologies that apply to any given situation. That capability helps ease troubleshooting chores, and speeds the definition of when and where to upgrade network resources.
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    Summary Data Dashboards Show Network Metrics at a Glance
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    Summary Data Dashboards Show Network Metrics at a Glance

    Most all of the reporting capabilities included in the product can be organized into summary information screens. Administrators can drill down into the status screens to obtain more concise information on a given location, device or another data element. The summary screens prove to be a good way for network managers to quickly evaluate what may need attention.
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    Perspective-Based Reporting Provides Graphical Views of Performance
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    Perspective-Based Reporting Provides Graphical Views of Performance

    Entuity offers a capability that will be well-received by those who need to plan upgrades and maintain network services. That capability comes in the form of the product perspective reporting—which, in turn, provides graphical views into the most important factors of the network, such as how virtual machines are performing.
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    Entuity Provides Insights on Remote Operations
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    Entuity Provides Insights on Remote Operations

    The perspectives-focused reporting capabilities extend to other portions of the network, such as branch offices. The reports provide visual representation of network status in a rolled-up fashion for each branch office. Administrators can drill down further to gather additional information, making the perspectives reports a great diagnostic tool.
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    Network Explorer Tree View Simplifies Network Monitoring
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    Network Explorer Tree View Simplifies Network Monitoring

    The network explorer provides a tree view that allows administrators to select and drill down into any network component and delve into specific incidents as well as performance metrics. Most administrators will find the network explorer a powerful tool for quickly checking on a given network element, without having to visit dashboards or create reports.
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    Entuity Reports Aren't Just for Network Administrators
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    Entuity Reports Aren't Just for Network Administrators

    The CIO Perspective report organizes the overall status of the network into an attractive, graphical document, which can be used to inform senior executives on how well the network is performing. The report also proves useful for demonstrating areas that need improvement or justifying budgets for network operations.
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    All Events Are Recorded for Later Analysis
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    All Events Are Recorded for Later Analysis

    Detailed logging provides the fodder for event reporting, where administrators can quickly scan reports to determine what occurred, where and when. Although Entuity is not a full security information and event management reporting system, the data provided comes in handy when auditing network operations and looking for potential security or performance problems.
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    Embedded Mapping Provides Geographical Views of Network Resources.
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    Embedded Mapping Provides Geographical Views of Network Resources.

    It is said a picture is worth a thousand words. Entuity applies that idea by enabling administrators to create interactive maps relating to the geographical layout of the network. The maps are fully customizable and are updated with status data from network operations, making it easy to spot problems and place them in a geographical context for troubleshooting.
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    Maps Let Administrators Virtually Drill Down to Network Locations
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    Maps Let Administrators Virtually Drill Down to Network Locations

    All maps support the ability to drill down into regions and even further. That means that with a simple mouse click, an administrator can virtually look at the layout of a particular location on the network.
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    Map Views Lead to Equipment Views
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    Map Views Lead to Equipment Views

    Administrators can transition from a geographical map view directly into a network layout view, which exposes the individual components of the network for further investigation if there are problems. All icons are instrumented, allowing administrators to understand the status of a component by just viewing it in the network diagram.
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    It's All About the Packets and Network Traffic
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    It's All About the Packets and Network Traffic

    Sometimes, the best way to understand what is going on with a network is to delve into the relationships between packet activity and data flow. Entuity provides full real-time reporting that shows traffic mixes, along with performance metrics that provide insight into traffic composition at little more than a glance at a report.
 

Managing a complex, heterogeneous network normally requires the integration of many independent network management products into a single, cohesive management platform. For most network administrators, access to such a tool is as rare as unicorns. Entuity strives to eliminate confusion and reduce network management stress with version 15.5 of the company's fully federated network management platform. This product also integrates with version 2.5 of their SurePath application, which is used for end-to-end application performance monitoring. The company has integrated novel technologies into the Entuity management platform, such as machine learning and heuristics to build interactive reports that provide insight to network operations, as well as help administrators determine performance baselines. What's more, SurePath brings that same level of intelligence to application monitoring, giving administrators full insight into the performance of applications and virtual machines as well as providing a complete picture of end-to-end network activity. The product supports a physical appliance installation as well as a virtual appliance deployment, giving network managers the freedom to deploy the product on premises, in the cloud or remotely.

 
 
 
 
 
Frank is an award-winning technology journalist, professional speaker and IT business consultant with over 25 years of experience in the technology arena. He has written for several leading technology publications, including ComputerWorld, TechTarget, PCWorld, ExtremeTech, Tom's Hardware and business publications, including Entrepreneur, Forbes and BNET. Ohlhorst was also the Executive Technology Editor for Ziff Davis Enterprise's eWeek and formerly the director of the CRN Test Center.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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