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OPNET Enables Network Diagramming on Mobile Platforms

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OPNET Enables Network Diagramming on Mobile Platforms

September 24, 2012
By Amanda Ciccatelli
TMCnet Web Editor

At OPNETWORK 2012 in August, OPNET unveiled that its network diagramming product NetMapper will now be available in HTML format, which means network diagrams will come to life on a mobile device.

These days, accurate and up-to-date infrastructure diagrams are essential for troubleshooting, regulatory compliance, planning and change management, so many organizations rely on manual diagramming processes. The effort needed to maintain up-to-date inventory and accurate network diagrams becomes increasingly difficult as networks become more complex.

Overcoming this challenge, OPNET’s NetMapper addresses generates up-to-date infrastructure diagrams and inventory reports. NetMapper’s analysis and reporting engine automatically discovers network elements and configuration, continuously captures network changes, creates high definition network diagrams by correlating configuration and operational data, understands multi-device relationships to generate physical and logical diagrams, and even archives diagrams to maintain historical information and track changes.

Now, NetMapper not only has up to date versions of diagrams, but an “access it anywhere” type approach by bringing it to HTML, hand held devices as well as mobile platforms.  

“I talk to customers on a regular basis who still have printouts that haven’t been updated. The network has changed a lot since then, but they are still using this outdated printout for any kind of troubleshooting,” Ankit Agarwal, associate vice president of Engineering at OPNET, told TMCnet in an exclusive interview. “A lot of organizations use the print out as the source of information about where the server is located or what are all of the devices that are connecting and serving this user since it’s the best they have.”

Anyone troubleshooting the problem can be located anywhere and can immediately look up where a specific device is located without losing any information about how it is configured or any other device information. 

When someone is fixing a problem, they typically have to leave their desk to go to the server room to move things around. “This is where the mobile device really helps,” explained Vinod Jeyachandran, vice president of Engineering and product manager at OPNET. “They just walk into the server room, start up the hand-held diagram and get things going.

“A lot of customers at OPNETWORK were excited about having this new availability,” said Agarwal. “More and more organizations are moving towards having a lot of their access done via mobile platforms.”

To find out more about OPNET Technologies (News - Alert) and Gurmeet Lamba, visit the company at ITEXPO. To be held Oct. 2-5 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, ITEXPO (News - Alert) offers an educational program to help corporate decision makers select the right IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications solutions to improve their operations. Lamba is speaking during “Migrating Your Apps to the Cloud: Planning and Key Considerations”. For more information on ITEXPO, click here.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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