Automate Network Documentation

Create customized diagrams and documents on-demand

Creating and maintaining accurate and up-to-date network documentation can be a full-time job. That’s why most enterprises simply lack the documentation they need for troubleshooting, regulatory compliance, and change management. NetBrain alleviates the burdens of manual documentation by automatically creating up-to-date diagrams, inventory reports, and design documents leveraging live network data.

How Automated Documentation Works

NetBrain leverages three advancements to automatically create up-to-date documentation. A deep network discovery provides the foundation (or network model) that NetBrain uses to generate documentation. Network diagrams and reports are then created on-demand to help users visualize the network segment they need to examine. All NetBrain documentation is kept up-to-date automatically by leveraging live network data, which is continuously collected by the system.

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Network Documentation Overview

A short introduction to NetBrain's network documentation methodology.

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Deep Network Discovery

NetBrain’s unique neighbor-walking discovery algorithm extracts detailed information from the network as it indexes each device. In addition to SNMP, NetBrain leverages Telnet and SSH to build a complex model of the network’s underlying design. In addition to device and topology information, NetBrain learns about the network’s routing, spanning-tree, multicasting design, and much more. This network model provides the foundation for rich documentation.

Deep Network Discovery

Discover Network from a Single Seed Device

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On-Demand Documentation

The convenience and time-savings associated with automation are wasted if it requires complicated setup and parameters to define. That’s why NetBrain’s documentation engine is intuitive and fast – allowing users to pull up the right documentation, for any network segment, in seconds. This is accomplished with on-demand mapping and one-click export:

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Automated Updates

One of the largest challenges associated with network documentation is keeping it updated to reflect dynamic changes in the network. NetBrain captures those changes automatically by taking routine snapshots of the network. These snapshots, or benchmarks, collect live network data to capture updates in configuration, routing, CDP/MAC/ARP tables, spanning-tree, and more. This keeps NetBrain’s model of the network highly accurate and reliable for the next time documentation is called upon. For network diagrams already exported to MS Visio, NetBrain can update them on a set schedule, automatically.

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Automated Updates

Schedule Recurring Benchmarks

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Network Documentation Use Cases

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Automate Network Documentation

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Automate Network Documentation