Network as the Inventory

netFLEX® Discover capabilities provide realtime inventory using the ‘network as source’ enabling service providers and operators with the most up-to-date representation as required for service instantiation and change, as well as for service assurance and understanding of realtime service path, topology, and correlation.

Direct, Active, & Accurate Inventory

netFLEX directly connects to and actively communicates with network elements (NEs) to discover the network from the network and automatically detect changes in near-realtime to ensure accurate inventory data of NEs, cards, services, and more.

  • Design & instantiate services from ‘as-is-inventory’
  • Eliminate provisioning errors caused by stale inventory data
  • Service assurance based on the ‘network as source’
  • Realtime service path for assurance automation
  • Equip network planners with accurate data on usage and utilization
  • Equip network engineers with accurate data on existing circuits and routes.
  • Stay on top of capacity management with a real understanding of network inventory
    • Don’t be surprised when you run out of capacity, and;
    • Don’t unintentionally grow network when network already exists

Open & Personalized Inventory

netFLEX inventory data is made easily accessible from its web-based reports and standard API framework.

  • Customizable reports provide a view of only what’s needed
  • Pinpoint NE and card locations
  • Discover available capacity
  • Reconcile stale OSS inventory data
  • Ensure that customers are not impacted during network grooms or migrations

Discovery – See it All!

netFLEX provides reporting of all auto-discovered elements, which users can query, sort, and filter to show just the data they need (UI or API). Available data includes:

  • Network element & equipment type
  • Vendor
  • Equipment type
  • In service status
  • Serial numbers if reported by the network element
  • Firmware revisions if reported by the network element
  • Graphical shelf views for supported equipment types
  • Vendor-specific information
  • And much much more…

WDM Usage & Utilization Reporting

netFLEX® provides usage and utilization reporting to help users identify available wave capacity, whether in a given WDM network element, or an entire WDM network. Available reports also include:

  • Wavelength Services
  • Facility
  • Neighbor
  • Network Layout
  • Wavelength Usage
  • Wavelength Usage Matrix

netFLEX® WDM usage and utilization reporting tells users precisely what they have in their network and how it’s being used.

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Wide Vendor and Technology Support

As with all netFLEX capabilities, its inventory features support a wide range of vendors and technologies including DWDM, OTN, DCI, SONET, and more, from leading vendors such as Adva, Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Nokia, and many more.

Resources

USE CASE: INVENTORY RECONCILIATION USE CASE: NETWORK-AS-THE-INVENTORY