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The Inventory Opportunity

An operator’s network inventory is never up-to-date.

With inventory being the foundation of the operation, every business function is impacted if it is wrong.

The more complex the network becomes through years of growth, M&A, multi-vendor and multi-technology… the bigger the impact.

Our Solution

$ Millions Saved Leveraging your Existing Network

DRI provides realtime access to the actual physical and logical network to deliver the inventory that you make decisions from.

We create the most accurate transport inventory across the most suppliers, technologies, overall network elements, for multiple generations. This inventory is then leveraged for network planning, design, activation, and assurance – critical to all automation.

Use Cases & Outcomes

Discover your unused network and capacity

Likely only 70% of your inventory is accurate. Reduce service delivery and assurance durations by 90% or more leveraging the ‘truth.’

Save time spent manually reconciling

Stop wasting time trying to maintain records while your network is constantly evolving.

Industry best practice reflects 3%-5% is ‘available’

Identify network and capacity that is already in place to reuse and grow – which means potentially tens of millions in savings.


Product Brief: Discover Realtime Inventory

Video: netFLEX DRI Ride-Along

Network as the Inventory

netFLEX® provides realtime inventory using the ‘network as the 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

    • 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.

Wide Vendor & 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, Infinera, Nokia, and many more.