The Benefits of Comprehensive Observability and Potent Analytics for Enterprise Networks

A real-time, dynamic, and high-definition network map can often provide information about whether the network is functioning properly or whether there are problems with any particular device.


December 7, 2023

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The Benefits of Comprehensive Observability and Potent Analytics for Enterprise Networks
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Enterprises are accelerating their pace towards becoming networked, digital, and intelligent. As the foundation of digital infrastructure, network connectivity plays an increasingly important role in promoting digital transformation across industries. The total number of global connections is likely to reach 200 billion by 2030 as networks will evolve from connecting tens of billions of people to connecting hundreds of billions of things. New services such as next-generation human-machine interaction, housing and transportation integration, industrial interconnection, and AI computing are raising new requirements for network connections.

To keep up, the network needs to develop towards being automatic and intelligent, featuring native intelligence, holographic visibility, deterministic experience, high security and reliability, and integrated sensing.

Therefore, when the network stops working, key parts of any enterprise's business may come to a standstill, which may have dire consequences. Network operators must understand the relationships between devices and the paths that applications take across the network in real time.

However, today's networks have exploded due to the rapid growth of services, virtualization, and cloud services. Traditional networks, which used to rely on manual drawing management, collaboration, and single-area management, rely entirely on manual drawing. The status of network elements was maintained and managed through the configuration management database (CMDB). There were problems such as network connection, devices going online, offline, or being replaced, and delayed status updates. It relied heavily on manual maintenance and lacked full and accurate system-level management. Meanwhile, limited by topology drawing and collection accuracy, heterogeneous multi-vendor systems are managed independently, making it difficult to present a complete network picture. There is also a lack of system-level network full-picture visualization methods. There are multiple data islands and massive data are static and uncorrelated. Additionally, operational and maintenance data are siloed. 

The lack of a unified view that can centrally display the enterprise network health will lead to a poor network experience, numerous complaints about network faults, and a low efficiency of fault rectification. As such, network operations and maintenance will hamper the digital transformation pace of enterprises.

Network mapping is an ideal way to visualize all the devices on a network, determine how they are connected, and present the structure of the entire network. Network mapping can often provide information about whether the network is functioning properly or whether there are problems with any particular device.

This is where Huawei iMaster Network Digital Map comes in. Different from the conventional static network topology, this is a real-time, dynamic, and high-definition (HD) network map. On the basis of Huawei's autonomous driving network management and control system —Huawei iMaster NCE — the network digital map uses a host of key technologies such as big data computing engine, AI, search algorithms, route simulation, and verification algorithms to provide abundant capabilities, such as multi-dimensional network visibility, path navigation, search and positioning, deterministic application experience assurance, real-time visibility into network quality, rapid fault demarcation and locating, and self-healing.

All of this helps customers to switch the network O&M mode from the static topology-based O&M to the dynamic and HD digital map-based O&M. In this new mode, the network digital map intuitively displays the network status in real time, maximizing the network O&M efficiency.

Frost & Sullivan, a world-renowned growth consulting company, highly recognized Huawei iMaster NCE Network Digital Map technology innovation capabilities. Huawei iMaster NCE Network Digital Map has won the 2023 "Global Technology Leadership Award" from Frost & Sullivan for its leading technical features and global excellence.

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Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. Our integrated solutions cover four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services. Huawei’s portfolio includes enterprise wired and wireless LAN infrastructure offerings that serve millions of customers worldwide across industries, and those customers rate them highly.

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