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- Dashboard - Graphical User Interface (GUI)
The Dashboard is the first screen to appear after logging into the system. It provides an intuitive and easy-to-use graphical display with point-and-click/drag-and-drop operations for monitoring and management of all devices being managed by the system. The ADTRAN n-Command MSP GUI enables the network administrator to quickly and easily organize all the managed devices. To promote flexibility and customization for each n-Command MSP user, the system is designed so each user can drag and drop modules and resize or move them around within the screen to tailor the views.
ADTRAN VQM builds on QoS to provide a sophisticated level of network performance visibility. ADTRAN VQM examines VoIP data streams for each voice call, records the voice quality information, and enables network managers to identify problem areas in an easy-to-use, graphical interface. ADTRAN n-Command MSP collects VQM data from remote Total Access 900 Series and NetVanta equipment running voice. After each VoIP call is completed, the remote devices communicate with n-Command MSP via a low-bandwidth SIP message that includes the voice quality data such as MOS, delay, jitter, and dropped packets.
- Remote installation management and automated device discovery
Remote installation and automated device discovery are accomplished with the help of ADTRAN's "auto link" feature. This communication improves productivity by cutting costs and saving time. It is used for remote inventory and device management, configuration, and backup/restore operations, as well. ADTRAN's "auto link" feature enables remote devices to communicate with the central n-Command MSP server. Since the check-in is initiated from a remote device sitting behind the firewall, this allows firewall traversal while maintaining a customer's firewall protection and security. Remote devices use the ADTRAN "auto link" feature to check into the n-Command MSP server, opening up an IP session in the firewall. By detecting or setting the IP address of the n-Command MSP Server in remote devices, new devices can automatically contact the n-Command MSP Server upon turn-up. The n-Command MSP system also provides a visual update when a new device has been added to the network.
- Device inventory management
While the ADTRAN "auto link" feature enables automated device discovery, n-Command MSP tracks discovered devices into an inventory database and records device type, serial number, IP address, firmware version, system contact information, and other pertinent information decided upon by the network administrator or manager. Using the ADTRAN n-Command MSP system, network managers can quickly and easily see a complete listing of all managed devices and organize all managed devices for a visual display and for reporting of the field assets and inventory. Devices can be easily associated and labeled into groups to make it significantly quicker and easier to identify remote devices. User-defined device labels can be created easily or filters may also be applied for device organization. Additional user-defined fields can be created in the device tab for network-specific or service-provider specific information that users wish to record. Inventory data can be organized into labels such as customer name and location; and exported to a CSV file.
- Firmware management
The ADTRAN n-Command MSP offers an easy-to-use interface that enables network mangers to automate firmware upgrades to an individual or a group of remote devices. Once configured, the n-Command MSP system maintains a database repository for all AOS firmware files and knows which firmware to load for any managed device. Network managers can set up auto-running firmware jobs in the MSP system that will simplify firmware management and put network managers in full control allowing them to push new firmware updates to devices or roll-back to previous firmware revisions when necessary.
- Configuration management
In addition to firmware management, the ADTRAN n-Command MSP system also provides configuration management for the Total Access 900 Series and NetVanta devices. The ADTRAN n-Command MSP system enables network managers to create a job to update configurations by pushing device or interface configuration changes to remotely-managed devices and automate configuration restoration for individual or groups of managed devices. Managers can create a job to update configurations during s scheduled maintenance window. The n-Command MSP system enables network managers to install entire configuration files, pre-install configurations to a soon-to-be installed device, and make individual or global configuration changes to the network by pushing a Command Line Interface (CLI) Script to selected NetVanta or Total Access 900 devices. These scripts can be created, using the built-in CLI editor. Managers can also use n-Command MSP to roll-back to a previous configuration. This allows managers to see a history of previous configurations, as well as restore devices to a previous version of the startup configuration.
ADTRAN n-Command MSP is a powerful and easy-to-use network management system that provides monitoring and management for a wide range of ADTRAN business networking solutions. Using ADTRAN n-Command MSP can improve network operations and business-class Voice over IP (VoIP) performance for service providers and enterprise organizations who are implementing ADTRAN's industry-leading NetVanta and Total Access 900 Series equipment running the ADTRAN Operating System (AOS).
n-Command MSP is an appliance-based solution with options for the n-Command MSP Basic Server supporting up to 10,000 remote devices or the n-Command MSP Advanced Server supporting up to 25,000 remote devices. As increasing numbers of hosted and premise-based VoIP networks are deployed, it is becoming more important to implement a centralized network management framework. Network planners, operators, and managers require a system that empowers them to deal with the operational challenges and customer support demands associated with next-generation telecom services. Customers also expect to have the same, or higher, level of quality and reliability from these new-generation services as they had with traditional phone services.
VoIP and IP telephony applications involve call quality and performance management challenges that require an easy-to-use and sophisticated management system. The system should enable service providers and enterprise IT organizations to deliver on Service Level Agreements (SLAs), increase customer service response, reduce network downtime, and proactively monitor and report the performance of the VoIP network and users.