That is the most detailed map I have ever seen. I am going to attempt to replicate that format.
Yes we still currently use Network Atlas because Orion maps cannot meet our needs.
All Maps must be legible when in NOC view. Orion maps on a projector for NOC view is impossible. It’s too busy cannot change anything. We also monitor temp for Datacenter. This is monitored from the Custom MIB Poller that is integrated into Network Atlas. We need to be able to create icons for L3 Encryptors and then assign them to an interface without monitoring the device in Solarwinds as a node.
The main issue with Orion Maps are the Lines. I cannot change the Color, Size and Type. I need a map to reflect Tunnels (Dash Line), Direct Connections(Solid Line), and Link size(Thicker line), Black Line for up status not Green.
I also need to have cloud or any icon to show remote sites and then be able to click remote site to see their architecture. (This is the nested Maps)
Here is a portion of a map I am working on. I really like that I can create manual connections between interfaces like I have done below, but I would like to have the discovered connection be removable, or have the option to aggregate the traffic stats from both manually defined connections. You can see that the discovered connection is using the stats from 1/0/9 and 1:1. When there are multiple discovered connections, it seems to choose just one and show the stats for it.
That is correct Adam - when there are multiple connections between two nodes, we consolidate those into a single line. What will be bubbled up to the top will be the connection with the worst status, based on hitting a threshold. There could be multiple types of connections between two entities, and some of our larger customers have quite a bit. The preference at times across many of you have been to show me when something is wrong, don't inundate me with every detail in my face at all times. Would you prefer to see all connections vs the rolled up status? If so, how would you envision that working?
What I would like to see if I am unable to hide the auto generated link, is the total from all links. As you can see in the picture it just shows the data from ten 1/0/9 to port 1:1, and does not include the traffic from 2/0/9 to 2:3.
The map should be showing 233.3 Mbps from the left switch and 174.49Mbps on the right switch.
This version is getting better! but I think it's still lacking some basic features. Some have mentioned previously, but I'll toss my votes in for the following:
Callahan - thanks for sharing feedback!
- Edit the line shape/format/color - JB - When you say "shape" of the connector - I assume you are referring to being able to create right angles or curved connections. We know this is important for reasons such as data density and something we hope to allow users to be able to do in a future release. I am trying to get this accomplished sooner than later. If you have any screenshots for what a "Clean Flow" looks like for you - I would love to see an example of it. Also curious what you would want to adjust color of the lines for? Do you not want these connections representing status conditions? The goal is to have some standardization there so curious what your thoughts are here as well.
- Heat Maps - JB - this is not something on the short term roadmap for the Orion Map project, but I know something jason.carrier is very interested in finding out if this feature is still valuable in your organization.
Thanks jblankjblank! in response to the bolded.
Correct on the right angle/curved connections, that'd be nice! But also the weight/thickness of the connector line as well. There are quick thick by default and can create overlapping portions when you have multiple connectors on an object. As for colour coding, I've used them differently in various organizations as a quick visualizer for things like bandwidth on links, different colours for 1/10/25/40/100 gb links (at their request). I've also used them to to display active/failover paths as well.
Heat Maps, we use currently use it, but not to what I think could be the full potential of it. If you're a Cisco shop, I think the DNA center appliance will cover a lot of these...but that's expensive. But if you're looking to offer some of that functionality, things like being able to see the AP that a user is connected on, and the current signal strength, along with historical session data (so you can capture the "It didn't work yesterday" type requests). Those would be handy!
Hey Michael - Thanks for your feedback on wireless heatmaps. If you've got some time, I'd love to jump on a call to discuss. Tracking where users and devices are connected to wireless networks is something I'm researching at the moment.
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