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layered maps with live links and zoomable pages

layered maps with live links and zoomable pages

a very useful feature would be layered  charts, each of the layers should produce distinct layers with links to the layer below/above

in the main map , users should be able to drill down through layers of structured diagrams. this is especially useful for large deployments where you cant see the forest as the trees get in the way


  • layer 1 is the wan architecture just showing sites and types of links between them
    • this should also be linkage into Network atlas and NTM ie NPM should be able to display this map and integrate each element
    • Each site , would be linkable in real time to layer 2
  • layer 2 is one page for each site,  the details in the site view could be varied ie only routing and switching gear
    • this shows just the network equipment at this site
    • if a user in NTM or NPM double clicks a site should in layer one, this page appears ie a zoom in function
    • allow user to go up(layer 1) or down(layer 3) and maybe sideways ( ie between sites)
  • layer 3 covers  all the devices that hang from later 2
    • show all the end user devices, NAS, SAN, FW, LB, WAN ACC, AS DNS etc etc
    • link into NCM, and other SW products

since we do that today with maps on maps to create the layered effect can you explain what you would want to function differently ?

-edit : thinking some more I do this manually with maps on maps but could see improvement with some of the new functionality added in the world map, some of the requested features for it like layout based on region/location and adding links and maybe ip sla.

-I would like Orion to auto generate layers/maps based on regions/locations (we could specify parent child or better yet make these based on groups and we can simply dynamic query location or any field to populate).

-I would like Orion to auto generate links between nodes on any one layer.

-I would like to be able to add manual links between nodes on any layer that cannot be discovered.

-I would like Orion to provide a mechanism to zoom between the layers (similar to how a map on a map works)

example- continents map with countries shown on map rolling up their status. Click on country to see states rolling up cities. Click through to see city rolling up building, rolling up floors , rolling up rooms, rolling up racks.

Now I'm dizzy.

But our cmdb imports into Solarwinds region:building:floor:room:rack:u position so that's how I would use it.

Level 7

All of this is very reminiscent of component based models of infrastructure and related services.  I find that the current iteration of Network Atlas is actually pretty good (if you import your own graphics etc from Visio).  However, of course it is not true layering, I suppose. I have had the requirement to make very "pretty" maps before and the default controls (Gauges, graphs, etc) does not lend themselves so much to this (a more sci-fi/Flash Playery kind of look, with animations, etc., especially for semi-realtime displays/dashboards). I have had to develop some custom pages that reference the SW NPM & APM databases directly.  (Something similar to the older versions of Quest Spotlight, where activity on the screen indicates actual activity of Services/Products/Infrastructure).

Finally...I would love to see a stronger focus on the integration of Frameworks such as ITIL, etc. that will provide stronger service management capabilities, Service Definitions, Compliance Monitoring, and document repositories.

Level 13

there should be a means to add your own visual layouts in a structure fashion. You then tell Orion what layer they are on and what their relationship is  you then indicate that this area/icon in visual  x should be mapped to NPM/NCM device Y. now Orion knows that the icon in visual x needs to be updated when there is a change.  The icon could be a device, a link or any object  now Orion know that there is a mapping and can update the visual as needed.  Since  there  is hierarchy, there is no a single page that has everything,  Since  there  is hierarchy, you see updates only on what layers you Are interested in Since  there  is hierarchy, the CPU is limited as only some views need to be visually updated. Since  there  is hierarchy, more than one user can look at the view they are interested in  Orion needs to take a look at They do hierarchy and do what we want.  If Orion does not get refreshed  and there are no HTML5 plans, we may look else ware for innovation and user driven solutions.