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12 Views and Reports

This chapter describes views and reports in Oracle Communications Network Intelligence.

About Views and Reports

A Network Intelligence view or report is a set of data that has been processed to show a usable set of information; for example:

  • The trails handled by a specific piece of equipment;

  • Links between nodes in a topology;

  • The routed path of a trail in a geographic map.

Views and reports for supported NEs in Network Intelligence are presented in the same order as in the context toolbar: network, site, topology, and so on. Reports for an individual NE are listed in the order displayed on the View panel for the entity.

Group views are views about an NE of a particular type in the network. Group views are available only when the entity is selected in the tree browser (for example, site group views are available only when the site is selected in the tree browser). Some NEs have no group views available (for example, network or topology).

About Network Views

A network offers the following views or reports, some of which are common to other network elements:

  • Network Node view

  • Equipment Search

  • Child Trails

  • Customer Bandwidth view

Network Node View

A logical view of the network's equipment nodes and their connecting trails. A network has nodes associated with it when a topology is assigned to reference a network.

Equipment Search View

A table view of the network's equipment from which you can filter the equipment by platform, type, definition, manufacturer, status, and date range.

Child Trails View

A filterable list of trails that reference nodes of the network.

This view is common to many supported entities in Network Intelligence and is described in "About Entity Type Trail Views".

Customer Bandwidth View

Lists the customers subscribing to a service carried on the network.

About Site Views

A site is the part of the network that contains equipment. A site uses a location to group one, or more sites. A location, in turn, uses an address to configure the geographical placement of sites.

A site offers the following views:

  • External Links view

  • Internal Links view

  • Resource Topology List view

  • Equipment Search view

  • Port Availability view

  • Terminating Child Trails view

  • All Child Trails view

Using the External Links View

The External Links view displays a graphical view of all of the external links from this site to other sites, and a tabular view of the trails.

This view has the same behavior as that described in the "About the Inter Site Pair Trail Mesh View".

Using the Internal Links View

The Internal Links view displays a graphical view of all of the internal links at this site. An internal link in this case means any link whose start site and end site are the same as the selected site.

This view has the same behavior as that described in the "About the Inter Site Trail Mesh Report".

Using the Resource Topology List View

The Topology List view is a list of all topologies that contain equipment located at the selected site. This view displays topologies whose trails do one of the following at the selected site:

  • Transit

  • Terminate

  • Transit and terminate

  • Transit or terminate

Using the Equipment Search View

The Equipment Search view displays a table showing the equipment at the site. The equipment can be filtered in the normal manner.

This view has the same behavior as that described in "Equipment Search View".

Using the Port Availability View

The Port Availability view displays a list of the current status and availability of all ports belonging to the equipment instances of the selected site. The status options for a port are:

  • In Service: The port has trails associated with it.

  • Planned: The port is in a planned state and so may not physically be created yet in the real network; use it for planning purposes.

  • Free: The port exists in the real network and is not carrying any trails, and therefore it is available to use for carrying a trail.

The Port Availability view can be filtered in the normal manner.

To generate the port availability view for the site:

  1. Select from the labels corresponding to the filters selected using the Filter Criteria tab:

    • Equipment platform

    • Equipment type

    • Equipment definition

    • Port definition

  2. Click to select the required criteria.

  3. Click Apply to generate the report.

Using the Trail Views

The trail views for the site are made up of the following views:

  • Terminating Child Trails view

  • All Child Trails view

These views are common to many supported entities in Network Intelligence, and are described in "About Entity Type Trail Views".

About Site Group Views

Site group views are views about all entities of the site type in the network. Site group views are available only when the site is selected in the tree browser.

The site group views are:

About Topology Views

Topology views vary depending on topology type (whether the topology is a resource topology or a service topology.) See the following topics:

Note:

There are no topology group views.

About Resource Topology Views

A topology offers the following views for resource topologies:

  • Utilization view

  • Link view

  • Path view

  • To Other Resource Topologies Network view

  • To Other Resource Topology Nodes Network view

  • Terminating Child Trails view

  • All Child Trails view

About Service Topology Views

A topology offers the following views for service topologies:

  • Utilization view

  • Terminating Child Trails view

  • All Child Trails view

About the Utilization View

This view displays the utilization of the selected topology in terms of path, link, and equipment utilization.

  • Link utilization:

    Each link is defined by name and equipment pair. Utilization is described by carrying traffic, utilization percentage, the number of used channels, the number of free channels, the monthly utilization growth measured in megabytes, the date at which the link entered service, and the date of exhaustion for the link.

  • Path utilization:

    Each path is defined by name and equipment pair. Utilization is described by carrying traffic, utilization percentage, the number of used channels, the number of free channels, the monthly utilization growth measured in megabytes, the date at which the path entered service, and the date of exhaustion for the path.

  • Equipment access slot utilization:

    Each equipment is defined by name and capacity. Utilization is described by the number of free slots, and the total number of slots.

  • Equipment access port utilization:

    Each equipment is defined by name, supported card type, and port definition. Utilization is described by the total number of ports, the number of in-service ports, the number of planned ports, and the number of free ports.

About the Link View

The Link view displays the topology nodes and their trail connections of type link in logical view format. The view displays all topology equipment (both main and access) and all of the links that connect them.

Path Core Links

Path core links are all path circuits that exist between a selected main node and all other main nodes in a topology.

Path Edge Links

Path edge links are all path circuits that exist between a selected main node and all other nodes that are not main nodes in this topology (for example, the other node may be an access node in this topology).

See the Network Intelligence Help for instructions about configuring the topology using the Link view.

About the Path View

The path view displays a logical view of all trails of type ”path”, and depicts the start and end nodes of all trails that appear on that topology.

The main links on the path view are the path circuits that exist between the selected node and all other main nodes in this topology, where an existing topology link exists between this node and the other main node in the topology.

The access links on the path view are the path circuits that exist between a selected main node and all other nodes that are not main nodes in this topology, where an existing path topology link exists between a selected main node and the other node (for example, the other node may be an access node in this topology).

The path view has the same behavior as the link view except that the trail selection criteria are based on transport path trails rather than link trails.

See the Network Intelligence Help for instructions about configuring the topology using the path view.

Removing Links

In the path view, if all links between a main node and an access node are removed, then this deletes all path links.

Removing Nodes

In the path view, if a main node is removed, this removes all links to this node, both main links and path links. It also removes any access node on other end of link.

If an access node is removed, this removes all links to this node, both main links and path links. It also removes any access node on the other end of the link.

About the To Other Resource Topologies Network View

The To Other Resource Topologies Network view displays how the topology is connected to other network topologies. The To Other Resource Topologies Network view allows filtering using the standard trail search filter.

See the Network Intelligence Help for instructions about filtering the view.

About the To Other Resource Topology Nodes Network View

The To Other Resource Topology Nodes Network view displays how the topology is connected to other network topology nodes.

The To Other Resource Topology Nodes Network view allows filtering using the standard trail search filter.

See the Network Intelligence Help for instructions about filtering the view.

About the Trail Views

The trail views for the topology are made up of the following views:

  • Terminating Child Trails view

  • All Child Trails view

These views are common to many supported entities in Network Intelligence and are described in "About Entity Type Trail Views".

About Equipment Views

An equipment offers the following views:

  • Equipment Details view

  • Elevation view

  • Hierarchy view

  • Logical view

  • Utilization view

  • External Links view

  • Internal Links view

  • Cross Connect view

  • Port Availability view

  • Port Trail Routing view

  • Terminating Child Trails view

  • All Child Trails view

  • Customer Trails view

About Equipment Views in Monitor Report Manager

An equipment also offers some reports available in Monitor Report Manager.

Select Equipment on the menu bar to view the following reports:

  • Platform Port Utilization report

  • Card In Slot Audit report

  • Filtered Platform Port Utilization report

  • Filtered Equipment Port Utilization report

  • Equipment Count report

  • Equipment Port Utilization report

  • Spare Card report

  • Equipment Card Utilization report

See "About Monitor Reports" for further information about these reports.

About the Equipment Details View

The details view is available when you double-click any equipment in the equipment tree browser, and displays information relating to the equipment.

  • Site: The name of the site that contains the equipment.

  • Name: The name of the equipment.

  • Platform: The equipment platform (for example, IP, Wireless, SDH).

  • Type: The equipment type (for example, ATM Type, Frame Type).

  • Definition: The equipment definition (for example, 10G ADM, 1664 SM, Access Node, Aggregation Node, Core Node).

  • Customer: The customer for the equipment.

  • Supplier: The hardware supplier (for example, Alcatel, Ericsson).

  • Network: The network to which the equipment belongs.

  • External Source: The source of the equipment (for example, Company A).

  • Status: The status of the equipment. The status is Planned by default, but may be changed to another status (for example, Planned Cease, Reserved in Service, Reserved Reprovide, Testing, and so on).

  • In Service Date: The date on which the equipment came into service.

  • Out Service Date: The date on which the equipment reaches exhaustion.

See the Network Intelligence Help for instructions about using the view.

Using the Elevation View

The Elevation view displays the physical layout of the equipment in terms of sub-rack, shelf, slot, card and sub-card entities. This view is normally modeled according to the equipment vendor's specifications.

Figure 12-1 shows part of the elevation view for an equipment called ADL03. It depicts several slots on a shelf within the sub-rack:

  • Slots 2 to 5 contain cards all of the same type ”ALC 2M1.”

  • The card label on the left in green comes from the Card Definition name and can be edited in the Equipment Definition tree browser by selecting the relevant card definition.

  • The card label on the right in blue is the actual card instance label, which can be edited by double-clicking the card. Card operations are described in detail later in this section.

  • Slot 6 is empty and does not currently contain a card.

  • The numbers at the base of each card refer to the total number of ports. For example, on the card in slot 2, the number of ports available is 21 (in red) and the number of ports free is 21 (in green). Therefore the card in slot 2 does not carry any traffic trails.

Figure 12-1 Equipment Elevation View

Description of Figure 12-1 follows
Description of "Figure 12-1 Equipment Elevation View"

See the Network Intelligence Help for instructions about using the view.

About the Hierarchy View

The hierarchy view displays the equipment entities as a hierarchical view of parents and children, from left to right in the following order:

  • Equipment

  • Sub-rack

  • Shelf

  • Slot

  • Card

  • Port

  • Logical Port

  • Trail

See the Network Intelligence Help for instructions about using the view.

About the Logical View

The logical view displays the equipment layout in terms of its external (leaving the equipment site) and internal (connecting this equipment to anther equipment in the same site) physical link connections.

Figure 12-2 Equipment Logical View

Shows a logical view of an equipment.

In Figure 12-2, the left side of the logical view depicts the inbound port connections to this equipment from other equipment in different network sites. Also shown are the termination ports on the local equipment.

The outbound port connections (not shown) are on the right side of the equipment node, and depict the internal physical link connections from this equipment to other equipment in the same network site.

The link channels are shown as lines emanating from the rectangle of the node:

  • Empty link channels are colored gray

  • Link channels that are occupied are colored blue

See the Network Intelligence Help for instructions about using the view.

About the Utilization View

The Utilization view displays all utilization views for the equipment. The Utilization view displays average utilization views for the equipment in terms of:

  • Aggregate link channel utilization

  • Aggregate path channel utilization

  • Equipment access slot utilization

  • Equipment access port utilization

Double-click any row in the view to drill down to the details view (either trail or equipment) for that entity.

About the External Links View

The External Links view displays a graphical view of all of the link trails from the equipment to external equipment in the network.

This view has the same behavior as that described in the Inter Site Trail Mesh report. See "About the Inter Site Trail Mesh Report".

About the Internal Links View

The Internal Links view displays a graphical view of all of the trail links from the equipment to other internal equipment within the same site.

This view has the same behavior as that described in the inter equipment trail mesh report.

See "About the Inter Equipment Trail Mesh Report".

About the Cross Connect View

The cross connect view displays all connections between two logical or physical ports within an equipment.

Each cross connect is defined by values such as the site in which the equipment resides, originating and terminating cards, originating and terminating physical ports, protection status, originating and terminating logical ports (if they exist), and by cross connect utilization percentage, capacity, and status. The cross connect view also lists the capacity enabled for the cross connect, and the number of free and used ports.

You can right-click a protected cross-connect and select View Protection to see the cross connect for the protection trail.

Details about the originating cards and ports (A Card, A Physical Port, and so on) are presented together, as are the corresponding data about terminating entities (Z Card, Z Logical Port, and so on.)

Note:

You cannot create, edit, or delete cross connects using Network Intelligence.

About the Port Availability View

The Port Availability view displays a list view of the current status and availability of all ports on the equipment. This view can be filtered by port capacity and port status.

The ports are defined in terms of:

  • Location: the site location of the equipment

  • Equipment: the equipment to which the port availability applies

  • Resource Topology: the resource topology to which the equipment belongs (for example, national, south-east, central).

  • Platform: the platform type (for example, Carrier Ethernet, SDH).

  • Type: the equipment type (for example, SDH Type).

  • Definition: the equipment definition (for example, 10G ADM).

  • Card Type: the card type (for example, AXD S 16.S1, AXD S64.2).

  • Port Definition: the port definition (for example, SRTM-16, STM-64).

  • Total: the total number of ports on the equipment.

  • In Service: the number of ports on the equipment that are in use.

  • Planned: the number of ports on the equipment that have a status of planned.

  • Free: the number of ports on the equipment that are available for use.

About the Port Trail Routing View

The Port Trail Routing view presents a list view of the complete network traversal of every presented trail on the equipment's ports. The traversal information includes all logical network routing information (trail names) and all physical network routing information (link trails and traversed equipment names, slots, and port numbers).

The logical and physical routing information is also presented for the trail's protection path, if available, or modeled. This information includes:

  • Main path trail equipment

  • Standby path trail equipment

  • Main path trail routing

  • Standby path trail routing.

Working with Trail Views

The trail views for the equipment are made up of the following views:

  • Terminating Child Trails view

  • All Child Trails view

These views are common to many supported entities in Network Intelligence, and are described in "About Entity Type Trail Views".

If you use the Child Trails view to search for circuits, the search returns not only direct children of the circuit, but if the selected circuit is a protecting circuit, then the view shows children of the protected circuit as well.

See the Network Intelligence Help for instructions about using the view.

About Equipment Group Views

The equipment group views are:

  • Port Availability view

  • Inter Equipment Trail Geographic report

  • Inter Equipment Trail Mesh report

  • Inter Equipment Pair Trail Mesh view

  • Cross Connect view

About the Port Availability (Group) View

Use the Port Availability view to view the current status and availability of all ports on all equipment in the network. You can filter the view by equipment type, equipment platform, and port definition.

See "Using the Port Availability View", which applies to an equipment instance in the network, for further information about the fields used to define ports in the table.

About the Inter Equipment Trail Geographic (Group) Report

Use this view to select equipment entities and combine them with filter criteria to specify a set of network links. Each node on the map represents an equipment entity and each link in the map represents a collection of links between two equipment entities.

See "Inter Equipment Trail Geographic Reports", which applies to an equipment instance in the network, for further information about this report type.

About the Inter Equipment Trail Mesh (Group) Report

Use this view to display the links for a chosen capacity between selected network equipment. Search for inter equipment mesh views using trail filters.

See "About the Inter Equipment Trail Mesh Report", which applies to an equipment instance in the network, for further information about this report.

About the Inter Equipment Pair Trail Mesh (Group) View

Use this view to select equipment pairs in the network, rather than single equipment. The behavior of this view is similar to the "About the Inter Equipment Trail Mesh (Group) Report".

See "About the Inter Equipment Pair Trail Mesh View", which applies to an equipment instance in the network, for further information about this report.

About the Cross Connect Report (Group) View

Use this view to display connections between two logical, or physical, ports within the equipment in the network. If you run this report with using filter options, it may take some time to complete.

Note:

The view does not reflect the current capacity utilization, number of available ports, and so on until the view is refreshed.

See "About the Cross Connect View", which applies to an equipment instance in the network, for further information about this view.

About Trail Views

A trail offers the following views:

  • Trail view

  • Payload view

  • Parent Hierarchy view

  • Equipment Traversal view

  • Geographical Map view

  • Hop by Hop Routing report

  • Child Trails

  • Customer Trails view

  • Trail Costs

About the Trail View

Double-click the trail to display the trail view. This view defines the trail in terms of the following:

  • Name: The name of the trail.

  • Service: The supported service (for example, ATM, IP Business, Path).

  • Trail Group: The supported trail group (for example, PDH Trail, SDH Path).

  • Trail Definitions: The supported trail definition (for example, 2MB, E1).

  • Capacity: The supported capacity (for example, 10 MB, 1 GB).

  • Customer: The supported customer.

  • A Site: The name of the originating site.

  • Z Site: The name of the terminating site.

  • A Equipment: The name of the originating equipment.

  • Z Equipment: The name of the terminating equipment.

  • A Physical Port: The A physical port.

  • Z Physical Port: The Z physical port.

  • A Logical Port: The A logical port (if logical ports are created in the model; not all trails require logical ports).

  • Z Logical Port: The Z logical port (if logical ports are created in the model; not all trails require logical ports).

  • Status: The trail status (for example, Ceased, Faulty, Free, In Service, ONI Planned)-where ONI signifies Oracle Network Intelligence.

  • Direction: The trail direction (for example, BothWays, Incoming, Outgoing).

  • Protection: The protection status for the trail (Protected, Protection, Unprotected).

  • Protecting Trail: The protecting trail for this trail.

  • Presentation: The presentation type for the service demand (for example, CHS, CSH, ISH, ISI, or Normal).

  • Route: The name of the route.

  • Routed Status: The routed status (for example, Routed, Partially Routed, Unrouted).

  • SequenceNo: The sequence number of the trail.

  • Supplier: The supported supplier (for example, Alcatel, Ericsson).

  • Media Type: The supported media type (for example, Coax, Dark Fibre, Fibre).

  • External Source: The inventory source.

  • InService Date: The date on which the trail came into service.

  • OutService Date: The date on which the trail is due to be exhausted.

To further refine the trail search, use the Searchable Site Fields, or the external attribute fields.

Click Search to return the required entities, or click Reset to clear all the search fields.

Note:

In Edit mode, using the enabled search buttons '...', you can edit the start and end (A and Z) Site, Equipment, Port, and Logical Port values. Do not do this if the trail has been loaded from a master inventory source.

Tip:

Leaving all search fields blank returns all network elements of that particular type.

Generating a Trail Name

On a trail view, you can automatically generate a name for the trail by selecting Edit to enable configuration of the trail, and clicking Generate Name beside the Name field to create a name for the trail. There are two possible results, depending on the type of trail:

  • If the trail is between sites, Network Intelligence concatenates the names of the A Site and Z Site, the trail capacity, and the next available sequence number for the trail, to create a name of the form: ASite-ZSite/Capacity/001.

  • If the trail is between equipment, Network Intelligence concatenates the names of the A Equipment and Z Equipment, the trail capacity, and the next available sequence number for the trail, to create a name of the form: AEquipment-ZEquipment/Capacity/001.

The sequence number allocated in this name is the next available to a trail, and does not match the sequence number listed in the SequenceNo field in the trail view.

If you modify any of the elements that comprise the trail name (for example, the A Site, Z Site, or capacity) click Generate Name again to update the name to include the new element.

You can update the database function create_trail_name to change the implementation of trail naming in Network Intelligence.

See Network Intelligence Developer's Guide for further information on configuring database functions.

When you have configured the trail, click Next, then Save to commit the changes to the database, and to display the new trail name in the GUI.

About the Payload View

This view presents the trail's payload timeslots or channels graphically. This view only applies to trails that are structured (have child channels or time slots that carry other trails.) The view displays both timeslot and trail entities. Timeslot entities are colored mustard and trail entities are colored blue.

See the Network Intelligence Help for instructions about using the view. Related topics include:

  • Editing entity relationships

  • Adding a trail to a structured trail

  • Adding a trail to an unstructured trail

  • Removing a trail from a trail holder

  • Moving a trail between trail holders

  • Removing a trail holder from an unstructured trail

About the Traversal View

The traversal views display a trail's routed path across the network in terms of the equipment used, and the different trails that transport it.

About the Parent Hierarchy View

This view displays both graphical and textual parent-child hierarchical representations of the trail's equipment linked by a parent trail.

About the Graphical View

Click the Graphic tab to display the graphical view. The graphical view displays the parent equipment nodes for the trail, and parent links and timeslots of the parent's links (if the trails are channelized). The graphical view contains powerful editing capability to allow the removal or insertion of trail parents. You can add a parent link to a trail. The color-coding of trails in the parent hierarchy view is the same as that used in the equipment traversal view.

See "About the Equipment Traversal View" for more information.

Sometimes parent links timeslots for a trail are loaded into Network Intelligence in the wrong order, such that the end-to-end trail does not align correctly as it proceeds from site to site. To fix this problem, the parent links must be correctly ordered 1, 2, and so on. See the Network Intelligence Help for instructions about changing the sequence number of a trail's timeslot.

About the Textual View

Click the Text tab to display the textual view, defined in terms of:

  • Trail: the name of the parent trail.

  • Site: the name of the site on which the node carrying the trail originates.

  • Node: the name of the node on which the trail originates.

  • Platform: the trail technology (for example, SDH).

  • Node Type: the type of the node.

  • Node Definition: the definition of the node.

  • Shelf Name: the name of the shelf bearing the slot on which the card is located.

  • Slot Name: the name of the slot on the shelf.

  • Card Name: the name of the card on the slot.

  • Port Name: the name of the port on the card.

  • Port Number: the sequence number of the port on card.

See the Network Intelligence Help for instructions about using the view. Related topics include:

  • Adding a trail holder and parent trail to a trail

  • Removing a trail from a trail holder

  • Removing the parent trail holder of an unstructured trail

  • Moving a trail between trail holders

About the Equipment Traversal View

This view displays both graphical and textual A-to-Z network traversal representations of the trail's equipment linked by a parent trail.

About the Graphical View

The Graphic tab displays a graphical A-to-Z network traversal representation of the trail's equipment linked by a parent trail. A symbol is used to denote that a parent path or parent link is unrouted.

Figure 12-3 shows part of an equipment traversal view.

Figure 12-3 Network Traversal Representation of a Trail's Equipment

Displays a representation of a trail’s equipment.

Where:

km length is a cumulation of all trail lengths, in kilometers.

Total Hops is made up of:

  • Inter hops (the number of hops between sites). For example, underground cables between cities;

  • Intra hops (the number of hops within a site). For example, cables between racks in a building;

Double-click to view any GUI element (for example, the LKY site icon or the STM-16 1 equipment icon). Dashed, vertical lines divide the sites (for example, LKY from CBR). Horizontal lines of various colors depict different trail types:

  • Path: Light-blue

  • Link: Mid-blue

  • Trail: Lilac

  • Timeslot: Yellow

The colors used to represent different trail types in the equipment traversal view are also displayed in the parent hierarchy view. See "About the Parent Hierarchy View".

About the Text View

The Text tab displays a textual A-to-Z network traversal representation of the trail's equipment linked by a parent trail.

About the Geographical Map View

The Geographical Map view displays the path routing of the trail in terms of nodes and links, with the nodes placed according to geographical location coordinates.

The nodes that are displayed in the map view are equipment nodes. When multiple equipment displayed in the view belong to the same site, they can appear on top of each other because they have the same location coordinates. The view is more useful for showing nodes in physically separate sites connected by links.

Double-click a node to display the equipment detail view. Double-click a link to display the link detail view.

Note:

The Geographical Map view is displayed only if you have Oracle Application Server MapViewer (MapViewer) configured and running in the application server.

See Network Intelligence Installation Guide for further information about licensing and installing MapViewer.

See the Network Intelligence Help for instructions about using the view. Related topics include:

  • Viewing link layers

About the Hop by Hop Routing View

The Hop by Hop Routing view depicts, in tabular format, all individual hops on the trail for an end to end circuit. The hops displayed can be either of the following:

  • Inter hops (the number of hops between sites). For example, underground cables between cities.

  • Intra hops (the number of hops within a site). For example, cables between racks in a building.

So, for example, on a VC-12 circuit consisting of six individual trails, the Hop by Hop Routing view displays a table listing each hop defined by:

  • Ingress Equipment: The originating equipment for the trail making up the hop.

  • Ingress Port: The originating port for the trail making up the hop.

  • Ingress Logical Port: The originating logical port for the trail making up the hop.

  • Trail Name: The name of the trail making up the hop; for more information on trail naming conventions, see "Generating a Trail Name".

  • Channel Position: The sequence number of the timeslot or channel, position held by the trail.

  • Protection Status: The protection status for the trail making up the hop. See "About Protection Trails" for more information.

  • Egress Equipment: The terminating equipment for the trail making up the hop.

  • Egress Port: The terminating port for the trail making up the hop.

  • Egress Logical Port: The terminating logical port for the trail making up the hop.

Note:

Unlike most table views, you cannot sort the trails by column, or otherwise alter the fixed trail sequence shown in this view.

About the Child Trails View

This view is common to many supported entities in Network Intelligence, and is described in "About Entity Type Trail Views".

About the Customer Trails View

The customer trails view displays a detailed list of all customer traffic the trail is carrying. The list view uses the trail search filter.

About Trail Group Views

There are several trail group views. These views display data for a related group of trails.

  • Trail Channel Utilization view

  • Trail Cumulative Channel Utilization view

  • Trail Node to Node Utilization view

  • Trail Media Breakdown view

  • Long Trails view

  • Trail Hop Optimization view

  • Site Trail Utilization view

  • Leased Line Utilization report

About the Trail Channel Utilization View

The Trail Channel Utilization view is a tabular view that shows the payload utilization of link and path trails.

The list view uses the trail search filter. You can filter on:

  • Trail Group: select from the trail group type (for example, link, trail, path, undefined).

  • Capacity: filter on the capacity of the trail.

  • Fill percentage: select trails with utilization greater than, or equal to, the fill setting. The percentage values are 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, or 100.

  • Trail Definition: filter on the trail definition (for example, 100Mb Ethernet Bearer).

  • A Node, or Z Node, Platform: the platform of the originating and terminating nodes (for example, SDH).

  • A Node, or Z Node, Definition: the definition of the originating and terminating nodes (for example, 1664 SM).

After the utilization percentage is set, the view returns only trails with utilization greater than, or equal to, the fill setting.

You can also include full and protected trails.

About the Trail Cumulative Channel Utilization View

The Trail Cumulative Channel Utilization view is a tabular view that shows the channel utilization of link and path trails. This is the same view as the trail channel utilization view, except that the utilization is cumulatively summed for all trails that share the same start and end equipment.

The Trail Cumulative Channel Utilization view also displays cumulative utilization for all equipment that shares the same start- and end location (these are known as inter-site trails).

See "About the Trail Channel Utilization View".

About the Trail Media Breakdown View

The Trail Media Breakdown view is a detailed list report for each trail level in the network. It provides a complete breakdown of the number of hops per media type used by a particular trail group and capacity.

The trail media breakdown view uses the trail search filter.

About the Long Trails View

The Long Trails view finds trails for the chosen filter settings that have the greatest number of physical hops in the network. These trails may then be considered candidates for rerouting more efficiently using Trail Routing Manager to free up potentially very useful capacity. See "Routing Trails".

The Long Trails view uses the trail search filter.

About the Customer Group View

Use the Customer Group view to group several customers to analyze their accumulated trails and utilizations. The list view uses the trail search filter.

About the Trail Hop Optimization View

The Trail Hop Optimization view finds trails at the chosen capacity that have been inefficiently routed, and presents more optimal solution links for suggested reroutes of these trails. The optimization algorithm is based on considering the least number of physical hops.

About the Site Trail Utilization View

The Site Trail Utilization view is specific to the Z Site, as the Z Site functions as an interconnect site in some configurations. There is no A site filter for this view.

You can filter on:

  • Z Site Search: Find the required site.

  • Incumbent: The incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC).

  • State: Select the state in which the site is located.

  • Area: Select the specific area in which the site is located.

  • Capacity: Select the capacity of the trail.

  • Service Group: Select the service group that applies to the trail.

  • Legacy Company: Select the legacy company that applies to the trail.

  • Trail Group: Select the trail group that applies to the trail.

  • Fill percentage: Select trails with utilization greater than, or equal to, the fill setting. The percentage values are from 0 to 100, in 5 percent increments.

    After the utilization percentage is set, the view returns only trails with utilization greater than, or equal to, the fill setting.

About Route Views

A route offers the following views:

  • Route Diversity view

  • Route Diversity Logical view

  • Customer Bandwidth report

  • Child Trails

  • Service view

About the Route Diversity View

The Route Diversity view displays the diversity of a selected route. Data is shown for equipment, link, and location diversity. The different network routes are also depicted with a list of all of the trails that belong to this route.

Viewing Trail Entities Routed Over Selected Route Path

Click a route path row to highlight in the trail list those trail entities that are routed over the selected route path.

Viewing a Trail

Double-click any trail in the trail list to display the standard trail view.

About the Route Diversity Logical View

The Route Diversity Logical view displays a graphical diversity view of the route. Each route path can be selected, and for each selection the route path is displayed graphically in terms of the equipment and connecting trail links of the route path.

This view is an equipment mesh view and behaves identically to other equipment mesh views. See "About the Inter Equipment Trail Mesh Report".

About the Customer Bandwidth Report

The Customer Bandwidth report displays all of the customers carried on the network A-Z route ordered alphabetically, including their capacity/bandwidth utilization on the route.

Viewing Customer Details

Double-click a row to open the customer details view.

About the Trail View

The trail view for the route is the following view:

  • Child Trails

This view is common to many supported entities in Network Intelligence, which are described in "About Entity Type Trail Views".

About the Service View

The service view displays the service associated with this route.

About Route Group Views

A route offers the following group views:

  • Major Route Traffic report

  • A and Z Site Selection Route

Using the Major Route Traffic Report

The Major Route Traffic report displays the trail growth on all links between any two sites in the network over a specified interval of time. By default, the link with the most growth is at the top.

The list view uses the trail search filter.

Viewing Trails of a Particular Route

Double-click a row of the report to open a list view of trails of the particular route.

Using the A And Z Site Selection Route Reports

You can use the A and Z Site Selection Route reports to:

  • Select an A Site and Z Site pair.

  • Specify a capacity level between the two sites (the default is for all capacities to be selected).

  • Select a customer for the service.

  • Apply a service to the route.

  • Set the creation date, and the in-service date.

The following reports are generated:

  • Route Utilization: Outlines the utilization for each link.

  • Summary: Provides a summary of the bandwidth total and the bandwidth used, and lists all trails between the two sites.

  • Carried Customers: Details the customer bandwidth, associated capacity, number of trails per capacity, and the total bandwidth.

For information on setting thresholds, see "About the Inter Site Pair Trail Mesh View".

About Service Views

A service offers the following views:

  • Customer Bandwidth view

  • Child Trails

  • Network Mesh view

  • Service Definition

  • Service Topology List

About the Customer Bandwidth View

The Customer Bandwidth view lists each customer of this service, and the amount and type of bandwidth being used by each customer.

To generate the Customer Bandwidth view, click the Date Range tab, enter the dates for which the bandwidth view applies, and generate the report.

Displaying a Customer View

Double-click any customer in the generated report to display a customer view.

About the Child Trails View

The Child Trails view is common to many supported entities in Network Intelligence. See "About Entity Type Trail Views" for information about this view.

About the Network Mesh View

The Network Mesh view displays a logical topology view of all of the trails of the service with node connectivity.

There are two parts to this view, the mesh view and the trail list. The trail search filter is used by the Network Mesh view.

About the Service Definition View

Use this view to see what service definition this service references.

You can use the service definition to view the policy and the set of rules constraints for the service.

About the Service Topology List

The Service Topology List view displays a table of all topologies associated with this service.

About Service Group Views

Service group views are views about all entities of the service type in the network. Service group views are available only when the service is selected in the tree browser.

The service group views are:

  • Service Network Mesh report.

About the Service Network Mesh Report

The Service Network Mesh report displays a mesh view of the service network.

There are two parts to this view, the mesh view and the trail list. The trail search filter is used by the Service Network Mesh report.

About Policy Views

A policy offers the following views:

Note:

There are no policy group views.

About Plan Views

The views offered for a plan depend on the plan type:

About Configuration Plan Views

A configuration plan offers the following view:

  • Configuration Change report.

About the Configuration Change Report

The configuration change report is a table listing all configuration actions recorded against the configuration plan. The most recent actions are listed first. Actions are defined by:

  • Configuration: The action type (for example, Add, Remove, Modify, Create, Delete, and so on).

  • Entity: The entity created, modified, or deleted.

  • Name: The name of the entity.

  • Description: Further information about the configuration action.

  • Field Name: The name of the field modified (for example, Status, Service, Name, and so on).

  • Old Value: The value of the field before the modification (for example, for a trail currently in use, but planned for decommissioning, In Service).

  • New Value: The value of the field after the modification (for example, for a trail that has been taken out of commission, Ceased).

  • Child Entity: The type of the child of the entity (for example, ports and cards are children of an equipment).

  • Child Name: The name of the child of the entity.

  • Child Description: A full description of the child entity (for example, for a port, Site/Equipment/Sub Rack/Shelf/Slot/Card/Port).

  • Changed By: The user who carried out the configuration action.

  • Time: When the configuration action took place.

Figure 12-4 shows part of a configuration plan.

Figure 12-4 Sample Configuration Plan

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About Customer Views

A customer offers the following views:

  • Network Site Mesh view

  • Sites List view

  • Equipment view

  • Child Trails

Note:

There are no customer group views.

About the Network Site Mesh View

The Network Site Mesh view for a customer displays the trails and sites in the network for a customer.

There are two parts to this view, the mesh view and the trail list. The trail search filter is used by this view.

The mesh view takes the collection of trails returned by the filter and displays the customer network in a graphical mesh representation. The nodes displayed are the equipment referenced by the trails.

The trail list view provides a table of all the trail links found in the customer network matching the filtered criteria.

Viewing the Trails Making Up The Route

Double-click a route (row) in the mesh view to display a list of trails making up the route.

About the Sites List View

The Sites List view displays a list of all of the sites in the network transiting or terminating the selected customer's trails. The sites are defined by name, address, type, country, and geographical coordinates (easting and northing, where easting specifies the eastward-measured distance (x-coordinate) and northing specifies the northward-measured distance (y-coordinate)).

About the Equipment View

The Equipment view for a customer displays a list of all of the equipment referenced to the selected customer.

The equipment can be filtered as follows:

  1. Select from the labels corresponding to the equipment filters:

    • Equipment platform

    • Equipment type

    • Equipment template

    • Port capacity

  2. Click to select the required equipment.

  3. Click Apply to generate the view.

About the Trail Views

The Child Trails view is common to many supported entities in Network Intelligence. See "About Entity Type Trail Views" for information about this view.

About Capacity Views

A capacity has no views or group views.

About Resource Group Views

A resource group has no views or group views.

About Geographic Map Views

A geographic map view displays a network map, containing network nodes and network links, overlaid on a geographic map background. Geographic map views display the real-life physical placement of network nodes and links. Nodes are placed according to their geometric coordinates.

First ensure that Oracle Application Server MapViewer has been correctly installed and configured, as specified in the MapViewer installation guide, and in Network Intelligence Installation Guide, in particular the chapters on system requirements and pre-installation tasks.

Note:

Geographic map views work correctly only if correct map data is loaded, and each site has a correct coordinate value. A detailed explanation about configuring Network Intelligence for map display is in Network Intelligence Installation Guide and Network Intelligence Developer's Guide.

The following geographic map views are available:

Inter Site Trail Geographic Reports

Use this view to select sites and combine them with filter criteria to specify a set of network links. Each node on the map represents a site and each link in the map represents a collection of links between any two sites.

To access the Inter Site Trail Geographic report, navigate to the site tree browser, and select the collection report icon (indicated by an arrow).

Figure 12-5 shows a collection of links between sites in the western United States.

Figure 12-5 Sample Inter Site Trail Geographic Report

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Inter Equipment Trail Geographic Reports

Use this view to select a list of equipment entities and combine them with filter criteria to specify a set of network links. Each node on the map represents an equipment entity and each link in the map represents a collection of links between any two equipment entities.

Trail Traversal Geographic Map Views

Use this view to see the routed path of a trail in a geographic map. The path of a trail from start node to end node is drawn with all intermediate hub nodes.

About Common Behaviors in Map View

The behaviors described in this section are common to all map views.

Fixed Placement of Nodes and Links

Nodes and links are not movable: they are rendered according to geographical coordinates.

Logical graphical views, which exist elsewhere in the application, place nodes and links in a graphical view, in a non-geographical format. The nodes and views can be moved around in these views. Use the logical type views to lay out nodes and links in a custom format

Label Interactor Shows More Detail

When you move over a node or link with the mouse, more details about the node or link appear at the top of the map panel, in the label interactor.

Entity Drilldown

When you double-click a node, the detail view of the entity is displayed. For site-based nodes, double-click to display the detail view of the selected site in the main application workbench. For equipment-based nodes, double-click to display the detail view of the selected equipment in the main application workbench.

When you double-click a link, its child trails are displayed in a table. Double-click a trail in the table to display the detail view of the selected link in the main application workbench.

Map View Menu Options

The map view displays these menu options:

  • Show Legend: Displays a legend explaining the nodes and links in the current view.

  • Print: Prints the current geographic view.

  • Save As Visible Image: Saves the current geographical image as a JPEG.

  • Link Layers: Select separate layers for paths (bearers) and trails (transports.)

Geographic View Transformation Toolbar Operations

At the top right-hand corner of the graphic screen, a toolbar displays the following buttons:

  • Reset

  • Zoom in

  • Zoom out

  • Zoom rectangle

  • Pan

Note:

Clicking a button in this group defines the mouse pointer behavior until you click a different button.

Resetting the Geographic Map

Resetting the geographic map returns the map view to the initial display setting. If you zoom in or out too far, the reset button returns the map to full view.

Zooming and Panning

Zooming increases or decreases the scale of a map view. Panning selects a specific click point as the center of a map view.

About Route Links

The Inter Site Trail Geographic report and Inter Equipment Trail Geographic report each contain a Route Links tab. This tab displays the routes between each node pair. Double-click a row to display a window containing a list of all the trails that comprise each route link. Table 12-1 shows the route link definitions.

Table 12-1 Route Links Definitions

Attribute Description

Utilization

The total cumulative bandwidth utilization of all the trails that comprise the route link.

Total Slots

The total number of aggregated slots of all the trails that comprise the route link.

Free Slots

The total number of aggregated free slots of all the trails that comprise the route link. A free slot is a path or timeslot that does not have a reference to a child trail.

Monthly Update

The monthly uptake in megabytes of the route referenced by the route link. This value is the rate of growth per month in carried traffic on this route link. It is an average value of the individual growths of each trail making up the route link.

Exhaustion Date

This is the calculated exhaustion date of the route and is based on the current monthly uptake based on past time periods.


About the Trail List

The Inter Site Trail Geographic report and Inter Equipment Trail Geographic report each contain a Trail List tab. This tab displays the trails that compose the links in the geographic view. Double-click a row to display the trail detail view of the trail referenced in the selected row.

About Monitor Reports

Table 12-2 displays the reports available in Monitor Report Manager.

Table 12-2 Monitor Reports

Type Name Description

Cost report

Leased Circuit Total Costs By Vendor

Displays total leased circuits costs By vendor.

Cost report

Leased Circuit Detail Costs By Vendor

Displays detailed leased circuits costs By vendor.

Equipment report

Filtered Equipment Port Utilization report

Details the utilization of matrix, slots, cards, and ports of an equipment filtered on capacities.

Equipment report

Filtered Platform Port Utilization report

Details the utilization of matrix, slots, cards, and ports equipment by platform filtered on capacities.

Equipment report

Equipment Count report

Details equipment inventory totals by equipment type, equipment sub type, equipment definition, and status.

Equipment report

Card In Slot Audit report

Displays the slots and their occupying cards for equipment.

Equipment report

Equipment Port Utilization report

Details the utilization of matrix, slots, cards, and ports for an equipment.

Equipment report

Platform Port Utilization report

Details the utilization of matrix, slots, cards, and ports equipment, by platform.

Equipment report

Equipment Card Utilization report

Details the utilization of cards on an equipment.

Equipment report

Spare Card report

Details all cards in the inventory model that are not carrying traffic.

Forecast Tracking report

Forecast Excess List report

Lists all forecasts that have not been breached.

Forecast Tracking report

Forecast Breach List report

Lists all forecasts that have been breached.

Location report

Location Port Utilization report

Details the utilization levels of ports in a network location, defined by switch, transmission service connection, and service ports.

Location report

Location Service Port Utilization report

Details the utilization levels of ports in a network location, based on equipment definition within the location.

Location report

Location Link Utilization Threshold report

Provides information on imminent link payload exhaustion from a particular network location to another network location.

Route report

Filtered Route Utilization report

Details the utilization of routes filtered on capacities.

Route report

Route Utilization report

Details the utilization of routes.

Topology reports

Topology Count report

Displays topologies by type and status.

Topology reports

Topology Utilization report

Lists the capacity utilization of the payload timeslots and service connection ports for every topology.

Topology reports

Topology Count Month On Month report

Displays the year on year inventory count differences; the year is calculated as the twelve month period to the day of the latest report.

Topology reports

Topology Entity Utilization report

Displays utilization values for topology entities.

Trail report

Trail Count report

Displays the number of trails by group type, capacity, and status.

Trail report

Trail Utilization report

Details the utilization level of trails.

Trail report

Filtered Trail Utilization report

Details the utilization level of trails, filtered on capacities.

Trail report

Trail Media Count report

Displays the number of trails by media, group type, capacity, and status.


About the Spare Card Report

The Spare Card report is grouped with Equipment Reports, and lists all cards in the inventory model that are not carrying traffic. The cards are defined in terms of:

  • Card supplier (for example, Ericsson, Alcatel).

  • Hierarchical description of the card, with individual elements such as site, equipment, sub-rack, and so on, separated by backslashes (for example, ADL/ADL03/1664SM_SUB_RACK_1-1/1664SM_SHELF_1-1/2-2/ALC 2M-1).

  • Card type (for example, the Alcatel card, ALC 2M or ALC 34M).

  • Parent site.

  • Parent node.

  • Unoccupied slot.

About the Leased Trail Detail Costs by Vendor Report

The Leased Trail Detail Costs by Vendor report is grouped with Cost Reports, and lists, by vendor, all of the leased trails that have costs assigned to them.

The trails are defined in terms of:

  • Vendor: The company that has leased the line.

  • Trail: The trail name.

  • Bandwidth: The transmission capacity of the leased trail.

  • Service: The service that applies to the leased trail (for example, ATM, IP Business, Transport).

  • Total Cost: The accumulated costs associated with the leased trail.

  • Trail Reference: External reference data prefilled by a loader, and taken from the Trail table.

    For further information on data loading in Network Intelligence, see Network Intelligence Developer's Guide.

  • A Site: The originating site for the trail.

  • Z Site: The terminating site for the trail.

  • A Node: The originating node for the trail.

  • Z Node: The terminating node for the trail.

About the Leased Trail Total Costs by Vendor Report

The Leased Trail Total Costs by Vendor report is also grouped with Cost Reports, and contains a summary of the total costs of all of the trails that have costs assigned to them.

The trails are defined in terms of:

  • Vendor: The company that has leased the line.

  • Bandwidth: The transmission capacity of the leased trail.

  • Service: The service that applies to the leased trail (for example, ATM, IP Business, Transport).

  • Total Cost: The accumulated costs associated with the leased trail.

About the Topology Entity Utilization Report

The Topology Entity Utilization report is grouped with the Topology Reports, and provides a table listing the average utilization for each topology. This report enables you to view utilization metrics for your topologies. You can also set thresholds at the topology level to monitor growth trends.

The topologies are defined in terms of:

  • Topology name: The topology on which the utilization is being measured.

  • Topology pattern: The topology pattern.

  • Capacity name: The name of the capacity associated with the topology.

  • Entity Type: The entity type (for example, Path, Link, Slot, or Port).

  • Average Utilization percentage: The average utilization value across the entities selected in the topology.

  • Total: The total number of the particular entity type in the topology.

  • Used: The number of the particular entity type in the topology in use.

  • Free: The number of the particular entity type in the topology that are free.

About Outage Reports

This section describes outage reports.

See "Managing Network Outages" for further information on generating outage reports.

Select from the following reports:

About the Service Demands Report

The service demands report contains all of the service demands that comprise the plan, with all of the plan values for trail growth on the routes defined by the service demands.

Using the Service Demands Report

By right-clicking the service demands report, or by using the buttons displayed on the window, you can perform many actions on the view. These operations are defined in Table 12-3:

Table 12-3 Service Demands View Operations

Action Purpose

Analyze this plan

Attempt to analyze the selected service demands in the plan using the plan route manager.

Maintain

Display the plan maintenance manager window to alter the plan.

Edit history

Display the plan edit history which details all of the edits to the plan (user, date, and value change).

Edit selected routing demand route

Display the route view for the selected service demand route to allow you to change the policy of the route.

View selected service demand policy

View the service demand's policy.

You can change routing rules for a particular service demand, if necessary. The service demand may have failed but could be successful using a different set of routing rule criteria.

Edit Mode

Toggle between the plan field edit mode and the service demand selection mode.

Select All

Select all of the service demands in the plan.

Unselect

Unselect any selected service demands currently selected in the plan.

Delete Selected Service Demands

Select rows to delete. The view is automatically refreshed after deletion is confirmed, and the service demands are removed from the view.

Save Changes

Saves any changes that have been made to the plan during editing. This option is only available if the plan is in edit mode.

Save as HTML

Saves the plan to a user defined HTML file for viewing or distributing externally in Microsoft Word compatible format.

Save as CSV

Saves the plan to a user defined CSV file for viewing or distributing externally in spreadsheet format.

Copy to Clipboard

Saves the plan for pasting it elsewhere.

Open in Excel

Saves the plan to a user defined XLS file and displays it directly in Microsoft Excel.


About the Studies Report

Each time a plan is routed it can be saved with the route solutions as a plan report. The studies view displays a list of plan reports for the selected plan.To select a plan report, double-click the report in the list.

Use the Studies report to analyze and compare forecast plans based on the generated restoration paths in the Service Demands report.

You can compare forecast plans and examine the route solutions:

  • The summary view displays the relative numbers of route demands, paths, and circuits, and the relative success rates for services and customers.

  • The impact summary view displays the tasks resulting from the routing forecast (for example, a suggested circuit route build).

About the Original Outage Entities Report

The original outage entities defines the entities associated with the outage by name, entity type, the resource group to which the entities belong, or the spreadsheet from which the entities were loaded.

You can display an entity by clicking it, or save the entity list.

About Impacted Trails

Two separate types of impacted trails are displayed in reports:

  • Service affecting trails: when impacted resources are not protected (or are protected by resources that are also affected), this is a service-affecting impact.

  • Non-service affecting trails: when impacted resources are protected (or are themselves protecting other resources), this is a non-service-affecting impact.

You can also view a routing report listing all impacted trails.

Bulk Updating Trails

You can update several impacted trails by using the bulk update feature. Select and right-click several trails, and select Bulk Update Trails.

About Planned Trails

Planned trails are those suggested by the outage plan. They are displayed by trail definition, A and Z site, service, and so on. These trails are only in scope for this plan.

About Planned Equipment

Planned equipment are those suggested by the outage plan. They are displayed by definition, platform, type, and so on.

About Planned Cards

Planned cards are those suggested by the outage plan. They are displayed by site name, equipment name, slot name, card name, card definition, port definition, and supplier.

About Planned Sites

Planned sites are those suggested by the outage plan. They are displayed by site name, address, type, location, and geographical coordinates.

About Planned Topologies

Planned topologies are those suggested by the outage plan. They are displayed by name, pattern, usage, network, supplier, status, and in service date.