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Oracle® Communications Network Intelligence User's Guide
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2 Displaying Network Data

This section describes how data is displayed in Oracle Communications Network Intelligence.

About Displaying Network Data

Network Intelligence contains an application platform and data modeling database that provides visualization, utilization, and trending reporting on all network object types from topologies, networks, equipment, equipment holders, and links, down to individual cards and trails.

By measuring and reporting the utilization of all network entities, and examining existing capacity utilization black spots, Network Intelligence suggests the re-routing of inefficient trails, and generates comprehensive outage information. Optimal aggregation of all lower-order traffic to minimum higher-order links is provided with optimal routing of all higher-order and lower-order trail paths. You can map path to service resources and perform trail route analysis to check protection, physical separation, and resilience.

The network can be viewed from any of the following perspectives:

  • Topology

  • Network

  • Location

  • Equipment

  • Trail

  • Service

  • Customer

All tabular reports generated can be saved to spreadsheet, or HTML, format. All graphical views can be displayed as image files.

Using Object Type Trail Views

Certain views are common to some, or all, object types.

There are two standard trail sub-views available for each object type:

Working with the Terminating Child Trails View

The terminating child trails view displays a list of all trails that have an end point associated with the object (equipment, site, and so on).

About the Terminating Child Trails View Data

The terminating child trails view displays trail detail data, that is, details about the trail name, the service applied to it, the associated capacity, whether it is structured or unstructured, the group type, the planning status, and so on.

It also displays the data defined in Table 2-1.

Table 2-1 Terminating Child Trails View Data Attributes

Attribute Definition

External Status

The status of the trail as described in the master inventory source.

Utilization percent

The amount of trail bandwidth used. For channelized trails, this is the number of channels consumed divided by the number of channels available.

Total Slots

For a channelized trail, this is the total number of slots (channels).

Free Slots

For a channelized trail, this is the total number of slots (channels) that are free; that is, are carrying no child trails.

Distance

The distance in kilometers (km). This is the total of each logical link site-to-site hop (link).

This value can be customized to reflect distance in miles.

Hops

The number of site-to-site hops (links) that the trail traverses.

Monthly Uptake

The average amount of trail bandwidth consumed each month.

Exhaustion Date

The predicted exhaustion date of the trail based on the monthly uptake.

Each time bandwidth is consumed, or freed up, this data is recalculated.

A Address

The location address of the start site object that the trail references.

Z Address

The location address of the end site object that the trail references.

OLO Label

An optional label that is used to describe the label or reference that the other licensed operator (OLO) uses to refer to this trail, if this trail is an interconnect or leased trail.

Supplier Reference

An optional label to provide additional information to describe the trail.


Editing a Terminating Child Trail

By double-clicking any trail (row), you can view or edit that trail's details. See "Using Trails" for further information on editing a trail.

By right-clicking on any protected trail, you can view the protection trail for the selected trail. Conversely, by right-clicking on any protection trail, you can view the protected trail for the selected trail. See "Viewing the Protection and Protected Trail" for more information.

By right-clicking on any unprotected trail, you can create a protection trail for the selected trail. See "Protecting an Existing Trail" for more information.

Working with the All Child Trails View

The all child trails view displays a list of all trails that have an association with the selected entity. This includes all terminating trails and all transiting trails. The standard trail search filter is available for this trails view.

To display this view, use the filter. See "Filtering View Data".

Note:

This report does not use active filtering. See "Active Filtering".

Filtering Data

To filter data:

  1. Click the search icon.

    The Site Search window is displayed.

  2. Enter the search criteria for the site.

  3. Click the Result tab to view the results of the search.

  4. Select the sites.

  5. Click Select.

    The Site Search tab of the filter is populated with the highlighted sites. This site search function can be repeated as often as required to select all necessary sites.

    Note:

    If you do not select any sites using the Add button, all sites are selected by default. If you do this, keep in mind that, in some cases, the returned number of trails can be very large and can cause memory problems.

    Tip:

    If you know in advance that there are not too many trails, you can filter on a service or capacity without selecting site objects. This saves the trouble of selecting individual sites.

Using the Traffic Type Filter

In addition to the filters described in "Filtering View Data", the traffic type filter enables the selection of one, or both of, the following:

  • Terminating traffic only

  • Transiting traffic only

Terminating traffic means that the trail traffic has a start, or an end point associated with the selected object (the object is normally a equipment or site).

Transiting traffic means that the trail is passing through the selected object and is not terminating at the selected object.

If no filter options are selected, the filter returns a list of all trails that have any association with the object.

Double-click any trail (row) to display that trail's details page.

Using Object Link Mesh Views

A mesh view is a graphical view showing either network site locations or network equipment connected using links.

Running the Inter Site Trail Mesh Report

An inter site trail mesh report is a graphical view displaying all the links between selected network sites.

An inter site trail mesh report can be filtered using the standard trail filter criteria (trail type, bandwidth, and so on). Filtering the selection of data generates a more meaningful report.

To run the site mesh report:

  1. Navigate to the site tree browser.

  2. Click the object group view icon and select Inter Site Trail Mesh Report.

  3. Filter the selection of data by doing any of the following:

Setting the Protection Type

The protection type filter screens any protection trails that are not of interest.

To set the protection type:

  1. Click the Protection Type tab at the base of the Filter Criteria.

  2. Select the protection types to filter out.

  3. Continue by selecting thresholds, or click Apply to generate the report.

Selecting Link Utilization Thresholds

To select the link utilization thresholds:

  1. Click Set Thresholds below the filter selection criteria.

    The Set Thresholds window is displayed.

  2. Click Add to set one or more link threshold values.

  3. Click Add to display the threshold values to the Set Thresholds window.

    For example, if you set a link threshold of color red for any link greater than or equal to 70 percent, any link on the map between two site entities that has a cumulative utilization of 70 percent or more is drawn in red on the mesh view.

    Any link with utilization less than the lowest set threshold is displayed in green. If no thresholds are set, all links are displayed in green.

    Any link can be selected by placing the mouse over that link. If the mouse is over a link then the link color changes to blue and a label interactor is displayed at the top of the mesh view depicting the following data:

    • A Site Name-Z Site Name

    • Number of links

    • Cumulative utilization

Applying the Settings

Click Apply after all filter criteria have been selected to display the following views:

  • Network View

  • Route Links view

    The Route Links view displays in tabular format the data that is shown in the graphical view. Drill down on any row of this tabular view to display a list of trails that comprise the cumulative data in the row.

    The Route Links view consists of the following columns:

    • A Site

    • Z Site

    • Capacity

    • Service

    • Utilization %.

    • Total Slots

    • Used Slots

    • Monthly Uptake: The average amount of trail bandwidth consumed each month, this percentage is calculated for the list of trails that comprise the Route Links view.

    • Exhaustion Date: The predicted exhaustion date of the trail based on the monthly uptake. Each time bandwidth is consumed, or freed up, this data is recalculated. This value is calculated for the list of trails that comprise the Route Links view.

  • Trail List view

    This report provides a tabular view of the trails between the sites. Double-click a trail to view it.

    The Trail List view consists of the following columns:

    • Name

    • Service

    • Capacity

    • Structured (that is, whether the trail is structured)

    • Group

    • Status

    • External Status

    • Customer

    • A Site

    • Z Site

    • A Node

    • Z Node

    • A Port

    • Z Port

    • Protection

    • Utilization %.

    • Total Slots

    • Free Slots

    • Distance (km)

    • Hops

    • In Service Date

    • Out Service Date

    • Monthly Uptake: The average amount of trail bandwidth consumed each month, this percentage is calculated for the list of trails that comprise the Trail List view.

    • Exhaustion Date: The predicted exhaustion date of the trail based on the monthly uptake. Each time bandwidth is consumed, or freed up, this data is recalculated. This value is calculated for the list of trails that comprise the Trail List view.

    • A Address

    • Z Address

    • Presentation

    • OLO Label

    • External Source

    • Supplier Reference

    See Table 2-1, "Terminating Child Trails View Data Attributes" for a list of column definitions.

Running the Inter Site Pair Trail Mesh View

An Inter Site Pair Trail Mesh View is very similar to an Inter Site Trail Mesh Report, except that you select site pairs in the network, rather than single sites.

For example, if a network has four sites A, B, C, D, choosing site pairs A-B and B-C displays traffic on the two chosen links. In a site mesh view, you select A, B, C, D, and all connecting links (if any) are displayed:

  • A-B

  • A-C

  • B-C

  • A-D, and so on.

Selecting a site mesh view is a means of filtering the mesh view so that only certain A-Z route links are looked at. Filtering the selection of data generates a more meaningful report.

To run the site pair mesh view:

  1. Navigate to the site tree browser.

  2. Click the object group view icon and select Inter Site Pair Trail Mesh Report.

  3. Filter the selection of data by doing any of the following:

Filtering Data

To select the required location/site pairs:

  1. Click Add.

    The Select Site Pair window is displayed.

  2. Click Site A and select the required site using the Site Search window.

  3. Perform the same procedure with Site B.

  4. After Site A and Site B have been selected for the first site pair, click OK.

    This populates the Site Pair tab of the filter with the first selected site pair.

  5. Repeat site pairing as often as required, to select all necessary location/site pairs.

  6. Apply the standard trail search filter.

Setting the Protection Type

Use the Protection Type filter to screen for trails with different types of protection status.

To set the protection type:

  1. Click the Protection Type tab at the base of the Filter Criteria.

  2. Select the protection types to filter out.

  3. Continue by selecting thresholds (see "Selecting Link Utilization Thresholds"), or click Apply to generate the report.

Applying the Settings

Click Apply after all filter criteria have been selected. This displays the Mesh View and the Trail List view.

Running the Inter Equipment Trail Mesh Report

An inter equipment trail mesh report is a graphical report displaying all of the links for a chosen capacity between selected network equipment. Inter equipment mesh views are searchable using the standard trail filter criteria. The standard trail search filter is available for the Inter Equipment Mesh views.

To run the trail mesh report:

  1. Navigate to the Equipment tree browser.

  2. Click the object group view icon, and select Inter Equipment Trail Mesh Report.

The report has the same behavior as the Inter Site Trail Mesh view, except that in this instance the nodes are equipment entities, and not site entities.

Running the Inter Equipment Pair Trail Mesh View

An inter equipment pair trail mesh view is very similar to a inter equipment trail mesh view, except that you select equipment pairs in the network, rather than single equipment.

For example, if a network has four equipment, A, B, C, D, choosing site pairs A-B and B-C displays traffic on the two chosen links. In an equipment pair mesh report, you select A, B, C, D, and all connecting links (if any) would be displayed:

  • A-B

  • A-C

  • B-C

  • A-D, and so on

Selecting an equipment mesh view is a means of filtering the mesh view so that only certain A-Z route links are looked at.

To run the equipment pair mesh view:

  1. Navigate to the Equipment tree browser.

  2. Click the object group view icon, and select Inter Equipment Pair Trail Mesh View.

    This view has the same behavior as the Inter Site Trail Mesh view, except that in this instance the nodes are equipment entities, and not site entities.