A network engineer just finished adding a card into a network switch. This is the last site visit of the day. Time to go home. He makes a mental note to update the inventory database the next day when he’s back in the office. But tomorrow comes and goes and the inventory update slips his mind.
A while later, an alarm comes in from the new card. Much to everyone’s frustration, the alarm system is not able to parse the incoming data and correlate it with the documented inventory. Now, another engineer has to track down the unposted alarm and find out where it’s coming from.
This kind of oversight happens all too often, as CSPs well know. Each discrepancy between the deployed network and the inventory database costs the CSP time and money and the risk of customer dissatisfaction.
Getting in sync
If CSPs want to efficiently manage the network, provision new services, disconnect a customer, repair an outage, etc. they need to get in sync in two important ways:
- Make sure the inventory database perfectly matches the deployed and functioning network at all times,
- Make accurate inventory data easily accessible to network management, operations, provisioning, and marketing systems that require it.
It sounds simple, but it’s not. You might think that this kind of real-time synchronization between network topology and business systems is a job for SDN automation and orchestration. On the contrary. On the contrary. SDN controllers will not supplant the need for an inventory system, and building automation on flawed data from an inventory system will have dire consequences.
Frankly, it’s reassuring for CSPs to know that they don’t have to go full-SDN before they can get their inventory database in order.
So what’s the solution? Real-time Inventory Reconciliation, which will provide network inventory accuracy to every internal CSP system that needs it. Sedona Systems and DataStax are providing just such a solution.
Real-Time Reconciliation in a Cutting-Edge Inventory Database = Fast ROI
The joint solution comprises DataStax NoSQL Database and Sedona NetFusion Network Intelligence and Automation Platform in a fully integrated and automated constellation.
Sedona Systems handles the discovery and mapping of every device, vendor, layer, domain, and connection in the network. DataStax NoSQL Database stores the inventory data and makes it easily accessible.
CSPs will appreciate that the heavy lifting has been done for them through pre-integration. The joint solution fully automates the process of continuous network discovery to real-time inventory database as well as numerous M2M queries. No matter when a business system needs to check the inventory database, the data is accurate and up-to-date.
Once the Real-Time Reconciliation solution is in place, CSPs will wonder how they ever managed without it – as benefits and ROI start rolling in on day one of operation.
Shorten the Service Provisioning Cycle: Instead of a long manual process to review new service designs and ascertain that all required elements are in the network and are available, CSPs can set up automated data queries and data feeds in the M2M service provisioning workflow. Inventory discrepancies are reconciled as they occur in the provisioning process.
Prevent Costly Failures and Outages: Before CSPs disconnect a customer they do a real-time sanity check to verify the potential fallout from a disconnect order and assure that inventory in the database matches inventory in the deployed network.
Save Time and Money: Reducing costs is what it’s all about. Instead of spending hours reconciling offline with siloed inventory, DataStax database provides answers in milliseconds and issues alerts within the CSP system or application in use. The result is that every process that requires inventory data becomes much more efficient and reliable.
Real-Time Inventory Reconciliation. It’s the inventory database solution CSPs have been looking for. And Sedona System and DataStax have made it easy to implement. What’s not to like?