Creating a Network Map¶
Network Maps are useful in Scrutinizer to give a quick visual of the overall Network health. They can also easily be added to dashboards for display on a big screen in the Network Operations Center as it allows for issues to be quickly identified.
Two types of maps are available: Plixer maps and Google maps.
Plixer Maps can be used to completely design a topology by arranging the flow sending exporters and other types of network devices in a desired format. Adding custom background images, custom objects and text boxes is also possible. These maps can reflect exactly how the network is laid out by including an image of the wiring closet as a background and then overlaying the flow exporting devices. Connections can be added which represent utilization between the devices.
The feature allows for multiple maps with links between them. Hierarchies can also be established which allow alerts to roll up to the top map.
Google Maps can provide a geographical representation of the network. By adding physical addresses to the objects, Google maps will automatically perform a GPS lookup of longitude and latitude coordinates, then the devices are placed on the map based on those coordinates.
Google maps are especially handy when multiple network topologies are locationed within a single city, state or country. This type of map not only allows users to see at a glance what network device is having issues, but also where in the world it is located.