Topology Maps

Create a schema of your network topology and track live statuses using Site24x7's Topology Maps. These are custom network maps with which you can logically and hierarchically arrange your network devices and interfaces over a predefined or custom background to picture how your network works and what it looks like. You can catch a quick glimpse of your entire network from a single console where you can quickly take corrective measures when needed.

The Topology Maps view

Log in to Site24x7, click Network on the left, and select Topology Maps

Here, you can create and view network topology maps. You can also view maps that were created and labeled as network in the Infrastructure Maps tab (found in Home > Dashboards > Infrastructure Maps).

Topology maps view
Figure 1. The Topology Maps view.

Creating topology maps

  1. Log in to Site24x7.
  2. Navigate to NetworkTopology MapsCreate New.
  3. This opens the Map Editor view. Site24x7 aggregates and shows all the configured network devices in your Site24x7 account on the left pane of the editor screen. You can also search for a monitor using the search bar.
  4. You can change the background by clicking Change Background. There are multiple background templates to choose from, such as World MapsContinental MapsCountry Maps, and Gridlines. There is an additional option to import a custom background image by clicking Upload your image.
    Background Image
    Figure 2. Changing the background image.
  5. Once you've set your background image, drag and drop the selected network device from the left pane onto the canvas. You can resize your monitor icon by selecting Large icons or Small icons from the drop-down list.
  6. Once you've added multiple monitors to the canvas, you can create interlinks by drawing lines between the mini-circles attached to every monitor icon.
  7. Provide a suitable Link name. Select which among the two devices' interfaces should be the link, and select an interface from the drop-down list. 
    Edit topology maps
    Figure 3. Editing links.
  8. Once you've drawn your topology map over the background image, click Done Customizing. Your map is now created and will be listed.
    Create topology maps
    Figure 4. Creating a topology map.

Editing topology maps

  1. From the list of topology maps, click on the name of the map that needs to be edited.
  2. In the Map Editor view that opens, click Edit.
  3. Once you've finished applying edits, click Done Customizing.
You can edit or delete your maps from both the Topology Maps view and the Infrastructure Maps view.

Understanding the Topology Maps view

  • Hover over a node to view basic configuration details for the device along with the number of interfaces that are UpDown, or in Trouble.
  • Click on a node to view a graph of the network device's real-time performance stats such as response time and packet loss.
  • Hover over a link to view basic configuration details, operational state, and admin state of the interface.
  • Click on a link to view a graph of the interface's real-time performance stats like traffic, packets, errors, and discards.
  • View the status of nodes and links as green, red, or yellow, which denote that they're UpDown, or in Trouble, respectively.
  • See the link between the two network devices turn red or orange when the connected interface is Down or in Trouble.

Hierarchical maps
 Figure 5. Viewing the details of network devices and interfaces on a topology map.

You can also automatically discover and map a complete network, with each interconnection clearly labeled within your configured IP range using Layer 2 maps.

Here is a video to demonstrate network mapping with Site24x7:

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