- 1. Comprehensive Consolidation and Management of Resource DataResource Inventorybusiness challengeFor Communications Service Providers (CSPs), the network isOnly then can a CSP efficiently create and deliver convergedone of their most important assets. Having deployed the net- services and maximize the return on their network asset.work to provide next-generation services, CSPs are continuallyseeking new ways to monetize this asset more effectively.NetCrackers Resource Inventory part of our TOMS (Telecom Operations and Management Solutions) Suite provides aOver the years, networks have grown and become morecentral repository of the service providers entire physical andcomplex and intelligent. logical network infra-Despite their increasedNetCrackers structure as well as superiorsophistication, however, extended capabilities architecture andnetworks by them-ability to integrate for capacity, location,selves still cannoteasily with other and number manage-ensure the right qual- systems will allowment.ity of service creation, Videotron to trackdelivery, and manage-accurately theUnlike technology- deployment of specific solutions,ment. our state-of-the- NetCrackers flexible art network. TheNetwork expansionbreadth and depth approach accom-and the introduction ofof NetCrackers modates current andnew services require solution and technicalfuture technologies andnetwork planning and expertise and their devices.design skills that are proven track record in supporting advancedNetCrackers Resourceexternal to the network. technologies will allow us to deploy services and networks faster, withTo create and deliver Inventory uses a meta- reduced cost and increased customer satisfaction.services, a detaileddata approach and is aMichel Allard, VP Technology Development, Videotronknowledge of thefully open, configurable,network, its configuration, its topology, and the relationships technology-neutral solution that can quickly introduce and sup-between different layers and components is necessary. port new network technologies and resources.This information is typically scattered throughout many differentNetCrackers Resource Inventory provides unified data mod-systems supporting fulfillment, assurance, and billing activities. els for technology-specific resources together with capacityAll this information needs to be consolidated in order to pro- management, connectivity, and naming rules, allowing for newduce a complete picture of the physical and logical network. resource types to be added easily.
2. detailsResource inventory management is widely accepted as the cornerstone ofany service- and resource-related activities (such as fulfillment and assur-ance) and as a core component for any modern OSS. NetCrackers ResourceInventory consolidates resource topology, configuration, status, connectivity,and assignment information in a centralized repository.Handling all resource-related data in an accurate, integral way, ResourceInventory feeds this data to design and planning activities (supported byNetCrackers Network Planning & Design), and service fulfillment (supportedby NetCrackers Service Fulfillment & Assurance) and serves as a consistent,accurate source of data for the entire B/OSS.NetCrackers Resource Inventory includes Physical and Logical Inventory,Location & Number Management, Asset Management, and Visualization & Reporting:Physical and Logical InventoryLocation & Number ManagementPhysical and Logical Inventory provides modeling and Location & Number Management provides tools for managingmanagement capabilities for both network and IT resources: numbered and range-based resources as well as different hysical resource model for the description of equipment P locations from rooms to regions: configuration and physical connectivity IP address management (e.g. IP ranges, IP pools) Logical resource model for the description of circuits and Address repository for location address information manage- network elements ment and updates evice library with an extendable database of over 55,000 D elecom number management (e.g. VPN, VPI/VCI)T equipment models and technical specificationsAsset Management Visualization & ReportingAsset Management provides tools to track all network-Visualization & Reporting are based on Network Configuratorrelated assets (including CPE, software licenses, and spares)and Reporting Engine respectively and provide extensivethroughout their lifecycle in a single, centralized data repository: graphical functionality and reporting capabilities: Physical and non-physical assets Network and topology views Warehouse management Floor plans, rack population, and shelf configuration views Spare parts management re-configured reports, including CLR/DLR, Cross Connect,P IMACD orchestration, including requisition, auto-replenishment, and Capacity Utilization reports and lifecycle management Ability to create new reports and reconfigure existing reportsbusiness benefitsNetCrackers Resource Inventory delivers the following benefits: Complete, up-to-date view of the entire network that greatly improves the efficiency of fulfillment and assurance processes and thereby improves customer satisfaction Central repository of network infrastructure information used by all back-office systems that enables a high level of automation, which lowers operational costs Effective and comprehensive visual reporting capabilities that provide insight into the network and enable the optimization of capital and operational expenses A metadata approach that allows for hierarchical resource modelingNetCracker Technology Corp. 95 Sawyer Road, Waltham, MA 02453 USA Tel. +1-781-419-3300 www.NetCracker.comCopyright 2011 nNetCracker Technology Corp.