Automation & Iquall Networks

The deployment of automation processes is one of Iquall Networks’ specialties. Its team comprised by experts in networking and their sound knowledge about the development of software solutions for the telecommunications market turn Iquall into a company specialized in network automation. From assessment and training to deployment and support, all services offered by Iquall include sharing know-how with the members of the engineering and operations sectors of the CSP during the network automation process so that they can achieve autonomy.

Our specialized services complemented with MAT Iquall Networks’ automation tool aim to optimize and simplify the operation of the network by taking manual and repetitive tasks and turning them info automatic and standardized processes. The purpose of MAT is not only to provide tools specific for operations, but also to provide the operator with a framework for network automation.

Management Automation Tool

MAT is a vendor-agnostic solution based on well-known open software and languages, such as Python and Ansible, which allows to start managing a DEVOPS environment within a framework of legacy devices, but aiming at NFV, SDN, service chaining and network slicing (5G) environments.  

MAT Modules

Orchestration module developed by Iquall Networks that provides the operator with controlled APIs for the provisioning and operation of customizable services, using Ansible playbooks.

Graphical interface for the operation and configuration of the solution. It provides a standard graphical interface that offers authentication (supports single sign-on and LDAP), role-based access control (RBAC), logging and auditing for automated solutions and applications. Furthermore, it allows to execute scripts both manually and automatically (crons).

Iquall Networks can optionally deploy a monitoring architecture based on Nagios, Influx and Grafana.

Allows to store inventory information (hardware, topologies, services) in a standard format (YAML/JSON) for its import, export and synchronization.

Automation applications developed by Iquall Networks and other partners that allow to offer turnkey solutions to be used immediately.

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Automation APPs

Typically, data is gathered before and after maintenance windows in order to compare it and to identify unexpected changes. Iquall Networks offers a solution that connects to the critical devices of the network before a maintenance window, allowing to take a snapshot of the current status of the devices. This snapshot reveals the traffic levels of each interface, the status of routing and label distribution protocols adjacencies, the number of routes learnt by each logical interface (prefix and next-hop), and any other parameters that may be defined in order to draw a fair comparison between the status of the devices before and after the maintenance window.
The information gathered during the first execution may be used to generate a report, although it is also stored in order to be compared with information gathered during a later execution, which happens normally after the maintenance window.
The comparison may be reflected in a new report that allows to compare any changes that may occur, such as new elements or elements that no longer exist.

This application, which is implemented in MAT and developed by Iquall Networks, allows to autonomously and automatically have an updated inventory of all Juniper and Cisco routers and switches of the network..

This application compiles an inventory of the hardware of the equipos, including the following elements:

  • Chassis
  • Routing-engines
  • Line modules
  • Optical modules
  • Network services
  • Version

In the event of requiring an inventory of other vendors or other network elements, Iquall Networks may provide the adaptation service or the operator may modify the scripts for their implementation.

This application allows the operator to observe all optical power values in order to spot cases in which these values are above or below the thresholds configured for each of the optical modules in each of the devices enabled in the system.

This Python-based solution may be programmed to be executed periodically and automatically. The application also generates a daily execution report and may sent daily email alerts in specified circumstances.

Best practices for operators’ networks include several additional checks that may be carried out proactively as periodical diagnoses in order to spot problems with the network. These periodical checks include:

  • Checks of SFPs changes/shortfalls
  • Checks of QoS queues drops
  • Checks of number of subscribers in BNG client modules