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.

Image module

Automation APPs

Image module

MAT connects to a configurable list of devices to assess parameters that are later reported.

Hardware:

  • Chassis, routing-engines, line modules, optical modules, network services, version, etc.

Service variables:

  • Device name, interface, unit, VRF, description of the logical interface, external/internal VLAN, policer or BW, subinterface IP, static routes, routing protocol, etc.
Image module

A script is used to take a snapshot of the current status of the devices of the network:

  • Traffic level per interface
  • Status of routing protocols adjacencies
  • Label distribution
  • Routes learned by each logical interface
  • Etc.

After the maintenance window, a new snapshot is taken and a report on the changes is generated.

Image module

Python APP that allows to obtain an immediate diagnostic report about the status of the network, which includes:

  • Interface status
  • Interface errors
  • Number of routes towards the client

  • Static routings
  • PE/CE protocol status
  • MAC addresses learned

  • Related logs
  • QoS queues status
  • Connectivity with remote routes
Image module

A script is used to take a snapshot of the current status of the devices of the network:

  • Traffic level per interface
  • Status of routing protocols adjacencies
  • Label distribution
  • Routes learned by each logical interface
  • Etc.

The results are assessed and a quick and effective diagnosis of the issue and any possible solutions is made

Image module

Slax APP that allows to conduct commits controls based on the functions of the device:

  • e.g.: Is PE MPLS?  / Is it BNG? / Which are the MPLS backbone?
  • Controls which hierarchies are or are not mandatory and, therefore, may or may not be modified
Image module

▪Python APP that allows to run various types of periodical checks:

  • Control of change/lack of SFPs
  • Comparison of interfaces’ optical power values against thresholds
  • Control of QoS queues drops
  • Others