Etere SNMP Console08 July 2016
A centralized, automatic and real-time monitoring of broadcast system networks.
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Nowadays, broadcast facilities are implementing challenging improvements that seem to increase system’s complexity more and more, these systems requires a great capability to help manage the overall technical workload and enables engineers to find and correct problems. Etere is an integrated broadcasting solution based on a distributed architecture that allows different modules to run on different workstations interconnected by a network and integrated with the devices used by broadcast stations, making all these elements work as a single system.
In a complex scenario with several components involved, a centralized dashboard that gives the ability to monitor the system’s functioning becomes crucial for the overall system management; actually, that tool will act as the “electrocardiograph” that will permit to keep the health of the system under control by listening and checking its heartbeats in real-time.
For this purpose, Etere has used SNMP technology, a standard on network monitoring, for developing Etere SNMP Console, a simple but effective assurance monitoring service able to gather SNMP messages from all SNMP-enabled devices from a module connected to the network that makes them available as graphical warnings, acoustic alarms, email messages and even sms notifications.
The use of SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) technology brings Etere systems with a set of rules for defining how to identify problems on devices, modules and connections which are connected to a data network. In this terms, Etere SNMP Console is a key solution for the monitoring and control of devices over an entire network, it unifies into a single user-friendly interface all tools required for the management of SNMP-enabled devices, thus simplifying, for example, the detection, location and handling of failures occurred anywhere within the network.
This paper describes how Etere SNMP Console is able to monitor all the devices on which SNMP is enabled from a central or remote interface, thus demonstrating why it is a very convenient tool highly appreciated by operators all around the world due to its capability to always keep an eye on all components involved in the broadcast chain with maximum simplicity and minimum interaction.
Etere SNMP Console
The Etere SNMP Console is a module that makes part of the Etere’s solutions suite, it is a module specifically designed to ease the monitoring the functioning of not only SNMP-enabled devices but also any Etere module in general, this key feature will permit system supervisors and operators to monitor through a intuitive user interface any failure occurred anywhere within the station’s network, providing useful detection and handling functionalities.
Etere SNMP Console is a windows-based software application that enables users to discover, configure and monitor in real-time SNMP-enabled devices and other Etere products, this application is designed to provide outstanding monitoring capabilities including access to any device within the network, the possibility of handling attached files for each device; and the ability to monitor alarms generated from each device within the network, all of this, from a central module.
The Etere SNMP Console will provide operators with automatic messages informing about the status, warnings and errors of all enabled devices, displaying them with issue-specific colors and highlighting all events which requires to be solved urgently.
Etere SNMP Console notify SNMP alarms as acoustic, email or sms messages; being also possible to sent alarms directly to the Etere’s customer support service that will undertake them to provide as soon as possible a cross-check service by means of the SNMP workstation. Among the most significant characteristics of Etere SNMP console the following can be mentioned:
■ Tight integration for monitoring not only SNMP-enabled devices but also any Etere module (e.g.: Etere Ingest, Etere Automation, Etere Data Mover, Etere Memory, etc)
■ Automatic gathering of system messages within a reliable SQL database with further filtering and archiving features
■ A highly graphical interface based on a colored map of resources that describes which objects are managed by the system and how they are connected
■ Acoustic and visual alarms to point out devices which are off-line or functioning incorrectly
■ Alarms and warnings can be filtered differently for each user, and settings are available for each device in the network
■ Notifications can be shown on screen, logged to a database and automatically e-mailed to one or more e-mail accounts
■ Easy highlighting of currently used resources in real-time, indicating also which workstation and user is using that resource
■ Ensured support for mostly used interfaces including SDI, Ethernet, GPI, RS422, etc