Vendor-Neutral Automation of Network Operations Workflows
The Opengear NetOps Automation™ platform provides a centralized management solution for NetOps workflows, enabling the management of the network from a central location, and minimizing the need for human intervention on the data center floor or at the edge of the network.
The NetOps Automation platform is built on a network of distributed Opengear appliances enabling presence and proximity at each enterprise location. Managed through the Lighthouse software interface with containerized NetOps Modules providing specialized functionality, business processes become easy to abstract, implement and automate.
Operations Manager OM2200
Many organizations already have an Opengear console server as a standard component in their data center rack or at the remote site for out-of-band management with zero touch provisioning. The NetOps Automation platform adds a layer of functionality to this Smart Out-of-Band network. The new Operations Manager appliance (OM2200) allows network admins to automate many of the workflows that are traditionally managed at the rack level, through this secondary management plane.
In concert with the existing Opengear appliances at each site, the OM2200 appliance runs on the Lighthouse software platform. Containerized NetOps modules enable functionality far beyond simple out-of-band access, driving increased automation across the distributed network.
The OM2200 uses an open architecture to sequence and coordinate actions; ensure physical security at untrusted sites; manage configuration and image files; and run distributed container applications. The appliance incorporates a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip to ensure security of firmware and configuration integrity, even when deployed at a remote, unsecure location; and includes LTE-A cellular connectivity to allow reliable access to the equipment during start-up (before the production network is available), and during network outages.
Lighthouse and NetOps Modules
Lighthouse centralized management software is the single pane of glass through which all the network nodes are controlled. Containerized modules can be applied to various NetOps workflows, and the platform utilizes standard DevOps tools such as Ansible, Docker and Git to allow rapid development of modules as new challenges appear.
The Secure Provisioning NetOps Module automates the initial provisioning, configuration management, re-provisioning and disaster recovery of remote infrastructure. An OM2200 appliance is incorporated in the initial rack shipped to a location; once powered on, it calls home over the embedded cellular module. TPM safeguards are embedded in the unit to ensure that the firmware, configurations and authentication keys have not been tampered with prior to installation. The Lighthouse software automatically pushes image, configuration and script files to the OM2200, which then provisions the other hardware devices at the location – providing secure zero-touch provisioning to the entire local infrastructure from a single appliance, without human intervention.