Creating and Analyzing Network Diagrams

Using Network Diagrams in Network Availability Prediction

Network Availability Prediction recognizes the failure logic of the network from the network diagram entered by the user. The diagram represents how individual network element failures interact with other network element failures to prevent data flow between the source and target nodes in the network.

A network diagram entered into Network Availability Prediction (you may create more than one network diagram in the same project) specifies the possible communication paths between different network elements. The paths between network elements, which are defined with connections, may be directional or non-directional. A directional connection indicates that data may flow in one direction only.

The network diagram will contain block symbols normally representing the network elements and the cables connecting the elements together.

How do I Create a Parts Library?

The Network Availability Prediction library facility allows users to construct a custom library of parts and alternative parts lists using a hierarchical structure. Users may then drag and drop parts into a network element or network block diagram.

The hierarchical structure of the library helps users easily locate parts by the vendor, part type and any other categorization. Projects may also be attached to a central part library allowing automatic updates to part data as an option. Alternative part lists may also be added to the library allowing quick selection of the appropriate part type within a network element.

The part library may contain many different categories of parts such as interface cards, power cards, cables etc.