In this modern world where the whole IT industry is pondering what the next steps, trends and operational requirements will be, one thing is sure, we’re in an era of collaboration and integration.
We’ve been through learning curves around converged network fabrics, traditional silo based approaches encroaching on each other and managerial headaches of rapidly deploying new enterprise and webscale applications. Cloud is now a domestic term and the IT industry seeks new cooler ways of delivering technology. Container popularity is rapidly rising and the ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ is now becoming a real world thing as opposed to a ‘it will happen folks!’ statement.
Winding back to the opening statements, with a system comprised of physical tin, hypervisors, container providers, microservices, machine-to-machine communication, mobile end points, block and blob storage, even if this sat with one vendor it’s a complex set of mush. Throw in ten different vendors, a mashup of APIs and operational territory problems, we have a real problem.
I’m a human – not a machine!
All the recent Hollywood blockbusters focus on human efforts to generate realistic and complex AI (artificial intelligence), but how about humans trying to manage already complex systems? Every vendor and set of technology has a set of management tooling. A network operations centre typically has many tools as a result. A mish-mash hodge pot of bewildering and sometimes chaotic tooling with an infamous history.
If you’re nodding your head reading along here, there is good news! Other people have the same gripes and some very cool people have approached this problem from a fruitful angle.
Imagine being able to view your application delivery system end-to-end with real time alerting, filtering, visual and audible alerting, across multiple hypervisor systems, service provider boundaries and multiple teams.
Real Status, a very cool company in my opinion (and I’m not paid to say this!) has something extremely special and useful with a product called Hyperglance. It’s free up to 50 nodes too! How about that?
Hyperglance provides a means to build a visual topology in 3D and navigate it as if you were in a 3D virtual world version of your infrastructure. Each node in the 3D map dynamically populates with its applicable data attributes that you can view in flexible ways. Users can also adjust the node via context aware controls. Any changes in data attributes will automatically be reflected in Hyperglance and the source platform simultaneously. Furthermore, Real Status’ Hyperglance extends this functionality with a concept known as ‘Integrations’ which automatically pulls data straight out of the back of OpenStack, OpenDaylight, HP’s IMC, HP’s VAN SDN Controller, Nagios, and even more will be available soon! All you have to do is enter your credentials for these pre-integrated platforms.
The real jewel in the crown is the ability to load your own data set using the built in RESTful API which is a doddle to use. I will post real world examples shortly with some GitHub downloadable code samples in Python and Golang so you can follow. Getting started should be a easy, rewarding and fun.
Note that Hyperglance handles data while maintaining the context for that data, meaning you can use it for any application that has linked data. You could use it for mining Linkedin as a bit of a curve ball case and visualise your full social circle in 3D. Maybe throw in some real time location data, social media activity like blog posts and you have a Terminator-esque era platform!
Stop talking and show me!
The best place to take a quick tour of Hyperglance is to check out the YouTube videos with the links below. The second way to get to grips is download and play. As a techie type, I like to play with things and you can play with Hyperglance at no cost for up to 50 nodes!
Here’s a good intro video.
Here’s one specific to OpenStack and Ceilometer. Checkout the Real Status channel as the source of the videos.
You can download Hyperglance from http://www.real-status.com/try-it/
Please note, I am not an employee of Real Status. I have no vested interest in the company and happen to think this is a cool product that can make your life, your employers and your customers lives much easier.