What are Automated Network Diagrams ?


Any visual portrait of a network is referred to as a network diagram, and a chart could show a network firewall or managed switch with its connections to other networking devices. Diagrams come in several shapes, sizes, and styles, and they can be as essential or as complex as you require.

Some network documentation diagrams are drawn unwieldy (think: sketches, notes or a coworker trying to explain how something works and where something goes). Other diagrams could be highly detailed Visio diagrams. Some are generated automatically and downloaded on demand to represent the current state of the network.

Manual network documentation is inefficient, necessitates frequent updates to spreadsheets or Visio diagrams, and is prone to human errors (for example, forgetting to update the graphs), all of which can lead to increased downtime and disruptions.

The network designs of these network diagrams might range from physical to logical.

What does automated network diagram mean?

A software-aided network diagram is built automatically (not an intern and Visio). Using SNMP network discovery protocol, the software finds the network, and it automatically finds and maps your connections and devices.

 Purpose of automated network diagrams:

Automatically created network diagrams can aid in the reduction of network outages. Any changes to network devices are automatically updated by the network scanner, allowing you to view and assess the impact of an outage straight away.

These network documentation diagrams can detect unknown and new devices in your network.  How they connect to other devices to improve network security. Using automated network diagrams can help discover and mitigate security threats.

 Advantages of using network diagrams:

The network diagrams, for starters, are up to date. Now that automation is in place having updated network diagrams does not need hours of human data entry. In addition, they are dependable. With updated network diagrams, you can get faster support rather than running around silly when something goes wrong (you don’t need to worry about when the network documentation was last updated).

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Example of a Logical Network Diagram in netTerrain

NetTerrain Logical, for example, is a network documentation and mapping tool that builds network diagrams of connections and devices using device discovery. Simply enter your VLAN IP ranges and click scan to scan or define a seed device (typically a core switch). SNMP versions 1 to 3, NMAP, WMI, CDP, LLDP, VMware, Azure, and AWS interfaces can help you figure out what’s going on in your network.

With the netTerrain Collector, you can arrange your discovery to always have the most recent network diagrams and don’t have to guess when your spreadsheet or Visio model was last updated.

After you’ve discovered and mapped your network, you may edit your netTerrain diagrams to add other data columns like pricing, warranty, maintenance, and whatever else you wish to express. Multiple diagrams, such as rack diagrams and office floor plans, can display network equipment.

Do you need to create a report to display your network’s assets to management?

You can also use netTerrain’s assets and other data to help with network capacity planning.

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NetTerrain can be installed on-premises with a yearly subscription license or a permanent license, or it can be utilized immediately as a SaaS solution. Simply download the netTerrain Collector, enter your IP Address(es), hit scan, and submit your discovery findings to your netTerrain Account to examine your network maps. Please contact Trinity IT Consulting or test it out yourself for further information here.

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