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Review of the new version of NetBrain Integrated Edition 10.0. Continuation

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The second part of our review of the updated NetBrain v10.0 is an adaptive network automation platform that provides instant visualization and analysis of critical data through integration with hardware and software, as well as with virtualization systems.

With the release of updates, the company has expanded the industry's best set of tools for network automation with a wide range of new features that scale automation for end-to-end hybrid network operations:

Network Intent provides a way to document network design for specific network devices, what these design baselines are like, and how to verify network design properly with a no-code parser. It helps engineers quickly understand each device's design and baseline or normal state. More importantly, network problems often violate network design, so we can eliminate the hypothesis by verifying predefined Network Intent and speed up the troubleshooting process.

The Adaptive Monitoring system provides intelligent trigger automation to capture network problems without overloading the system. It leverages the flash probes as monitoring units to detect the data anomaly that occurred on any single device via SNMP/CLI data polling. As soon as an anomaly is detected, the system will take immediate action to execute the predefined network intents, the results of which will provide critical references to the root cause analysis and speed up the troubleshooting process.

Decision Tree features allow network engineers to share their troubleshooting knowledge with others for a specified device. In a troubleshooting task, network engineers can create a map and open the Decision Tree of the problem device and use this knowledge to identify the root cause. It is the first time that NetBrain provides a visual function to present troubleshooting reference workflows. The knowledge is created as automation (Network Intent, Runbook, CLI command) and associated with a specified symptom which can be defined as Flash Probe or Hypothesis.

Completely redesigned the SmartCLI application, and integrated the dynamic mapping, executable runbook, compare, and collaboration features around the traditional CLI process. Using the new Smart CLI, network engineers can intelligently analyze the CLI output, automatically document the troubleshooting activities, and effectively collaborate with a team of co-workers. As a result, the mean-time-to-repair (MTTR) can be greatly reduced.

Schedule CLI Command is designed to fill the gap of “No CLI historical data or not enough data in NetBrain system”. This feature allows users to benchmark certain CLI commands on specified devices. With this CLI historical data, network engineers can view and compare the CLI result data to speed up the troubleshooting process and reduce MTTR.

Feature Intent Template decodes various network technologies (BGP, QoS, Multicasting etc.) from device configuration files across the entire network, then creates the related NetBrain automation resources (DVT represents BGP design, Flash Probe represents BGP neighbor check, etc.), and defines the respective running methods (schedule run or triggered by flash probes) in NetBrain system to further scale NetBrain’s troubleshooting automation solutions.

With the functions built for the public cloud, operating a public cloud network consisting of hundreds or even thousands of public cloud accounts becomes easier:

  • Auto-Discovery across multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud infrastructure.
  • End-to-end visibility via Dynamic Map.
  • Application dependency mapping across physical, SDN, and public network.
  • Use Dynamic Map as Single-Pane-of-Glass for all cloud-related data, from native tools or 3rd-party tools.
  • Troubleshoot cloud with Executable Runbook automation.

IEv10.0 introduces the Incident Portal. An incident represents a ticket in NetBrain to track a network problem or a network change. End users can organize and share maps, devices, individual insights, and findings targeting a specific troubleshooting task and collaborate with more colleagues to resolve issues. Keeping everyone on the same page effectively reduces MTTR. In addition, Incident Portal offers an independent portal page for each incident. External users without NetBrain Workstation seat licenses can access a portal to join the collaboration session by viewing maps and posting messages, etc.

Auto Upgrade Enhancements. In version 8.0, the platform resources (such as Driver, Plugin, Runbook, and Data View Template) could be auto-updated via Knowledge Cloud (KC). In 10.0, we expand KC to manage both the framework components and the platform resources and allow the NetBrain Workstation to upgrade a patch or minor release containing both platform and framework components. The user can set up a schedule for a software upgrade, and the system provides auto-test capabilities to verify essential functions, such as retrieving live data and application path. An auto-test can be performed either before or after the upgrade.

IEv10.0 integrates with Splunk, allowing Splunk to trigger NetBrain to create a map and run a runbook for a specified network issue.

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Review of the new version of NetBrain Integrated Edition 10.0

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The network is the basis of a modern enterprise. If the network fails, troubleshooting will not be cheap, and the reputation will suffer. We often see examples of the negative impact of network failures when payment and communication systems fail, or when digital processes are shut down, requiring a return to manual configuration. And with the advent of rapid growth in work at home and remote work, the role of the network has grown significantly. Therefore, you need to use automation to manage and maintain your network.

Therefore, NetBrain has doubled its commitment to automate the scaling of network operations for any network, any specialist and any problem and has released an updated version of its platform with a significant list of new and unique functionality.

NetBrain is an adaptive network automation platform that provides instant visualization and analysis of critical data through integration with hardware and software, as well as with virtualization systems. NetBrain allows you to speed up the response and processing of various IT processes, serves as a universal interface and reduces the manual work of engineers with CLI.

With the release of the updated NetBrain v10.0, the company has expanded the industry's best set of tools for network automation with a wide range of new features that scale automation for end-to-end hybrid network operations.

NetBrain Integrated Edition 10.0 introduces innovative technologies, including Network Intention, Feature Decode, and Adaptive Monitoring, to enable network automation at scale. This release also streamlines the troubleshooting collaboration and escalation via a new Incident Portal and enhanced Smart CLI features. By incorporating the public cloud support – Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure – and enhanced Auto Update capabilities, NetBrain offers a more powerful and expandable platform than ever before. Other new features, including Feature Intent Template, SPOG with Cloud Management Tools, are also delivered in IEv10.0 to further enhance the troubleshooting automation.


Enterprises look to cloud networking to achieve agility and linear scalability, but often find operational inefficiencies make it difficult to get started. In many cases, they rely on siloed cloud monitoring tools that don’t provide true end-to-end visibility across the physical, virtual, software-defined, and multi-cloud segments of the network. NetBrain for Visual Multi-Cloud in v10.0 allows users to add Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure environments into their NetBrain deployment for true end-to-end network visibility, with additional cloud platform support coming in future releases.


Like cloud, SD-WAN is increasingly a mission critical part of enterprise networks. NetBrain continues to add support for market-leading SD-WAN solutions adding support for FatPipe in v10.0.


Enterprise network infrastructures operate by means of thousands of network designs, configurations, and tunings, all of which can be represented by a network intent. Intents include any network design, performance expectations, security policies, application paths, among other things. Intent-based automation is designed to automate around intents, opening the door to more complex network operations workflows through triggered, interactive, and proactive automations.


NetBrain 10.0 introduces the Feature Intent Template to accelerate automation creation and value. Operations engineers require flexible mechanisms that can scale to today’s multi-vendor, multi-platform environment. Feature Intent Template provides template-based feature decoding and automation building, enabling network operations team members to quickly scale automations across hybrid networks. This significantly increases the number of tasks and issues that can be addressed through automation.


When working with network data, enterprises need a robust no-code/low-code toolkit that not only allows network engineers to quickly create advanced automations, but also enables more people to develop these automations. Network automations no longer require years of coding experience.


Anyone who’s worked in network operations knows that troubleshooting is a team sport, pulling in players from across networking, applications, security, and other areas of IT, depending on the issue. Thus, teams should be able to share knowledge in real-time, using visual data to quickly resolve issues. With NetBrain’s new Incident Collaboration capabilities, we bring together dynamic maps with real-time messaging, so you can harness the knowledge and experience of your entire team to get to resolution. With Incident Portal, you can bring non-NetBrain users into the mix, sharing a secure URL to facilitate collaboration outside the Network Operations team when needed.

All of these new features complement NetBrain's existing automation and documentation capabilities, strengthening NetBrain as a platform for large-scale automated network operations. In the following review, we will look at the new features of NetBrain Integrated Edition 10.0 in more depth from a technical point of view.

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iITD is the official partner of the International Grand Forum "BIT & BIS-2021"!


On March 3, Kiev will host the main event of the domestic ICT market - the International Grand Forum "BIT & BIS-2021"!!

This annual unique industry event promises visitors a unique atmosphere and an impressive informational charge.

Partners and experts of the event will share the latest in the IT industry, their personal experience and advice.

Company iIT Distributionan official partner of the event, together with NetBrain and CrowdStrike, will share their knowledge in the field of information security.

The main problem for cybersecurity departments in most companies remains the lack of the necessary level of automation and visual control over the cyber environment. The lack of an automated mechanism for collecting data, contextual understanding of security incidents and visual control over hidden potential threats in the network significantly increases the risk of an organization becoming a victim of a cyber attack and reduces its confidence in its own security.

That is why Sergey Aleinikov, Head of Technical Department at iIT Distribution, will tell you about CrowdStrike – Identity Threat Detection. A solution for tracking the authentication process, questionable user behavior and detecting threats in real time! Identity Threat Detection correlates events around the user, their activity and the device to improve response to a threat, thereby reducing the need for complex, time-consuming analyzes by SOC employees, and shortening the response time to events.

Expect our second talk from Andrievsky, network engineer at iIT Distribution, who will tell you how to get rid of heavy manual work and save time and money with the Network Automation from NetBrain.

Organizations are constantly adding new solutions and connected devices to their networks. Traffic is increasing, and there is no understanding of the maximum capabilities of many products and ways to provide protection. During the pandemic and the transition to remote work, new devices were added spontaneously, and there was not enough time to fully study the functionality. It is time to structure the work of IT resources and build a unified and functional information security system! How exactly? We are ready to answer all your questions!


Intelligent IT Distribution at the international conference "Go Digital - 2021: acceleration and migration. Money goes online".


On February 11, an event was held at which players of the banking and non-banking financial market gathered with IT industry experts to share the experience of Fintech development in Ukraine and create a new model for providing financial services to end consumers, invent practical ways of modernization, complete transformation, automation and information security financial sector players.

As a partner of the event, we will voice our main observations:

  • The financial market is now undergoing great changes thanks to the development and practical implementation of the latest technologies. And this does not happen at the initiative of market experts, but in response to the needs of end consumers.
  • A pleasant trend is that Ukraine is making powerful steps towards the popularization of Fintech, and the attention of the banking sector to this issue is growing every day. Particularly relevant topics are the multichannel offering of services to consumers, the globalization of organizational capabilities (transcending national boundaries), the use of international experience, and a focus on security, authentication and data protection.
  • Of course, one should not idealize the current situation, because not all traditional financial institutions are inclined to decisive innovations. Many IT infrastructures of banks require modernization and well-built business process management systems.
  • Of course, one should not idealize the current situation, because not all traditional financial institutions are inclined to decisive innovations. Many IT infrastructures of banks require modernization and well-built business process management systems.

The speech of our network engineer Taras Andrievsky on network documentation and automation based on the NetBrain solution is already available on our YouTube channel.


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International Conference "Go Digital - 2021: acceleration and migration. Money goes online".

The information infrastructure in banks and financial companies is a complex multifaceted ecosystem that needs heightened protection against advanced threats. Therefore, such companies show significant interest and high interest in cybersecurity issues, especially in a pandemic.

That is why the International Financial Club "BANKIR" together with experts organized an event where they will share the best practical cases and experience in promoting digital services, a new model of legislative regulation of the banking and non-bank financial markets, as well as the latest solutions for ensuring information security in a pandemic and online regime.

iIT Distribution, as one of the leading independent CyberSecurity companies that helps banks and non-bank financial companies solve information security problems, prevent resilient attacks, and comply with regulatory requirements, will act as an official partner of the event and share its knowledge with the event participants.
Taras Andrievsky, Network Engineer iIT Distribution will talk about network documentation and automation from NetBrain.

This technology platform is designed so that engineers have full visibility into hybrid environments, as well as the ability to easily automate them for IT workflows. NetBrain provides functional and comprehensive analysis of an organization's physical, virtual, and software-defined networks.

As an official distributor and partner of NetBrain, we will deeply explore the issue of automation and response to events with NetBrain, as well as the key capabilities and tools of the platform.

The event will take place on the 11-th of February, 2021, we invite you to register!


NetBrain Dynamic Network Documentation

Document the work of thousands of applications "from and to". Automatic network documentation, thanks to Dynamic Maps, provides end-to-end visibility of all critical data streams.

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Dynamically document the structure of networks

The NetBrain solution determines the topology of your network and documents the control plane, including the Tier-2 and Tier-3 configurations. By viewing the map, you can dynamically visualize any aspect of the network structure.

    • Document and share for know-how professionals.

    • Give each expert on your team the opportunity to participate in the development of new technologies or the solution of complex problems.

    • Document specific knowledge that is stored only in the minds of your experts and make it available through detailed instructions.


Instant cyberattack recognition:

As soon as your system detects an intrusion, you receive a notification of a potential attack - even before your IT specialist pays attention to the problem, Just In Time Automation maps the route of the attack.

Documenting the complex structure of the date center:

NetBrain Dynamic Documentation provides the ability to dynamically structure and document the most complex multicomponent infrastructure systems, such as Cisco ACI and VMware NSX.

Office auto documentation of 1 000 divisions:

Complete documentation of your entire environment can be done as needed. Need to provide charts and reports on infrastructure elements for a cybersecurity audit? Export to Visio, Word or Excel.

NetBrain Day-2 NetOps Automation

Automation of network operations of the second day (Day-2 Network Operations). Reduce the average recovery time by using three-phase automation in response to incidents.

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The average company has to perform thousands of IT operations every day, and all of them require manual intervention, which significantly slows down the entire business. The NetBrain solution is designed to permanently reduce such interference, so it provides three stages of automation:

    • trigger automation - before the intervention of an IT specialist;
    • interactive automation - during active troubleshooting;
    • proactive automation - after solving the problem.

The critical phase of troubleshooting is the initial response and diagnosis. Because these first steps are predictable, any IT investigation should begin with zero touch or trigger automation.

Features of NetBrain Day-2 NetOps Automation

Minimize downtime

By connecting NetBrain to your ITSM or event management solution, you can easily implement initiated diagnostic automation. It will allow you to detect problems faster and automatically eliminate potential ones. Once an event is detected, NetBrain Automation provides the ability to use two main features: dynamic problem area mapping and priority diagnostics. By applying trigger automation in response to an accident, NetBrain bridges the gap between fault detection and diagnosis.

Instant visualization of the entire infrastructure

As soon as the action is performed, NetBrain automatically creates a map of the relevant part of the network. This can be a sitemap or application path. The URL of this dynamic map is returned to your ITSM for quick access to anyone involved in the event.

Automated network diagnostics

NetBrain provides automation mechanisms for fast data scanning, such as CLI outputs, device configurations, and network telemetry. This automation supports full-scale configuration, so you can turn common troubleshooting procedures into repetitive procedures called Executable Runbooks.

Day-2 NetOps Automation від компанії NetBrain

When you connect NetBrain to an ITSM or monitoring solution, you can define rules and conditions that initiate different diagnostics for different types of events. For example, a ticket for a slow application can run NetBrain to dynamically display the flow of applications, and then perform a 3-step launch, which:

  • collects general CLI data,
  • performs a health check at the device level,
  • analyzes interface congestion.

iIT Distribution got the status of a distributor of Netbrain technologies solutions in the territory of Ukraine


IIT Distribution has signed a distribution agreement with NetBrain Technologies, a market leader in network automation.

Within the framework of this agreement, the iIT Distribution team provides distribution and promotion of solutions on the territory of Ukraine. That is, you have the opportunity to purchase NetBrain Technologies products in Ukraine and get professional support for their design and implementation.

NetBrain Technologies was founded in 2004. The technology platform is designed in such a way that engineers have full visibility of hybrid environments, as well as the ability to easily automate them for IT workflows.

Today more than 2300 leading corporations use NetBrain solutions to automate network documentation, quickly troubleshoot and improve network security while seamlessly integrating with an ecosystem of partner organizations.

NetBrain is headquartered in the United States (Burlington, Massachusetts), with regional offices in China, Germany, Great Britainand Germany.

Infrastructure management is now much more challenging than ever before. NetBrain allows you to trace the complete picture of multi-infrastructure networks with many vendors. That is, you get a functional and comprehensive analysis of the physical, virtual and software-defined networks of the organization. This allows you to have complete visibility of the processes on the network.

The importance of network automation is becoming a key issue in the remote work environment of a significant number of corporate employees. The ability to automate processes and manage changes in networks allows companies to work more effectively with employees regardless of their location.

We invite you to send a request for a demo version of NetBrain Technologies solutions, and order product testing!


NetBrain Hybrid Network Visability and Automation

Through visibility for hybrid networks. NetBrain detects and decodes the entire hybrid infrastructure to allow you to automatically scan and manage the network from a single interface.

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Visibility for any network

In order for IT professionals to ensure a stable level of uptime, they need better visibility to respond to problems in the hybrid infrastructure. In large and dynamic environments, outdated approaches to working with documentation do not work - you need to use automation.

Dynamic map of application flow through a hybrid network

Traditional network

With NetBrain, you dynamically visualize every aspect of your traditional network - the data center or the global network - at the layer-3 and layer-2 levels.

Cisco ACI

NetBrain helps you visualize your ACI infrastructure from multiple angles, overlay and underlay, as well as a software-oriented landscape. This allows the entire IT team to configure ACI and troubleshoot, not just the architects who design the ACI.


NetBrain helps teams visualize the NSX infrastructure and show the relationship between the network and virtual machines.


The WAN has undergone many changes, from Frame Relay technology to MPLS and IPSec VPN. Now SD-WAN is rapidly gaining popularity. With NetBrain, you can easily and dynamically map your global network no matter what technology you use.

Public Cloud

When there is a problem with a cloud application, it is often difficult to determine the cause. When working with a hybrid cloud, it is often difficult to answer the question "which network is the problem?". NetBrain helps IT teams avoid this problem by providing visibility across the shared network.

End-to-End visibility for hybrid networks

Visibility from any perspective

Different types of visibility are required to solve different problems. If you are solving problems with a slow application, you need to know the path it takes over the network. You may need to visualize the routing configuration or the state of BGP peers to evaluate the project. You may need to check your filtering traffic for security checks. Whatever your task, NetBrain will help you visualize the correct answer. Dynamic NetBrain maps are an effective user interface for visualizing almost any data related to the current tasks of IT professionals.

Visualize hotspots and performance anomalies in real time. Traditional network diagrams show what the network was like, not its current state. You need to log in to each device manually to get up-to-date information, such as interface statistics or device usage. NetBrain data view templates visualize all this data automatically - for each device on the network card.

To evaluate a project, upgrade a network, or troubleshoot, you need to know the configuration and basic design for technologies such as dynamic routing, load balancing, QoS, and more. With NetBrain Data Views, you can easily enable and disable device-level and interface-level configuration details, minimizing the time spent searching for this information through the CLI.

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