[AusNOG] Network Visualisation Tools, favourites?

Andrew Fort afort at choqolat.org
Mon Sep 19 15:39:20 EST 2011

On Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 9:41 PM, Simon Knight <simon.knight at gmail.com> wrote:
> yEd is a free diagram drawing tool, comparable to Omnigraffle or
> Visio. After tracing over 200 network maps for our Topology Zoo
> project, I prefer yEd whenever I have to use OmniGraffle for drawing
> diagrams (and doesn't have the price tag)
> http://www.yworks.com/en/products_yed_download.html
> On a related note, I am very interested in the requirements network
> operators have for both network drawing and network visualisation
> tools. Joel Obstfeld from Juniper spoke briefly about some of the
> stuff we are doing at the University of Adelaide with regards to
> network design and configuration. Our aim would be to take a network
> diagram from something like yEd, Visio or Omnigraffle, and construct
> the network configuration from this. We are part way into this process
> - we can generate working configurations from a network diagram - and
> would like to get some input from industry in terms of network design
> and config tasks.

In my view, this sounds like a solution to the wrong problem.

Have the network database provision your network resources, build the
config, and the diagrams.  Doing it the other way around seems to
encourage divergence from your standards.

> Visualisation is also a key part of network operations, and is
> something we are also interested in.
> Any feedback or input is welcomed - either on or off list.
> Cheers
> Simon
> On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 1:57 PM, Matt Taylor <matt at mt.au.com> wrote:
>> On 19/09/2011 2:02 PM, Mark Newton wrote:
>>> Playing around with Network Weathermap was what inspired me to
>>> throw together this:
>>> http://nodemap.internode.on.net
>>> The website version hasn't been updated for quite a while, but it's
>>> GPL so you can pick it up and run with it if you want.
>>>  - mark
>> Looks great, thanks for that link mate!
>> Matt.
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