Horizon

ADARA Horizon is meta-controller that provides total SDN management in multi-vendor, multi-protocol networks. Horizon implements the ADARA Control Plane (in conjunction with ADARA Axis and ADARA Ecliptic). The ADARA Control Plane (ACP) enables dynamic, policy-based, end-to-end management of any environment (Layers 1 through 7).

ADARA Horizon supports virtual and physical environments.

Virtual Environments

ADARA Horizon implemented in Virtual environments:

  • Enables virtual switching and virtual computing via virtual machines that are dynamically spun up, managed, migrated, and spun down autonomically
    via any policy.
  • Provides dynamic network provisioning, as well as choreographing any desired service such as firewalling, encryption, QoS, multipath forwarding or
    load balancing.
  • Provides financial and operational policy management. Instead of simple VM management by CPU or RAM, Horizon enables dynamic re-configuration via session state or other specified parameters.

Physical Environments

ADARA Horizon implemented in Physical Environments

  • Enables policy-based control of ADARA devices and any 3rd party hardware devices.
  • Interfaces with application data in real time to dynamically re-configure hardware.
  • Manages network devices (hardware routers and switches) via OpenFlow APIs (or equivalent).
  • Horizon is fully distributed and therefore not limited to managing virtual resources for one physical host, rack, or data center.
  • ADARA enables flexibility by managing via vendor-implemented logic, as replacing (re-locating) vendor implemented logic has been shown to not be viable.
  • ADARA Horizon operates hardware via processor and Network Interface Card (NIC). As the industry advances merchant silicon to support management of micro flows this also enables bare metal workloads to be deployed in a compute environment.

Scalability

The ADARA Control Plane operates at hyper-scale; ACP is capable of dynamically and statefully managing hundreds of millions, even billions of virtual and physical hosts, applications and services.

Advanced Monitoring

ADARA Horizon Meta Controller supports holistic vendor neutrality to provide end-to-end solutions.

ADARA Horizon leverages standard protocols and restful APIs for a real-time view of dynamic traffic patterns, constantly changing topologies because of the nature of VM based cloud computing. Horizon seamlessly combines feedback and metrics from any 3rd party elements, Layer 0 (photonics) to Layer 8 (services).

SLA Management

ADRA Horizon SLAM is much more powerful than a traditional network monitoring/management tool. It provides a much-improved control panel with the following unique features:

  • Ability to not just monitor the SLAs but also to enforce the SLAs by performing well-defined automated actions. SLAM enforces policies based upon SLA conditions. If a particular SLA is not met, SLAM can be configured to execute a policy and bring the SLA back on track. SLAM has the ability to execute an automated custom action when the SLA hits some specific thresholds. It provides the ability for just-in-time resource provisioning. SLAM has knowledge of highly dynamic network path properties. SLAM monitors and enforces not just performance SLAs, it also manages security, availability, cost and other business specific SLAs.
  • Ability to support multi-vendor products through standard management protocols such as SNMP.
  • Ability to configure OpenFlow-enabled switches through an OpenFlow-supported controller. SLAM can monitor and enforce policies on other network devices like third-party network routers and switches, UNIX servers, and clients.
  • Ability to provide financial dashboard alongside the operational dashboard. The dashboard can demonstrate the capability of SLAM to display SLAs in hierarchical fashion with filtering capabilities. The dashboard can show real-time values with SLA MET or NOT MET status. SLAM provides real-time charts and dials for SLAs that are being monitored.
  • Ability to map the cost to operational parameters to monitor the OPEX. (For example, mapping the cost to the number of bits transferred through specific interfaces). The cost can be associated with a particular node, subsystem or the entire system.
  • Ability to manage the network using an easy to use web interface. SLAM can calculate performance values not just for single nodes or subsystems. It can monitor SLAs for the entire system as well.

View the Horizon spec sheet.