• Offers a complete solution for offline and online data collection in a single platform.
• Integrates with MATE Design and MATE Live software for capacity planning, failure analysis, traffic engineering, and network health and traffic trends analysis (Figure 1).
• Collects, aggregates, and correlates exported NetFlow (v5, v9), IPFIX, JFlow, CFlow, and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) prefix data that can be imported into business intelligence solutions.
Figure 1. MATE Collector Integrates with MATE Design and MATE Live
The MATE Collector Difference
• Comprehensive: Supports multiple vendors, including Cisco®, Juniper, Alcatel-Lucent, and Huawei, and multiple data sources.
• Versatile: Supports major IP Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) network protocols, including Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) v2 and v3, Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System (IS-IS), BGP, IP multicast, Resource Reservation Protocol - Traffic Engineering (RSVP-TE, FRR LSPs), IP, and Label Distribution Protocol (LDP), as well as Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPNs.
• High performance: Discovers network objects and collects data from large complex IP/MPLS networks in minutes.
• Automated: Captures network topology, state, and measurement changes using a scheduled collection process, helping to ensure synchronization between the real network and the visualized, analyzed, or planned network.
• Flexible: Accesses and interprets configurations across multiple operating systems and vendors.
MATE Collector Use Cases
• Offline deployments: Collect configuration and statistics from existing data sources, including Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) databases and parsed router configuration files.
• Online deployments: Discover network topology, routing information, operational state, and traffic statistics using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and command-line interface (CLI) commands. Interfaces to round robin database tool (RRDtool) and other third-party management systems, including Alcatel-Lucent Service Aware Manager (SAM), are also available.
• Integrated offline and online deployments: Gather data available only through configuration files, such as explicit-path label switched paths (LSPs), in combination with online discovery and collection.
• Flow collection: Receive detailed traffic information for peering analysis and costing exercises.
Figure 2. Sample SNMP MIB Objects Obtained Through Online Collection
Figure 3. MATE Collector Automatically Gathers and Maintains Network State and Traffic Data
MATE Collector Solution
Figure 4. Offline Data Collection Through Parse Configs and Through Import IGP Database