Project Plan For Implementing SolarWinds NTA In Network Design

Project Background

The creation of network congestion on the internet will adversely affect the flow of information between the participating units. The productivity of the organization get decreases with the failure of applying control measures to manage traffic and congestion over the network which has a direct impact on the return on investment [1]. The Solar wind is the most optimal solution to monitor the flow of information and data over the network for managing the congestion. It helps in providing the quality of service to the end user. The Net Flow traffic analyser (NTA) is the solar wind tool which is mostly preferred to capture the information flow to keep balance with it. The data stream is received from various sources on the enterprise network such as J-flow and N-flow. The function of the NTA is to measure the modification and manipulation carried out by the third party in the data packets send over the network. The monitoring of the modification helps in managing the confidentiality and sensitivity of the information [2]. The functions which are performed by NTA solar wind monitoring tools for congestion control are categorised as monitoring of the data packets bandwidth, analysis of the congestion and traffic over the network, development of the dashboard for improving the performance, providing optimization in providing quality of service, identification of the malicious packets over the network, managing customised report of the network, optimization of policies, analysis of malfunctioning in the packet, development of the network traffic reports, recognition of the advanced applications, integration of device tracking system, and others. The integration of the net flow traffic analyser helps in providing the clear vision of the bandwidth and tracking of network devices. The troubleshooting of network traffic results in increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of traffic flow management system [3]. The integration of the Orion database and its product helps in enhancing the performance and security of network monitoring system. The solar wind and net flow traffic analyser focuses on establishing the sensor technology for better management of network congestion. The purpose of this paper is to deploy and implement Solar wind net flow traffic analyser for the management of resources and congestion over the network.

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The visibility of the flaws and malicious activities was the major problem in circulating the information on the internet. The flow of network traffic creates a problem of network congestion. The data broadcasting at minimum bit rate is the most crucial activity which has to be focused for controlling the flow of data packets and congestion control. The focus should be given on determining the reason and cause associated with the network congestion. The analysis of the bandwidth is required for developing the critical applications. The newer technology is implemented for controlling and managing the traffic which is named as Solar wind net flow traffic analyser [4]. The reasons for implementing the net flow traffic analyser are measuring the efficiency of flow based network congestion control, identification of the bandwidth for managing application, scheduling and reporting of the data packets, validation protocols for retrieving the quality of service, initializing of the capacity planning, and others. The network congestion can be controlled by decreasing the high bandwidth of data transmission at high data bit rate, creating the report customization documentation for managing the policies to control network traffic, identification of the root cause analysis for demonstrating the congestion and traffic over the network, and others. The monitoring of the network traffic and congestion helps in increasing the visibility of internal network program, evaluation of the application performance, evaluation of the presence of spyware and hacking attacks, detection of security concerns associated with the client information, using the high bandwidth for data flow, and managing N-flow and J-flow data packets [5]. The deployment of the net flow traffic analyser helps in increasing the performance of the internet in providing the information to the destination by keeping balance of data packets over the network. The utilization of the net flow traffic analyser helps in analysing the abnormalities which appears in the system of traffic management over the network.

Project Aim

The aim of the project is to analyse the difference between network design without the implementation of solar wind net flow traffic analyser and with the inclusion of NTA for managing the flow of congestion over the network. The focus should be given on identifying the different approaches and methodologies for implementation of NTA in the working design of network monitoring and administration system.

The objectives of the proposed project are as follows:

  • Development of project activities schedule
  • Development of division of role and responsibilities among the stakeholders
  • Development of work breakdown structure for increasing the efficiency of project deployment
  • Development of Gantt chart to demonstrate the duration of day required to complete the given project activities
  • identifying the different approaches and methodologies for implementation of NTA in the working design of network monitoring and administration system
  • analyse the difference between network design without the implementation of solar wind net flow traffic analyser and with the inclusion of NTA for managing the flow of congestion over the network
  • Preparation of budget for the implementation of NTA

Project Activities

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Project Sub activities

Duration (Days)

Start Date

Finish Date

Project Start-up phase

Assignment of the project

Organization of the meetings with the supervisor for sequencing the project activities

Meeting with contractor and clients

Setting of goals and objectives

Development of requirement and expectation of the clients

Week 1

16 July, 2018

22 July, 2018

Requirement Gathering Phase

Analysis of the literature review

Meetings with top executives and professionals

Gathering data to specify requirment and expectation of the client

Development of the research questions

Division of roles and responsibilities of the team members

Development of system requirement

Development of risks register

Development of resource plan

Development of communication strategy

Week 2 and Week 3

23 July, 2018

30 July, 2018

29 July, 2018

5 August, 2018

Designing phase

Analysis of the primary data collected

Analysis of the secondary data

Analysis of the literature review

Evaluation of the data collected

Week 4 and Week 5

06 August, 2018

13 August, 2018

12 August, 2018

19 August, 2018

Development phase

Designing of draft 1

Completion of draft 1

Submission of draft 1

Designing of draft 2

Completion of draft 2

Submission of draft 2

Collecting feedback

Updating the report according to the feedback collected

Week 6, week 7, and Week 8

20 August, 2018

27 August, 2018

26 August, 2018

01 September, 2018

Completion phase

Designing of the research paper

Completion of research paper

Reviewing of the complete paper

Paper submission

Feedback collection

Updating the report according to the feedback collected

Report Handover

Week 9, week 10, week 11, and week 12

02 Sep, 2018

10 Sep, 2018

17 Sep, 2018

24 Sep, 2018

09 Sep, 2018

16 Sep, 2018

23 Sep, 2018

01 Oct, 2018

Role

Responsibilities

Project Manager

The project manager is responsible for developing the project schedule to establish flow of information and sequence of activities to complete the project successfully. The project manager should observe the skills, talent, ad expertise of the team members for providing responsibilities according to their ability to give 100% of their capabilities [6]. The priorities should be associated for managing the process synchronisation by analysing the critical path of the project.

Leader

The responsibility of the leader is to manage coordination and cooperation among the team members by collecting relevant information from different sources. The communication plan and strategy helps in minimizing the wastage of resources. The grievances, chaos, and conflicts of the team members should be handled properly [7].

System Analyst

The analysis of the root cause for the failure of managing the flow of data packets among the source and destination. The focus should be given on analysing the required features to be included in the network monitoring system [8].

Network Administrator

The network administrator focuses on analysing the effectiveness of the Net flow traffic analyser implemented with different methodologies and processes. He is responsible for developing the network design for the implementation of NTA in the working schedule of the project.

Researcher

The researcher focuses on collecting the relevant information for analysing the root cause of network failure in managing the congestion over the network. The qualitative and quantitative approaches are used for collecting data for network administration. The interview session should be organized with the top executives to gather details of problems associated with the implementation of NTA.  The literature review is carried out for analysing the problem domain of network congestion.

Resource manager

The requirement of the NTA implementation should be determined by the resource manager [9]. The hardware and software required for the implementation of NTA should be analysed.

Tester

The tester is responsible for analysing the effectiveness of managing the network congestion over the internet. He is responsible for analysing the difference between network design without the implementation of solar wind net flow traffic analyser and with the inclusion of NTA for managing the flow of congestion over the network

Project Designer

He is responsible for identifying the different approaches and methodologies for implementation of NTA in the working design of network monitoring and administration systemevelopment of the network Design:

The development of the network design is the synchronisation format which is used for managing the 100 users, router, servers, and switches over the network. The focus should be given on monitoring the congestion over the internet [10]. The following diagram shows the network design for router, servers, switchers, and users.

The flowchart developed below shows the sequence of steps which should be followed for managing the server, router, users, and switches:

Implementation of the SOLAR WIND NTA in the network design:

The quality of service for managing the resources on the network can b effectively improved by deploying the technique of SOLAR WIND NTA. It works on collecting and correlating the information from different sources to evaluate the monitoring the congestion and traffic over the network and improving network performance [11]. The traffic pattern of internal and external communication helps in managing the congestion control. The polling functions are used for installing the quality of service and flow analysis of the Solar Wind NTA. The following diagram shows the infrastructure which is developed for managing quality of service and flow control of the information between the different units over the network.

The following flowchart shows the implementation of the NTA in the designing of the network for traffic control:

The deployment of the NTA in the development of the network support is beneficial for improving the performance of the network traffic management system. The flow of information can be effectively managed between the 100 users which are interconnected through switches. The routers are placed for sending of data packets from source to destination IP address [12]. The historical updates can be effectively managed over the network by using the solar wind NTA. The performance of the Solar wind NTA can be improved by aiding technologies like Net-flow Lite, VMware, Cloud bridge of IPFIX. The following steps should be followed for installing the solar wind net flow traffic analyser in the network design of 100 users, routers, switches, and servers:

  • Net flow traffic analyser can be used after log on to the solar wind NPM server.
  • Location of the physical media should be launched
  • The next button should be pressed on the Welcome page
  • Selection of the configuration setting  for deploying NPM and NTA on the same server
  • The configuration of the network design should be done for managing the minimum requirement of the hardware and software for the server.
  • Setting of the selected configuration
  • Managing the license agreement by clicking on I agree
  • Click on the installation button
  • After installation click on Orion Net flow traffic analyser
  • Confirmation of the solar wind services
  • Look at the path of Net flow traffic analyser
  1. Polling Engine methodologies is used for implementing SOLAR WIND NTA:

Project Objectives

The following table shows the requirement needed for the implementation of the NTA through the Polling engine technique:

Required Hardware and Software

Requirement

Operating system

The installation of 64 bit operating system is required when more than one poller is available [13]

Solar Wind NPM

11.5 version solar wind NPM is required

Database

The database required for managing the flow of information of the net flow depends on the remote server. The connectivity of the net flow traffic analyser should be done with the ORION SQL database for providing quality of service in managing information flow over the network [14].

4 GB in size

Orion server software requirement

Operating system

The version of required window server are 2003, 2008, 2012

Operating system

Window XP, Vista, Window 7, and window 8

Language for operating system

English and Japanese

Version of IP address used

IPv4 and IPv6

Ports for deploying application

SMTP protocol for handling the non-encrypted messages

UDP protocol for managing statistics information for NPM

UDP protocol for handling incoming messages from the NPM trapping server

Secured socket layer for sending alert signals

TLS for sending alert signals

HTTPS is used for accessing the API for the related information solar wind

HTTP and HTTPS for integrating the tool set for solar wind

Web server

IUSR is used for highlighting the name of the guests

IWAM is used for highlighting the name of the group

Default setting for ORION server

.Net Framework

3.5 and 4.0 .net framework

Browser for web console

Chrome

Safari

FireFox

ORION Server Hardware Requirement

Speed of CPU processor

2.4 GHz and 3.0 GHz

Hard disk drive

20 GB

Memory

8 GB

Orion Database server requirement

SQL server

SQL server 2008, 2012, 2014

Solar wind server

SQL authentication

SQL server Collation

Requirement of the Collation setting

RAM

8 GB to 16 GB RAM

Hard Disk drive

20 GB with 7200 RPM speed

File System

NTFS file system

Advantages:

The implementation of the NTA helps in ensuring the scalability of the server and network. The connectivity of the net flow traffic analyser should be done with the ORION SQL database for providing quality of service in managing information flow over the network [15].

  1. Requirements for NTA flow database storage

The installation of the Net flow traffic analyser depends upon the required supported version for managing the flow of information between different units.

Types of flow

Types of version

Description

Net Flow

V5 and V9 are the supported version for managing the flow of information and data

The solar winds are helpful in managing the import and export of the information between the required database

S-Flow

V2, V4, V5

V2, V4, V5 are the supported version for managing the S-flow

J-flow

Supported all version

IPFIX

Supported all version

Net Flow Data stream

V5 and V9 are the supported version for managing the flow of information and data

Protocol used

Layer 4 protocol

Help in managing connectivity between the devices for increasing the efficiency of information flow and data

Source Address

It helps in identifying the source address of the network devices

Destination address

It is used for managing the destination address of the network devices [16]

Interface

SNMP protocol index is used for managing interface

Source Appropriate resources

Border gateway protocol is used for managing the resources to the sources

Destination appropriate source

Border gateway protocol is used for managing the resources to the destination

Source port number

7

TCP / UDP connection

UDP source port

170

Managing UDP port

TCP source port

182

Managing TCP source port

The resources can be easily added on the Orion Database for managing the flow of information and handling the congestion and traffic over the network. The SNMP protocol is used for managing the Web console server for optimizing the flow of data packets between the source and the destination. The following steps should be followed for managing the net flow collector services:

  • Installation of the Net flow traffic analyser
  • Development of the folder for Solar wind orion database
  • Click Edit for managing the information of the collector services
  • Type the port number for the submission of the sevices

The following diagram shows the management of the Orion server by deploying the Polling engine methodology.

The separate servers are required for ORION database and Net flow traffic analyser which helps in managing the congestion over the network. The automatic flow of information can be managed for improving the CBQoS to receive the information by the destination units. The net flow services are used managing devices and interface with the help of ORION database [17]. The net flow devices are added to the net flow traffic analyser with the help of Orion web console server.

The following table shows the requirement for managing connection between the devices through the port:

Application port number

Use

TCP port number 80

It is used for managing the connection with the web console server and different web server

TCP port number with 161

Providing quality of service through polling procedure

TCP port number with 1433

Managing communication with storage system and SQL server

UDP port number with 2055

Managing flow of information with NTA collector

TCP port number with 17777

Managing information between NPM and ORION database server

Advantages:

 The communication between the devices can be enhanced by deploying the connection through the port system.

  1. Requirement of Virtual Machine

The installation of the virtual machine and virtual server helps in developing the virtual environment for the systematic management of the Solar wind net flow traffic analyser. The performance of the NTA can be improved by managing the installation of the virtual machines and Network interface cards. SNMP protocols are required for monitoring the flow of information and data between the various participating units [18]. The following table shows the requirement of the virtual machine for the implementation of the solar wind Net flow traffic analyser:

Destination port group

Description

Dest port 11

TCP UDP protocol based destination port

UDP Destination port

UDP port for the IP address of the destination port

TCP destination port

TCP Destination port for the IP address of the destination port

Type of Packets

Delta Packets

Number of packets requires for managing flow of information between source and destination

Indicator packets

It is used for managing the session between the source and destination

Responder packets

These packets are used for sending the responses to the destination address

The Net flow traffic analyser should be implemented with the help of Orion database server management because of the following reasons:

  • The separate database are deployed for NTA and ORION because it helps in storing the configuration data for improving the performance of the system log.
  • MySQL  Server 2012 is the latest version is used for storing the data and information for ORION Database.
  • NTA database server is deployed with the MySQL  server 2016 because it can affect the performance of the system
  • NTA valuable to manage data packets.
  • Send alert signals to receiver to manage congestion.
  • Orion Window server best for implementation.
  • Helps to improve performance of dashboard.
  • Malicious data packets determined by Border gateway protocol.
  • NTA requires installation of solar wind network performance tool on the same window server.

The SNMP protocol helps in managing information between different resources. The accessibility of the information can be effectively improved by VMware operating server to manage flow of data packets. The maintenance cost of the program can be effectively reduced by increasing the efficiency of the data accessibility. The problems of traffic congestion can be managed easily with the border gateway protocol. The alert signals are send to the devices for developing the proactive plan to handle the emergency situation The validation protocols are used for analysing the efficiency of Quality of Service provided to retrieve the information. The capacity planning helps in improving the decision making capabilities to analyse the future bandwidth requirement. The vulnerabilities attack can be easily detected.

Particular

Cost ($)

Hardware cost (CPU, Memory, Hard disk drive)

2000

Software Cost (Operating system and database)

1000

Internet

1500

Human Resource

4000

Communication tools

2000

Networking tools

400

System arrangements

800

Data collection procedures

400

Testing procedures

600

Total Cost

12700

Project Plan and Preliminary Design

Conclusion

The Net flow traffic analyser should be implemented with the help of Orion database server management. The deployment of the NTA in the development of the network support is beneficial for improving the performance of the network traffic management system. The flow of information can be effectively managed between the 100 users which are interconnected through switches. It works on collecting and correlating the information from different sources to evaluate the monitoring the congestion and traffic over the network and improving network performance. The monitoring of the network traffic and congestion helps in increasing the visibility of internal network program, evaluation of the application performance, evaluation of the presence of spyware and hacking attacks, detection of security concerns associated with the client information, using the high bandwidth for data flow, and managing N-flow and J-flow data packets. The traffic pattern of internal and external communication helps in managing the congestion control. The polling functions are used for installing the quality of service and flow analysis of the Solar Wind NTA.

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