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Intro Upgrade Rules Categorized Search Tool Forwarding NMS-Like Advanced Text Events DevOps Enterprise Speed Requirements Demo

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TrapStation

TrapStation logs and forwards SNMP traps, usually to distributed management systems. You can selectively route traps, translate any SNMP version, filter, correlate events, apply thresholds, and modify varbinds. Then view graphs, search logs, and replay traps. TrapStation is a modern design, backed by decades of event-handling experience.

Diagram: Traps flow through TrapStation to multiple NMSs

Upgrade from TrapEXPLODER®, TrapBlasterTM, etc.

TrapStation was designed to replace legacy apps: TrapEXPLODER*, TrapBlaster*, and LooperNG. Enjoy support for SNMP v3 encryption/security, trap modification, log search/replay, a browser interface, and more. And we hope you see TrapStation as a compelling alternative to unsupported scripts, or in-house development. * TrapEXPLODER is a registered trademark of Concord Communications, Inc. (acquired by CA Technologies). TrapBlaster is a trademark of BMC Software, Inc.

Tree-based Rules

TrapStation maps incoming traps to your rule tree nodes. Each node has a filter to test traps, and options to log and forward matching traps. Nested tiers form progressively specific tests, which reduces the complexity of individual rule nodes. Nesting ensures that a partially-matched trap falls into a fail-safe rule node. And in general, TrapStation's tree-based rules promote a logical organization that is safer to maintain over time.

Rule tree nodes
Browser Screenshot: A sample rule tree

Your Traps, Categorized

TrapStation's rule tree is a visual categorization of your traps. So rule pathnames are perfect buckets for statistics. Each trap's rule pathname is also stored in trap logs, so you can filter on it when using the search tool.

Frequency chart: number of traps per rule tree node
Browser Screenshot: Distribution of traps received per rule tree node
Example of a trap report, showing header info and varbinds
Browser Screenshot: A trap found with the search tool

Search Tool

Your logs can accumulate millions or billions of traps. TrapStation helps you find the ones you need, with multiple layers of filters. You can browse or save results, and replay them to one of your targets for testing. You can filter the live stream too, collecting real-time results to browse/save/replay.

TrapStation Search Tool
Browser Screenshot: Search criteria

Trap Forwarding

You choose forwarding target(s) at each rule tree node. That means you can route traps coarsely or individually across your distributed NMS network. You can replay log search results to simulate live traps for testing your NMS. TrapStation's plug-in API enables custom targets, e.g. a "round-robin" trap load balancer, a direct integration to your database, etc.

Diagram: TrapStation Forwarding Flow

NMS-Like Tools

Although TrapStation is not intended to replace your network management system, it includes validation options at each rule tree node. You don't have to use them, but they are available to help you significantly reduce forwarding of unwanted, spurious, redundant, and "flapping" traps to your NMS.

TrapStation's Alerts Tab
Browser Screenshot: Alerts visualize the rule engine's validation work.

For Advanced Users

TrapStation's rule tree nodes are powered by a JavaScript® engine that has been enhanced for trap-handling. You can perform calculations, query trap fields, manipulate varbinds, and more, while using the well-known JavaScript syntax. Also, a JavaTM virtual machine is integrated with the JavaScript engine, so your rules can access external systems via Java's vast APIs.

Browser Screenshot: A rule tree node's script editor
Browser Screenshot: Trap processing at a rule tree node

Text Event Integration

Real-time text events can be handled by your rule tree too: syslog, email, alarms, etc. TrapStation can convert them to SNMP traps, then forward/log just like all your native traps. You can also log/forward any SNMP traps as JSON-formatted text — for input to Splunk** or your own tools. ** Splunk is a registered trademark of Splunk Inc.

DevOps-Friendly

TrapStation's rule tree compartmentalizes your custom logic to limit your scope of work, and potential problems. The GUI has pre-deployment testing tools, and provides one-click deployment without downtime. Both live and historical reporting provides operational feedback. So time to code/test/deploy meets DevOps' speedy expectations, and your team's full development capabilities are encouraged, while protecting operational service levels.

Enterprise

TrapStation addresses the special concerns of large companies: security (encryption), and centralized authentication/authorization:

Speeding Through Trap Storms

Bursts of trap traffic (thousands per second) are safely handled by TrapStation, and real-world throughput is engineered for the busiest network conditions: millions of traps per hour. Logs are optimized for speedy search results too.

Browser Screenshot: Histogram illustrating traps received per hour.  Range: [0 - 942,661]
Browser Screenshot: TrapStation handling a trap storm at a large U.S. telco

Requirements

Client: Any modern web browser
Server: Linux/Unix/Mac/Windows; min. 2.5 GHz CPU with 4 cores, 2 Gb RAM, 200 Gb storage

Demo

Please request a web meeting. It is relatively painless: 12 slides, live demo, and your questions. A free trial is available too.

More

Thanks for exploring TrapStation. Also consider its various use cases.