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Intro Upgrade Rules Categorized Forwarding NMS-Like Advanced Text Events DevOps Enterprise Speed 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. It's built on 18 years 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 modern 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

Trap Forwarding

You choose a forwarding target at each rule tree node. That means you can route traps individually across your distributed NMS network. A target can be a single host, or a group. Traps can be translated to any SNMP version, even differently per target. You can also forward log search results as if they are live traps. TrapStation preserves original trap agent addresses, and you can also preserve any intermediary element manager system (EMS) addresses.

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: Trap storm at a large customer

Demo

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