What is Iris?
Iris is a robust and scalable data collection framework designed to deliver network management data as quickly as possible to you, the user.
What is network management?
Networks are vast and complex with lots of hardware components. Failure with any of those components means that your network is affected. Without proper monitoring of the network, there may be problems that go unnoticed until it could be too late. A typical example would be that a backup circuit could go down. It is not until the primary goes down and service is interrupted that it would even be noticed. This is where Iris comes in.
Iris was inspired from dealing with the challenges faced by ISPs every day. Iris was designed to deal with large amounts of data on a rapidly evolving network which makes it ideal for an ISP environment. Because of this unique approach, it allows the system to solve a variety of problems with relative simplicity.
A key feature of Iris, is that many tasks can be automated, such as correctly parsing description lines on routers and automatically adding them to the correct place in Iris. In an environment that is set up well, the data for a new site will just appear automatically when the site goes live.
Iris is able to collect vast amounts of data and then apply thresholds to those metrics and alert on them. This data can be compartmentalised in many different ways to logically or physically group data.
One of the ways that we would group the data is by customer, so when you log in as a customer, you will be able to see all/only the data relevant to you. The data may be further grouped by site or some other logical grouping in a way that makes sense to you and allows you to derive meaning from it.
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