Efficient network management. With a structured approach.
SINEC NMS – the all-around Network Management System for industrial networks
As the trend toward greater connectivity rapidly increases the number of network users, industrial networks are becoming increasingly more complex. This produces huge volumes of data – and it also offers enormous potential. Companies that want to fully utilize all the possibilities provided by digitalization in the age of Industrie 4.0 need an efficient Network Management System like SINEC NMS: Turning insights into outlooks.
Powerful and future-proofSINEC NMS is a new generation of the Network Management System (NMS) for the Digital Enterprise, one that’s equipped to deal with more and more complex network structures in an increasingly digital world. This system can be used to centrally monitor, manage, and configure industrial networks with tens of thousands of devices around the clock – also security-related areas. SINEC NMS is therefore the first choice for complex network structures, and it’s paving the way for the digital transformation of industry – in all industries and regardless of network size. The scalability of SINEC NMS means it can grow in parallel as the network becomes larger and more complex.
Managing efficiently with SINEC NMS
New components can be easily integrated into the network, while existing ones can be configured and continuously maintained, e.g. SCALANCE and RUGGEDCOM devices. The configuration is policy-based so that it can be applied generically to many different components. For large-scale networks in particular, this means major time savings when it comes to configuration and troubleshooting.
SINEC NMS is divided into two levels to efficiently manage large-scale networks: As the central entity, the control level quickly displays a clear view of the network's overall status. Operations are also managed here. These operation levels, in turn, are distributed throughout the network and implement the configuration settings from the control level on all devices.
High standards for challenging requirementsA modern NMS must meet stringent requirements. It not only needs to ensure maximum transparency, scalability, and availability, it also has to offer efficient user management and data security along with general user-friendliness. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) defines everything that an NMS must do today in its FCAPS model. SINEC NMS supports the five pillars defined in the FCAPS model.
- Fault Management: identify, save, report, and solve any error status that occur
- Configuration Management: record and manage all components that must be monitored
- Accounting Management: record network usage
- Performance Management: gather performance data and maintain statistics
- Security Management: authenticate users and authorize access and usage
- Central, policy-based firewall and Network Address Translation (NAT) management: For the convenient and efficient configuration of firewall components from a central point. The creation of the firewall policies and NATs takes place via a graphic description of the permitted communication relationship in the network. The system automatically generates the device-specific policies. NAT management is an advantage especially for series machines with identical IP addresses.
- Local documentation function via audit trails: Audit log entries make user activities traceable by automatically documenting them with a time stamp.
- Central forwarding of information via Syslog: Via the Syslog interface in SINEC NMS, information can be passed on to a central location (e.g. a SIEM system) for analysis or other purposes. In addition to audit log entries on user activities, system events or network alarms are also forwarded to external systems via Syslog.