Having an accurate view of network and service topologies, along with an up-to-date inventory of both available and consumed resources, is critical to being able to build, operate and maintain any network. But when the network is virtual and both the network and service topologies can change to address changing conditions in the network state and service demand, this can become a huge challenge.
Active network topology and inventory visibility is even more critical given that automation will play a significant role in helping manage the virtual network. Without a real-time, accurate view of the network and service topologies as well as an up-to-date view of the active inventory, automation solutions will fail to deliver meaningful support.
Active, real-time topology discovery must be a central element of operations in the virtualized network.