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|VBC CONTROLLER SERVER
The VideoBRIDGE Controller (VBC) offers central management and status displaying of all monitored services. It forms a window into the performance of the television distribution operation. The VBC gives unprecedented insight into network health and the flow of all types of media streams throughout the network.
Figure - The VBC offers multiple views for the operational team to gain insight into the overall performance of the television delivery operation.
Key elements in the VBC include: configuration management, stream performance comparison at multiple points, worst-performer identification, drill-down analysis, stream and service status monitoring, graphical alarm historical data-display with the Microtimeline™ technology, Visio™ map import with active alarm indication, trend graphing over up to 2 years, SNMP multi-destination trap forwarding, alarm logging and SLA report generation.
The VBC provides multiple views to make it simple to obtain system status overview, and it makes previously unintelligible data meaningful. Error patterns are easily discovered, meaning that an error may be quickly pin-pointed and corrected.
As the VBC can be used for both high level monitoring and detailed signal inspection, it provides a common monitoring GUI for both non-technical staff and system engineers; this facilitates communication within the organisation. Multiple browser-based clients can connect to the server through HTTP. Full access control with individual user preferences and setup is available.
Only users with administrator rights are allowed to define new equipment sites consisting of one or more VideoBRIDGE devices. Individual users are allowed to control already registered devices and to view gathered statistical data on a per site basis. Multiple site data views, combined with strict user access control, all add up to provide flexibility and uncompromising security.
The integrated Reports function, enable automatic or custom generation of enterprise level reports that visualise system performance trends in addition to presenting vital parameters, such as service availability for both management and engineering use. The Reports give full SLA and proof-of-delivery functionality to the VBC system.
With the TS service view option the VBC can present individual services inside transport streams from all probes for monitoring and comparison. The Service thumbs view displays thumbnail pictures for individual services, including services within an MPTS stream, provided that one or more VB288 Content Extractors are present in the configuration.
Figure - The Stream View showing the 4-day alarm history of all transport streams in the system monitored at multiple locations sorted on Severity worst so the services with issues are displayed at the top. This view shows alarm history for OTT streams, IPTV multicasts, QAM multiplexes, COFDM multiplexes, Satellite transponders and ASI - all in one compact overview.
The VBC alarm view provides information about current and historical alarms, and alarm logs are stored in XML format on the VBC server.
The VBC server may be accessed by several users simultaneously. An administrator manages users and their access rights, and a user can only view information concerning sites that he has access rights to. A user with read-only access can only view alarms whereas a user with read/write access can alter equipment settings at the sites he has access to.
Often probes in a system should be configured identically or similarly, and the VBC's configuration control tools make it easy for an administrator to copy the configuration of a probe to other probes. Considering the number of parameters that constitute a probe configuration this is an important feature that makes life a lot easier for the system administrator. Remote software upgrades may also be performed through the VBC GUI. Through the VBC the user may access the regular graphical user interface of each component in the system, thus allowing detailed configuration control and status read-out.
There is also a synchronization mode where the VBC operator can select that only one RDP should be active at a time. This is useful when comparing the signal at various points in the network and avoids sending multiple signals to a single destination.
To support 3rd party equipment the VBC will send alarms as SNMP traps and it allows an administrator to configure a maximum of four SNMP trap destinations. Traps may be aggregated in order to reduce the number of traps being sent. The VBC further offers a machine readable XML-based interface called Eii (External Integration Interface). This can be used to extract data directly for further manipulation by 3rd party applications.
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