IP Fabric Version 3.0 = Shiny New Toys 🕹️🤖
The wait is over, IP Fabric v3.0 is HERE! 🎉🙌
Quite often, when a company pushes out an update, it’s more about their developers squishing a few bugs than actually giving you shiny new toys – I mean, features.
This is not one of those updates.
In our quest to help you empower your network engineers, we’re rolling out an update that expands our platform’s capabilities in unprecedented ways.
In this update, we’re adding Network History functionalities that allow you to display the network state from any point in the past and compare it to the current state. This will enable you to do things like work on the platform while the discovery process is running, export any snapshot you’d like, and more!
Let’s go over the shiny new toys you’re getting in a little more detail so you can take full advantage of our platform.
Of all of our platform’s new features, this is the one we’re most excited about.
Unlike in previous versions where you could only see the latest network snapshot, our v3.0 update allows you to pull up any previous snapshots so that you can see how the network performed before. This new capability extends to all aspects of the platform, including technology verification tables and diagrams.
Thanks to IP Fabric’s newest update, you can now pre-load and instantly switch between up to five snapshots.
Now, instead of going through a lot of effort trying to figure out what changed in your network over the weekend, you can have an answer instantly.
Always-Available Platform 💻
Your days of waiting for IP Fabric’s platform to finish an operation before allowing you to use its other features are over.
The system now allows you to use all of IP Fabric’s features while simultaneously running other processes (like a network discovery), saving you even more time.
Include Additional Devices
When the platform encounters a device that it isn’t able to log into, whether it’s due to misconfigured passwords, missing access control lists (ACL), or any other reasons that may arise, it no longer needs to scrap the current discovery process and start over again from scratch.
This update allows you to “discover” the missing devices manually by adding details like the username, password, IP address, or other pieces of information into the platform, saving you loads of time previously spent restarting discovery processes.
On-Demand Device Data Refresh 🔄
Thanks to the update, IP Fabric now allows you to run targeted partial discoveries on select devices. This can be useful in all sorts of scenarios. For example, if you’re using IP Fabric as part of the change management process.
In this scenario, to run a targeted discovery, select the devices affected by the network change. The process will automatically update their state data, saving you time and effort.
Snapshot Management 📁
IP Fabric v3.0 comes with a snapshot management tool. That allows users to do all sorts of things with their network snapshots, including:
We’ve continued to improve our platform’s network discovery process, including improved platform detection.
Diagrams load even more quickly than before, especially in large network environments.
For those who want to take our platform’s automation to the next level, we’ve published our platform’s API documentation here.
Other various improvements and fixes that we haven’t outlined here can be found in the release notes here.