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Paragon Automation Features


This section describes the features in each module of Paragon Automation Release 21.1.

Graphical User Interface (GUI)

Paragon Automation platform uses a web-based GUI. The GUI integrates Paragon Pathfinder, Paragon Insights, and EMS components together into a Single Pane of Glass.

  • The GUI offers multiple means of interface navigation.

    • You can access navigation menus through the collapsible left-nav bar. Sub-menus on the left-nav bar are expandable and collapsible within the same horizontal space.

    • You can access the breadcrumbs at the top of each page

  • You can mark pages that you frequently visit to Favorites. To mark a page as favorite, click the star icon on the right corner of each page.

  • You can fully customize the dashboard with widgets (also known as dashlets) from each installed module.

Base Platform

The following are the Element Management System (EMS) capabilities that are included with the platform:

  • Discovery of devices

  • Zero-touch provisioning of devices

  • Operational-mode command execution on managed devices

  • Device configuration modelling

  • Configuration-mode command execution on managed devices

  • Automatic sychronization with devices for configurations and staging

  • Inventory management and detailed device view

  • Support for backup and restore of device configurations. You can compare the differences in device configuration.

  • Support for Juniper Networks devices (MX Series, vMX Series, ACX Series, and PTX Series) and the third-party device (Cisco IOS XR)

  • Software image management for Juniper Network devices

  • Support for device templates and configuration templates.

  • Monitor jobs and audit logs.

  • Single Sign On (SSO) based on OpenIDConnect standards for Anuta ATOM

  • User management and role-based access control (RBAC)

Paragon Insights

The Paragon Automation platform provides highly automated and programmable device-level diagnostics and network analytics capabilities through integration with the Paragon Insights module (HealthBot). This allows the platform to integrate with multiple data collection methods and correlates large volumes of time-sensitive telemetry data, providing a multidimensional and predictive view of the network. Paragon Insights capabilities include the following:

  • Provides an aggregated and abstracted view of network health.

  • Enables highly customized policies and playbooks through a web interface; intelligently automates diagnostic workflows and sustains overall performance goals.

  • Applies machine learning (ML) to dynamically master the baseline performance of infrastructure elements and network applications; proactively triggers corrective actions when real-time metrics deviate from configured tolerance levels.

  • Supports the following telemetry data gathering (ingest) methods:

    • OpenConfig—Allows collection of operational data using the open standards-based OpenConfig data models over the gRPC protocol.

    • iAgent—SSH/Telnet connectivity with devices allows for telemetry data to be pulled from devices by the platform. It also allows for secure configuration of devices by the platform. We also support NETCONF connectivity for Juniper Networks devices and CLI for third-party devices.

    • Native GPB—A Junos OS-native telemetry system that can send Google protobuf-formatted telemetry data over UDP.

    • SNMP—Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) support is included. It allows the platform to query managed devices for configuration and system state changes using established SNMP standards.

    • Syslog—Allows devices to send structured or unstructured syslog messages over UDP to the platform in response to events happening on the device.

Paragon Pathfinder

The Paragon Automation platform provides network control capabilities through integration with the Paragon Pathfinder module (NorthStar Controller). This allows the platform to act as a software-defined network (SDN) controller providing the user with the ability to control an entire network from a single location. Paragon Pathfinder capabilities include:

  • Dynamic topology acquisition – Use routing protocols (IS-IS, OSPF, and BGP-LS) to obtain real-time topology updates.

  • Label-switched path (LSP) reporting—Label edge routers (LERs) use PCEP reports to report all types of LSPs (PCC_controlled, PCC_delegated, and PCE_initiated) to the platform.

  • LSP provisioning—Create LSPs from the platform or update LSPs that have been delegated. You can also create multiple LSPs at one time.

  • Symmetric pair groups—Design a pair of LSPs so that the LSP from the ingress LER to the egress LER follows the same path as the LSP from the egress LER to the ingress LER.

  • Diverse LSPs—From the Paragon Pathfinder UI, design two LSPs so that the paths are node, link, or shared-resource link groups (SRLG) diverse from each other.

  • Rerouting of LSPs—Reroutes PCE-initiated and delegated LSPs around points of failure.

  • Time-based LSP scheduling—Schedule the creation of LSPs based on future requirements by using time-based calendaring.

  • LSP templates—The Paragon Pathfinder supports LSP templates configured on the router.

  • LSP optimization—Analyze and optimize LSPs that have been delegated to the Paragon Pathfinder.

Paragon Planner

You can use the Paragon Planner for offline visualization and detailed architectural planning of your production network. It enables you to forecast the impact of network changes such as latency, additional traffic, shifts in traffic flows, and new capacity or services. Paragon Planner capabilities include:

  • Capacity Planning Backbone Design, and Diversity Design

  • Failure simulation

  • Detailed Design and Analysis Reports

  • Detailed Topology Views

  • Traffic load analysis

Anuta Atom

Anuta ATOM is a highly scalable cloud-ready platform for orchestrating and monitoring a network. Anuta ATOM delivers stateful service provisioning and workflow management for stateless services, along with configuration compliance and device life-cycle management. Paragon Automation together with Anuta ATOM provides automation solutions across the entire life cycle of a network—plan, design, implement, operate, and optimize. The Anuta Atom and Paragon Automation are integrated through APIs.