For more transparency in the network, minimisation of operational complexity and associated costs as well as faster implementation of new services to the market, Xantaro provides a specially developed Service Engine:
YUKON – the Xantaro Service Engine
As the central platform for high-performance network and service management, Yukon collects relevant information from a variety of network systems, normalises the data, and correlates it within different applications.
Yukon provides basic features for interacting with network components and provides initial applications to simplify administration and optimise the operation of infrastructures and services. Complex processes are abstracted via an intuitively designed graphical user interface – and can thereby also be handled by users without in-depth specialist knowledge.
A team of experienced developers and engineers who understand the challenges of running complex networks in the field is constantly working to optimise the platform and develop new features.
- Access to inventory data using RESTful API or via export functions
- Basis for further services such as End-of-Life-Audits
- Compatibility with numerous vendors, flexibly expandable
DATA CORRELATION & FILTERING
- Storage and analysis of historical data, metrics and events
- Correlation of data across technology and vendor boundaries
- Basis for an end-to-end error analysis with an increasing number of applications
XTAC & XCARE
- Display of service contract data and support tickets for network elements
- Automated collection and provision of support information
- Central interface for XTAC with Jump-Host functionality
- Quality assurance in the management of service contracts
- Providing a graphical user interface for existing automation solutions
- Use of inventory, performance and status data via API access for further, external applications
Independent, Performant, Intuitive: The Three Basic Principles of Our Service Engine
Yukon is vendor independent; variable drivers are used to translate the different languages of various network elements. They abstract the collected data and provide it to the platform for further processing.
Comprehensive scalability is guaranteed by “the heart” of the platform: the Yukon Core. In the loosely coupled microservice architecture, a variety of services process the information provided by the drivers and in turn send requests to trigger functions on network elements.
EASE OF USE
The ease of use is ensured by a web-based graphical frontend based on the Yukon Core. A variety of intuitive applications, presenting and contextualising data, and supporting users in their daily work, are easily activated here using drag’n’drop.
As a central tool, Yukon reduces operational costs and offers a wide range of cost saving options.
Automation of Inventory Management
- identification of unused network components and inappropriate service contracts
- development of dynamic service contracts and cost models
Facilitate operations through proactive services
- effort and quality optimisation in incident management
- end-of-life audit of all inventory
- automatic notification of critical and security-relevant vendor information
- cross-technology and vendor-independent correlation of log data
Further development in Automation & Orchestration
- continuous development of new applications for the Yukon Community based on customer use cases
- saving development costs through a reusable basis
Yukon is integrated into the management LAN via a hardware appliance. Vendor neutral interfaces collect information about components from different vendors implemented in the network.
Only the data that is relevant and provides added value for the operation of the network are taken into account – the utilisation is thus kept to a minimum.
- Yukon consists of numerous individual parts that only communicate via defined interfaces – the only access to the core, for example, is its REST API. The encapsulation of the elements generally protects against access from the outside.
- In addition, the type of connection ensures further data security. The Yukon core only requires partial access to the management network; it does not have to be opened. Also a connection to the Internet is not required for the use of the data; it can be saved by download and processed accordingly.
- If required, Xantaro service customers can access their components’ XTAC case data directly via a secure direct connection to Xantaro, and thereby benefit from enhanced case-handling functions.
Continuous Integration: ongoing development for the Yukon Community
Each network is different and the requirements are individual. Therefore, in close cooperation with customers, Yukon is constantly being developed and optimised to create the ideal solution to facilitate network operation.
Implementations are performed according to the concept of “continuous integration” with rolling releases: Software updates and new functions are regularly provided by Xantaro and, if requested by the customer, also automatically imported meaning cumbersome release cycles are eliminated.
Over time, the Yukon Community benefits from a growing number of agile applications tailored to the specific challenges of carrier-class networks.
Applications & extended functionality
All apps are based on a “virtual desktop” – an intuitive GUI running in regular web browsers without the need for a local client. All applications for handling data, devices and evaluations are simply started by drag and drop functionality for single or individually grouped network elements.
By default, Yukon includes a number of basic applications and is constantly being enhanced with additional features.
Currently, the following apps are available to users:
The INFO APP provides information on hardware and software status, interfaces status and traffic, syslog data (live view), history of XTAC tickets and provision of support data or service contracts and their status.
The SHELL APP, in conjunction with the “Jump Host” in the Yukon Core, serves as a secure access route to the consoles of network elements and Unix servers.
The METRICS APP graphically maps data flows and anomalies in the network; by default data is stored over a number weeks.
The LOCATOR APP is used to find MAC and IP addresses to track used paths of dynamic communication in the network.
The INVENTORY APP provides an overview of the entire inventory including all built-in components (modules, submodules, optics, etc.) including search and export functions.
The system drivers for different vendors are constantly being extended to enable the retrieval of data from more and more components. Implementations are carried out according to the concept of “Continuous Integration” as rolling releases.