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Adtran N-Form Datasheet Owner manual
Web-based Network Management Software Suite
Product Features
SLA verification
Real-time diagnostics for
network troubleshooting
Topology-tree interface
Graphical device
Color-coded event
notification/traps with
filtering capabilities
Web based, Java enabled
Historical trend analysis
Exception reporting
Step-by-step report
Built-in File Manager for
firmware, configurations,
and scheduled reports
Reports generated in
PDF format
User security and
N-Form® is a powerful proactive network
management software suite from ADTRAN®,
which maximizes the capabilities of ADTRAN
network devices. N-Form combines a
management platform and a network trend
analysis tool in an easy-to-use, cost-effective
web-based package.
auto-discovery for automatic device
detection, graphical device configuration,
real-time diagnostics for troubleshooting,
and complete color-coded trap management.
Other user-friendly features include
controlled polling, and event notifications
via email.
N-Form’s distributed architecture allows
for a server/browser configuration. The
N-Form server acts as the central network
manager, while the Java-based client, a hardware independent Internet browser, is used
for user input and control. The client requires
no additional software, just an Internet
browser and appropriate privileges. This
provides for true distributed management,
allowing multiple users to have management
responsibilities from virtually any computer
on the network.
N-Form also features a powerful trend
analysis tool that stores performance information in a historical database. Once the
information is collected, the Java-enabled
report wizard allows users to view the
data via a web browser in either graphical
or tabular formats. Pre-configured reports
are included for Service Level Agreement
(SLA) verification, exception-based, and
point-to-point performance monitoring.
Final reports can be saved on your local
hard drive or inside N-Form’s public or
private File Manager. Reports may also be
scheduled on a recurring basis for convenience.
With the use of Java and an Internet
browser, users can remotely access extensive
SNMP management functions such as
Network Management
and Trap Manager
At the cornerstone of the N-Form®
product suite are a network manager,
an element manager, and a trap
manager. These Java-enabled software
utilities can remotely monitor network
health, configure devices, and report
alarm conditions or traps from any
Internet browser.
The graphical user interface is
based on a well-adopted and accepted
hierarchical “Topology Tree” navigation
structure. This topology-tree interface allows for
high-level network health at a glance, with the
ability to quickly drill-down to more detailed
device configuration and real-time
troubleshooting diagnostics.
To obtain device identification, N-Form
offers auto-discovery. This automated feature
can quickly and accurately poll the entire network
to seek-and-find ADTRAN® products that are
accessible. Auto-discovery is ideal for handling
single device identification or an entire network,
lending itself to the largest of networks. N-Form will
auto-discover and populate the topology tree with
device type, name and address, using a variety of
methods: by individual IP address, by a range of IP
addresses, or by entire subnet.
The Element Manager enables an N-Form user
to configure, run diagnostics and view real-time
statistics on select ADTRAN devices. It can even
display a graphical view of the device with LEDs
that reflect status of the actual LEDs on the unit.
When a problem in the network arises, the
event viewer eliminates guesswork and expedites
troubleshooting by displaying events and traps.
The Event Viewer displays device name, address,
time of trap, trap description, user comments, and
an acknowledgement field. For quick inspection, a
designated trap severity color-code is also assigned.
N-Form makes network management easier
than ever before. The system’s unique topologytree interface makes navigation simple from the
start. Features such as at-a-glance network health
information, auto-discovery (for automated
device detection), and graphical device
configuration enhance the
system’s user-friendly—
yet powerful —toolset.
Best of all, you can fully
access these capabilities
from any computer
equipped with a
standard web browser.
Historical Trend Analysis
N-Form also offers a powerful historical trend
analysis solution with device data collection,
and exception-based SLA verification reports.
This provides long-term network performance
analysis presented in a clear, practical manner,
enabling you to make on-going planning decisions
that maximize network quality and capacity
planning for wide area networks.
N-Form’s report wizard is an unobtrusive,
easy-to-follow, step-by-step report generator that
creates accurate, easy-to-read reports based on
user selection. Reports can be scheduled to
automatically run at regular intervals based on
day, calendar week, calendar month, or quarter.
These scheduled reports are then published to
either the public or private File Manager.
N-Form ships pre-configured with a comprehensive set of reports that illustrate network trends.
Reports include Service Level Agreement (SLA)
verification, exception-based reporting, T1
performance monitoring, and many others. The
resulting reports are clear, concise and offer a brief
description on how to read the data and enclosed
graphs and/or tables. Reports are generated in
Adobe® Acrobat® PDF, allowing for reduced file
size, web posting, and easy distribution.
With the combination of an element manager,
report generation wizard, and an event manager,
N-Form provides the tools needed to successfully
manage the day to day needs of a growing network.
Visit for more information.
Attn: Enterprise Networks
901 Explorer Boulevard
Huntsville, AL 35806
P.O. Box 140000
Huntsville, AL 35814-4000
256 963-8000 voice
256 963-8699 fax
General Information
Technical Support
800 615-1176 toll-free
Web-based Network Management Software Suite
Product Specifications
Network Management
■ Auto-discovery for automatic device detection
Technical Support
888 423-8726
ACES Installation &
Maintenance Service
888 874-ACES
International Inquiries
256 963 8000 voice
256 963-6300 fax
For the regional office
nearest you, visit:
Recommended for Server: Data Collection
■ Alarm monitoring
■ PC-compatible computer with 1GHz processor
■ Graphical device configuration with drop-down
■ Operating Systems:
option lists
Windows NT® 4.0 with
Service Pack 6 or Windows 2000 Service Pack 2
■ Color-coded exception notification/traps
■ Disk Space: 500 MB
■ Real time diagnostics for troubleshooting
■ RAM: 512 MB
Report Generation
■ Long-term trend analysis for network
Where to Buy
877 280-8416 toll-free
Minimum System Requirements
■ Pre-formatted reports for SLA verification
■ Multi-variable reports for port/PVC utilization
and other Frame Relay metrics
■ Exception reporting for entire network
■ Easy to read and understand reports
■ Step-by-step report wizard
Report Scheduler
■ Display Resolution: 1024 x 768
■ Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5 or higher,
or Netscape Navigator version 6.0 or higher
■ CD-ROM for installation
Recommended for Client: Network Configuration
and Reports
■ Any hardware with Internet browser:
❍ Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5 or higher
❍ Netscape Navigator version 6.0 or higher
Supported Devices
■ Automated report generation
■ IQ 310
■ Perform daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports
■ TSU IQ (Rackmount)
■ Save reports in the File Manager for public or
■ ATLAS™ 550
private access
Report Format
■ Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF)
User Interface
■ TSU™ 100e
■ TSU™ 120e
■ TSU™ 600e
■ MX2800™
■ Web Based, Java enabled
■ T3SU 300™ AC
■ Hierarchical ”Topology Tree“ for easy navigation
■ T3SU 300™ DC
■ Network health ”at-a-glance“
■ Severity color-coded exceptions/traps
■ User security and administration
■ Personalized web entry for report notification
Ordering Information
Part #
N-Form® 30 day demo
N-Form Software Suite
ADTRAN is an ISO 9001, ISO 14001,
and a TL 9000 certified supplier.
61950821L2-8H April 2005
Copyright © 2005 ADTRAN, Inc.
All rights reserved.
Specifications subject to change without notice. ADTRAN and N-Form are registered
trademarks of ADTRAN, Inc. ATLAS, DSU IV ESP, MX2800, n-Command, TSU, T3SU 300,
and TSU ESP are trademarks of ADTRAN, Inc. All other registered trademarks and
trademarks mentioned in this publication are the property of their respective owners.
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