The Ni2 Plan & Design application enables the centralized coordination of multi-domain planning and design of all Service Providers’ infrastructure resources.

The Ni2 Plan & Design application provides:

  • Resource Planning and Design: enabling the detailed planning and design to build out new IT, network and data center infrastructure and expand capacity to ensure service capacity and availability, and leveraging the Resource Inventory module to provide an up to date and accurate view of the data center to prioritize where and when to expand and upgrade the data center.
  • Resource Change Management: ensuring that standardized methods and procedures are used for efficient and prompt handling of all resource changes, in order to minimize the impact on service quality, and consequently improve the day-to-day operations.

Planning

Ni2 offers all required features to manage the deployment activities while controlling costs, reducing errors, enforcing governance and respecting due dates. It provides an environment to plan infrastructure and network resources changes as well as deployment of major transformation projects.

Planning related features are:

Controlling the change process:

  • Submit and document change requests
  • Define change stakeholders
  • Orchestrate changes through procedures and tasks
  • Manage procedures schedule
  • Track deployment history

Planning and managing the deployment of major infrastructure transformation projects:

  • Submit and document projects plans
  • Define project stakeholders
  • Control project lifecycle through project plans and tasks
  • Manage plan schedule
  • Track project history

Planning deployment is orchestrated through three (3) types of activities:

  • Task – Piece of work assigned to an individual or a group
  • Procedure – Established or official way of doing something through a series of steps
  • Plan – Defined way of doing something through a set of activities

Design

Ni2 enables the user to design physical resources in three specific domains:

  • Design of data center facilities and ICT infrastructure sites resulting in efficient use of space, cabling and power
  • Design of Logical Network resources and their configuration against an existing ICT assets model
  • Design of compute resources that will provide visibility on applications and their dependencies with other application or infrastructure.

 

Data Center Facility Design

Data Center Facility Design enables the following features:

Modeling data center resources including:

  • Creating racks, chassis, and supporting structure and locations
  • Positioning racks, chassis and cables on floor or site plan views
  • Mounting equipment on racks
  • Plugging cards and blades into slots
  • Connecting equipment to patch panels
  • Deploying structured cabling
  • Modeling power feeding circuit
  • Connecting equipment to PDUs

Managing capacity related to availability of:

  • Floor plan rack location units
  • Rack mounting position
  • Equipment slots
  • Physical ports
  • Conduits
  • Cables
  • PDU’s outlet

Network Resource Design

Network Resource Design includes the following features:

  • Model the logical aspect of an equipment: Network Functions and their Interfaces and Hosts and their Interfaces
  • Model logical links between equipment
  • Model logical links riding on physical or logical links
  • Model Networks and Subnets
  • Provide end-to-end visibility of network configurations across multiple network layers
  • IP Address Management
  • Model storage network

IT Resource Design

IT Resource Design provides the following features:

  • Modeling compute host and their interfaces
  • Modeling compute clusters
  • Modeling virtualization environments
  • Modeling applications and their topology
  • Device topology maps displaying asset dependencies
  • Understand the impact of events on IT resources before implementing changes

Common Design Capabilities

To enable an end-to-end process, Ni2 Plan and Design leverages several capabilities of the Ni2 Platform such as:

  • Leveraging Ni2 Change Environment to design alternate scenario
  • Leveraging environment auditing to automatically generate plans and procedure from resource designs
  • Leveraging templates defined in the catalogue to model patterns of technologies