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  • January 31, 2012

Managing BTI Networks on the NetBeans Platform

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

Let's drop by BTI Systems, with a development team split between Belfast and Ottawa, with a NetBeans Platform application that’s about two years old now. The application is a GUI front end for BTI's proNX Server Manager product, which is part of the proNX Management Suite. It provides a modular and scalable management solution for BTI networks and
integrates seamlessly into any operating environment, providing maximum
flexibility and ease-of-use.

Below is a screenshot which shows a small network of BTI equipment under management. You can see the discovered devices, how they are grouped, alarms, and in the center an Ethernet Service. All of this is data mined from the hardware over SNMP by the server component of the product. The client then displays the network, and draws the topology of the services without the user needing to layout the elements manually. The Ethernet Service in this screenshot is having some performance metrics being gathered on it, as you can see in the bottom right.

Quite a range of NetBeans Platform features are used here, including the visual library to draw optical and ethernet services, and all the core libraries to show an up to date network state and allow management functions to be performed against discovered equipment.

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