Remote Operations Suite

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About Remote Operations Suite
Remote Operations Suite is the remotely deployed component of a 
CA Spectrum
 remote deployment. Remote Operations Suite is a stand-alone 
CA Spectrum
 management system that delivers all the standard 
CA Spectrum
 management capabilities. These capabilities include traditional fault-tolerant 
CA Spectrum
 management.
Remote Operations Suite supports operations in remote or mobile tactical environments. The remote component communicates with a designated Central SPECTRUM server to deliver real-time, or on-demand network topology. Remote Operations Suite also delivers the operational status of the managed remote site, mobile network over unreliable, or limited bandwidth communication links.
In the environments where higher-speed communications links are more readily available, deploy the traditional
CA Spectrum
distributed architecture.
Remote Operations Suite performs the following functions:
  • Enables the network manager at the remote or mobile site to manage the local network infrastructure
  • Delivers all the standard 
    CA Spectrum
     management capabilities (for example, network discovery, root cause analysis, impact analysis, alarming/alerting)
  • Connects to another 
    CA Spectrum
     deployment situated in global network operations or central command to deliver real-time inventory and operational status of the remote network
  • Enables an administrator to determine the information that the remote site sends to the central site to be low-impact on the limited bandwidth (and often costly) communications links
The following architecture shows the Remote Operations Suite deployment:
Remote Operations Suite deployment.png
Remote Operations Suite uses the OneClick Console. For more information about OneClick, see the Using OneClick section
.
Remote Operations Suite includes the following components:
  • Remote Operations Server
    Is the remotely deployed 
    CA Spectrum
     installation of a Remote Operations Suite deployment. The Remote Operations Server is a lightweight, stand-alone 
    CA Spectrum
     Management system that performs traditional fault tolerant 
    CA Spectrum
     management, including fault management and root cause analysis for the network it manages. The Remote Operations Server communicates with its designated Central SPECTRUM Server through the installed Remote Operations Connector component. This architecture enables the delivery of network topology and operational alarm status over unreliable or limited bandwidth communication links.
  • Central SPECTRUM Server
    Is a separate installation of 
    CA Spectrum
     that includes the Remote Operations Manager component. This component listens for new connections from Remote Operations Servers. A single Central SPECTRUM Server with the Remote Operations Manager component installed can integrate with multiple Remote Operations Servers. The integrated servers let you discover and monitor managed elements in the Universe hierarchy of the Remote Operations Server. 
    The Remote Operations Manager component on the Central SPECTRUM Server communicates with the Remote Operations Connector component on all connected Remote Operations Servers. The remote server instructs connectors to forward all current topology data. Each Remote Operations Connector component receives the requested information and returns the topology data to the Remote Operations Manager component on the Central SPECTRUM Server, where the topology is modeled in the database.
Distributed Concepts in the Remote Operations Suite
The distributed capability of a Remote Operations Suite environment differs from the distributed capability of a traditional 
CA Spectrum
 environment. Remote Operations Suite has unique features to support distributed deployments.
A traditional 
CA Spectrum
 Distributed 
SpectroSERVER
 (DSS) environment deploys multiple 
CA Spectrum
 servers, which are sometimes referred to as 
SpectroSERVER
s or landscapes. Each 
SpectroSERVER
 manages a different portion of the network. In this environment, you can see a combined or rolled-up view of the entire network using the OneClick Console as an aggregation point. OneClick provides monitoring and administration capabilities for each 
CA Spectrum
 server in the distributed environments. You can also designate primary and secondary 
CA Spectrum
 servers for the fault tolerance.
The following architecture shows a traditional 
CA Spectrum
 distributed deployment:
CA Spectrum distributed deployment.png
Remote Operations Suite also lets you deploy multiple Remote Operations Servers to manage a set of remote or mobile network devices. You can configure each Remote Operations Server to forward inventory information (for example, device and interface information) and the associated alarm data to a designated primary Central SPECTRUM Server. The primary Central SPECTRUM Server acts as the aggregation point for multiple Remote Operations Servers. Administrators at the central site have access to all of the information that has been forwarded from the Remote Operations Servers, by viewing each one on the primary Central SPECTRUM Server.
Fault tolerance features are also supported in a distributed Remote Operations configuration. You can configure each Remote Operations Server to connect to both a primary Central SPECTRUM Server and a backup Central SPECTRUM Server. All topology and alarm data is forwarded to the primary Central SPECTRUM Server. If the connection to the primary central SPECTRUM server is lost, the Remote Operations Server automatically sends a full topology and alarm update to the designated backup Central SPECTRUM Server. The Remote Operations Server then begins forwarding alarm information to the backup server. Once the connection to the primary Central SPECTRUM Server is restored, data forwarding to the backup Central SPECTRUM Server stops. The Remote Operations Server sends a full topology and alarm update to the primary Central SPECTRUM Server, and normal alarm forwarding resumes.
The following diagram shows a distributed Remote Operations deployment:
Remote Operations deployment.png
Management Visibility in a Remote Operations Environment
When a Remote Operations Server manages a network asset directly, you have access to all information that has been gathered about the device, regardless of the various methods 
CA Spectrum
 uses to collect that information. Direct management is therefore equivalent to management by a traditional 
CA Spectrum
 server. A difference appears in the available management data when the device is managed by a Remote Operations Server, but the information is viewed from a connected Central SPECTRUM Server.
When a Remote Operations Server forwards its topology to a designated Central SPECTRUM Server, the devices are represented in the Central SPECTRUM Server as “lightweight” models. Viewed locally by operators using the Remote Operations Server, the same models are "complete" models, providing complete local visibility. But the Central SPECTRUM Server only displays the essential information about these devices. You can still clearly identify the managed devices and their subcomponents. In addition, all alarms impacting the managed assets can be transferred from the Remote Operations Server to the Central SPECTRUM Server.
Less information is available from the Central SPECTRUM Server because Remote Operations Suite must operate over low-speed, unreliable connections. The communications that occur between the Remote Operations Server and the Central SPECTRUM Server are therefore optimized to conserve bandwidth.
The Remote Operations Server communicates only the information that is required to provide the Central SPECTRUM Server with a real-time view of its managed topology and operational alarm state.
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