CiscoWorks can be configured to send northbound notifications to other Network Management systems based upon pre-defined thresholds or network exceptions. These notifications can be used as triggers to drive additional updates or actions to troubleshoot or remediate a network problem. Northbound notifications may be in the form of syslog messages or SNMP traps based upon correlated data, threshold exceptions, network changes. Once a notification is received by the application, an action may be taken to either get further data or to initiate a command to take an action. Using the CiscoWorks CLI as a command line interface allows an application to make a textual programmatic call to initiate an action. The CWCLI provides an command line interface to all CiscoWorks configuration related functionality.
One example that has been used by third party ISVs is to help keep their Cisco device data current. When a network change is detected (inventory, config, software update) a northbound event is sent to the third party application, which triggers an automated action to retrieve the latest configuration update from the CiscoWorks server. This ensures that the data is maintained and up-to-date. Additional steps can be taken to automate and troubleshoot using southbound interfaces to implement or deploy a fix via the CWCLI.
Seamless end-to-end integration for faster problem resolution – using northbound notifications can help quickly identify network and device related issues and trigger the acquisition of additional data to drive resolution of network issues
Maintain up-to-date information – northbound notifications can be used as a trigger to keep other NM application databases up-to-date with the latest configuration and inventory details on Cisco devices
Reduces redundant polling – removes the need to poll the network for data that has already been collected by CiscoWorks limiting unnecessary polling cycles and improving overall network performance
Focus on building value-added capabilities – allows the customer or ISV to focus on building more value instead of worrying about keep current with basic polling and device related infrastructure management functionality
For More Information
For the latest information on CiscoWorks LMS refer to:
RME CLI reference
User tracking CLI reference