LoriotPro Broadcast Edition is the flagship product of LUTEUS, a French monitoring and automation software publisher. LoriotPro is a Microsoft Windows® application offering powerful Network Management Systems (NMS) at a competitive cost.
With the Broadcast Edition of the LoriotPro software, you have a real control tower of your broadcast infrastructure and playout. It gives you a full and synthetic vision of its overall availability and performance.
Using IP convergence and the Internet management protocols SNMP, LoriotPro makes it possible to integrate, into one solution, the monitoring and automation of audiovisual infrastructures. This covers: distribution boards, the infrastructure backbone, data centers, earth stations, headends, HFC networks, DVB-T, DVB-C, DVB-S digital television platforms, satellite links, WaterMarking services, etc.
Our solution installs in minutes on a Microsoft Windows™ system in a physical or virtual environment. The discovery of your networks and devices can be automatic and the monitoring of your infrastructure by setting filters and actions on alarms can be finalized right after.
The adoption of the SNMP standard by all software publishers and network or Broadcast equipment manufacturers is not without some constraints. The wide varieties of systems cause the incapacity to put into place solutions that are identical as well as systematic. LoriotPro responds perfectly to this challenge of adapting the tool to meet the diversity of problems on monitoring, from the simplest to the most complex. All this is thanks to the flexibility and extensibility provided by the complete integration of the LUA script programming language.
LoriotPro is polymorphic and covers a large spectrum of features:
Operator Console: A rich Windows GUI, with real-dynamic display and high-speed. Multi users WEB console.
Optimized collection and real-time indicators of the availability and performance of your devices and systems, regardless of their brands.
Receive real-time alarms with all your content filtering and multi trigger automated actions. Event correlation at will.
Using the standard TCP, SNMP, WMI, SYSLOG requires no software installation on the monitored items.
Flexible creation of visual diagrams and web dashboards
Adaptable to unlimited needs: graphic environment for developing business tailored applications for automation and monitoring.
Solution fully autonomous: no proprietary agent or database needed, install in minutes, intelligent discovery of your environment, setup in a few hours. User License without limit of IP nodes nor of time. Price / features uncomparable.
LoriotPro is above all a powerful query engine (polling) capable of monitoring hundreds of equipment and thousands of variables to effectively inform you of critical situations.
The engine leverages the power of Windows® multitasking and asynchronous processing for the interrogation and collection of information about the items monitored. Internet protocols IP, PING, SNMP, TCP, are used extensively, plus strategies for custom requests. Many query parameters are extremely flexible. Each device has its own parameters, frequency, type, time, alarm level and so on.
Strategies are fully customizable requests based on the scripting language LUA, providing unlimited possibilities. Many examples of strategies are available, and the integrated development environment allows you to create your own strategies.
With strategies, regular checks on the availability and performance of systems, applications even groups of components of your infrastructure are thus made possible. The information collected is then used in reports of quality of service.
Dynamic directory of network infrastructure
The complexity of the network administrator’s work is directly related to the number of resources he has to maintain. Furthermore, in the past few years, intentional failures (hackers and human error) have been added to the hardware and software failures that administrators must deal with. Given the number of possible indicators to monitor, the administrator must have an optimized graphical interface in which the organization and display of resources are shown in comprehensive views.
One of these views is the Directory, a hierarchical tree display for all your resources.
This directory, completely under your control, allows you to file all your computing resources using a logical organization that is the best one adapted to your activities and your internal organization.
It also allows you to delegate the monitoring of part of your resources to third parties without revealing your entire information system and your tree organization. This tree is your workspace for configuring your resources. If you decide, for example, to set up a particular monitoring flag such as the volume of exchanges of a network interface on one of your servers, it is in the tree on the server to be monitored that you assign a task responsible for that monitoring. Seconds after you set up the flag, you can display it in a graphic.
Finding a particular device, a data switch for example, among hundreds of them that make up your infrastructure could quickly become a difficult task. With a multi-criteria search engine LoriotPro pinpoints and moves you to the object in the directory you wanted to find.
Criteria can be technical (the IP address of the host) but also organizational (the room and plug number where your PC is connected).
Network map, device view and more…
Active View concept is a new way of graphically representing Information System resources. LUTEUS has designed Active View for a greater management control through a new visual user-friendly interface. Active View is the ideal solution for network mapping, network drawing, network diagram, IP map, symbolic view, network view, device view, network topology map and infrastructure map.
With Active View, it is now possible to represent any entity of the real world in a graphical view and give them life. What is an entity in Active View? It is simply anything you want, like a country map, a building, an office, a house, equipment, a server, a text, a gauge… How do you give an object life? Life comes with the dynamic modification of their representation simply by assigning them a color. You set the dynamic behavior for each object entity on multiple preset conditions.
The Active View user interface allows you to create views with a set of design tools and images.
After having arranged the object in your view you could decide to control for each object, how their dynamic aspect will change according to conditions and kinds of regular expressions. To control the dynamic aspect (color or text) of an object, you can make a request on SNMP objects of any SNMP aware host located in your network, set testing conditions on returned values and generate an event in the event log. To control object aspect, you can also use the current availability status of the LoriotPro Directory object, the counters of events, event filters and trap filters. For instance, you could set it up to display a red light on a graphical representation of RAID disk drives when receiving a disk failure snmp trap from the controller.
Furthermore, you can also use the embedded LUA script language to control the aspect of your graphical objects. Active View and scripting provide a powerful graphical management interface. Behind a single visual object and its color status, a complex script can be executed at regular intervals to analyze and correlate collected data by SNMP Get, SQL queries or WMI requests etc.
The mouse double click action on an Active View graphical object is settable and a contextual menu could also be defined for each object of the view. With these options and directly from your Active View, it is simple to; start a Telnet or Web session, open an URL link, locate an object, generate a report, launch a script, etc…
A library of images and clipart of the most commonly manipulated objects is provided. You will find in the clipart objects, various symbols for host objects such as routers, switches, geographical maps, implantation, buildings, towns, rooms, campus …You can also extend this library indefinitely with your own clipart using the standard format WMF and EMF (Microsoft Metafiles) created with Microsoft Visio® or Adobe Illustrator®.
Don’t drown in alarms
Managing alarms quickly becomes a nightmare when they invade your administration console. You can often miss a critical alarm that is buried under less important ones or even false alarms.
To help you avoid missing critical alarms because less important ones distract your attention, LoriotPro possesses a conditional display system. Filtering alarms by order of importance as well as actions to be triggered are entirely configurable. You can apply one or more of a variety of actions, such as sending an e-mail message, sounding a beep, launching a program or an embedded LUA script, etc.
LoriotPro is able to receive Event/Message/Alarm of three different types:
Events or LoriotPro events: These alarms are simply called Event and are in a format proprietary to LoriotPro. Events are Local to LoriotPro when they are generated by internal processes or plugin of LoriotPro. Events are external when they are sent by other LoriotPro or third party products. Event can also be generated by LUA script in the Extended Edition of LoriotPro.
SNMP Trap: Traps are messages sent by SNMP agent of devices and systems to inform a network administrator of a failure or a malfunction. LoriotPro supports Traps V1, Informs V2c or V3 (authenticated or not, depending on the device profile). Incoming Traps can be filtered on multiple conditions to trigger action or change the color of an Active View object.
Syslog Messages: Syslog messages are formatted messages sent by Unix systems, Network routers and devices that are compliant to the RFC 3164.
Trend and real time load graphs
One of the most important tasks in network management is the measurement of the load. LoriotPro provides many type of load graph either in real time or in tendency. You can graph almost all SNMP objects like emission level, noise ratio, SNR, error rate, network interface traffic, CPU usage, disk usage, queue usage, E-mail queue usage, WEB traffic, etc.
The trend graphs are based on the MRTG concept. When discovering the network LoriotPro automatically identifies routers and add load graphs to all their network interfaces. You can also create your own graphs with Trend View ( MRTG Front End for Windows) Plug-in. Trend view displays by default any set of 2 SNMP values in a daily graph ( trend of the last 24 hours, sampling interval is 5 mn) a weekly graph (trend of the last week, sampling interval is 30 mn) a monthly graph (trend of the last month, sampling interval is 2 hours) a yearly graph (trend of the last year, sampling interval is 24 hours).
LoriotPro Broadcast Edition includes a Windows front-end trend graph generator based on the famous program RRD Tool. Two Plug-in modules are available, the RRD Collector module for data collection, storage in RRD bases and their graphs display, the RRD Manager module for handling advanced RRD bases operations and maintenance. The graphs are fully configurable from a Windows graphical interface and follow the evolution of one or more collected data. Collected data can be SNMP objects, IP response time of one or several remote and return values from the execution of LUA script.
Quality of service control
To evaluate the quality of services, LoriotPro performs measures at regular intervals. The frequency of these measures and their success rate will allow you to define the rate of availability of the concerned service. In addition, the measures will provide a response time value of the service and consequently the performance criterion.
Integrated development environment dedicated to monitoring and auditing
LoriotPro can solve very complex problems of network and system administration with the powerful and scalable embedded scripting language LUA. With this unique solution, your complete network architecture and the LoriotPro graphical environment can be monitored and controlled by very suitable programs.
The development environment integrated with LoriotPro allows you to quickly write powerful applications dedicated to the monitoring and automation of network and broadcast infrastructure. Hundreds of examples ready for use are provided and you can automate tedious and recurring tasks.
LoriotPro uses the fundamentals of the open source language LUA and provides in addition, hundreds of functions dedicated to SNMP management, mapping and symbolic representation by the Active View and correlation of events and alarms.
Working example: Signal path monitoring
LoriotPro BE can dynamically monitor the sources and destinations of all broadcast equipment so you can monitor the signal across all infrastructure resources. Visual dynamic paths can quickly help you to diagnose a lack of assignment or a malfunction.
LoriotPro performs these tasks through the collection of MIB objects SNMP agent infrastructure facilities. From the change information in the routing tables, the topology of network-media relations is rebuilt on an Active View.
Automatic actions can be predefined on status change if the device offer control via SNMP SET.
The use of LUA code can adapt the solution to all facilities that provide their table assignment and routing ports via SNMP. These visual ways offer an unlimited creative flexibility and very responsive GUI.
The innovative concept of Global Objects was added in June 2012. This greatly improves the performance of SNMP collection and increases the refresh speed of the display and this even with great volumes of data to collect. The number of collection can grow, collection processing times can increase, and the capacity and speed of processing and display will remain optimal. Parallel processing (multithreading) and the many tasks performed enables scalability by adding new process of collection and possibly more CPU in the system.
Network discovering and scanning
LoriotPro includes a background process, a real expert system dedicated to the discovery of networks. It makes an autonomous scanning of all available networks, discovers any IP devices whatever their types and their brands, and then finely analyzes them to determine their functions (router, server, stations, printers, etc.).
The discovered hosts are added to the LoriotPro directory with automatic monitoring configuration.
LoriotPro is a true expert system based on strategies of discovery. These can be applied individually for advanced systems resource analysis. For example, by default a Windows operating system will be analyzed in search of its characteristics, CPU, disks, memory, and afterwards, monitoring functions will be automatically added to its counterpart host directory object. The discovery strategies are based on LUA scripts and can be easily extended by anyone to serve their needs and fully adapted to the type of equipment to be discovered.
You can also use the IP address scanner for discovering active elements. It uses ICMP or SNMP, TCP and Strategies and is capable of sweeping a zone of your network. The IP Scanner tool is able to discover the server applications available (TCP port) on the discovered host. Strategies are a set of extensible modules (LUA script).
LoriotPro runs in a Microsoft Windows environment. However, it is possible to have a remote console consists of a standard Internet browser allows you to view your directory, your graphics, view alarms or ask your database. This mode is native and does not require the establishment of a third party web server.
Access to the Web server is authenticated and restrictions per user are available on branches and directory objects.
The development of dedicated web interfaces is made possible thanks to the integration of language support LUA script in Web pages. The use of standard DHTML and AJAX facilitates the exchange of data between web browsers and LoriotPro. Dozens of scripts XLUA in XML format and ready for use are available for accessing critical and live information about your devices.
Make the most of the toolbox
LoriotPro is also a fantastic toolbox that administrators as well as developers can use in their daily tasks. Among the abundance of this product’s offerings, many tools for handling Management Information Bases (MIBs) ease setting up and customizing administrative tasks. Diagnostic tools like PING, TraceRoute, and Path Trace are also available to help you to quickly discover the reason of a failure, a performance problem and the location of the responsible device or host.