FAQ

  1. What does ATOM stand for?

    Assurance, Telemetry, and Orchestration for Multi-vendor Networks

  2. Why Anuta ATOM?

    Anuta ATOM is the only Network Orchestration and Assurance platform that offers:

    • True Multi-Vendor Support (more than 45 vendors)
    • Multi-Domain Orchestration: Data Center, Branch, WAN, Campus, MPLS Core, DCI, Hybrid Cloud
    • Micro-services based architecture that scales to Million+ Devices
    • Extensibility with Industry standard YANG models
    • Multi-Cloud Ready: AWS, Azure, GCP, Private and Hybrid Cloud.
  3. Is ATOM a software only solution?

    Yes, ATOM is delivered as Virtual Appliance (OVA or ISO format). It can be installed on your favorite hypervisor or on a stand-alone server. ATOM can also be installed in Docker containers with Kubernetes orchestration.

  4. Does ATOM support SaaS solution ?

    Yes, see ATOM SaaS.

  5. If I already have an SDN controller, do I still need an Orchestrator such as Anuta ATOM?

    Yes, please see here.

  6. Does Anuta Networks offer a vCPE solution?

    Anuta ATOM orchestrates and integrates third-party VNFs so that Service Providers can package a vCPE solution and offer to their customers. See Virtual CPE for more information.

  7. Where can I download the ATOM trial software?

    As of now, there is no option to download online. Please Contact Us with your specific details and we will follow-up quickly.

  8. How do I know if my specific platform is supported?

    Please check out Supported Devices.

  9. Currently, my platform is not in your Supported list? How long does it take to add new models?

    Anuta ATOM ships with YANG models for 100+ platforms from 45+ vendors. For minor revisions (say going from ASA 9.0 to ASA 9.1), customers and partners can update the YANG models themselves within hours. If there is a major change (from ASA 8.2 to ASA 8.3), Anuta team can add the YANG models within a couple of days. For a completely new type of device (e.g. Packet Shaper), it may take two weeks to add the YANG models. See YANG Models page.

  10. Why did Anuta Networks chose YANG modeling for Orchestration?

    YANG is an IETF Standard. There are more than 200 models published on Git Hub and Open Config. YANG allows customers and partners to easily export, customize, import new data models to the ATOM platform thus enabling a community of YANG developers.

  11. I have many traditional devices such as Cisco Catalyst Switches that don't support YANG. Can ATOM orchestrate them?

    Yes, Anuta ATOM has built-in device models for many traditional/legacy platforms that support CLI and SNMP. Unlike other orchestrators, Anuta ATOM doesn’t require customers to upgrade to a specific software or hardware version. Anuta ATOM works with your current infrastructure.

  12. Does Anuta ATOM require an agent to be installed on the device?

    No, Anuta ATOM doesn’t require an agent on each network device. Anuta ATOM communicates with the device over the management plane using CLI, SNMP, XML, NETCONF, RESTAPI etc.

  13. What is an ATOM agent? when do I need it?

    For larger deployments (> 1000 devices), ATOM supports a distributed server-agent architecture. Each Agent can handle 1000 devices and hence the solution can scale horizontally with your infrastructure. For a small deployment or during the POC, the same ATOM virtual appliance can act as a server and an agent.

  14. Does ATOM support brownfield discovery?

    Yes, ATOM supports brownfield configuration and service discovery.

  15. Does ATOM support any Open Standards?

    Yes, ATOM supports IETF YANG, IETF NACM, BPMN and will continue to support Open Standards where applicable.

  16. How do you ensure High Availability (HA) of the ATOM software?

    ATOM has a micro services architecture and all nodes run in cluster mode. This helps in resiliency and horizontal scale.

  17. Does ATOM perform Pre-checks during Service Provisioning?

    Yes, ATOM workflow supports pre-checks on devices such as route check, ping check.

  18. Does ATOM support atomic transactions?

    Yes, ATOM supports 2-Phase commit protocol for transactions.

  19. Does ATOM support automatic rollback?

    Yes, ATOM transactions supports auto rollback. Re-Try is available for operations that are past the reservation phase and encountered transient operration errors such as device connectivity issues.

  20. Can ATOM show configuration differences (Before and After)?

    Yes,  by default ATOM pulls config after each service provisioning step. The config management capabilities include review of config-diff across different versions of the config.

  21. Does ATOM help with root-cause analysis?

    Yes,  ATOM allows baseline to be defined using performance data collected through SNMP, SNMP Trap, Syslog or Telemetry, and appropriate actions can be associated – Email, Slack, Workflow Actions for remediation or end-user intervention through ITSM tools such as Jira, ServiceNow etc.

  22. Does ATOM support Service or Configuration backup and recovery?

    Yes, ATOM discovers network topology using CDP/LLDP. Alarms and Performance data is overlaid on the topology.

  23. How does ATOM simplify the execution and troubleshooting of workflows?

    ATOM provides a GUI to monitor active workflow instance, to debug various stages in the workflow, diff pre-check and post-check variables, cancel and clean-up instances etc.