Spectre's analytics are designed to make it easier to grasp the composition of your network and understand how resources are distributed over it.
Each type of tool facilitates understanding your network at a different level of specificity. Reports, in particular, are designed to identify and the list network assets that share a characteristic of interest, or one you name. In so doing, reports supply the data that under-girds Spectre maps, and dashboards. They also serve as an important resource for detailed network analysis.
Almost all reports identify a network device's type, operating system, maker, active ports, and the protocols to which it responds.
Reports are available in real-time, which means that the data on the current state of your network is retrieved from Spectre's data store and immediately displayed on your screen--as soon as you click a report name. If you come back to a displayed report after some time away from your desk, click Refresh to update the report to its real-time state.
About Reports The standard reports delivered with Spectre (aka "canned") pertain to one zone. For multi-zone views, see either the multi-zone canned views in Dashboards or create a customized report.
All reports, both standard and customized, are listed alphabetically by name on the left-hand side of the Browse Real-Time page, and new ways to arrange and organize them are in planning.
When you open the Reports > Browse Real Time page, reports associated with whichever zone you last visited display first, by default, in the Zone field. If you were last working in the CorpNA zone, for example, all reports listed in the left-hand column would pertain to the CorpNA zone.
Standard reports provided with Spectre cannot be deleted. You can, however, add, edit, and delete any new reports you create and add to the list. See Adding & Managing Reports for more.
New Reports At-a-Glance
Most reports include the following device identifiers.
The Internet Protocol address (e.g., 10.100.50.102)
Media Access Control address (e.g., 01:23:45:67:89:ab)
Typically, an alphanumeric identifier (e.g., ff79ew0e)
The operating system (e.g., Cisco IOS, Linux, FreeBSD)
The 32 bit number assigned to each router running the OSPF protocol (e.g., ospf routerid 22.214.171.124)
The seller of the device (e.g, Cisco, Juniper, Windows)
Unique software release number (e.g., Fedora Linux, 15.0, 8.x)
You can browse reports that show activity updated in real time and schedule report generation. The Browse Historical option provides point-in-time snapshots of your network that are taken according to a schedule you set.
The Report Scheduler enables you to schedule the running of a particular kind of report, indicate how often the report should run, and who should receive it via email message. This configuration is saved to a file, the name of which you also specify.