VDC network map

Introduction
How to use the network map
The toolbar
The map
Types of network

 

Introduction

Network map is a function within VDC which produces a diagram of the networks for one VDC account. The output is limited to the networks within one VDC region.

The function is executed using the button Network map, accessed in the Network panel of the VDC Control Centre. See the screenshot below.

How to use the network map

Login to your VDC account via the My Services portal https://myservices.interoute.com.

Select the VDC Control Centre for the region that you want to look at: click the Europe, Asia or North America tab.

Click Network in the left-hand menu to display the networks running in the region.

Click the Network map button at top of the panel. This will launch a new browser tab to display the network map.

Important

The information in the network map is generated at the moment the new tab opens. The information does not auto-update in response to changes in VDC. To update the map, it is best to close the tab and re-launch using the Network map button.

 

The following screenshot shows all of the contents of the Network map tab.

The toolbar

Use the Toolbar buttons to control the appearance of the map:

  • Zoom In, Zoom Out: Change the scale of the map on the screen. You can also use the mouse scroll wheel (or trackpad equivalent) to zoom in and out.

  • Hide Legend (toggles with Reveal Legend): Hide or reveal the map legend on the right-hand side of the window.

  • Show Detailed View (toggles with Show Compact View): In 'compact view' (which is the initial setting), when a zone contains three or more VMs which are not attached to any other networks, the VM information is displayed in a compact, summarised form (see the example below). In 'detailed view' every VM appears at full size and information detail.

  • Show Empty Networks (toggles with Hide Empty Networks): When 'hide empty networks' is selected (which is the initial setting), any networks that contain no virtual machines will not be shown in the network map. Click the button at any time to switch between the show and hide modes.

  • Dynamic Drag Mode which toggles with Static Drag Mode: In 'dynamic drag mode' (which is the initial setting), when the network map view is wider than the display window, use mouse left-click and drag to shift the contents of each 'cable' line to the right or to the left to make them visible. The advantage of this mode is that the network information box is always visible at the left end.

  • Reset: Reset the position and scale of the map to the default. This button does not update the contents of the map; to do that, close the browser tab and re-launch using the Network map button.

Additionally, there is a Help button at the top right corner, which will open this documentation webpage.

The map

The network map organises the network information by zone (the zone name is shown on the left-hand side). Use the mouse scroll wheel (or the trackpad equivalent) to change the scale of the map, and the mouse drag option (that is, with the left button pressed) to move different parts of the map into view.

Each 'cable' in the map represents one network, and shows the virtual machines attached to that network, and the state of the virtual machine (Running, Stopped or Destroyed). For each virtual machine, the name and its local IP address in the network are shown. When a virtual machine is attached to two or more networks, this is shown by additional connection lines (which will 'hop' over other network cables) and local IP addresses; these other IP addresses are usually shown on the connection line, adjacent to the relevant network cable.

In 'compact view' mode, when a network contains three or more VMs which are not attached to any other networks, the VM information is displayed in a compact, summarised form as follows:

The numbers in the circles indicate the number of VMs of each state (running, stopped or destroyed).

At the left end of each network, the box shows the 'identifier' name (note this is called 'displaytext' in the API), the network type (as explained in the table below), and the CIDR (address range) for the network.

The colour of the network cable also denotes the network type, according to the legend. For Private Direct Connect networks, the colour shows which networks in different zones belong to the same Direct Connect Group, and hence the networks are inter-connected with each other. The colour labels are explained by the 'Network List' legend at the right-hand side.

Types of network

Note: A network is marked with the 'Other' symbol in the case that information about its type cannot be determined. Usually this will occur for networks that were created before the introduction of the 'Network API' functions in VDC (in May 2015).




Map symbol Symbol colour Network type
Black Local with Internet Gateway
Grey Local Private
Red Public Direct Connect
Green, Yellow, etc. Private Direct Connect; the colour indicates networks in different zones belonging to the same Direct Connect Group, and the name of the Direct Connect Group is shown under the network identifier name

For full information about the different network types in VDC, see How to Create a Network for your VDC.