PlumSpace - Run NetBeez agent on a Smart SFP

About the Integration

NetBeez collaborated with PlumSpace, a vendor of advanced Smart SFPs, to offer service assurance capabilities to PlumSpace's products.

The Smart SFP Network appliance supports all capabilities of the feature-rich NetBeez agent and management dashboard - ICMP/TCP ping, DNS, HTTP, traceroute, iPerf, and speed test-based performance tests, VoIP testing, all in a Small Form-factor Pluggable appliance. Smart SFP can be installed either in-line (replacing existing standard SFP) or out-of-line, and also without assigning dedicated IP-address by using a Loaned IP feature


Integration Benefits

Using Smart SFP with NetBeez network monitoring platform companies can enhance the visibility and performance of WAN networks by benefit from:

  • In-line installation to optical links
  • Real-time data and analytics
  • Network and application performance
  • Running tests between agents and other network hosts
  • No free rack space and separate power supply required



To run the Smart SFP integration with NetBeez, you'll need:

  • One NetBeez dashboard (request a trial if you need one)
  • One or more SmartSFP products (provided by PlumSpace)



1. Connect via ssh to the Smart SFP Network appliance with the admin user (ssh admin@<SMART_SFP_IP>) to install the NetBeez software agent:

mount -o rw,remount /
apt-get install curl wget
curl -L -O;
bash --secret=<SECRET_KEY>

2. Open and edit the NetBeez agent configuration file (/etc/netbeez/netbeez-agent.conf) to define the testing and the control interface. The Smart SFP Network appliance has two interfaces, the optical interface (gbe0) and MSA or host interface (gbe1). Both can be used for control (communication with the NetBeez dashboard) and testing. The below configuration uses gbe1 for both control and testing functions:

{"control_interface":"gbe1","test_interface":"gbe1","host":"<FQDN_DASHBOARD>", "secure_port":"20018", "model":"software-debian"}

Close and save the file, then remount the / partition in read-only mode:

mount -o ro,remount /


More details

Read the testing report that documents in detail the features supported and expected performance.

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