A Domain-Level Data Model for Automated Network Configuration

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Executive Summary

Emerging research activities and technologies such as NETCONF have been closing gaps in the realization of automated network management; however they focus on individual network devices rather than the network domain as a whole. A robust model that maps a network domain's aggregate properties to device-specific NETCONF entities would allow a service provider to abstract a network's design from the configuration of its devices. Furthermore, it would extend the automation capability of a network management system by enabling configuration operations in terms of high-level concepts such as aggregate policies, best practices, network topology, and service requirements.

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