Date Added: Dec 2009
As is becoming increasingly understood, in extending the Internet architecture into the future, network management is a key challenge. The current approach has been to provide a set of weakly integrated tools to network managers of each enterprise or other network. This paper argued the position that a single architecture or framework for network management would improve the overall ability to manage networks in an increasingly integrated, heterogeneous, and widely distributed network environment. The paper adds to this the problem that increasingly the users and other components of the applications are distributed and/or mobile.