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Centralized management and monitoring of Network Elements (NEs) in a communication network is very critical to ensure high availability and lower downtime. Many management protocols like SNMP, CMIP, TL1, CORBA, etc. have been standardized by different bodies to facilitate unified management of different types of NEs. However, many NEs do not support these standard management protocols for different reasons and instead provide proprietary management mechanisms. To facilitate management of these NEs, a proxy/mediation function is required. In this paper, the authors present a Generic Proxy Agent framework for management of heterogeneous Network Elements.
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