Networking

New Approach to Network Management Architecture

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Executive Summary

Network Management is needed to control and optimize the operation of the network and to respond to changing user requirements. Management includes the initialization, monitoring and modification of the network functions. In order to perform management, special functions are needed. To distinguish these functions from the normal network functions, this paper introduces the terms 'Management functions' and 'Primary functions'. Management functions may be performed explicitly by human operators, but also automatically by dedicated hard and software modules. In case human operators are responsible for network management, most management functions will be performed from a limited number of remote locations.

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