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In this paper, the authors present Virtual MAN, a system which addresses plethora of unique challenges network operators face in managing Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) in enterprise networks. Despite their wide prevalence in enterprise networks, the management process of VLANs is ad-hoc, error-prone, and has received little systematic treatment in the research community. They have identified the most commonly performed tasks by the network operators when managing VLANs and developed a system to automate these tasks. From an operator standpoint, the system not only provides a network wide view of how VLANs are organized in an enterprise network but also assists them in performing actions like extending current VLANs and configuring new VLANs.
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