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Network Management, MIBs and MPLS: Principles, Design and Implementation by Stephen B. Morris

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Chapter 3. The Network Management Problem

Having looked at some of the nuts and bolts of network management technology, we now consider some of the problems of managing large networks. In many respects the large enterprise networks of today are reminiscent of the islands of automation that were common in manufacturing during the 1980s and 1990s. The challenge facing manufacturers was in linking together the islands of microprocessor-based controllers, PCs, minicomputers, and other components to allow end-to-end actions such as aggregated order entries leading to automated production runs. The hope was that the islands of automation could be joined so that the previously isolated intelligence could be leveraged to manufacture better products. Similar ...

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