Chapter 4. Solving the Network Management Problem

Having seen some of the most pressing network management problems, we now examine possible solutions, including:

  • Filling the development skills gap

  • Smarter NMS

  • Smarter MIBs

  • Smarter NEs

  • One data model

  • Distributed servers

  • Policy-based network management

  • Directory-enabled networking

Solutions engineered with zero-defect software are the ultimate goal. These solutions should enable end users to efficiently and economically operate their network. Little if any recourse should be needed to the use of NE-level, command-line interface (CLI) utilities such as telnet. The NMS should fit seamlessly into the business processes and workflows of its enterprise or SP customer. These issues are described in the following ...

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