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Performance and Fault Management by James M. Thompson, Kent J. Phelps, Robert L. Pavone, Christopher E. Elliott, Paul L. Della Maggiora

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Network Baselining

To determine whether a network can deliver a particular policy, you should measure the network's current performance. This process is called baselining, whereas the process of interpreting the data is called baseline analysis. Baselining allows you to discover the true performance and operation of the network in terms of the policies that you've defined. It is an attempt to determine what is “normal” so that you know when an event is abnormal.

After identifying data of interest for a policy, baselining allows you to take a snapshot of the current state of those variables throughout the network. Baseline analysis leads to an understanding of what service levels can actually be achieved.

How does the network perform day to day? ...

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