Network Management

The advantages of using network management software and tools

In today's world, it's the norm rather than the exception for a computer network to be at the heart of a company's business operations. To ensure its security and proper operation, network management tools are necessary. Network management includes three key concepts: system operation, system accessibility and administration, and system maintenance.

The goal of network operation is to ensure the full functionality of the system, including problem-free communication across the network as well as monitoring tools that detect problems quickly and resolve them with minimal disruption. System accessibility defines which specific network resources users can and cannot access, and network system maintenance schedules upgrades and ensures that all parts of the network are correctly configured.

Examples of Network Management Solutions

Network management software is used to access networks and make updates, plan system upgrades and maintenance tasks, and ensure business security as it pertains to your computerized operations. In the past few years, ISO standards have been successfully implemented across computer networks, leading to much more homogeneity than there used to be. Even so, there are many different protocols used in network management systems to facilitate these tasks, including Netconf, CMIP, WBEM, SNMP, JMX, Transaction Language 1, CORBA and even command line interfaces.

The Objectives of Network Management

According to ISO standards, there are five discrete objectives of network management:

  • Performance. In performance management, network administrators aim to ensure that the system performs at an optimal level, that authorized users can access network resources and that user response times are minimal.
  • Configuration. The configuration management aspect of system administration revolves around the tracking and optimization of the network's hardware and software.
  • Accounting. In accounting management, the network administrator ensures that user activities conform to agreed-upon policies and ensures that network resources are used only for approved purposes.
  • Fault. Sometimes, network management efforts fall short of their goals. Fault management aims to track these instances, identify causes and implement solutions in a minimally disruptive manner.
  • Security. One of the most important concepts in network management, security ensures that the infrastructure is safeguarded against both internal and external threats.
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