Raymond D. Jennings; Robert F. Linfield; Michael D. Meister

Abstract: The objectives of this report are (1) to identify and examine various divergent perspectives that exist about the technology termed network management; (2) to develop a conceptual definition and understanding of network management that is rational and comprehensive; and (3) to examine the questions of what is involved in supporting and controlling a network, what is being done or needs to be done to provide that support and control, and who is involved in doing it. Consistent with these objectives, the report presents a conceptual explanation of network management that is admittedly idealistic, describes the many organizations that are actively involved with the development of real–world, network management standards, examines the functional characteristics of a variety of network management products (available in 1991/92), and discusses some of the important issues and trends that are creating new requirements for network management.

Keywords: standards; network management; network management systems

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Disclaimer: Certain commercial equipment, components, and software may be identified in this report to specify adequately the technical aspects of the reported results. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, nor does it imply that the equipment or software identified is necessarily the best available for the particular application or uses.

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