Most Network Management solutions are typically beset with the problem of managing multi-vendor and multi-protocol network elements. Often building a solution encompassing this diversity leads to applications becoming non-scalable and less open to managing new protocols. Further, these applications are weighed down by network interfacing functionality rather building higher level management functionality.
Management Server precisely solves this problem by taking over the complete network interfacing functionality and offers a protocol-neutral extensible layer, which serves as a common point of convergence between the management applications and the network elements. It is targeted to address the requirements of performance, fault and configuration management of network management applications.
The Management Server provides the necessary infrastructure, with a comprehensive suite of cross-platform development modules, APIs and packaged applications. To communicate with managed systems (network elements, systems and applications) it supports SNMP (v1, v2c & v3), TL1, CORBA, CLI protocols.
Features of Management Server
Platform for building generic and lightweight applications.
Provision for building protocol neutral and multi-protocol applications/applets.
Provision for plugging in of any protocol to talk to managed devices through a Protocol Provider framework.
Developing both 3-tier (Management Client - Management Server - Device) and 2-tier (Management Server - Device) based applications.
Provides an XML-based management data descriptor between the Management Client and the Management Server to transact request/response.
Offers a common API for building applications in both 3 tier and 2 tier modes, which is the ManagementServices API. This offers management services like request-response, request polling and event notifications.
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