Distributed Architecture for Cross-domain Network Management

Jason Etheridge, Graham Chen, Minoru Tanaka 1 and Gen Watanabe 2

As the world's communication needs increase, telecommunications providers are building larger and more complex networks to meet this demand. These evolving networks will often contain many technologies, and while most modern networks are still single-vendor, many companies are looking to diversify their networks. While on-the-wire interoperability is clearly defined by various standards bodies, the management of these heterogeneous networks remains mostly undefined.

Most network management systems deployed today tend to be specific to a single technology domain (ATM, SDH), and are usually limited to the management of a single vendor's equipment. A service provider will use several unrelated and independent management systems to manage the various components of their network--this offers a less than optimal solution.

This paper attempts to address this problem by describing an architecture for a network management system capable of managing such a heterogeneous network, while satisfying the critical requirements of scalability and cost-reduction. A prototype implementation of this architecture is also described, together with an example deployment of the system used to manage a small ATM network.

Cross-domain network management, I-ETS 300 653, ITU-T G.805, CORBA, OSI, Q3

Proceedings of the 6th IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium, New Orleans, LA, USA. Feb 1998. ISBN 0-7803-4351-4.

1. Transmission Engineering Division, NEC Corporation, Japan, tan@ted.trd.tmg.nec.co.jp

2. Transmission Engineering Division, NEC Corporation, Japan, gensan@ted.trd.tmg.nec.co.jp