Improving Manageability Through Network-Embedded Management

  • Alexander Clemm


Manageability, that is, the ease with which a system or a network can be managed, is the ultimate embedded management application. Manageability is ultimately determined by two main factors: management interfaces that are provided to interact with the network for management purposes and embedded management intelligence that provides certain management tasks inside the network. Three properties of management interfaces affect manageability in particular: the coverage (and completeness thereof) that a management interface offers, its degree of consistency, and its efficiency in allowing outside systems to get management tasks accomplished. Each of these properties is analyzed in detail. Opportunities on how these properties can be improved using embedded management are outlined. Subsequently, the migration of management intelligence from outside to inside the network is explored. In addition to automating workflows and providing event-driven functionality inside the network, issues associated with the need to coordinate functions across a network are addressed. This chapter concludes with an overview of manageability features for which migration from the outside to the inside is not an option because they either must be provided from within the network or not at all.


Management Application Management Task Management Function Configuration Change Telemetry Data 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cisco SystemsSan JoseUSA

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