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Transformation of legacy network management system to service oriented architecture
Author(s): Jithesh Sathyan; Krishnananda Shenoy
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Paper Abstract

Service providers today are facing the challenge of operating and maintaining multiple networks, based on multiple technologies. Network Management System (NMS) solutions are being used to manage these networks. However the NMS is tightly coupled with Element or the Core network components. Hence there are multiple NMS solutions for heterogeneous networks. Current network management solutions are targeted at a variety of independent networks. The wide spread popularity of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) is a clear indication that all of these independent networks will be integrated into a single IP-based infrastructure referred to as Next Generation Networks (NGN) in the near future. The services, network architectures and traffic pattern in NGN will dramatically differ from the current networks. The heterogeneity and complexity in NGN including concepts like Fixed Mobile Convergence will bring a number of challenges to network management. The high degree of complexity accompanying the network element technology necessitates network management systems (NMS) which can utilize this technology to provide more service interfaces while hiding the inherent complexity. As operators begin to add new networks and expand existing networks to support new technologies and products, the necessity of scalable, flexible and functionally rich NMS systems arises. Another important factor influencing NMS architecture is mergers and acquisitions among the key vendors. Ease of integration is a key impediment in the traditional hierarchical NMS architecture. These requirements trigger the need for an architectural framework that will address the NGNM (Next Generation Network Management) issues seamlessly. This paper presents a unique perspective of bringing service orientated architecture (SOA) to legacy network management systems (NMS). It advocates a staged approach in transforming a legacy NMS to SOA. The architecture at each stage is detailed along with the technical advantages and business benefits achieved at each stage of transformation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6773, Next-Generation Communication and Sensor Networks 2007, 677306 (10 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.746475
Show Author Affiliations
Jithesh Sathyan, Infosys Technologies, Ltd. (India)
Krishnananda Shenoy, Infosys Technologies, Ltd. (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6773:
Next-Generation Communication and Sensor Networks 2007
Sergey I. Balandin, Editor(s)

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