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From SNMP to Web services-based network management

Sloten, Jeroen van (2004) From SNMP to Web services-based network management.

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Abstract:One of the emerging standards for application to application interaction and therefore for the interconnection of (distributed) systems is Web services. It is an open, generic and standardised XML-based technology and has recently received a wide industry attention. Considering the current interest of network management research groups in XML-based technologies, Web services need investigation for its suitability for network management. This is therefore the main objective of this thesis. This thesis presents some of the characteristics of Web services that make it useful to use for network management. Furthermore, an overview of additional Web service standards that are expected to be of interest for network management is presented. Standardisation plays an important role in the adoption of a network management technology. This thesis distinguishes which parts of a Web service are suitable for standardisation. Within these parts there is room for variation, and therefore the merits of various alternatives are discussed. The Model-Driven Architecture (MDA) is an approach that promotes the usage of modelling for the design of (software) systems. Models should be used at different levels of abstraction, thus creating a clear separation between the specification of the functionality of a system and the implementation of this functionality on a specific platform. Since Web services can be implemented on a variety of platforms, this thesis explains why MDA can play an important role for the development of Web services in general and network management in particular.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Computer Science MSc (60300)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85070
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