An architecture is a means of organizing and representing knowledge within a
given field of application. Typically, it provides a common model which
identifies the major system components and the interactions between them.
The architecture addressed the problem of interoperable network
management, and presents a framework for describing the various aspects of
the problem and the solutions.
The architecture consists of the following building block concepts and
components. These components may be either physical or logical, depending
on the context in which they are used. Other components of the architecture
are identified in the individual perspectives.
The interoperable interface is the formally-defined set of protocols,
procedures, message formats and semantics used to communicate management
within an object-oriented paradigm.
Operations Systems (OS)
A OS is a real open system which supports the defined interoperable
interface. Thus, two OSs communicate across the interoperable interface. .
Management Network (MN)
A management network is a network through which OSs communicate for the
purposes of network management. It is modeled as a separate network from
the communications network, although it may actually use elements of the
Management Solution (MS)
The management solution is the complete set of network management
systems, procedures, and facilities used by an organization. (This includes
management users, OSs, other management systems, and the management
Managed Elements (MEs)
Managed elements are physical of logical resources that are to be managed,
but that exist independently of their need to be managed. Managed elements
include resources within the communications network which provide
communications services and systems resources which make use of the
communications network. (Aspects of the communications network must be
modeled to achieve a common understanding of the elements being managed;
however, this modeling task is treated as an early part of the managed object
Managed Object ( MO )
A managed object is the destination of management directives and the sources
of management event reports. A managed object may be a physical item of
equipment, a logical component, some abstract of information, a combination of
any of these, a part of any of these, or a combination of such parts.
Management Domains ( MDs)
A management domain is composed of a managing process or system and all
the managed objects which are under control. The collection of managed objects
will be called the management domain.