General Model of a TMN Architecture

Here we explore a general architectural model based on these components and the relationships between them. The figure shows a OS which may be accessed through the interoperable interface for the purpose of managing resources. These managed resources (which may be parts of managed elements or of the management solution) are visible through the OS. The management network, not shown in this figure, is the means for allowing OSs to communicate via the interoperable interface. Since the TMN's scope is limited to interoperability in network management, the area outside the management network is beyond the scope of this document. However, this architecture models some aspects of this outer area in an abstract way in order to better understand the interactions between OSs.

Figure: An Open Network Management Architecture