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- Network management is the act of initializing monitoring and modifying the operation of the primary network functions [Pras]
- Network management is the art of initializing monitoring and modifying the operation of the primary network functions [Festor]
- Network management determines the supervision of networked systems to make sure that they behave according to some pre-defined goals [Stiller]
Note that many more definitions exist.
- We can distinguish between managed systems and manager systems
- Managed systems are always implemented in hard and software, management systems can additionally be implemented in terms of "brainware"
- Management involves activities of human beings
- Management decisions often operate on larger timescales, lasting at least multiple round-trip times