Network-Embedded Management

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
Thomas Watson
, chairman of IBM, 1943.

Are OSS going to go the same way as the computers of Watson’s time? Rather than being the centre of an organisation’s network management universe, will they become smaller and more distributed?

Current OSS tend to be relatively massive undertakings for any organisation that builds one. They are generally only centralised in a single location, notwithstanding high availability (HA) or disaster recovery (DR) instances and they are the repository of all knowledge.

They often have collectors/harvesters/probes/etc spread out in the network but they are only acting as a central nervous system to bring data back to the single brain.

But as network devices become more powerful and as the networks they form become more clever and adaptable, yet complex, I wonder whether OSS will become distributed rather than centralised.

With application extension modules already available in network devices, their manufacturers already have a platform that will support this decentralised model. We just await the next generation of multi-vendor standards that provider a richer array of holistic network management.

Is this a threat to the current OSS providers or does it just become a different platform upon which to host their wares?

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