Unlocking NE/NMS-layer data

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust

A new friend over in the Philippines suggested that I write a blog entry about network modelling.

Now I’m going to sound like the ultimate nerd here but mapping network devices into OSS is probably the most challenging but interesting tasks I’ve done in OSS. I love the network modelling tasks because it requires a real creativity/aptitude across fields of expertise including:

  • a deep understanding of the network topology (and services)
  • an understanding of the CSP’s naming conventions
  • an understanding of the OSSs associated data formats (eg tables in a database)
  • thorough understanding of every component type that makes up the network and
  • then a programmer’s understanding of north-bound interfaces (from NE/NEMS/NMS to OSS) and south-bound interfaces (OSS down to the network layer).

As a result there are very few people who understand this task so it will be a great string to your bow once you accomplish it.

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