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Supporting Unified Distributed Management and Autonomic Decisions: Design, Implementation and Deployment

Ferreira, C. ; Guardalben, L. ; Gomes, G.T ; Sargento, S. ; Salvador, P. ; Robalo, D.R. ; Velez, F. J.

Springer Journal of Network and Systems Management Vol. 0, Nº 0, pp. 1 - 41, November, 2016.

ISSN (print): 1064-7570
ISSN (online): 1573-7705

Journal Impact Factor: 1,078 (in 2015)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1007/s10922-016-9398-4

Nowadays, the prevailing use of networks based on traditional centralized management systems reflects on a fast increase of the management costs. The growth in the number of network equipments and services reinforces the need to distribute the management responsibilities throughout the network devices. In this approach, each device executes common network management functionalities, being part of the overall network management platform. In this paper, we present a Unified Distributed Network Management (UDNM) framework that provides a unified (wired and wireless) management network solution, where further different network services can take part of this infrastructure, e.g., flow monitoring, accurate routing decisions, distributed policies dissemination, etc. This framework is divided in two main components: (A) Situation awareness, which sets up initial information through bootstrapping, discovery, fault-management process and exchange of management information; (B) Autonomic Decision System (ADS) that performs distributed decisions in the network with incomplete information. We deploy the UDNM framework in a testbed which involves two cities ( ≈≈ 250 km between), different standards (IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.11 and IEEE 802.16e) and network technologies, such as, wired virtual grid, wireless ad-hoc gateways, ad-hoc mobile access devices. The UDNM framework integrates management functionalities into the managed devices, proving to be a lightweight and easy-respond framework. The performance analysis shows that the UDNM framework is feasible to unify devices management functionalities and to take accurate decisions on top of a real network.