fault management

Fault management is the component of network management concerned with detecting, isolating and resolving problems... (Continued)

Fault management is the component of network management concerned with detecting, isolating and resolving problems. Properly implemented, fault management can keep a network running at an optimum level, provide a measure of fault tolerance and minimize downtime. A set of functions or applications designed specifically for this purpose is called a fault-management platform.

Important functions of fault management include:

  • Definition of thresholds for potential failure conditions.
  • Constant monitoring of system status and usage levels.
  • Continuous scanning for threats such as viruses and Trojans.
  • General diagnostics.
  • Remote control of system elements including workstations and servers from a single location.
  • Alarms that notify administrators and users of impending and actual malfunctions.
  • Tracing the locations of potential and actual malfunctions.
  • Automatic correction of potential problem-causing conditions.
  • Automatic resolution of actual malfunctions.
  • Detailed logging of system status and actions taken.
This was first published in August 2006

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