Definition

fault management

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 last updated in August 2006
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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