Key Concepts in Appropriate Network Configuration Management

Network Configuration Management is based on the principle that the stability of the entire system is dependent on the sum of its parts. Simply put, it means that every individual component of the system being studied has an important role to play in determining the performance, size and overall security of the entire system.

Thus, appropriate Network Configuration Management ought to define precisely the current network configuration; create a system that can sustain infrastructure for a multi-vendor network; allow system administrators to rely on pre-set policies to either initiate one-time changes or promote automated changes; work within the parameters set by the network management and security elements that are already in place; and establish a reasonable management console where pertinent information can be readily identified.

One study of different Network Configuration Management products showed that most customers rely on the network management system they already have, meaning that the auto-discovery tool is superfluous and not necessary anymore.

Another discovery unearthed by this comparison revealed that multi-vendor support for vendor equipment is based mostly on customer demand. This will affect the ability of the Network Configuration Management product to integrate with a variety of network management systems.

To assist customers in adapting to their Network Configuration Management product of choice, the product manufacturer may send product engineers to the customer installation site so that the personnel of the client company can get acquainted with the in-depth features of the product. This close collaboration with the customer will help the product manufacturer identify any changes that are advisable to be made in the product, so that future product versions will turn out much better and meet customer needs more efficiently.