Advanced Network Fault Management

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As networks become more important in our daily lives, the reliability of these networks becomes increasingly important.  But all networks have problems, or faults.  A major problem that network operators face is the immense volume of faults that occur.  The goal of Advanced Network Fault Management is to improve a network administrator's experience by analyzing and organizing related network faults.

When a new fault occurs, it is compared to faults that have already occurred and analyzed by a set of rules in order to determine a severity level.  These rules can be defined by the user, or they can be discovered automatically from past events. 

If the same fault occurs multiple times, it will automatically be compressed into a single event and its severity level will be reevaluated based on the number of times it has happened.  Likewise, if a fault is discovered to cause a chain reaction of faults all of the related faults will be correlated into a single event to help the network administrator focus on fixing the root of the problem. 

A major advantage of Advanced Network Fault Management over other similar applications is that it is a distributed application that is accessed over a network from a standard web browser.  This client-server architecture makes it far easier for network operators to deploy and manage the software.  It also makes it feasible for many administrators in geographically diverse locations to work together to improve the reliability of both large and small networks.

Matt Filipiak, Dan Savioe, Tamy Liang, Kyle Schumaker

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