An Introduction to the Network Services Management Framework

Bruno Dias*, Alexandre Santos*, Fernando Boavida**

*Universidade do Minho
Departamento de Informática P-4710-057 Braga, Portugal

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**Universidade de Coimbra
Departamento de Engenharia Informática
E-mail: boavida (at)


The Internet Network Services Management Framework conceptualization tried to overcome the most important limitations of the most widely supported network management framework of our days, the Internet Network Management Framework, by defining a complete network services management distributed architecture that provided services management functions with any desired level of functionality. This framework evolved from an initial effort to a new version, named Network Services Management Framework, which is now a reference management framework conceptualization, capable of been applicable on almost any computer network services framework. This document introduces the architecture of the later framework and presents the relevant improvements from the original framework and its major components: the Entity Access Control Model, the Protocol Interactions definitions of the Management Communications and the Service Management Function concept. The article ends with some evaluation considerations and conclusions.

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