2.5. Summary

This chapter provides the groundwork and background information for future chapters. It presented an overview of the field of network monitoring, using the Open Systems Interconnect model of network management to provide a structure for this discussion. The terms network monitoring and network management were defined in relation to this model.

Current techniques of network monitoring are examined, and the limitations of such methods are introduced. In particular, the problems associated with multi-vendor networks are discussed, as are the related problems associated with the Simple Network Management Protocol.

An overview of the network at Rhodes University is provided, and some of the problems with the current techniques of network monitoring employed on this network are investigated. These problems form the basis of this project.