8.5. Summary

This chapter has looked at how the various applications in this project fit together to form a synergistic whole; it has looked at the "big picture". Each application was examined in relation to the OSI network management model, with emphasis on how the various applications fulfilled various conceptual areas within the model.

The relationships and dependencies between the various applications were discussed, paying particular attention to those applications that had strong relationships, as well as those that were reliant on information supplied by another system.

The issue of porting these systems was also discussed. While it was noted that applications were designed with portability in mind, it was pointed out that this did not mean that they were free of portability issues. Those applications that had specific portability problems were examined in detail, and the various issues associated with porting them were highlighted.

In addition, the differences between traditional network monitoring approaches and the applications that make up this project were discussed.