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Configuration Management which involves maintaining an inventory of the network and system configuration information. This information is used to assure inter-operability and problem detection. Examples of configuration information include device/system OS name and version, types and capacity of interfaces, types and version of the protocol stacks, type and version of network/system management SW, etc.

Accounting Management which keeps track of usage per account, billing, and ensures resources are available according to the account requirements.

Fault Management detects, fixes, logs, and reports network/system problems. Fault management involves determining symptoms through measurements and monitoring, and isolating the problem.

Security Management which controls access to network/system resources according to security guidelines. Security manager partitions network/system resources into authorized and unauthorized areas. Users are provided access rights to one or more areas. Security managers identify sensitive network/system resources (including systems, files, and other entities) and determine accessibility of users and the resources.  Security manager monitors access points to sensitive network/system resources and log inappropriate access.

Typically, network management refers to management of network/system resources such as routers, switches, hubs, customer premises equipment and communication links. We extend the domain of enterprise management to enterprise management, defined as the set of functions needed to manage the following resources:


Network resources, as defined above,


Systems – Computing resources such as substation automation systems, data concentrators, servers such as Market Interface Servers, applications such as data acquisition and control systems, and database management systems,


Service and business functions such as RTP customer pricing service, security and operational policy servers,


Power system devices such as IEDs and RTUs,


Customer premises equipment such as digital meters and consumer portals,  and


Storage area networks.

Rationale: Proper execution of enterprise management  functions not only supports the power system functional requirements such as ensuring connectivity and enforcement of policies, but also the non-functional requirements such as providing quality of service, ensuring reliable and securing communications.

Status: Enterprise management functions are being carried out within the power system industry. The emphasis of the IECSA is in proper and complete execution of all the relevant functions in addition to proposing a unified management platform to simplify cross-management functions.   


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