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Using the Code for Management

You’ve seen some of the rather confusing theory that underlies the whole IT and network management fields. You’ve also looked at how to pull some interesting data from a managed machine.

How might this data be incorporated into an IT management system? The answer is mostly down to design, but it boils down to whether you want a loosely coupled solution or a tightly bound solution. By this, I mean do you want to acquire data (as you saw in Figure 1) and store it directly into a database or write it to simple data files? There are advantages to both approaches.

Typically, loosely coupled data collection can operate almost in standalone mode. It just periodically collects the required data and writes it into one or more data files. A tightly bound data collection scheme is tied into a database, other objects in the system, or both.

The important point is that after you have the required data, you can then choose how you want to incorporate it into the wider management system. Once incorporated, the data can be used to make decisions (for example, to reroute network traffic).

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