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System Topology

FIGURE 1 shows the implementation of the M&O architecture. Note how the hierarchy matches the management architecture that was discussed in "Concepts, IT Management Framework" in the previous article. Also, note that the actual implementation does not include anything outside the box that indicates the IT infrastructure management framework.

Figure 1FIGURE 1 IT Management Architecture

FIGURE 2 presents the basic topology of the actual system environment. This diagram is organized so that there is a distinction between the managed systems and the systems that are to perform the systems management function.

Note that the systems pictures do not represent the actual system types that were deployed. All of the management systems were Netra_ X1 servers.

Figure 2FIGURE 2 iFRC Management Configuration of the IDC Mail and Messaging Reference Architecture Deployment

Notice in FIGURE 2 that individual systems are implemented to support the server components of the management tools being implemented. This particular configuration was chosen primarily for logistical reasons and would not likely be practical in a production environment. The exact layout of an implementation is determined by many factors including size of machine, speed of network connections, port conflicts between products, and limiting the impact of outages.

With this basic system configuration established, the following sections detail the implementation of the systems management tool set used in the iFRC program and the manner in which they are interfaced to each other. The final section in this article describes the combined tools implementation in order to present a comprehensive view of the environment.

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