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Title: Managing Next Generation Networks (NGNs) based on the Service-Oriented Architechture (SOA) : design, development and testing of a message-based network management platform for the integration of heterogeneous management systems
Author: Kotsopoulos, Konstantinos
ISNI:       0000 0004 2712 6244
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2010
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Next Generation Networks (NGNs) aim to provide a unified network infrastructure to offer multimedia data and telecommunication services through IP convergence. NGNs utilize multiple broadband, QoS-enabled transport technologies, creating a converged packet-switched network infrastructure, where service-related functions are separated from the transport functions. This requires significant changes in the way how networks are managed to handle the complexity and heterogeneity of NGNs. This thesis proposes a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based management framework that integrates heterogeneous management systems in a loose coupling manner. The key benefit of the proposed management architecture is the reduction of the complexity through service and data integration. A network management middleware layer that merges low level management functionality with higher level management operations to resolve the problem of heterogeneity was proposed. A prototype was implemented using Web Services and a testbed was developed using trouble ticket systems as the management application to demonstrate the functionality of the proposed framework. Test results show the correcting functioning of the system. It also concludes that the proposed framework fulfils the principles behind the SOA philosophy.
Supervisor: Hu, Yim Fun ; Lei, Pouwan Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Next Generation Networks (NGNs) ; Management framework ; Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) ; Middleware ; Web Services