Explain the OAM&P

Subject: Advanced Network Technologies

Topic: Network Security

Difficulty: Medium

1 Answer

OAMP stands for operations, administration, maintenance and provisioning. Operations are the normal network operations. Administration these are the support procedures performed on a network e.g. allocating of passwords. Maintenance this are performed to keep the network operating smoothly they include configuring updates or aligning to new policy and regulations. Provisioning this is providing users are given access to data repositories applications and databases the process may imply that the access rights and privileges are monitored and tracked to enhance and ensure security. It also involves providing of user accounts their rights and all the resources associated with them.

The ” O ” in OAM :

Operation activities are undertaken to keep the network (and the services that the network provides) up and running. It includes monitoring the network and finding problems.Ideally these problems should be found before users are affected.

The ” A ” in OAM :

Administration activities involve keeping track of resources in the network and how they are used. It includes all the bookkeeping that is necessary to track networking resources and the network under control.

The ” M ” in OAM :

Maintenance activities are focused on facilitating repairs and upgrades — for example, when equipment must be replaced, when a router needs a patch for an operating system image, or when a new switch is added to a network. Maintenance also involves corrective and preventive measures to make the managed network run more effectively, e.g., adjusting device configuration and parameters.

The ” P” in OAM&P Provisioning is used to configure the network to provide new services, whereas OAM is used to keep the network in a state that it can support already existing services.

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