In the case of complex, heterogeneous, wide area networks, the appropriate level of service requires that up to date information be available on the network. Depending on the individual needs, the network should be examined in multiple views:
- Physical deployment, path
- Physical layout
- Identification of main and sub-items in warehouse, life cycle management
- Configuration parameters
- Logical layout and logical relations
- Physical and logical utilization data, etc..
The complexity of each task can vary depending on the application, but managing and updating the necessary information is time-consuming and labor-intensive, and may require the involvement of many people. During planning and troubleshooting accurate information available ensures high efficiency, making the individual steps cost-effective and fast.
Technical Inventory, Documenting