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Increasing numbers of networked appliances that can be monitored and maintained remotely have begun to appear in the consumer electronics market. With the customers' increasing reliance on these appliances, manufacturers are branding their products as highly available, user maintenance-free, or long-lived. Therefore, network appliance manufacturers require a practical maintenance and monitoring system suitable with diverse computing architectures, appliance functionalities, programming languages, and diverse home networks. This paper introduces object models for maintenance and monitoring of high-availability network appliances. These object models were developed with the flexibility of implementation in mind. The proposed object models can be deployed quickly on disparate computing architectures and communication networks.
Date of Publication: May 2004