[ #001 ] NMaaS-101 - "Hello NMaaS !"
The main objective [NMaaS 101] series is to help you to get started with NMaaS service without any prior knowledge.
Network Management as a Service (NMaaS) is a GÉANT service proposed to R&E institutions. It proposes the opportunity for any R&E organisation to subscribe and deploy Network Management tools in a cloud environment via an intuitive web portal. Most of GÉANT members have their own network management software suite. Some encompasses off the shelf tools, but others are using Open Source tools as per the last SIG-NOC tools report. But all the ~40 GÉANT community members are not equal in that perspective. Some have a fully integrated sophisticated network management system, usually sophistication implies also "home made" and some small NRENs have difficulties to maintain existing systems.
NMaaS target customer audience is:
- Small and Emerging NRENs
Smaller NRENs may have limited resources to develop their own NMS
By using a shared and supported platform, NRENs can focus on the monitoring and management of their service components
NMaaS platform is ideally suited for Campus Network Management
- Small Organisations
NMaaS supports the needs of institutional users, either on an NREN managed NMaaS platform or the centralised GÉANT platform.
- Distributed research projects
It can be a global research project like LSST, SKA, JIVE etc. In our case I'll expose you the particular case of RARE, which is a GN4-3 research project.
This article is meant to guide you and provide you the very first mandatory steps in order to create a NMaaS domain for your organization.
Let's take the example of the RARE domain, the objective is to:
- Explain how to trigger a domain creation
- How to access it
In the end you should have access the NMaaS portal specifically dedicated to your organization. i.e. your organization NMaaS domain.
[ #001 ] - Cookbook
First time login to nmaas.eu
This mail should briefly present your organisation, eventually your project, mention the domain name (like RARE in my case) and have the endorsement of your local NREN.
With these information the NMaaS team should be able to:
Check your NMaaS domain is created and that you are Domain manager for your organization
Congratulations! Your organisation has now a NMaaS domain and you are Domain manager for your organisation !
In this article you:
- Had a brief introduction to the mandatory steps to complete in order to obtain a NMaaS domain
- NMaaS is for organisation that would like to outsource their network management maintenance activity
- As NRENs, we have the possibility to publish application via NMaaS portal
- NMaaS presents a community aspect where sharing knowledge and experience is at the heart of the concept