Policy: With Or Without Acronym?

Drogseth, Dennis
August 2004
Business Communications Review;Aug2004, Vol. 34 Issue 8, p10
Trade Publication
Policy-based Network Management (PBNM) is often associated with bringing value-add to networking hardware. In contrast, policy-based management is a way of selling primarily software and services, a universal approach for planning and deploying strategic management solutions that typically demands a thorough accounting of organizations, technologies, processes and even business objectives. Since PBNM is advocated by the communications folks and policy-based management by the enterprise management people. Although the concepts share similar names, value propositions and some overlapping functions, the vendors assume different people will be buying PBNM than policy-based management. Consequently, no one has made much effort to explain their similarities and differences. Policy-based management starts with process-driven business policies including those that align IT with business priorities, and it includes management actions as well as infrastructure design and deployment. Policies can be created and enforced manually or in software.


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