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This book provides a comprehensive methodology for analysis and evaluation of technical characteristics and features of distributed networks and systems management platforms. The analysis covers management platforms run-time, development, and implementation environments. Operability, scalability, interoperability, and aspects of applications portability are discussed. Topics include: open systems and distributed management platforms; analysis of management platform components such as graphical user interface, event management, communications, object manipulation, database management, hardware, operating systems, distributed directory, security and time services; in-depth analysis of network and systems management applications; comprehensive evaluation of Bull ISM/OpenMaster, Cabletron Spectrum, Cambio Networks (COMMAND), Computer Associates CA-Unicenter, DEC TeMIP and PolyCenter NetView, HP OpenView, IBM NetView for AIX and TMN WorkBench for AIX Applications Development Environment, Microsoft SMS, Network Management Forum SPIRIT, Remedy Corporation ARS, Sun Solstice Enterprise Manager and SunNet Manager, and Tivoli TME management platforms and their applications; state-of-the-art in distributed management technology; network and systems management standards; practical information on evaluating and selecting management platforms#/LIST#.Networks and Systems Management: Platforms Analysis and Evaluation is a technical reference work on distributed management platforms for network operators, systems administrators, computer engineers, network designers, developers and planners. It can also be used as an advanced level textbook or reference work in courses on operation and management of datacommunications, telecommunications and distributed computing systems.