network mgmt systems
- real-time data - snmp data, measurement & configs
- trend monitoring - important for planning & diagnostic purposes
- integration of both with ticket tracking system & other databases
- measurement data (binary file format, e.g. arts++)
- RDBMS for net config, contacts, etc.
- intuitive, linked to utilities & drill-down
correlation of multiple datasets
simulations needed for planning, tweaking IGP metrics, etc.