Control network definition
A control network is a network that manages and controls the devices or systems within a larger network. It acts as a central nervous system and allows devices to be managed and communicate efficiently. In computer networks, a control network tracks the performance of and manages routers, switches, and servers. Administrators can use it to change settings, monitor performance, and fix problems.
See also: autonomic network
Control network responsibilities
- Configuration. Administrators use the control network to set up and change the settings of network devices. For example, they may assign IP addresses, add routing rules, or specify security settings.
- Monitoring. The control network continuously collects data from the devices. It keeps an eye on their performance, status, and behavior. The information collected includes metrics like device health, resources used, and network traffic data.
- Control and management. Administrators use the control network to remotely manage and control the devices. They can issue commands and configuration changes to the devices, ensuring they operate according to desired settings.
- Troubleshooting. If issues or errors occur within the network, the control network helps administrators diagnose and fix problems. It can provide detailed information about device logs, alerts, and performance metrics, enabling administrators to identify and resolve issues effectively.
- Security. The control network plays a role in keeping the network safe. It ensures that protective measures are in place, like controlling who can access the network and watching out for any potential threats.