Network Adapters are plug-in modules built on Adapter Toolkit (ATK) and are part of the Discovery & Reconciliation platform. They communicate with a Network Elements, EMS, NMS or with any other source of Network Data to retrieve the necessary information to fulfill a specific discovery request. Typically, one Adapter is needed per Network Element type (or per EMS/NMS), although some Adapters support multiple Network Elements of the same vendor.
A Network Adapter extracts the information from the network elements and normalizes it into an XML format, before performing the reconciliation with the network inventory. This normalized XML data can be used and stored for other purposes.
The southbound interface of a Network Adapters depends on the northbound interface provided by the equipment vendor. As a result, Network Adapters use various protocols to communicate with Network Elements and EMS or NMS systems, including SNMP, TL1, CORBA, XML, and other Java based protocols.
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