​GÉANT Network Management as a Service (NMaaS)


Why do users need NMaaS?


Picture1.jpgToday’s network services are complex with heterogeneous network infrastructures and increasing numbers of value added services and features. Services are becoming increasingly mission critical for end users and the need to provide an integrated view of Network and Service Management will become vital.

The cost and complexity of developing and integrating in-house network management may to too high for many NRENs and Institutions. NMaaS aims to support these users to provide an effective, efficient network and service management platform.


​What does NMaaS Offer?


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Network Management as a Service (NMaaS) provides a portfolio of network management applications
run on a per-user, secured network monitoring infrastructure. 

GÉANT’s NMaaS service includes three
aspects: providing, managing and maintaining the infrastructure of the NMaaS service portal, platform
and selected tools, supporting users in using the system, and the selected tools for monitoring their
networks via NMaaS, as well as supporting users that contribute their software to NMaaS system.

NMaaS users are organisations that do not want to own NMS infrastructure themselves and/or want
to outsource network management, as well as organisations and/or individuals that are searching for
quality network management software or who want to share their software within the community.
NMaaS provides multiple benefits, as a system, an application marketplace, and as a service. 

NMaaS simplifies domain network management by providing the infrastructure and tools via a cloud-based, multi-tenant and secure network management system. It enables the deployment of network
management tools, as well as management and monitoring of client networks, although NMaaS does
not monitor and manage the network by itself. 

The selection of tools that is and/or can be made available to users is not limited to network management tools and can be easily extended. With NMaaS, users do not have to bear the ownership costs and risks related to maintenance and control of the network management infrastructure.

Using a multi-tenant approach, each NREN or Institution has private access to their network and services from a highly available cloud based platform


Who is NMaaS for?


NMaaS has been designed to be as flexible as possible to support a wide range of use cases including;


Small and Emerging NRENs

Smaller NRENs may have limited resources to develop their own network management systems
By using a shared and supported platform, NRENs can focus on the monitoring and management of their
service components

Small Organisations

NMaaS is ideally suited to support the needs of institutional users  Either on an NREN managed NMaaS platform or a centralised GÉANT platform

Distributed Research Projects

By using a managed platform, these projects can focus on their core research and development activities.




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​More Info


Want to know more about NMaaS? Download the NMaaS presentation pdf.


NMaaS Presentation 20190604.pdf


Download the NMaaS Deliverable document here


To find out more, contact the

NMaaS Team