The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is about to ratify a new standard to help reduce the amount of misconfigured network equipment.
Misconfigured devices are one of the main causes of network downtime and an easier configuration standard is top of the list for network managers.
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The new NetConf standard could be adopted by the IETF by the end of the year and would then be available for network suppliers to bundle into their equipment to help simplify their customers’ network configurations.
NetConf is an XML-based solution designed to replace command-line interfaces or scripts when configuring devices using network management tools.
The standard is designed to feed updates to devices much more quickly than previously and is particularly useful in mixed network environments, when users have switches, routers and other kit from a number of different suppliers powering their networks.