FCAPS is a model created by TMN to be used by Network Operators and Service Providers to compare capabilities and features of Management & Monitoring Systems. The FCAPS model is used for Element Management Systems (EMS), Network Management Systems (NMS) and Operation Support Systems (OSS), it is therefore a universal model.
Not all management and monitoring solutions are equal, and users have definitely preferences. Monitoring & Management systems users need a reference model to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each solution.
Thus, the FCAPS model has been recognized early on as a simple method, as it allows users to describe and categorize features in the following areas: Fault Management, Configuration Management, Accounting, Performance Management, Security.
This article provides a list and description of the FCAPS features that should be provided by a Monitoring & Management solution, to allow a Network Operator or Service Provider to efficiently monitor and manage networks/infrastructure and systems.