Network Management System

What Does Network Management System Mean?

A network management system (NMS) is an application or set of applications that lets network administrators manage a network’s independent components inside a bigger network management framework. NMS may be used to monitor both software and hardware components in a network. It usually records data from a network’s remote points to carry out central reporting to a system administrator.


The key benefit to NMS is that it permits users to monitor or manage their entire business operations using a central computer.

Techopedia Explains Network Management System

A network management system is useful in:

  • Network device discovery
  • Network device monitoring
  • Network performance analysis
  • Network device management
  • Intelligent notifications, or customizable alerts

Quality network management systems include the following features:

  • Saves money: Only one system admin is required at a single location to monitor and manage the entire network, which cuts hiring expenditures.
  • Saves time: Each IT provider gets direct access to any data when required. All team members can simply enter or retrieve data using their own workstations. At the same time, their access may be controlled by the network manager.
  • Increases productivity: Helps manage every aspect of the office network, which includes software, hardware and other peripherals. The NMS identifies an issue as soon as it occurs it to ensure that there is no productivity slowdown or data loss.

Related Terms

Margaret Rouse

Margaret Rouse is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical, business audience. Over the past twenty years her explanations have appeared on TechTarget websites and she's been cited as an authority in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine and Discovery Magazine.Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages. If you have a suggestion for a new definition or how to improve a technical explanation, please email Margaret or contact her…