Definitions for "FCAPS"
Acronym for Fault, configuration, accounting, performance, and security; FCAPS management is vital in a NOC
FCAPS is a conceptual model of network management developed by the International Organization for Standardization to provide a clear focus and strategy for running a network safely and efficiently. The letters are an acronym representing the five areas a network management policy needs to consider. Fault management is about identifying faults on a network quickly and efficiently. Configuration management tracks the various versions of hardware and software on a network, ensuring lack of conflict (or reducing it to an acceptable level). Accounting applications monitor individual uses of a network for quota calculations and billing. Performance management software identifies areas of a network that are overloaded, allowing efficiency to be improved, and Security software is concerned with controlling access to network resources and preventing unauthorized use of or tampering with the network.
FCAPS is the ISO Telecommunications Management Network model and framework for network management. FCAPS is an acronym for Fault, Configuration, Accounting, Performance, Security which are the management categories into which the ISO model defines network management tasks. In non-billing organizations Accounting is sometimes replaced with Administration.