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Network Telemetry Framework

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Authors Haoyu Song , Fengwei Qin , Pedro Martinez-Julia , Laurent Ciavaglia , Aijun Wang
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OPSAWG                                                           H. Song
Internet-Draft                                                 Futurewei
Intended status: Informational                                    F. Qin
Expires: 4 June 2022                                        China Mobile
                                                       P. Martinez-Julia
                                                            L. Ciavaglia
                                                          Rakuten Mobile
                                                                 A. Wang
                                                           China Telecom
                                                         1 December 2021

                      Network Telemetry Framework


   Network telemetry is a technology for gaining network insight and
   facilitating efficient and automated network management.  It
   encompasses various techniques for remote data generation,
   collection, correlation, and consumption.  This document describes an
   architectural framework for network telemetry, motivated by
   challenges that are encountered as part of the operation of networks
   and by the requirements that ensue.  This document clarifies the
   terminologies and classifies the modules and components of a network
   telemetry system from different perspectives.  The framework and
   taxonomy help to set a common ground for the collection of related
   work and provide guidance for related technique and standard

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.1.  Applicability Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     1.2.  Glossary  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  Background  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     2.1.  Telemetry Data Coverage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     2.2.  Use Cases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     2.3.  Challenges  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     2.4.  Network Telemetry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     2.5.  The Necessity of a Network Telemetry Framework  . . . . .  13
   3.  Network Telemetry Framework . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     3.1.  Top Level Modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
       3.1.1.  Management Plane Telemetry  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
       3.1.2.  Control Plane Telemetry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
       3.1.3.  Forwarding Plane Telemetry  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
       3.1.4.  External Data Telemetry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
     3.2.  Second Level Function Components  . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
     3.3.  Data Acquisition Mechanism and Type Abstraction . . . . .  24
     3.4.  Mapping Existing Mechanisms into the Framework  . . . . .  26
   4.  Evolution of Network Telemetry Applications . . . . . . . . .  27
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  28
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
   7.  Contributors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
   8.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
   9.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
   Appendix A.  A Survey on Existing Network Telemetry Techniques  .  35
     A.1.  Management Plane Telemetry  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
       A.1.1.  Push Extensions for NETCONF . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
       A.1.2.  gRPC Network Management Interface . . . . . . . . . .  36
     A.2.  Control Plane Telemetry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  36
       A.2.1.  BGP Monitoring Protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  36
     A.3.  Data Plane Telemetry  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  36
       A.3.1.  The Alternate Marking (AM) technology . . . . . . . .  36

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       A.3.2.  Dynamic Network Probe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  38
       A.3.3.  IP Flow Information Export (IPFIX) Protocol . . . . .  38
       A.3.4.  In-Situ OAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  38
       A.3.5.  Postcard Based Telemetry  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  39
       A.3.6.  Existing OAM for Specific Data Planes . . . . . . . .  39
     A.4.  External Data and Event Telemetry . . . . . . . . . . . .  39
       A.4.1.  Sources of External Events  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  39
       A.4.2.  Connectors and Interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  41
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  41

1.  Introduction

   Network visibility is the ability of management tools to see the
   state and behavior of a network, which is essential for successful
   network operation.  Network Telemetry revolves around network data
   that can help provide insights about the current state of the
   network, including network devices, forwarding, control, and
   management planes, and that can be generated and obtained through a
   variety of techniques, including but not limited to network
   instrumentation and measurements, and that can be processed for
   purposes ranging from service assurance to network security using a
   wide variety of data analytical techniques.  In this document,
   Network Telemetry refer to both the data itself (i.e., "Network
   Telemetry Data"), and the techniques and processes used to generate,
   export, collect, and consume that data for use by potentially
   automated management applications.  Network telemetry extends beyond
   the classical network Operations, Administration, and Management
   (OAM) techniques and expects to support better flexibility,
   scalability, accuracy, coverage, and performance.

   However, the term "network telemetry" lacks an unambiguous
   definition.  The scope and coverage of it cause confusion and
   misunderstandings.  It is beneficial to clarify the concept and
   provide a clear architectural framework for network telemetry, so we
   can articulate the technical field, and better align the related
   techniques and standard works.

   To fulfill such an undertaking, we first discuss some key
   characteristics of network telemetry which set a clear distinction
   from the conventional network OAM and show that some conventional OAM
   technologies can be considered a subset of the network telemetry
   technologies.  We then provide an architectural framework for network
   telemetry which includes four modules, each concerned with a
   different category of telemetry data and corresponding procedures.
   All the modules are internally structured in the same way, including
   components that allow the operator to configure data sources in
   regard to what data to generate and how to make that available to
   client applications, components that instrument the underlying data

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   sources, and components that perform the actual rendering, encoding,
   and exporting of the generated data.  We show how the network
   telemetry framework can benefit the current and future network
   operations.  Based on the distinction of modules and function
   components, we can map the existing and emerging techniques and
   protocols into the framework.  The framework can also simplify the
   designing, maintaining, and understanding a network telemetry system.
   In addition, we outline the evolution stages of the network telemetry
   system and discuss the potential security concerns.

   The purpose of the framework and taxonomy is to set a common ground
   for the collection of related work and provide guidance for future
   technique and standard developments.  To the best of our knowledge,
   this document is the first such effort for network telemetry in
   industry standards organizations.  This document does not define
   specific technologies.

1.1.  Applicability Statement

   Large-scale network data collection is a major threat to user privacy
   and may be indistinguishable from pervasive monitoring [RFC7258].
   The network telemetry framework presented in this document must not
   be applied to generating, exporting, collecting, analyzing, or
   retaining individual user data or any data that can identify end
   users or characterize their behavior without consent.  Based on this
   principle, the network telemetry framework is not applicable to
   networks whose endpoints represent individual users, such as general-
   purpose access networks.

1.2.  Glossary

   Before further discussion, we list some key terminology and acronyms
   used in this document.  We make an intended differentiation between
   the terms of network telemetry and OAM.  However, it should be
   understood that there is not a hard-line distinction between the two
   concepts.  Rather, network telemetry is considered as an extension of
   OAM.  It covers all the existing OAM protocols but puts more emphasis
   on the newer and emerging techniques and protocols concerning all
   aspects of network data from acquisition to consumption.

   AI:  Artificial Intelligence.  In network domain, AI refers to the
      machine-learning based technologies for automated network
      operation and other tasks.

   AM:  Alternate Marking, a flow performance measurement method,
      specified in [RFC8321].

   BMP:  BGP Monitoring Protocol, specified in [RFC7854].

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   DPI:  Deep Packet Inspection, referring to the techniques that
      examines packet beyond packet L3/L4 headers.

   gNMI:  gRPC Network Management Interface, a network management
      protocol from OpenConfig Operator Working Group, mainly
      contributed by Google.  See [gnmi] for details.

   GPB:  Google Protocol Buffer, an extensible mechanism for serializing
      structured data.  See [gpb] for details.

   gRPC:  gRPC Remote Procedure Call, an open source high performance
      RPC framework that gNMI is based on.  See [grpc] for details.

   IPFIX:  IP Flow Information Export Protocol, specified in [RFC7011].

   IOAM:  In-situ OAM [I-D.ietf-ippm-ioam-data], a dataplane on-path
      telemetry technique.

   JSON:  An open standard file format and data interchange format that
      uses human-readable text to store and transmit data objects,
      specified in [RFC8259].

   MIB:  Management Information Base, a database used for managing the
      entities in a network.

   NETCONF:  Network Configuration Protocol, specified in [RFC6241].

   NetFlow:  A Cisco protocol for flow record collecting, described in

   Network Telemetry:  The process and instrumentation for acquiring and
      utilizing network data remotely for network monitoring and
      operation.  A general term for a large set of network visibility
      techniques and protocols, concerning aspects like data generation,
      collection, correlation, and consumption.  Network telemetry
      addresses the current network operation issues and enables smooth
      evolution toward future intent-driven autonomous networks.

   NMS:  Network Management System, referring to applications that allow
      network administrators to manage a network.

   OAM:  Operations, Administration, and Maintenance.  A group of
      network management functions that provide network fault
      indication, fault localization, performance information, and data
      and diagnosis functions.  Most conventional network monitoring
      techniques and protocols belong to network OAM.

   PBT:  Postcard-Based Telemetry, a dataplane on-path telemetry

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      technique.  A representative technique is described in

   RESTCONF:  An HTTP-based protocol that provides a programmatic
      interface for accessing data defined in YANG, using the datastore
      concepts defined in NETCONF, as specified in [RFC8040].

   SMIv2:  Structure of Management Information Version 2, defining MIB
      objects, specified in [RFC2578].

   SNMP:  Simple Network Management Protocol.  Version 1, 2, and 3 are
      specified in [RFC1157], [RFC3416], and [RFC3414], respectively.

   XML:  Extensible Markup Language is a markup language for data
      encoding that is both human-readable and machine-readable,
      specified by W3C [xml].

   YANG:  YANG is a data modeling language for the definition of data
      sent over network management protocols such as the NETCONF and
      RESTCONF.  YANG is defined in [RFC6020] and [RFC7950].

   YANG ECA:  A YANG model for Event-Condition-Action policies, defined
      in [I-D.wwx-netmod-event-yang].

   YANG-Push:  A mechanism that allows subscriber applications to
      request a stream of updates from a YANG datastore on a network
      device.  Details are specified in [RFC8641] and [RFC8639].

2.  Background

   The term "big data" is used to describe the extremely large volume of
   data sets that can be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns,
   trends, and associations.  Networks are undoubtedly a source of big
   data because of their scale and the volume of network traffic they
   forward.  When a network's endpoints do not represent individual
   users (e.g. in industrial, datacenter, and infrastructure contexts),
   network operations can often benefit from large-scale data collection
   without breaching user privacy.

   Today one can access advanced big data analytics capability through a
   plethora of commercial and open source platforms (e.g., Apache
   Hadoop), tools (e.g., Apache Spark), and techniques (e.g., machine
   learning).  Thanks to the advance of computing and storage
   technologies, network big data analytics gives network operators an
   opportunity to gain network insights and move towards network
   autonomy.  Some operators start to explore the application of
   Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make sense of network data.  Software
   tools can use the network data to detect and react on network faults,

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   anomalies, and policy violations, as well as predicting future
   events.  In turn, the network policy updates for planning, intrusion
   prevention, optimization, and self-healing may be applied.

   It is conceivable that an autonomic network [RFC7575] is the logical
   next step for network evolution following Software Defined Network
   (SDN), aiming to reduce (or even eliminate) human labor, make more
   efficient use of network resources, and provide better services more
   aligned with customer requirements.  The related technique of
   Intent-based Networking (IBN)
   [I-D.irtf-nmrg-ibn-concepts-definitions] requires network visibility
   and telemetry data in order to ensure that the network is behaving as

   However, while the data processing capability is improved and
   applications require more data to function better, the networks lag
   behind in extracting and translating network data into useful and
   actionable information in efficient ways.  The system bottleneck is
   shifting from data consumption to data supply.  Both the number of
   network nodes and the traffic bandwidth keep increasing at a fast
   pace.  The network configuration and policy change at smaller time
   slots than before.  More subtle events and fine-grained data through
   all network planes need to be captured and exported in real time.  In
   a nutshell, it is a challenge to get enough high-quality data out of
   the network in a manner that is efficient, timely, and flexible.
   Therefore, we need to survey the existing technologies and protocols
   and identify any potential gaps.

   In the remainder of this section, first we clarify the scope of
   network data (i.e., telemetry data) relevant in this document.  Then,
   we discuss several key use cases for today's and future network
   operations.  Next, we show why the current network OAM techniques and
   protocols are insufficient for these use cases.  The discussion
   underlines the need of new methods, techniques, and protocols, as
   well as the extensions of existing ones, which we assign under the
   umbrella term - Network Telemetry.

2.1.  Telemetry Data Coverage

   Any information that can be extracted from networks (including data
   plane, control plane, and management plane) and used to gain
   visibility or as basis for actions is considered telemetry data.  It
   includes statistics, event records and logs, snapshots of state,
   configuration data, etc.  It also covers the outputs of any active
   and passive measurements [RFC7799].  In some cases, raw data is
   processed in network before being sent to a data consumer.  Such
   processed data is also considered telemetry data.  The value of
   telemetry data varies.  In some cases, if the cost is acceptable,

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   less but higher quality data are preferred than lots of low quality
   data.  A classification of telemetry data is provided in Section 3.
   To preserve the privacy of end-users, no user packet content should
   be collected.  Specifically, the data objects generated, exported,
   and collected by a network telemetry application should not include
   any packet payload from traffic associated with end-users systems.

2.2.  Use Cases

   The following set of use cases is essential for network operations.
   While the list is by no means exhaustive, it is enough to highlight
   the requirements for data velocity, variety, volume, and veracity,
   the attributes of big data, in networks.

   *  Security: Network intrusion detection and prevention systems need
      to monitor network traffic and activities and act upon anomalies.
      Given increasingly sophisticated attack vector coupled with
      increasingly severe consequences of security breaches, new tools
      and techniques need to be developed, relying on wider and deeper
      visibility into networks.  The ultimate goal is to achieve the
      security with no, or only minimal, human intervention.

   *  Policy and Intent Compliance: Network policies are the rules that
      constrain the services for network access, provide service
      differentiation, or enforce specific treatment on the traffic.
      For example, a service function chain is a policy that requires
      the selected flows to pass through a set of ordered network
      functions.  Intent, as defined in
      [I-D.irtf-nmrg-ibn-concepts-definitions], is a set of operational
      goals that a network should meet and outcomes that a network is
      supposed to deliver, defined in a declarative manner without
      specifying how to achieve or implement them.  An intent requires a
      complex translation and mapping process before being applied on
      networks.  While a policy or intent is enforced, the compliance
      needs to be verified and monitored continuously by relying on
      visibility that is provided through network telemetry data.  Any
      violation must be notified immediately, potentially resulting in
      updates to how the policy or intent is applied in the network to
      ensure that it remains in force, or otherwise alerting the network
      administrator to the policy or intent violation.

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   *  SLA Compliance: A Service-Level Agreement (SLA) is a service
      contract between a service provider and a client, which include
      the metrics for the service measurement and remedy/penalty
      procedures when the service level misses the agreement.  Users
      need to check if they get the service as promised and network
      operators need to evaluate how they can deliver the services that
      can meet the SLA based on realtime network telemetry data,
      including data from network measurements.

   *  Root Cause Analysis: Many network failure can be the effect of a
      sequence of chained events.  Troubleshooting and recovery require
      quick identification of the root cause of any observable issues.
      However, the root cause is not always straightforward to identify,
      especially when the failure is sporadic and the number of event
      messages, both related and unrelated to the same cause, is
      overwhelming.  While technologies such as machine learning can be
      used for root cause analysis, it is up to the network to sense and
      provide the relevant diagnostic data which are either actively fed
      into, or passively retrieved by, the root cause analysis

   *  Network Optimization: This covers all short-term and long-term
      network optimization techniques, including load balancing, Traffic
      Engineering (TE), and network planning.  Network operators are
      motivated to optimize their network utilization and differentiate
      services for better Return On Investment (ROI) or lower Capital
      Expenditures (CAPEX).  The first step is to know the real-time
      network conditions before applying policies for traffic
      manipulation.  In some cases, micro-bursts need to be detected in
      a very short time-frame so that fine-grained traffic control can
      be applied to avoid network congestion.  Long-term planning of
      network capacity and topology requires analysis of real-world
      network telemetry data that is obtained over long periods of time.

   *  Event Tracking and Prediction: The visibility into traffic path
      and performance is critical for services and applications that
      rely on healthy network operation.  Numerous related network
      events are of interest to network operators.  For example, Network
      operators want to learn where and why packets are dropped for an
      application flow.  They also want to be warned of issues in
      advance, so proactive actions can be taken to avoid catastrophic

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2.3.  Challenges

   For a long time, network operators have relied upon SNMP [RFC3416],
   Command-Line Interface (CLI), or Syslog [RFC5424] to monitor the
   network.  Some other OAM techniques as described in [RFC7276] are
   also used to facilitate network troubleshooting.  These conventional
   techniques are not sufficient to support the above use cases for the
   following reasons:

   *  Most use cases need to continuously monitor the network and
      dynamically refine the data collection in real-time.  Poll-based
      low-frequency data collection is ill-suited for these
      applications.  Subscription-based streaming data directly pushed
      from the data source (e.g., the forwarding chip) is preferred to
      provide sufficient data quantity and precision at scale.

   *  Comprehensive data is needed from packet processing engines to
      traffic manager, from line cards to main control board, from user
      flows to control protocol packets, from device configurations to
      operations, and from physical layer to application layer.
      Conventional OAM only covers a narrow range of data (e.g., SNMP
      only handles data from the Management Information Base (MIB)).
      Classical network devices cannot provide all the necessary probes.
      More open and programmable network devices are therefore needed.

   *  Many application scenarios need to correlate network-wide data
      from multiple sources (i.e., from distributed network devices,
      different components of a network device, or different network
      planes).  A piecemeal solution is often lacking the capability to
      consolidate the data from multiple sources.  The composition of a
      complete solution, as partly proposed by Autonomic Resource
      Control Architecture(ARCA)
      [I-D.pedro-nmrg-anticipated-adaptation], will be empowered and
      guided by a comprehensive framework.

   *  Some conventional OAM techniques (e.g., CLI and Syslog) lack a
      formal data model.  The unstructured data hinder the tool
      automation and application extensibility.  Standardized data
      models are essential to support the programmable networks.

   *  Although some conventional OAM techniques support data push (e.g.,
      SNMP Trap [RFC2981][RFC3877], Syslog, and sFlow [RFC3176]), the
      pushed data are limited to only predefined management plane
      warnings (e.g., SNMP Trap) or sampled user packets (e.g., sFlow).
      Network operators require the data with arbitrary source,
      granularity, and precision which are beyond the capability of the
      existing techniques.

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   *  The conventional passive measurement techniques can either consume
      excessive network resources and render excessive redundant data,
      or lead to inaccurate results; on the other hand, the conventional
      active measurement techniques can interfere with the user traffic
      and their results are indirect.  Techniques that can collect
      direct and on-demand data from user traffic are more favorable.

   These challenges were addressed by newer standards and techniques
   (e.g., IPFIX/Netflow, Packet Sampling (PSAMP), IOAM, and YANG-Push)
   and more are emerging.  These standards and techniques need to be
   recognized and accommodated in a new framework.

2.4.  Network Telemetry

   Network telemetry has emerged as a mainstream technical term to refer
   to the network data collection and consumption techniques.  Several
   network telemetry techniques and protocols (e.g., IPFIX [RFC7011] and
   gRPC [grpc]) have been widely deployed.  Network telemetry allows
   separate entities to acquire data from network devices so that data
   can be visualized and analyzed to support network monitoring and
   operation.  Network telemetry covers the conventional network OAM and
   has a wider scope.  For instance, it is expected that network
   telemetry can provide the necessary network insight for autonomous
   networks and address the shortcomings of conventional OAM techniques.

   Network telemetry usually assumes machines as data consumers rather
   than human operators.  Hence, the network telemetry can directly
   trigger the automated network operation, while in contrast some
   conventional OAM tools were designed and used to help human operators
   to monitor and diagnose the networks and guide manual network
   operations.  Such a proposition leads to very different techniques.

   Although new network telemetry techniques are emerging and subject to
   continuous evolution, several characteristics of network telemetry
   have been well accepted.  Note that network telemetry is intended to
   be an umbrella term covering a wide spectrum of techniques, so the
   following characteristics are not expected to be held by every
   specific technique.

   *  Push and Streaming: Instead of polling data from network devices,
      telemetry collectors subscribe to streaming data pushed from data
      sources in network devices.

   *  Volume and Velocity: The telemetry data is intended to be consumed
      by machines rather than by human being.  Therefore, the data
      volume can be huge and the processing is optimized for the needs
      of automation in realtime.

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   *  Normalization and Unification: Telemetry aims to address the
      overall network automation needs.  Efforts are made to normalize
      the data representation and unify the protocols, so to simplify
      data analysis and provide integrated analysis across heterogeneous
      devices and data sources across a network.

   *  Model-based: The telemetry data is modeled in advance which allows
      applications to configure and consume data with ease.

   *  Data Fusion: The data for a single application can come from
      multiple data sources (e.g., cross-domain, cross-device, and
      cross-layer) based on common naming/ID and needs to be correlated
      to take effect.

   *  Dynamic and Interactive: Since the network telemetry means to be
      used in a closed control loop for network automation, it needs to
      run continuously and adapt to the dynamic and interactive queries
      from the network operation controller.

   In addition, an ideal network telemetry solution may also have the
   following features or properties:

   *  In-Network Customization: The data that is generated can be
      customized in network at run-time to cater to the specific need of
      applications.  This needs the support of a programmable data plane
      which allows probes with custom functions to be deployed at
      flexible locations.

   *  In-Network Data Aggregation and Correlation: Network devices and
      aggregation points can work out which events and what data needs
      to be stored, reported, or discarded thus reducing the load on the
      central collection and processing points while still ensuring that
      the right information is ready to be processed in a timely way.

   *  In-Network Processing: Sometimes it is not necessary or feasible
      to gather all information to a central point to be processed and
      acted upon.  It is possible for the data processing to be done in
      network, allowing reactive actions to be taken locally.

   *  Direct Data Plane Export: The data originated from the data plane
      forwarding chips can be directly exported to the data consumer for
      efficiency, especially when the data bandwidth is large and the
      real-time processing is required.

   *  In-band Data Collection: In addition to the passive and active
      data collection approaches, the new hybrid approach allows to
      directly collect data for any target flow on its entire forwarding
      path [].

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   It is worth noting that a network telemetry system should not be
   intrusive to normal network operations by avoiding the pitfall of the
   "observer effect".  That is, it should not change the network
   behavior and affect the forwarding performance.  Moreover, high-
   volume telemetry traffic may cause network congestion unless proper
   isolation or traffic engineering techniques are in place, or
   congestion control mechanisms ensure that telemetry traffic backs off
   if it exceeds the network capacity.  [RFC8084] and [RFC8085] are
   relevant Best Current Practices (BCP) in this space.

   Although in many cases a system for network telemetry involves a
   remote data collecting and consuming entity, it is important to
   understand that there are no inherent assumptions about how a system
   should be architected.  While a network architecture with centralized
   controller (e.g., SDN) seems a natural fit for network telemetry,
   network telemetry can work in distributed fashions as well.  For
   example, telemetry data producers and consumers can have a peer-to-
   peer relationship, in which a network node can be the direct consumer
   of telemetry data from other nodes.

2.5.  The Necessity of a Network Telemetry Framework

   Network data analytics (e.g., machine learning) is applied for
   network operation automation, relying on abundant and coherent data
   from networks.  Data acquisition that is limited to a single source
   and static in nature will in many cases not be sufficient to meet an
   application's telemetry data needs.  As a result, multiple data
   sources, involving a variety of techniques and standards, will need
   to be integrated.  It is desirable to have a framework that
   classifies and organizes different telemetry data source and types,
   defines different components of a network telemetry system and their
   interactions, and helps coordinate and integrate multiple telemetry
   approaches across layers.  This allows flexible combinations of data
   for different applications, while normalizing and simplifying
   interfaces.  In detail, such a framework would benefit the
   development of network operation applications for the following

   *  Future networks, autonomous or otherwise, depend on holistic and
      comprehensive network visibility.  The use cases and applications
      are better to be supported uniformly and coherently using an
      integrated, converged mechanism and common telemetry data
      representations wherever feasible.  Therefore, the protocols and
      mechanisms should be consolidated into a minimum yet comprehensive
      set.  A telemetry framework can help to normalize the technique

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   *  Network visibility presents multiple viewpoints.  For example, the
      device viewpoint takes the network infrastructure as the
      monitoring object from which the network topology and device
      status can be acquired; the traffic viewpoint takes the flows or
      packets as the monitoring object from which the traffic quality
      and path can be acquired.  An application may need to switch its
      viewpoint during operation.  It may also need to correlate a
      service and its impact on user experience to acquire the
      comprehensive information.

   *  Applications require network telemetry to be elastic in order to
      make efficient use of network resources and reduce the impact of
      processing related to network telemetry on network performance.
      For example, routine network monitoring should cover the entire
      network with a low data sampling rate.  Only when issues arise or
      critical trends emerge should telemetry data source be modified
      and telemetry data rates boosted as needed.

   *  Efficient data aggregation is critical for applications to reduce
      the overall quantity of data and improve the accuracy of analysis.

   A telemetry framework collects together all the telemetry-related
   works from different sources and working groups within IETF.  This
   makes it possible to assemble a comprehensive network telemetry
   system and to avoid repetitious or redundant work.  The framework
   should cover the concepts and components from the standardization
   perspective.  This document describes the modules which make up a
   network telemetry framework and decomposes the telemetry system into
   a set of distinct components that existing and future work can easily
   map to.

3.  Network Telemetry Framework

   The top level network telemetry framework partitions the network
   telemetry into four modules based on the telemetry data object source
   and represents their relationship.  Once the network operation
   applications acquire the data from these modules, they can apply data
   analytics and take actions.  At the next level, the framework
   decomposes each module into separate components.  Each of the modules
   follows the same underlying structure, with one component dedicated
   to the configuration of data subscriptions and data sources, a second
   component dedicated to encoding and exporting data, and a third
   component instrumenting the generation of telemetry related to the
   underlying resources.  Throughout the framework, the same set of
   abstract data acquiring mechanisms and data types (Section 3.3) are
   applied.  The two-level architecture with the uniform data
   abstraction helps accurately pinpoint a protocol or technique to its
   position in a network telemetry system or disaggregate a network

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   telemetry system into manageable parts.

3.1.  Top Level Modules

   Telemetry can be applied on the forwarding plane, the control plane,
   and the management plane in a network, as well as other sources out
   of the network, as shown in Figure 1.  Therefore, we categorize the
   network telemetry into four distinct modules (management plane,
   control plane, forwarding plane, and external data and event
   telemetry) with each having its own interface to Network Operation

                   |                              |
                   |       Network Operation      |<-------+
                   |          Applications        |        |
                   |                              |        |
                   +------------------------------+        |
                           ^          ^       ^            |
                           |          |       |            |
                           V          V       |            V
                   +--------------+-----------|---+  +-----------+
                   |              | Control   |   |  |           |
                   |              | Plane     |   |  | External  |
                   |            <--->         |   |  | Data and  |
                   |              | Telemetry |   |  | Event     |
                   |  Management  |       ^   V   |  | Telemetry |
                   |  Plane       +-------|-------+  |           |
                   |  Telemetry   |       V       |  +-----------+
                   |              | Forwarding    |
                   |              | Plane         |
                   |            <--->             |
                   |              | Telemetry     |
                   |              |               |

                 Figure 1: Modules in Layer Category of NTF

   The rationale of this partition lies in the different telemetry data
   objects which result in different data source and export locations.
   Such differences have profound implications on in-network data
   programming and processing capability, data encoding and transport
   protocol, and required data bandwidth and latency.  Data can be sent
   directly, or proxied via the control and management planes.  There
   are advantages/disadvantages to both approaches.

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   Note that in some cases the network controller itself may be the
   source of telemetry data that is unique to it or derived from the
   telemetry data collected from the network elements.  Some of the
   principles and taxonomy specific to the control plane and management
   plane telemetry could also be applied to the controller when it is
   required to provide the telemetry data to Network Operation
   Applications hosted outside.  The scope of the document is focused on
   the network elements telemetry and further details related to
   controllers are thus out of scope.

   We summarize the major differences of the four modules in the
   following table.  They are compared from six angles:

   *  Data Object

   *  Data Export Location

   *  Data Model

   *  Data Encoding

   *  Telemetry Application Protocol

   *  Data Transport Method

   Data Object is the target and source of each module.  Because the
   data source varies, the location where data is mostly conveniently
   exported also varies.  For example, forwarding plane data mainly
   originates as data exported from the forwarding Application-Specific
   Integrated Circuits (ASICs), while control plane data mainly
   originates from the protocol daemons running on the control CPU(s).
   For convenience and efficiency, it is preferred to export the data
   off the device from locations near the source.  Because the locations
   that can export data have different capabilities, different choices
   of data model, encoding, and transport method are made to balance the
   performance and cost.  For example, the forwarding chip has high
   throughput but limited capacity for processing complex data and
   maintaining state, while the main control CPU is capable of complex
   data and state processing, but has limited bandwidth for high
   throughput data.  As a result, the suitable telemetry protocol for
   each module can be different.  Some representative techniques are
   shown in the corresponding table blocks to highlight the technical
   diversity of these modules.  Note that the selected techniques just
   reflect the de facto state of the art and are by no means exhaustive
   (e.g., IPFIX can also be implemented over TCP and SCTP, but that is
   not recommended for forwarding plane).  The key point is that one
   cannot expect to use a universal protocol to cover all the network
   telemetry requirements.

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   | Module    |Management   |Control      |Forwarding    |External  |
   |           |Plane        |Plane        |Plane         |Data      |
   |Object     |config. &    |control      |flow & packet |terminal, |
   |           |operation    |protocol &   |QoS, traffic  |social &  |
   |           |state        |signaling,   |stat., buffer |environ-  |
   |           |             |RIB          |& queue stat.,|mental    |
   |           |             |             |ACL, FIB      |          |
   |Export     |main control |main control |fwding chip   |various   |
   |Location   |CPU          |CPU,         |or linecard   |          |
   |           |             |linecard CPU |CPU; main     |          |
   |           |             |or forwarding|control CPU   |          |
   |           |             |chip         |unlikely      |          |
   |Data       |YANG, MIB,   |YANG,        |YANG          |YANG,     |
   |Model      |syslog       |custom       |custom,       |custom    |
   |Data       |GPB, JSON,   |GPB, JSON,   |plain text    |GPB, JSON |
   |Encoding   |XML          |XML,         |              |XML, plain|
   |           |             |plain text   |              |text      |
   |Application|gRPC,NETCONF,|gRPC,NETCONF,|IPFIX, traffic|gRPC      |
   |Protocol   |RESTCONF     |IPFIX,traffic|mirroring,    |          |
   |           |             |mirroring    |gRPC, NETFLOW |          |
   |Data       |HTTP(S), TCP |HTTP(S), TCP,|UDP           |HTTP(S),  |
   |Transport  |             |UDP          |              |TCP, UDP  |

              Figure 2: Comparison of the Data Object Modules

   Note that the interaction with the applications that consume network
   telemetry data can be indirect.  Some in-device data transfer is
   possible.  For example, in the management plane telemetry, the
   management plane will need to acquire data from the data plane.  Some
   operational states can only be derived from data plane data sources
   such as the interface status and statistics.  As another example,
   obtaining control plane telemetry data may require the ability to
   access the Forwarding Information Base (FIB) of the data plane.

   On the other hand, an application may involve more than one plane and
   interact with multiple planes simultaneously.  For example, an SLA
   compliance application may require both the data plane telemetry and
   the control plane telemetry.

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   The requirements and challenges for each module are summarized as
   follows (note that the requirements may pertain across all telemetry
   modules; however, we emphasize those that are most pronounced for a
   particular plane).

3.1.1.  Management Plane Telemetry

   The management plane of network elements interacts with the Network
   Management System (NMS), and provides information such as performance
   data, network logging data, network warning and defects data, and
   network statistics and state data.  The management plane includes
   many protocols, including some that are considered "legacy", such as
   SNMP and syslog.  Regardless the protocol, management plane telemetry
   must address the following requirements:

   *  Convenient Data Subscription: An application should have the
      freedom to choose which data is exported (see section 4.3) and the
      means and frequency of how that data is exported (e.g., on-change
      or periodic subscription).

   *  Structured Data: For automatic network operation, machines will
      replace human for network data comprehension.  Data modeling
      languages, such as YANG, can efficiently describe structured data
      and normalize data encoding and transformation.

   *  High Speed Data Transport: In order to keep up with the velocity
      of information, a data source needs to be able to send large
      amounts of data at high frequency.  Compact encoding formats or
      data compression schemes are needed to reduce the quantity of data
      and improve the data transport efficiency.  The subscription mode,
      by replacing the query mode, reduces the interactions between
      clients and servers and helps to improve the data source's

   *  Network Congestion Avoidance: The application must protect the
      network from congestion by congestion control mechanisms or at
      least circuit breakers.  [RFC8084] and [RFC8085] provide some
      solutions in this space.

3.1.2.  Control Plane Telemetry

   The control plane telemetry refers to the health condition monitoring
   of different network control protocols at all layers of the protocol
   stack.  Keeping track of the operational status of these protocols is
   beneficial for detecting, localizing, and even predicting various
   network issues, as well as network optimization, in real-time and
   with fine granularity.  Some particular challenges and issues faced
   by the control plane telemetry are as follows:

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   *  One challenging problem for the control plane telemetry is how to
      correlate the End-to-End (E2E) Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to
      a specific layer's KPIs.  For example, IPTV users may describe
      their User Experience (UE) by the video smoothness and definition.
      Then in case of an unusually poor UE KPI or a service
      disconnection, it is non-trivial to delimit and pinpoint the issue
      in the responsible protocol layer (e.g., the Transport Layer or
      the Network Layer), the responsible protocol (e.g., ISIS or BGP at
      the Network Layer), and finally the responsible device(s) with
      specific reasons.

   *  Conventional OAM-based approaches for control plane KPI
      measurement include Ping (L3), Traceroute (L3), Y.1731 [y1731]
      (L2), and so on.  One common issue behind these methods is that
      they only measure the KPIs instead of reflecting the actual
      running status of these protocols, making them less effective or
      efficient for control plane troubleshooting and network

   *  An example of the control plane telemetry is the BGP monitoring
      protocol (BMP), it is currently used for monitoring the BGP routes
      and enables rich applications, such as BGP peer analysis, AS
      analysis, prefix analysis, and security analysis.  However, the
      monitoring of other layers, protocols and the cross-layer, cross-
      protocol KPI correlations are still in their infancy (e.g., IGP
      monitoring is not as extensive as BMP), which require further

   *  The requirement and solutions for network congestion avoidance are
      also applicable to the control plane telemetry.

3.1.3.  Forwarding Plane Telemetry

   An effective forwarding plane telemetry system relies on the data
   that the network device can expose.  The quality, quantity, and
   timeliness of data must meet some stringent requirements.  This
   raises some challenges to the network data plane devices where the
   first-hand data originates.

   *  A data plane device's main function is user traffic processing and
      forwarding.  While supporting network visibility is important, the
      telemetry is just an auxiliary function, and it should strive to
      not impede normal traffic processing and forwarding (i.e., the
      forwarding behavior should not be altered and the trade-off
      between forwarding performance and telemetry should be well-

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   *  Network operation applications require end-to-end visibility
      across various sources, which can result in a huge volume of data.
      However, the sheer quantity of data must not exhaust the network
      bandwidth, regardless of the data delivery approach (i.e., whether
      through in-band or out-of-band channels).

   *  The data plane devices must provide timely data with the minimum
      possible delay.  Long processing, transport, storage, and analysis
      delay can impact the effectiveness of the control loop and even
      render the data useless.

   *  The data should be structured and labeled, and easy for
      applications to parse and consume.  At the same time, the data
      types needed by applications can vary significantly.  The data
      plane devices need to provide enough flexibility and
      programmability to support the precise data provision for

   *  The data plane telemetry should support incremental deployment and
      work even though some devices are unaware of the system.

   *  The requirement and solutions for network congestion avoidance are
      also applicable to the forwarding plane telemetry.

   Although not specific to the forwarding plane, these challenges are
   more difficult to the forwarding plane because of the limited
   resource and flexibility.  Data plane programmability is essential to
   support network telemetry.  Newer data plane forwarding chips are
   equipped with advanced telemetry features and provide flexibility to
   support customized telemetry functions.

   Technique Taxonomy: concerning about how one instruments the
   telemetry, there can be multiple possible dimensions to classify the
   forwarding plane telemetry techniques.

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   *  Active, Passive, and Hybrid: This dimension concerns about the
      end-to-end measurement.  Active and passive methods (as well as
      the hybrid types) are well documented in [RFC7799].  Passive
      methods include TCPDUMP, IPFIX [RFC7011], sFlow, and traffic
      mirroring.  These methods usually have low data coverage.  The
      bandwidth cost is very high in order to improve the data coverage.
      On the other hand, active methods include Ping, OWAMP [RFC4656],
      TWAMP [RFC5357], STAMP [RFC8762], and Cisco's SLA Protocol
      [RFC6812].  These methods are intrusive and only provide indirect
      network measurements.  Hybrid methods, including in-situ OAM
      [I-D.ietf-ippm-ioam-data], Alternate-Marking (AM) [RFC8321], and
      Multipoint Alternate Marking [RFC8889], provide a well-balanced
      and more flexible approach.  However, these methods are also more
      complex to implement.

   *  In-Band and Out-of-Band: Telemetry data carried in user packets
      before being exported to a data collector is considered in-band
      (e.g., in-situ OAM [I-D.ietf-ippm-ioam-data]).  Telemetry data
      that is directly exported to a data collector without modifying
      user packets is considered out-of-band (e.g., the postcard-based
      approach described in Appendix A.3.5).  It is also possible to
      have hybrid methods, where only the telemetry instruction or
      partial data is carried by user packets (e.g., AM [RFC8321]).

   *  End-to-End and In-Network: End-to-End methods start from, and end
      at, the network end hosts (e.g., Ping).  In-Network methods work
      in networks and are transparent to end hosts.  However, if needed,
      In-Network methods can be easily extended into end hosts.

   *  Data Subject: Depending on the telemetry objective, the methods
      can be flow-based (e.g., in-situ OAM [I-D.ietf-ippm-ioam-data]),
      path-based (e.g., Traceroute), and node-based (e.g., IPFIX
      [RFC7011]).  The various data objects can be packet, flow record,
      measurement, states, and signal.

3.1.4.  External Data Telemetry

   Events that occur outside the boundaries of the network system are
   another important source of network telemetry.  Correlating both
   internal telemetry data and external events with the requirements of
   network systems, as presented in
   [I-D.pedro-nmrg-anticipated-adaptation], provides a strategic and
   functional advantage to management operations.

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   As with other sources of telemetry information, the data and events
   must meet strict requirements, especially in terms of timeliness,
   which is essential to properly incorporate external event information
   into network management applications.  The specific challenges are
   described as follows:

   *  The role of the external event detector can be played by multiple
      elements, including hardware (e.g., physical sensors, such as
      seismometers) and software (e.g., Big Data sources that can
      analyze streams of information, such as Twitter messages).  Thus,
      the transmitted data must support different shapes but, at the
      same time, follow a common but extensible schema.

   *  Since the main function of the external event detectors is to
      perform the notifications, their timeliness is assumed.  However,
      once messages have been dispatched, they must be quickly collected
      and inserted into the control plane with variable priority, which
      is higher for important sources and events and lower for secondary

   *  The schema used by external detectors must be easily adopted by
      current and future devices and applications.  Therefore, it must
      be easily mapped to current data models, such as in terms of YANG.

   *  As the communication with external entities outside the boundary
      of a provider network may be realized over the Internet, the risk
      of congestion is even more relevant in this context and proper
      counter-measures must be taken.  Solutions such as network
      transport circuit breakers are needed as well.

   Organizing both internal and external telemetry information together
   will be key for the general exploitation of the management
   possibilities of current and future network systems, as reflected in
   the incorporation of cognitive capabilities to new hardware and
   software (virtual) elements.

3.2.  Second Level Function Components

   The telemetry module at each plane can be further partitioned into
   five distinct conceptual components:

   *  Data Query, Analysis, and Storage: This component works at the
      network operation application block in Figure 1.  It is normally a
      part of the network management system at the receiver side.  On
      the one hand, it is responsible for issuing data requirements.
      The data of interest can be modeled data through configuration or
      custom data through programming.  The data requirements can be
      queries for one-shot data or subscriptions for events or streaming

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      data.  On the other hand, it receives, stores, and processes the
      returned data from network devices.  Data analysis can be
      interactive to initiate further data queries.  This component can
      reside in either network devices or remote controllers.  It can be
      centralized and distributed, and involve one or more instances.

   *  Data Configuration and Subscription: This component manages data
      queries on devices.  It determines the protocol and channel for
      applications to acquire desired data.  This component is also
      responsible for configuring the desired data that might not be
      directly available form data sources.  The subscription data can
      be described by models, templates, or programs.

   *  Data Encoding and Export: This component determines how telemetry
      data is delivered to the data analysis and storage component with
      access control.  The data encoding and the transport protocol may
      vary due to the data export location.

   *  Data Generation and Processing: The requested data needs to be
      captured, filtered, processed, and formatted in network devices
      from raw data sources.  This may involve in-network computing and
      processing on either the fast path or the slow path in network

   *  Data Object and Source: This component determines the monitoring
      objects and original data sources provisioned in the device.  A
      data source usually just provides raw data which needs further
      processing.  Each data source can be considered a probe.  Some
      data sources can be dynamically installed, while others will be
      more static.

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                   +----------------------------------------+ |
                   |                                        | |
                   |    Data Query, Analysis, & Storage     | |
                   |                                        | +
                   +-------+++ -----------------------------+
                           |||                   ^^^
                           |||                   |||
                           ||V                   |||
                     +-----V---------------------+------------+ |
                   +---------------------+-------+----------+ | |
                   | Data Configuration  |                  | | |
                   | & Subscription      | Data Encoding    | | |
                   | (model, template,   | & Export         | | |
                   | & program)          |                  | | |
                   +---------------------+------------------| | |
                   |                                        | | |
                   |           Data Generation              | | |
                   |           & Processing                 | | |
                   |                                        | | |
                   +----------------------------------------| | |
                   |                                        | | |
                   |       Data Object and Source           | |-+
                   |                                        |-+

          Figure 3: Components in the Network Telemetry Framework

3.3.  Data Acquisition Mechanism and Type Abstraction

   Broadly speaking, network data can be acquired through subscription
   (push) and query (poll).  A subscription is a contract between
   publisher and subscriber.  After initial setup, the subscribed data
   is automatically delivered to registered subscribers until the
   subscription expires.  There are two variations of subscription.  The
   subscriptions can be either pre-defined, or the subscribers are
   allowed to configure and tailor the published data to their specific

   In contrast, queries are used when a client expects immediate and
   one-off feedback from network devices.  The queried data may be
   directly extracted from some specific data source, or synthesized and
   processed from raw data.  Queries work well for interactive network
   telemetry applications.

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   In general, data can be pulled (i.e., queried) whenever needed, but
   in many cases, pushing the data (i.e., subscription) is more
   efficient, and can reduce the latency of a client detecting a change.
   From the data consumer point of view, there are four types of data
   from network devices that a telemetry data consumer can subscribe or

   *  Simple Data: The data that are steadily available from some
      datastore or static probes in network devices.

   *  Derived Data: The data need to be synthesized or processed in
      network from raw data from one or more network devices.  The data
      processing function can be statically or dynamically loaded into
      network devices.

   *  Event-triggered Data: The data are conditionally acquired based on
      the occurrence of some events.  An example of event-triggered data
      could be an interface changing operational state between up and
      down.  Such data can be actively pushed through subscription or
      passively polled through query.  There are many ways to model
      events, including using Finite State Machine (FSM) or Event
      Condition Action (ECA) [I-D.wwx-netmod-event-yang].

   *  Streaming Data: The data are continuously generated.  It can be
      time series or the dump of databases.  For example, an interface
      packet counter is exported every second.  The streaming data
      reflect realtime network states and metrics and require large
      bandwidth and processing power.  The streaming data are always
      actively pushed to the subscribers.

   The above telemetry data types are not mutually exclusive.  Rather,
   they are often composite.  Derived data is composed of simple data;
   Event-triggered data can be simple or derived; streaming data can be
   based on some recurring event.  The relationships of these data types
   are illustrated in Figure 4.

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      +----------------------+     +-----------------+
      | Event-triggered Data |<----+ Streaming Data  |
      +-------+---+----------+     +-----+---+-------+
              |   |                      |   |
              |   |                      |   |
              |   |   +--------------+   |   |
              |   +-->| Derived Data |<--+   |
              |       +------+------ +       |
              |              |               |
              |              V               |
              |       +--------------+       |
              +------>| Simple Data  |<------+

                      Figure 4: Data Type Relationship

   Subscription usually deals with event-triggered data and streaming
   data, and query usually deals with simple data and derived data.  But
   the other ways are also possible.  Advanced network telemetry
   techniques are designed mainly for event-triggered or streaming data
   subscription, and derived data query.

3.4.  Mapping Existing Mechanisms into the Framework

   The following table shows how the existing mechanisms (mainly
   published in IETF and with the emphasis on the latest new
   technologies) are positioned in the framework.  Given the vast body
   of existing work, we cannot provide an exhaustive list, so the
   mechanisms in the tables should be considered as just examples.
   Also, some comprehensive protocols and techniques may cover multiple
   aspects or modules of the framework, so a name in a block only
   emphasizes one particular characteristic of it.  More details about
   some listed mechanisms can be found in Appendix A.

        |             | Management      | Control       | Forwarding   |
        |             | Plane           | Plane         | Plane        |
        | data config.| gNMI, NETCONF,  | gNMI, NETCONF,| NETCONF,     |
        | & subscribe | RESTCONF, SNMP, | RESTCONF,     | RESTCONF,    |
        |             | YANG-Push       | YANG-Push     | YANG-Push    |
        | data gen. & | MIB,            | YANG          | IOAM, PSAMP  |
        | process     | YANG            |               | PBT, AM,     |
        | data encode.| gRPC, HTTP, TCP | BMP, TCP      | IPFIX, UDP   |
        | & export    |                 |               |              |

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                      Figure 5: Existing Work Mapping

   Although the framework is generally suitable for any network
   environments, the multi-domain telemetry has some unique challenges
   which deserve further architectural consideration, which is out of
   the scope of this document.

4.  Evolution of Network Telemetry Applications

   Network telemetry is an evolving technical area.  As the network
   moves towards the automated operation, network telemetry applications
   undergo several stages of evolution which add new layer of
   requirements to the underlying network telemetry techniques.  Each
   stage is built upon the techniques adopted by the previous stages
   plus some new requirements.

   Stage 0 - Static Telemetry:  The telemetry data source and type are
      determined at design time.  The network operator can only
      configure how to use it with limited flexibility.

   Stage 1 - Dynamic Telemetry:  The custom telemetry data can be
      dynamically programmed or configured at runtime without
      interrupting the network operation, allowing a trade-off among
      resource, performance, flexibility, and coverage.

   Stage 2 - Interactive Telemetry:  The network operator can
      continuously customize and fine tune the telemetry data in real
      time to reflect the network operation's visibility requirements.
      Compared with Stage 1, the changes are frequent based on the real-
      time feedback.  At this stage, some tasks can be automated, but
      human operators still need to sit in the middle to make decisions.

   Stage 3 - Closed-loop Telemetry:  The telemetry is free from the
      interference of human operators, except for generating the
      reports.  The intelligent network operation engine automatically
      issues the telemetry data requests, analyzes the data, and updates
      the network operations in closed control loops.

   Existing technologies are ready for stage 0 and stage 1.  Individual
   stage 2 and stage 3 applications are also possible now.  However, the
   future autonomic networks may need a comprehensive operation
   management system which works at stage 2 and stage 3 to cover all the
   network operation tasks.  A well-defined network telemetry framework
   is the first step towards this direction.

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5.  Security Considerations

   The complexity of network telemetry raises significant security
   implications.  For example, telemetry data can be manipulated to
   exhaust various network resources at each plane as well as the data
   consumer; falsified or tampered data can mislead the decision-making
   and paralyze networks; wrong configuration and programming for
   telemetry is equally harmful.  The telemetry data is highly
   sensitive, which exposes a lot of information about the network and
   its configuration.  Some of that information can make designing
   attacks against the network much easier (e.g., exact details of what
   software and patches have been installed), and allows an attacker to
   determine whether a device may be subject to unprotected security

   Given that this document has proposed a framework for network
   telemetry and the telemetry mechanisms discussed are more extensive
   (in both message frequency and traffic amount) than the conventional
   network OAM concepts, we must also reflect that various new security
   considerations may also arise.  A number of techniques already exist
   for securing the forwarding plane, the control plane, and the
   management plane in a network, but it is important to consider if any
   new threat vectors are now being enabled via the use of network
   telemetry procedures and mechanisms.

   This document proposes a conceptual architectural for collecting,
   transporting, and analyzing a wide variety of data sources in support
   of network applications.  The protocols, data formats, and
   configurations chosen to implement this framework will dictate the
   specific security considerations.  These considerations may include:

   *  Telemetry framework trust and policy model;

   *  Role management and access control for enabling and disabling
      telemetry capabilities;

   *  Protocol transport used telemetry data and inherent security

   *  Telemetry data stores, storage encryption, methods of access, and
      retention practices;

   *  Tracking telemetry events and any abnormalities that might
      identify malicious attacks using telemetry interfaces.

   *  Authentication and signing of telemetry data to make data more

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   *  Segregating the telemetry data traffic from the data traffic
      carried over the network (e.g., historically management access and
      management data may be carried via an independent management

   Some security considerations highlighted above may be minimized or
   negated with policy management of network telemetry.  In a network
   telemetry deployment it would be advantageous to separate telemetry
   capabilities into different classes of policies, i.e., Role Based
   Access Control and Event-Condition-Action policies.  Also, potential
   conflicts between network telemetry mechanisms must be detected
   accurately and resolved quickly to avoid unnecessary network
   telemetry traffic propagation escalating into an unintended or
   intended denial of service attack.

   Further study of the security issues will be required, and it is
   expected that the security mechanisms and protocols are developed and
   deployed along with a network telemetry system.

6.  IANA Considerations

   This document includes no request to IANA.

7.  Contributors

   The other contributors of this document are Tianran Zhou, Zhenbin Li,
   Zhenqiang Li, Daniel King, Adrian Farrel, and Alexander Clemm

8.  Acknowledgments

   We would like to thank Rob Wilton, Greg Mirsky, Randy Presuhn, Joe
   Clarke, Victor Liu, James Guichard, Uri Blumenthal, Giuseppe
   Fioccola, Yunan Gu, Parviz Yegani, Young Lee, Qin Wu, Gyan Mishra,
   Ben Schwartz, Alexey Melnikov, Michael Scharf, Dhruv Dhody, Martin
   Duke, Roman Danyliw, Warren Kumari, Sheng Jiang, Lars Eggert, Eric
   Vyncke, Jean-Michel Combes, and many others who have provided helpful
   comments and suggestions to improve this document.

9.  Informative References

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   [gpb]      "Google Protocol Buffers",

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              framework", <>.

              Evens, T., Bayraktar, S., Bhardwaj, M., and P. Lucente,
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              local-rib-13, 31 August 2021,

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              ietf-ippm-ioam-data-16, 8 November 2021,

              Song, H., Gafni, B., Zhou, T., Li, Z., Brockners, F.,
              Bhandari, S., Sivakolundu, R., and T. Mizrahi, "In-situ
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              notif-02, 6 May 2021, <

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              Definitions", Work in Progress, Internet-Draft, draft-
              irtf-nmrg-ibn-concepts-definitions-05, 2 September 2021,

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              to Anticipate Resource Requirements for the Elastic
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              02, 29 June 2018, <

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              T., Li, Z., Shin, J., and K. Lee, "In-Situ OAM Marking-
              based Direct Export", Work in Progress, Internet-Draft,
              draft-song-ippm-postcard-based-telemetry-11, 15 November
              2021, <

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              with Dynamic Network Probes", Work in Progress, Internet-
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              Song, H., Qin, F., Chen, H., Jin, J., and J. Shin, "In-
              situ Flow Information Telemetry", Work in Progress,
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              October 2021, <

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              "A YANG Data model for ECA Policy Management", Work in
              Progress, Internet-Draft, draft-wwx-netmod-event-yang-10,
              1 November 2020, <

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              "Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)", RFC 1157,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC1157, May 1990,

   [RFC2578]  McCloghrie, K., Ed., Perkins, D., Ed., and J.
              Schoenwaelder, Ed., "Structure of Management Information
              Version 2 (SMIv2)", STD 58, RFC 2578,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2578, April 1999,

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   [RFC2981]  Kavasseri, R., Ed., "Event MIB", RFC 2981,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2981, October 2000,

   [RFC3176]  Phaal, P., Panchen, S., and N. McKee, "InMon Corporation's
              sFlow: A Method for Monitoring Traffic in Switched and
              Routed Networks", RFC 3176, DOI 10.17487/RFC3176,
              September 2001, <>.

   [RFC3414]  Blumenthal, U. and B. Wijnen, "User-based Security Model
              (USM) for version 3 of the Simple Network Management
              Protocol (SNMPv3)", STD 62, RFC 3414,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC3414, December 2002,

   [RFC3416]  Presuhn, R., Ed., "Version 2 of the Protocol Operations
              for the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)",
              STD 62, RFC 3416, DOI 10.17487/RFC3416, December 2002,

   [RFC3877]  Chisholm, S. and D. Romascanu, "Alarm Management
              Information Base (MIB)", RFC 3877, DOI 10.17487/RFC3877,
              September 2004, <>.

   [RFC3954]  Claise, B., Ed., "Cisco Systems NetFlow Services Export
              Version 9", RFC 3954, DOI 10.17487/RFC3954, October 2004,

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              Zekauskas, "A One-way Active Measurement Protocol
              (OWAMP)", RFC 4656, DOI 10.17487/RFC4656, September 2006,

   [RFC5085]  Nadeau, T., Ed. and C. Pignataro, Ed., "Pseudowire Virtual
              Circuit Connectivity Verification (VCCV): A Control
              Channel for Pseudowires", RFC 5085, DOI 10.17487/RFC5085,
              December 2007, <>.

   [RFC5357]  Hedayat, K., Krzanowski, R., Morton, A., Yum, K., and J.
              Babiarz, "A Two-Way Active Measurement Protocol (TWAMP)",
              RFC 5357, DOI 10.17487/RFC5357, October 2008,

   [RFC5424]  Gerhards, R., "The Syslog Protocol", RFC 5424,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC5424, March 2009,

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   [RFC6020]  Bjorklund, M., Ed., "YANG - A Data Modeling Language for
              the Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF)", RFC 6020,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6020, October 2010,

   [RFC6241]  Enns, R., Ed., Bjorklund, M., Ed., Schoenwaelder, J., Ed.,
              and A. Bierman, Ed., "Network Configuration Protocol
              (NETCONF)", RFC 6241, DOI 10.17487/RFC6241, June 2011,

   [RFC6812]  Chiba, M., Clemm, A., Medley, S., Salowey, J., Thombare,
              S., and E. Yedavalli, "Cisco Service-Level Assurance
              Protocol", RFC 6812, DOI 10.17487/RFC6812, January 2013,

   [RFC7011]  Claise, B., Ed., Trammell, B., Ed., and P. Aitken,
              "Specification of the IP Flow Information Export (IPFIX)
              Protocol for the Exchange of Flow Information", STD 77,
              RFC 7011, DOI 10.17487/RFC7011, September 2013,

   [RFC7258]  Farrell, S. and H. Tschofenig, "Pervasive Monitoring Is an
              Attack", BCP 188, RFC 7258, DOI 10.17487/RFC7258, May
              2014, <>.

   [RFC7276]  Mizrahi, T., Sprecher, N., Bellagamba, E., and Y.
              Weingarten, "An Overview of Operations, Administration,
              and Maintenance (OAM) Tools", RFC 7276,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC7276, June 2014,

   [RFC7540]  Belshe, M., Peon, R., and M. Thomson, Ed., "Hypertext
              Transfer Protocol Version 2 (HTTP/2)", RFC 7540,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC7540, May 2015,

   [RFC7575]  Behringer, M., Pritikin, M., Bjarnason, S., Clemm, A.,
              Carpenter, B., Jiang, S., and L. Ciavaglia, "Autonomic
              Networking: Definitions and Design Goals", RFC 7575,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC7575, June 2015,

   [RFC7799]  Morton, A., "Active and Passive Metrics and Methods (with
              Hybrid Types In-Between)", RFC 7799, DOI 10.17487/RFC7799,
              May 2016, <>.

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   [RFC7854]  Scudder, J., Ed., Fernando, R., and S. Stuart, "BGP
              Monitoring Protocol (BMP)", RFC 7854,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC7854, June 2016,

   [RFC7950]  Bjorklund, M., Ed., "The YANG 1.1 Data Modeling Language",
              RFC 7950, DOI 10.17487/RFC7950, August 2016,

   [RFC8040]  Bierman, A., Bjorklund, M., and K. Watsen, "RESTCONF
              Protocol", RFC 8040, DOI 10.17487/RFC8040, January 2017,

   [RFC8084]  Fairhurst, G., "Network Transport Circuit Breakers",
              BCP 208, RFC 8084, DOI 10.17487/RFC8084, March 2017,

   [RFC8085]  Eggert, L., Fairhurst, G., and G. Shepherd, "UDP Usage
              Guidelines", BCP 145, RFC 8085, DOI 10.17487/RFC8085,
              March 2017, <>.

   [RFC8259]  Bray, T., Ed., "The JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) Data
              Interchange Format", STD 90, RFC 8259,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8259, December 2017,

   [RFC8321]  Fioccola, G., Ed., Capello, A., Cociglio, M., Castaldelli,
              L., Chen, M., Zheng, L., Mirsky, G., and T. Mizrahi,
              "Alternate-Marking Method for Passive and Hybrid
              Performance Monitoring", RFC 8321, DOI 10.17487/RFC8321,
              January 2018, <>.

   [RFC8639]  Voit, E., Clemm, A., Gonzalez Prieto, A., Nilsen-Nygaard,
              E., and A. Tripathy, "Subscription to YANG Notifications",
              RFC 8639, DOI 10.17487/RFC8639, September 2019,

   [RFC8641]  Clemm, A. and E. Voit, "Subscription to YANG Notifications
              for Datastore Updates", RFC 8641, DOI 10.17487/RFC8641,
              September 2019, <>.

   [RFC8671]  Evens, T., Bayraktar, S., Lucente, P., Mi, P., and S.
              Zhuang, "Support for Adj-RIB-Out in the BGP Monitoring
              Protocol (BMP)", RFC 8671, DOI 10.17487/RFC8671, November
              2019, <>.

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   [RFC8762]  Mirsky, G., Jun, G., Nydell, H., and R. Foote, "Simple
              Two-Way Active Measurement Protocol", RFC 8762,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8762, March 2020,

   [RFC8889]  Fioccola, G., Ed., Cociglio, M., Sapio, A., and R. Sisto,
              "Multipoint Alternate-Marking Method for Passive and
              Hybrid Performance Monitoring", RFC 8889,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8889, August 2020,

   [RFC8924]  Aldrin, S., Pignataro, C., Ed., Kumar, N., Ed., Krishnan,
              R., and A. Ghanwani, "Service Function Chaining (SFC)
              Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM)
              Framework", RFC 8924, DOI 10.17487/RFC8924, October 2020,

   [xml]      "Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 (Fifth Edition)",

   [y1731]    "ITU-T Y.1731: OAM Functions and Mechanisms for Ethernet
              based networks, 2015",

Appendix A.  A Survey on Existing Network Telemetry Techniques

   In this non-normative appendix, we provide an overview of some
   existing techniques and standard proposals for each network telemetry

A.1.  Management Plane Telemetry

A.1.1.  Push Extensions for NETCONF

   NETCONF [RFC6241] is a popular network management protocol
   recommended by IETF.  Its core strength is for managing
   configuration, but can also be used for data collection.  YANG-Push
   [RFC8641] [RFC8639] extends NETCONF and enables subscriber
   applications to request a continuous, customized stream of updates
   from a YANG datastore.  Providing such visibility into changes made
   upon YANG configuration and operational objects enables new
   capabilities based on the remote mirroring of configuration and
   operational state.  Moreover, distributed data collection mechanism
   [I-D.ietf-netconf-distributed-notif] via UDP based publication
   channel [I-D.ietf-netconf-udp-notif] provides enhanced efficiency for
   the NETCONF based telemetry.

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A.1.2.  gRPC Network Management Interface

   gRPC Network Management Interface (gNMI) [gnmi] is a network
   management protocol based on the gRPC [grpc] RPC (Remote Procedure
   Call) framework.  With a single gRPC service definition, both
   configuration and telemetry can be covered. gRPC is an HTTP/2
   [RFC7540]-based open-source micro-service communication framework.
   It provides a number of capabilities which are well-suited for
   network telemetry, including:

   *  Full-duplex streaming transport model combined with a binary
      encoding mechanism provides good telemetry efficiency.

   *  gRPC provides higher-level features consistency across platforms
      that common HTTP/2 libraries typically do not.  This
      characteristic is especially valuable for the fact that telemetry
      data collectors normally reside on a large variety of platforms.

   *  The built-in load-balancing and failover mechanism.

A.2.  Control Plane Telemetry

A.2.1.  BGP Monitoring Protocol

   BGP Monitoring Protocol (BMP) [RFC7854] is used to monitor BGP
   sessions and is intended to provide a convenient interface for
   obtaining route views.

   The BGP routing information is collected from the monitored device(s)
   to the BMP monitoring station by setting up the BMP TCP session.  The
   BGP peers are monitored by the BMP Peer Up and Peer Down
   Notifications.  The BGP routes (including Adjacency_RIB_In [RFC7854],
   Adjacency_RIB_out [RFC8671], and Local_Rib
   [I-D.ietf-grow-bmp-local-rib]) are encapsulated in the BMP Route
   Monitoring Message and the BMP Route Mirroring Message, providing
   both an initial table dump and real-time route updates.  In addition,
   BGP statistics are reported through the BMP Stats Report Message,
   which could be either timer triggered or event-driven.  Future BMP
   extensions could further enrich BGP monitoring applications.

A.3.  Data Plane Telemetry

A.3.1.  The Alternate Marking (AM) technology

   The Alternate Marking method enables efficient measurements of packet
   loss, delay, and jitter both in IP and Overlay Networks, as presented
   in [RFC8321] and [RFC8889].

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   This technique can be applied to point-to-point and multipoint-to-
   multipoint flows.  Alternate Marking creates batches of packets by
   alternating the value of 1 bit (or a label) of the packet header.
   These batches of packets are unambiguously recognized over the
   network and the comparison of packet counters for each batch allows
   the packet loss calculation.  The same idea can be applied to delay
   measurement by selecting ad hoc packets with a marking bit dedicated
   for delay measurements.

   Alternate Marking method needs two counters each marking period for
   each flow under monitor.  For instance, by considering n measurement
   points and m monitored flows, the order of magnitude of the packet
   counters for each time interval is n*m*2 (1 per color).

   Since networks offer rich sets of network performance measurement
   data (e.g., packet counters), conventional approaches run into
   limitations.  The bottleneck is the generation and export of the data
   and the amount of data that can be reasonably collected from the
   network.  In addition, management tasks related to determining and
   configuring which data to generate lead to significant deployment

   The Multipoint Alternate Marking approach, described in [RFC8889],
   aims to resolve this issue and make the performance monitoring more
   flexible in case a detailed analysis is not needed.

   An application orchestrates network performance measurements tasks
   across the network to allow for optimized monitoring.  The
   application can choose how roughly or precisely to configure
   measurement points depending on the application's requirements.

   Using Alternate Marking, it is possible to monitor a Multipoint
   Network without in depth examination by using the Network Clustering
   (subnetworks that are portions of the entire network that preserve
   the same property of the entire network, called clusters).  So in the
   case that there is packet loss or the delay is too high then the
   specific filtering criteria could be applied to gather a more
   detailed analysis by using a different combination of clusters up to
   a per-flow measurement as described in Alternate-Marking (AM)

   In summary, an application can configure end-to-end network
   monitoring.  If the network does not experience issues, this
   approximate monitoring is good enough and is very cheap in terms of
   network resources.  However, in case of problems, the application
   becomes aware of the issues from this approximate monitoring and, in
   order to localize the portion of the network that has issues,
   configures the measurement points more extensively, allowing more

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   detailed monitoring to be performed.  After the detection and
   resolution of the problem, the initial approximate monitoring can be
   used again.

A.3.2.  Dynamic Network Probe

   Hardware-based Dynamic Network Probe (DNP) []
   proposes a programmable means to customize the data that an
   application collects from the data plane.  A direct benefit of DNP is
   the reduction of the exported data.  A full DNP solution covers
   several components including data source, data subscription, and data
   generation.  The data subscription needs to define the derived data
   which can be composed and derived from the raw data sources.  The
   data generation takes advantage of the moderate in-network computing
   to produce the desired data.

   While DNP can introduce unforeseeable flexibility to the data plane
   telemetry, it also faces some challenges.  It requires a flexible
   data plane that can be dynamically reprogrammed at run-time.  The
   programming API is yet to be defined.

A.3.3.  IP Flow Information Export (IPFIX) Protocol

   Traffic on a network can be seen as a set of flows passing through
   network elements.  IP Flow Information Export (IPFIX) [RFC7011]
   provides a means of transmitting traffic flow information for
   administrative or other purposes.  A typical IPFIX enabled system
   includes a pool of Metering Processes that collects data packets at
   one or more Observation Points, optionally filters them and
   aggregates information about these packets.  An Exporter then gathers
   each of the Observation Points together into an Observation Domain
   and sends this information via the IPFIX protocol to a Collector.

A.3.4.  In-Situ OAM

   Classical passive and active monitoring and measurement techniques
   are either inaccurate or resource-consuming.  It is preferable to
   directly acquire data associated with a flow's packets when the
   packets pass through a network.  In-situ OAM (iOAM)
   [I-D.ietf-ippm-ioam-data], a data generation technique, embeds a new
   instruction header to user packets and the instruction directs the
   network nodes to add the requested data to the packets.  Thus, at the
   path end, the packet's experience gained on the entire forwarding
   path can be collected.  Such firsthand data is invaluable to many
   network OAM applications.

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   However, iOAM also faces some challenges.  The issues on performance
   impact, security, scalability and overhead limits, encapsulation
   difficulties in some protocols, and cross-domain deployment need to
   be addressed.

A.3.5.  Postcard Based Telemetry

   The postcard-based telemetry, as embodied in IOAM DEX
   [I-D.ietf-ippm-ioam-direct-export] and IOAM Marking
   [], is a complementary
   technique to the passport-based IOAM.  PBT directly exports data at
   each node through an independent packet.  At the cost of higher
   bandwidth overhead and the need for data correlation, PBT shows
   several unique advantages.  It can also help to identify packet drop
   location in case a packet is dropped on its forwarding path.

A.3.6.  Existing OAM for Specific Data Planes

   Various data planes raises unique OAM requirements.  IETF has
   published OAM technique and framework documents (e.g., [RFC8924] and
   [RFC5085]) targeting different data planes such as Multi-Protocol
   Label Switching (MPLS), L2 Virtual Private Network (L2-VPN), Network
   Virtualization Overlays (NVO3), Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN), Bit
   Indexed Explicit Replication (BIER), Service Function Chaining (SFC),
   Segment Routing (SR), and Deterministic Networking (DETNET).  The
   aforementioned data plane telemetry techniques can be used to enhance
   the OAM capability on such data planes.

A.4.  External Data and Event Telemetry

A.4.1.  Sources of External Events

   To ensure that the information provided by external event detectors
   and used by the network management solutions is meaningful for
   management purposes, the network telemetry framework must ensure that
   such detectors (sources) are easily connected to the management
   solutions (sinks).  This requires the specification of a list of
   potential external data sources that could be of interest in network
   management and match it to the connectors and/or interfaces required
   to connect them.

   Categories of external event sources that may be of interest to
   network management include::

   *  Smart objects and sensors.  With the consolidation of the Internet
      of Things~(IoT) any network system will have many smart objects
      attached to its physical surroundings and logical operation
      environments.  Most of these objects will be essentially based on

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      sensors of many kinds (e.g., temperature, humidity, presence) and
      the information they provide can be very useful for the management
      of the network, even when they are not specifically deployed for
      such purpose.  Elements of this source type will usually provide a
      specific protocol for interaction, especially one of those
      protocols related to IoT, such as the Constrained Application
      Protocol (CoAP).

   *  Online news reporters.  Several online news services have the
      ability to provide enormous quantity of information about
      different events occurring in the world.  Some of those events can
      impact on the network system managed by a specific framework and,
      therefore, such information may be of interest to the management
      solution.  For instance, diverse security reports, such as the
      Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE), can be issued by the
      corresponding authority and used by the management solution to
      update the managed system if needed.  Instead of a specific
      protocol and data format, the sources of this kind of information
      usually follow a relaxed but structured format.  This format will
      be part of both the ontology and information model of the
      telemetry framework.

   *  Global event analyzers.  The advance of Big Data analyzers
      provides a huge amount of information and, more interestingly, the
      identification of events detected by analyzing many data streams
      from different origins.  In contrast with the other types of
      sources, which are focused on specific events, the detectors of
      this source type will detect generic events.  For example, during
      a sport event some unexpected movement makes it fascinating and
      many people connect to sites that are reporting on the event.  The
      underlying networks supporting the services that cover the event
      can be affected by such situation, so their management solutions
      should be aware of it.  In contrast with the other source types, a
      new information model, format, and reporting protocol is required
      to integrate the detectors of this type with the management

   Additional types of detector types can be added to the system, but
   they will be generally the result of composing the properties offered
   by these main classes.

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A.4.2.  Connectors and Interfaces

   For allowing external event detectors to be properly integrated with
   other management solutions, both elements must expose interfaces and
   protocols that are subject to their particular objective.  Since
   external event detectors will be focused on providing their
   information to their main consumers, which generally will not be
   limited to the network management solutions, the framework must
   include the definition of the required connectors for ensuring the
   interconnection between detectors (sources) and their consumers
   within the management systems (sinks) are effective.

   In some situations, the interconnection between the external event
   detectors and the management system is via the management plane.  For
   those situations there will be a special connector that provides the
   typical interfaces found in most other elements connected to the
   management plane.  For instance, the interfaces could accomplish this
   with a specific data model (YANG) and specific telemetry protocol,
   such as NETCONF, YANG-Push, or gRPC.

Authors' Addresses

   Haoyu Song
   United States of America


   Fengwei Qin
   China Mobile
   P.R. China


   Pedro Martinez-Julia


   Laurent Ciavaglia
   Rakuten Mobile


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   Aijun Wang
   China Telecom
   P.R. China


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