FCAPS is the ISO Telecommunications Management Network model and framework for network management. FCAPS is an acronym for fault, configuration, accounting, performance, security, the management categories into which the ISO model defines network management tasks. In non-billing organizations accounting is sometimes replaced with administration.
FCAPS – Fault, Configuration, Accounting, Performance, Security
FCAPS is a model created by TMN to be used by Network Operators and Service Providers to compare capabilities and features of Management & Monitoring Systems. The FCAPS model is used for Element Management Systems (EMS), Network Management Systems (NMS) and Operation Support Systems (OSS), it is therefore a universal model.
Not all management and monitoring solutions are equal, and users have definitely preferences. Monitoring & Management systems users need a reference model to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each solution.
Thus, the FCAPS model has been recognized early on as a simple method, as it allows users to describe and categorize features in the following areas: Fault Management, Configuration Management, Accounting, Performance Management, Security.