Both alarms and algorithms can contribute to the state (condition) of an element.
Alarms are events associated with specific elements. Each alarm has a severity level. Monitoring an element’s state often involves analyzing the alarms associated with the element. For more information on alarms, see Section 7.0, Filtering and Managing Alarms.
An algorithm is a sequence of actions that an element can use to change the calculation of its own state. The default method of calculating the state of an element is to use the state of the most critical child element. For details on algorithms, see
Using Algorithms to Calculate Element State in the Operations Center 5.6 Server Configuration Guide.
The following sections describe using the Operations Center console to monitor elements and element state: