Are There Standard Approaches to Network Nuisances?

We build and support a lot of one-off machines, so we deal with a variety of networked hardware and components. The components get smarter all the time, and often phone home with problems and events that are as much a nuisance as anything else. Device suppliers all seem to have different and often laborious steps to filter the nuisances, while not crippling the important device diagnostics. Are there standard or standard-based approaches to this? 

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