Date Added: Aug 2010
As business efficiency becomes more and more dependent on connected computer systems, monitoring and ensuring their reliability in performance is absolutely necessary. Because of the huge amount of devices on the market, supplied by various manufacturers, it was imperative to introduce a standard for this kind of monitoring. That is why IETF1 developed Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) towards the end of the 80s. Today, the third generation of SNMP is still the standard for network management - not least because there is no practical alternative. However, the use of this protocol as a basis for extensive network management is not unproblematic - it requires comprehensive know-how and sometimes the ability to improvise.