Standards, De Jure and De Facto

The world of monitoring systems is dominated by standards. Oddly, these standards don’t seem to provide as much interoperability as you might expect. Let’s look at SNMP, the 800-pound gorilla of monitoring standards, as well as some up and coming contenders.

Simple Network Management Protocol

The granddaddy of standards around monitoring and system management is definitely the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). SNMP dates back to 1988, with SNMP version 1. Although it was originally written specifically for management of network devices (which is why “Network” appears in the name), SNMP has expanded far beyond its original boundaries. It can now be used with everything from carrier-grade Cisco ...

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