SNMP is, by far, the most popular method of monitoring network devices. The reasons for SNMP’s popularity are threefold: modularity, scalability, and adaptability. A SNMP monitoring system (Figure 16.2) can be developed to gather as much information about a network as possible, or it can be used to gather only selected information.
Figure 16.2. A typical SNMP monitoring network. The monitoring server receives information from and polls the managed devices. Workstations responsible for monitoring pull information from the monitoring server
SNMP works for high-traffic devices and networks just as well as it works for low- and medium-traffic ...