Combine Your Monitoring Of Both SNMP And Non-SNMP Devices With An Integrated Network Monitoring System

It's a major mistake to depend on an off the shelf SNMP manager for mission-critical telemetry monitoring and notification

You want visibility of all your remote sites at once, not separate systems for non-SNMP and SNMP equipment. Use your SNMP manager where it does best: network inventory and drilling down for specific equipment problems.

Don't use an SNMP manager for network alarm notification and fault management. It's missing seven critical functions for this task. Unless you have everything reporting to one system, you won't have complete visibility. Integrated network monitoring systems are perfectly tailored to this role.

Does your SNMP network monitoring system support essential telemetry functions?

There are seven essential functions for combining SNMP and non-SNMP network monitoring systems. Your SNMP monitoring implementation will be successful only if it supports all seven functions.

If you're combining a non-SNMP network monitoring system with an SNMP-based network monitoring system or switching from traditional telemetry, an off-the-shelf SNMP manager won't provide the visibility you're expecting.

The Seven Critical Functions of an SNMP network monitoring system

  1. Maintain a list of standing alarms
    Your SNMP manager must maintain a list of standing alarms and not just log newly reported or acknowledged traps. Imagine what would happen to your network if a system operator acknowledged an alarm, and then didn't correct the alarm condition. Would anyone know the alarm is still standing? Nobody would know!
  2. System operator identification and login
    Your SNMP network monitoring system must track the identity of the system operator who acknowledges an alarm event. In the example of the negligent system operator, it would be difficult to determine who had made the error or to assign responsibility for the problems that resulted.
  3. View local and regional alarm groups
    Advanced SNMP network monitoring system will allow you to organize alarms by logical groupings. You can post the same alarm to multiple logical groupings or sort which alarms the user wants to see.
  4. Complete, precise alarm descriptions
    SNMP network monitoring system should record the time, location, severity, and a precise description of alarm events.
  5. Identify alarms that are cleared
    Off-the-shelf SNMP managers don't correlate SNMP Trap messages to an alarm condition or a clear condition.
  6. Maintain Strict Accountability and System Security
    An advanced SNMP alarm monitoring system tracks each user by a unique id and automatically record user actions in a history log.
  7. Best quality telemetry monitoring
    You'll have complete visibility of your entire network, not just the SNMP enabled devices with tools such as notifications escalation, legacy protocol mediation, nuisance alarm silencing, automatic control relay operation, and automatic notifications by pager and e-mail.

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