Relying on off-the-shelf SNMP systems for mission-critical telemetry is a major mistake. What if you're switching from traditional telemetry or integrating non-SNMP monitoring with an SNMP-based system? An off-the-shelf SNMP manager will not provide what you need and expect. You won't get detailed alarm data. Before you commit to an SNMP monitoring solution, you need to make sure it supports key network alarm monitoring functions.
There are seven common mistakes network managers typically make when integrating SNMP and non-SNMP monitoring. Your SNMP implementation will be successfully only if you can avoid them.
It is true that many, but not all, of these functions can be added to standard SNMP managers. Don't forget that implementing network alarm monitoring in a basic SNMP manager isn't easy. It usually involves a substantial amount of custom software module development. Even when pre-built software modules are available, they usually require custom tweaking to perform exactly as you want them to.
The need for extensive customization eliminates the advantage of using a simple open standard. It is difficult to justify significant development costs after purchasing an already expensive SNMP manager. Why take the time, trouble, and expense to recreate capabilities? These functions are already present in a high-quality, SNMP-capable network alarm management system?
Relying on an SNMP manager for critical network monitoring just doesn't make sense. It doesn't take into account the tons of legacy and non-SNMP equipment that is functioning perfectly fine out in networks all over the world. That gear works. Don't throw it away. The role of an SNMP manager is best used for inventorying network devices. You can also use it for drilling down into equipment details. This is mostly done after your network monitoring system notifies you of a problem.
SNMP can be an effective tool. Still, it's only one item in your network alarm monitoring toolkit. It can be used more effectively when it is part of a total network monitoring solution.
If you are looking to avoid these 7 mistakes, then the T/Mon network alarm monitoring system is for you. It is specifically designed to avoid them. What about Network managers who rely on T/Mon for their network alarm monitoring, notification, and control? What do they say? "Looking at one map and knowing it represents every piece of equipment you're monitoring in the field... that's pretty good peace of mind."
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