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 the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) was developed.

Today 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.

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Andreas, QA Engineer at Paessler AG