Why You Need Help With Your SNMP Implementation

Implementing an SNMP network alarm monitoring system can seem deceptively easy - you just look on the Web, find a few vendors, compare a few features, add some configuration and you're done, right?

The truth is, developing a network monitoring system on your own is one of the riskiest things you can do. Here are some of the typical problems you might face if you don't get expert advice when you're designing your system:

  1. Implementation time is drawn out: It's going to take longer than you think. Network monitoring is a highly technical subject, and you have a lot to learn if you want a successful implementation. And anytime you are trying to do something you've never done before, you are bound to make mistakes - mistakes that extend your time and your budget beyond their limits.
  2. Resources are misused: If you're not fully informed about your options for mediating legacy protocols to SNMP, you may replace equipment that could have been integrated into your new system. Rushing into a systemwide replacement when you could have integrated can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  3. Opportunities are missed: If you install a new network monitoring system today, you're committing your company to that system for as long as 8 to10 years. Many telecoms design what they think is a state-of-the-art monitoring system - and then find that their technology is actually a generation behind.
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