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Reality Check: 4 Signs You Need Protocol Mediation

  1. You have a lot of non-SNMP equipment: Before planning your SNMP implementation, do a site survey and find out how much non-SNMP equipment you have in your network. Changing out a large number of non-SNMP devices can add hundreds of thousands of dollars to your project costs. Protocol mediation saves you money by keeping your non-SNMP equipment in place.
  2. You want to gradually migrate from your old system: It's time to replace your older system - the master is starting to fail, and it's hard to get new remotes. But you can't afford a forklift swapout of your whole system. Protocol mediation lets you integrate your old remotes to an SNMP manager, so you can replace your legacy system step by step.
  3. You inherited someone else's incompatible system: If your company has merged with another, you might find yourself responsible for a whole new network of incompatible equipment. You can't afford to replace this network, but you need to integrate it into your existing operations. Protocol mediation will merge your two networks at minimal expense.
  4. You don't want to pay license fees: You may have to pay a separate license fee for every device you monitor with your SNMP manager. If you have a large network, that can get real expensive real fast. A protocol mediator can take input from your whole network and consolidate it to one SNMP input, at only one license fee.
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