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SNMP is a standard protocol that has wide acceptance in the industry and is flexible enough to describe almost anything. (See the SNMP Tutorial for more information.) Because of these advantages, many network managers have come to believe that SNMP should be used for all telemetry monitoring applications.
SNMP certainly has its place in an effective telemetry monitoring solution, but this doesn't mean that any off-the-shelf SNMP manager can provide adequate visibility and control of your network.
The typical off-the-shelf SNMP manager is not designed for displaying and processing telemetry data for effective alarm management, especially for the kind of real-world monitoring tasks network managers most need performed. These capabilities can be added to an SNMP manager, but it usually requires substantial custom software development.
Here's a list of seven key telemetry functions that off-the-shelf SNMP managers typically do not support. These are essential functions that you need for best-quality monitoring of your network. Before you buy an SNMP manager, make sure it supports these seven essential functions.