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SNMP Remote Monitoring System that Monitors Both SNMP and Non-SNMP Equipment

Be sure your SNMP remote monitoring system supports all the important remote monitoring functions you want.

Don't use an SNMP manager for network alarm notification and fault management. It's missing seven critical functions for this task. Unless you have everything reporting to one system, you won't have complete visibility. Integrated SNMP remote monitoring systems are perfectly tailored to this role.

There are 7 essential functions for combining SNMP and non- SNMP network monitoring. Your SNMP monitoring implementation will be successful only if it supports all 7 functions.

Don't rely on an off the shelf SNMP manager for mission-critical remote monitoring.

You want visibility of all your remote sites at once, not separate systems for non-SNMP and SNMP equipment. Use your SNMP manager where it does best: network inventory and drilling down for specific equipment problems.

If you're combining a non-SNMP remote monitoring system with an SNMP-based remote monitoring system or switching from traditional telemetry, an off-the-shelf SNMP manager won't provide the visibility you're expecting.

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7 Essential Telemetry Functions of SNMP Remote Monitoring Systems

  1. View regional and local categories of alarms
    Advanced SNMP remote monitoring systems will allow you to organize alarms by logical categories. You can post the same alarm to multiple logical categories or sort which alarms the user wants to see
  2. Maintain System Security and Strict Accountability
    Advanced SNMP remote monitoring tracks each user by a unique id and automatically record user actions in a history log.
  3. Detailed, precise alarm descriptions
    SNMP remote monitoring should record the time, location, severity, and a precise description of alarm events.
  4. Indicate cleared alarms
    Off-the-shelf SNMP managers don't correlate SNMP Trap messages to an alarm condition or a clear condition.
  5. Best quality telemetry monitoring
    You'll have complete visibility of your entire network, not just the SNMP enabled devices with tools such as notifications escalation, legacy protocol mediation, nuisance alarm silencing, automatic control relay operation, and automatic notifications by pager and e-mail.
  6. Maintain a list of standing alarms
    Your SNMP manager must maintain a list of standing alarms and not just log newly reported or acknowledged traps. Imagine what would happen to your network if a system operator acknowledged an alarm, and then didn't correct the alarm condition. Would anyone know the alarm is still standing? Nobody would know!
  7. System operator login and identification
    SNMP remote monitoring systems need to track the identity of the system operator who acknowledges an alarm event. In the example of the negligent system operator, it would be difficult to determine who had made the error or to assign responsibility for the problems that resulted.

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