Start with a thorough assessment of your existing network equipment and data transport, checking for what you already have that's compatible with SNMP. The more you can keep, the more you'll save on capital expenditures.
The biggest challenge in your SNMP implementation is ensuring you have enough bandwidth for SNMP traffic. Examine your present telemetry map. Identify existing transport and identify what adjustments need to be made.
Determine how much of your currently existing network elements support SNMP, so you can plan systematically what upgrades will be necessary for SNMP-based monitoring.
Make sure that you have the correct Management Information Base (MIB) files for all of your equipment. The MIB file enables the SNMP manager to interpret Trap messages from devices. MIB files are equipment specific, so it's important to make sure that you have the correct MIB for your equipment type, model, and version number.
Watch out for the capital expenditure and installation manpower costs of a forklift swapout. Use protocol mediation solutions to make your existing network SNMP ready. This will avoid the costs of a systemwide replacement, keeping your budget within reasonable limits.
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