Introduction to SNMP
SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is a popular protocol used to manage devices on Internet Protocol (IP) networks. It is used for collecting information from and configuring network devices, such as servers, workstations, switches, and routers on an IP network. SNMP is a foundational element of a systems management strategy.
SNMP was initially developed in 1992 by a group from Carnegie-Mellon University, but its scope and use has grown as enthusiastic users around the world actively participate in enhancing and patching the protocol for greater flexibility and to fit their needs.
Our Commitment to SNMP
The FieldServer SNMP protocol gateway can be configured to emulate a Server (SNMP Agent) or Client (Network Management Station) for greater flexibility. The FieldServer provides a generic MIB (Management Information Base) file that sets out the OID (Object Identifiers) structure to allow interaction with popular Network Management packages. Our SNMP drivers can send SNMP traps, which enable an agent to notify the Network Management Station of significant events by way of an unsolicited SNMP message, providing greater privacy assurances.
The FieldServer also has the ability to represent devices as a unique SNMP MIB to the SNMP-based management system, which is more valuable than a gateway acting as a single proxy for all of the devices. This Virtual IP feature grants the integrator granular visibility and control over each device from a SNMP management system. With the ability to manipulate virtual SNMP devices, reconfiguration of the network (adding or removing devices) becomes extremely simple.
Information Technology (IT) Systems Management platforms are often based on SNMP, meaning that they use SNMP as the protocol for interacting with various devices on the network. Sometimes these System Management platforms need to work with devices that may not natively support SNMP. For example, many electric sub-meters support Modbus or LonWorks, but they do not support SNMP. In such instances, a protocol gateway is used to translate between the SNMP commands issued by the management platform and the protocols spoken by the non-SNMP devices. Another use case might involve integrating a Building Automation System that can speak BACnet/IP to a Systems Manager that speaks SNMP.
The FieldServer protocol gateways can connect various devices and management systems to SNMP based applications and systems. Integrators and installers use our gateways for their flexibility, reliability, and ease-of-use, while OEMs often incorporate the FieldServer protocol gateway technology into their devices in lieu of doing their own protocol development.