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Questions on the draft "Efficient Transfer of Bulk SNMP Data".
1. Why is an TLV type encoding required ? Is it not possible to
simple ASCII encoding (is done HTML).
2. How much overhead does BER added compared to simple ASCII ?
3. I am trying to understand what the following section imply. To the
best of my knowledge most devices now a days have HTTP servers embedded
for device management. So no extra overhead would be there as the device
understands both HTTP and HTML.
"Other non-SNMP alternatives for bulk transfer include using MIME or
XML Document Type Definition (DFD) to encode the MIB data. The data
can then be transferred via the well-known HTTP protocol since it is
well suited for bulk transfer of MIME-encapsulated data. However,
since HTTP is primarily intended for transferring World Wide Web
data, it has many features and options that are not required for
management data. However, a compliant implementation will
nevertheless have to implement those features thereby increasing the
size and complexity of the SNMP implementations without additional
benefit. In addition, future evolution of HTTP may add features or
requirements that make it unsuitable for transferring MIB data."
- From: Juergen Schoenwaelder <email@example.com>
- From: "David T. Perkins" <firstname.lastname@example.org>