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RE: IETF 55 EOS WG Minutes and Presentation


I was one of the people representing a vendor dependent on stack vendor implementations. The two third party stacks we use are from SNMP Research and Net-SNMP. A representative from SNMP Research said they are already working on implementing the draft, and a representative from Net-SNMP said they are implementing the draft (surprise, surprise). I made that statement during the meeting in response to Wes's question of whether we'd be willing to ask our stack vendor to implement this.

I think I was the one who questioned whether there was benefit, but the concern was whether there was real benefit for my company's **customers**. 

The operators have slapped our wrists for not paying adequate attention to end-user needs; we need to consider the real benefit to vendor's customers. I question whether the features being discussed (here and in SMING) provide adequate customer benefit to justify the disruption caused by requiring SNMP stack updates to their deployed products.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wes Hardaker [mailto:hardaker@tislabs.com]
> Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 3:33 PM
> To: Wijnen, Bert (Bert)
> Cc: Glenn Waters; eos@ops.ietf.org
> Subject: Re: IETF 55 EOS WG Minutes and Presentation
> >>>>> On Thu, 5 Dec 2002 21:10:41 +0100 , "Wijnen, Bert 
> (Bert)" <bwijnen@lucent.com> said:
> Bert> I came away with:
> Bert> - Wes is willing to implement
> Bert> - Some vendors would consider it, but would have to 
> rely on their stack vendor to
> Bert> do the implementation first
> Bert> - Some were not sure there was benefit for their company
> Bert> I did not get a warm feeling at that point. In fact I was quite
> Bert> disappointed with the response as to how many want to "help",
> Bert> "review", "implement", "use" this technology.
> Bert> Was that just me?
> Well, I think I'm a bit more optimistic than that.  The feeling I got
> is that the bulking problem is by far the perceived largest problem.
> I got the feeling people wanted it, but needed their stack providers
> to supply it and may or may not be willing to actually ask their stack
> provides for it (which I thought was odd).  There are other vendors
> interested in implementing it that I'm aware of (but I can't speak for
> them so I won't).
> -- 
> Wes Hardaker
> Network Associates Laboratories