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SNMP Research among the First to Begin Implementing the Automatic
Configuration of Networks available with the Policy MIB Document

Las Vegas, NV, May 8, 2001 - SNMP Research has been listed among those companies first to implement the soon to be released Policy MIB module (Network Computing, March 5, 2001). Soon after the Policy MIB document is published as a Proposed Standard, SNMP Research will offer the power of the Policy MIB module as a member of its SecureIntelligence product suite.

The Policy MIB module, one of the latest documents emerging from the Internet Engineering Task Force’s (IETF) Configuration Management with SNMP Working Group (SNMPCONF), will allow administrators to automate network-wide changes to network, system, and application configurations from a single, central location and will offer support for a variety of vendor products and releases through its extensibility. The Policy MIB module will allow administrators to implement new systems and configurations more quickly and more consistently. The Policy MIB module will allow administrators to develop a complex configuration once and distribute it across their network. Each configuration policy is represented as a simple script. Using the facilities provided by the script interpreter, the script makes decisions about how to configure individual elements in a managed device based on the role that element plays. Individual elements being managed in a device might be customer network ports in a metropolitan area router, system resources (e.g., memory, disk drives), or applications (e.g., database servers, Web servers). With policy-based management, high-level configurations are defined once, and then the device makes the element-level decisions. With networks growing increasingly complex, the Policy MIB module allows network administrators to make configuration decisions and manage network events once per administrative domain, rather than once per device element.

By being based on SNMP, the administrator will be able to improve the ability to perform fault, capacity, and performance management. Most importantly, the Policy MIB module, when used with SNMPv3, allows the user to monitor and control the entire network with security and administration. SNMPv3 guards against masquerade, modification of information, message stream modification, and disclosure. All of SNMP Research’s products support SNMPv3. With the addition of the Policy MIB module, the SecureIntelligence product suite will combine all the security and administration of SNMPv3 and all the convenience and consistency of the Policy MIB module.

About SNMP Research

The primary business of SNMP Research International is creating, licensing, and supporting software for the management of networks, systems, applications, and legacy devices. Our objective is to help companies deploy standards-based management with shorter time-to-market, lower costs, better fidelity to standards and interoperability with less risk.

We provide innovative solutions for extensible agent, manager station, and mid-level manager implementations that are based on SNMPv1, SNMPv2, SNMPv3, HTTP, and other protocols. SNMP Research provides products and services worldwide to end-users, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), value-added resellers, and system integrators.

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