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System and Method to Provide Remote Network Monitoring Support in Software

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118823D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Holloway, M: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method to provide Remote Monitoring (RMON) support in software. Software embedded in either the network device or network management station provides a translation from objects defined in commonly supported standards to the objects defined in the RMON standards (RFC1757 and RFC1513).

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System and Method to Provide Remote Network Monitoring Support in
Software

      Disclosed is a system and method to provide Remote Monitoring
(RMON) support in software.  Software embedded in either the network
device or network management station provides a translation from
objects defined in commonly supported standards to the objects
defined in the RMON standards (RFC1757 and RFC1513).

      RMON is becoming very popular with customers of networking
equipment.  In response, more and more network devices such as
switches, routers, bridges and hubs are providing RMON support.  The
statistics gathering needed to provide RMON support is traditionally
done in hardware.

      For devices already in the field, both a hardware and software
upgrade is needed to provide RMON support.  This is disruptive to the
customer's network and expensive to both the vendor and customer.  In
some cases, a hardware update of existing devices is not possible.

      For devices not yet in the field, new hardware and new software
must be developed.  This may not be disruptive to the customer but is
expensive to the vendor.

      For some devices, the vendor's cost of the new hardware and
software may out weigh the potential revenue even though they may
lose sales to competitors who do provide the RMON support.

      To address the problems associated with providing RMON support
in existing network devices and poor business case network devices, a
software only s...