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Method and System for Providing an Automatic Way to Persist Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Agent Data Using Object-Oriented Databases

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199588D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 94K

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Abstract

A method and system for providing an automatic way to persist Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) agent data using object-oriented databases is disclosed. The method includes parsing Management Interface Base (MIB) information and creating an equivalent hierarchy of object instances that can be persisted in any OODBMS. The method further includes providing a proxy interface for allowing agents and proxy agents to access data using SNMP like calls.

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Method and System for Providing an Automatic Way to Persist Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Agent Data Using Object-Oriented Databases

Disclosed is a method and system for providing an automatic way to persist Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) agent data using object-oriented databases.

In Telecom or Network management applications, configuration and dynamic data written to an SNMP device is used by many applications. These applications range from the Element Managers to Network monitoring and optimizing agents for analysis. Data in such applications such as configuration information is mostly static and does not change often. Typically, such data is retrieved using various agents. However, this is a time consuming task and results in an increase in the network traffic. Further, methodologies used for retrieving the data are not generic and work on per Management Interface Base (MIB) basis.

The method and system disclosed provides an automatic way to persist SNMP MIB data in an object-oriented database based on the SNMP MIB definition. The SNMP MIB definition specifies the structure of the MIB information and the datatypes. Fig. 1 illustrates the various elements of MIB definition information.

Figure 1

An equivalent hierarchy of object instances that can be persisted in any Object Oriented Database Management System (OODBMS) is created by parsing SNMP MIB definition. In order to map MIB definition to an object oriented schema, the MIB definition is parsed. A back-end database may be employed to keep the data from all the agents at a central location. This data is used by management systems and proxy agent kind of applications.

After the MIB definition is parsed, a "GroupNode" is created with a compound key as the MIB...