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Violence and Redemption: SNMP Protocol History

April 13, 2021

Violence and Redemption: SNMP Protocol History

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You know what it is, but do you know SNMP protocol history?

There was a dark time, more than dark, sepia or beige, in short, that tone in which we find the photos of our grandparents inside the drawer of the oldest and worst decorated closet in our house. A time that is hardly talked about anymore, but that points us as a weapon so that we continue to keep it in our memories. Those were the times of bank robbers and speakers, old rolls, borsalino hats and cameras with lightbulbs, they smoked more, the police were still called “coppers” and toothpaste brands had not yet produced any flavored toothpaste, not even menthol. We go back that far to get to know more about SNMP protocol history.

In this house, Pandora FMS blog, we had already talked before about the relation of the SNMP protocol with the noir part of life. It was hard, few reported that case, but we got to the media, and they, from Newcastle Tribuna to the smallest local newspaper, have endlessly asked us to come back and delve into the subject. That is why we want to make a little review of SNMP protocol history, a story full of caramel nuances and fish bones, swimming pools on the outskirts and tombs in the desert, long and slender legs and hard knuckles like the piles of prelates or pontiffs.

Naaah, in fact, if we want to find out SNMP protocol history and its evolution throughout the years, we just have to go back a couple of decades, no more. In 1988, we started having some news for the first time about this famous protocol. The 80s, pal, a very hard time too, we don’t want to take away any of its prominence. Leg heaters, carded hair and Mustangs ruled. It was around this time that what we know as the first data networks began their journey. More and more “cooler” and more and more widespread around the world.

At that time, with an administrator it was enough for an “analog” or manual way to understand a whole network infrastructure of a company. You can guess the kind of network infrastructure that could exist in a company at that time… It was made up of scarce resources or equipment because the immeasurable variety of services that are provided today did not exist, nor users, nor anything similar.

It was not until more or less the arrival of the 2000s, time of Nokias with poly tones, the return of the bell bottoms and the consolidation of Britney Spears at the highest levels of the music scene charts, that computers, Big Daddy (Internet) and the rest of the technology reached the necessary parameters to accommodate things as far ahead of their time as the SNMP protocol.

The range of services and possibilities was that expanded thanks to convergent networks that we were finally able to handle all kinds of information and data, including voice and video. Infrastructures were expanded by force, and users began to flock like flies to honey. A failure in the system could no longer be accepted. The stakes were high.

That was the time for the proliferation of monitoring systems, yes, like Pandora FMS, owner and master of this blog and my skin. They were shown as essential gadgets for the tasks of technology departments of any company that wanted to stay safe from possible incidents and even anticipate them by detecting them in advance. Monitoring systems, servers, applications, networks, events and a long list of devices. Collecting information, just what we wanted to monitor, all to collect it and represent it visually, in order to carry out the necessary actions that our systems might require. What a monitoring progress!

Like coffee, a morning shower and the geek figures in the office, it is impossible to remove monitoring systems from the daily lives of network administrators, and most of these systems are based on the Simple Network Management Protocol, also known on the streets as the SNMP Protocol, which makes the exchange of management information between network devices easier and fills our lives with hope and management data.

And this is the thick and outrageous SNMP Protocol history. in fact, it has stayed with us for many years. From that first version to SNMPv3, so focused on security and administration… And for many years more old friend! I personally hope you see my grandchildren grow old and I see you get implemented in a crass, ineluctable and ad infinitum way!

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Some of the sources used for this article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_Network_Management_Protocol

https://coreun.com/2020/07/08/la-monitorizacion-protocolo-snmp-y-su-evolucio


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