As a central hub for SNMP communications, Socket Station can provide trap re-broadcasting, conversion to XML, and logging. Plug-ins can also periodically poll OIDs to provide a stream of data for your systems.
The XML output is a convenient format for event management systems like Augur, or any of the other leading event managent tools.
Socket Station can receive and resend SNMP packets to any number of SNMP managers, even changing protocols. You just list the host, port, and TCP or UDP protocol desired for each target.
SNMP v1 traps (and v2/3 informs), comprise unsolicited information from your SNMP agents, usually events and alarms. You usually configure these agents to send traps to an SNMP manager. If you define Socket Station as that manager, then Socket Station can perform forwarding to your normal manager(s), in addition to logging and other features.
Configuring all your agents for manager targets can be a lot of work. What happens if your trap monitoring application, sitting somewhere on the WAN, goes offline? Well, if you have all the local agents reporting to a Socket Station on the local network, then you have one point of configuration to worry about when it comes time for an emergency reconfiguration to a backup SNMP manager. Or better yet, you might have Socket Station constantly duplicating the traps to both managers, so the backup system is always up-to-date too.
For users of BMC's former TrapBlaster or Concord's former Trap Exploder applications who need to move on to a supported tool, you may find that Socket Station is a nice replacement.
Polling your devices for periodic data produces a stream of data. If you use Socket Station to do the polling, that same data is available to multiple processing systems. This helps eliminiate redundant polling which could bog down your devices with GET requests, instead of doing their job.
SNMP is a binary protocol. This makes it difficult to process by scripts, search tools, or humans. In these situations, it's handy to have a human-readable translation. All of Socket Station's SNMP connector plug-ins can convert the raw SNMP events into XML-formatted text.
Since most SNMP-related features are implemented in the connector plug-ins, anything is possible. Some ideas: filter SNMP packets before re-broadcasting, alter or enrich the fields or varbinds within PDUs, insert traps directly into a management database, perform security interrogations when packets will be crossing public/private network boundaries.
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