SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is a widely available protocol that facilitates management of networked devices from a central location. An SNMP Architecture has 3 major elements: * Managers (software) are responsible for communicating with (and managing) network devices that implement SNMP Agents (also software). * Agents reside in devices such as workstations, switches, routers, microwave radios, printers, and provide information to Managers. * MIBs (Management Information Base) describe data objects to be managed by an Agent within a device. MIBs are actually just text files, and values of MIB data objects are the topic of conversation between Managers and Agents.
The Simple Network Management Protocol is used in network management systems to monitor network-attached devices for conditions that warrant administrative attention.