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- Date: Thu, 18 Jun 98 11:37:46 -0500
Hello. A number of people has expressed interest in XML and Network
Management, and they have asked me to clarify my stand on this issue.
If you ever have to deal with network management, you would know that
there are a wide range of protocols and methodology: CMIP, SNMP
(version 1, 2 and 3), WBEM, etc. Each one was designed in their own
era and application domain, and their own limitations.
Now that XML is designed to be a universal way of transmitting
structured data, I am wondering if we can utilize it for transmitting
management information. Since XML is most likely to be tranported via
HTTP, there will be no problem of bulk transfer (bulk transfer is a
problem with SNMPv1). And security issues can also be resolved by
solutions like SSL.
Maybe one of the most appealing feature is that XML can be easily
generated and parsed (or at least there are ample supply of tools on
various platforms and languages), and it is supposed to be easy to
turn an XML page to a presentation page like HTML. This way we can
reduce the resource required to develop managed entities and
I believe if XML will be as universal as predicted (meaning tools that
can understand and present it becomes widely available), then it will
be beneficial for network management to utilize it.
Carmel Lau firstname.lastname@example.org
Software Engineer Tel: (613) 831-8300 x 248
Plaintree Systems Inc. FAX: (613) 831-3283
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