News Release

Cisco Routers to Support SNMP Version 2 Based on Implementation From SNMP Research

MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 1, 1993 -- Cisco Systems
Nov 01, 1993

MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 1, 1993 -- Cisco Systems internetwork routerswill support version 2 of the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)beginning in the second half of 1994, the company has announced.

Cisco has licensed the SNMP v2 implementation developed by SNMPResearch, Inc., of Knoxville, Tenn., and has begun work on integrating theprotocol into Cisco products.

The second-generation version of the industry-standard SNMP managementprotocol, SNMP v2 has been proposed as a new industry standard and iscurrently in the RFC (Request For Comment) process within the InternetEngineering Task Force (IETF).

Heidi Iacurto, Cisco product marketing manager, said Cisco's CiscoWorksrouter management software and SNMP v2 "together address critical userconcerns about the secure administration of large networks. For example,while the CiscoWorks Security Manager can authorize a network manager tochange a router configuration, SNMP v2 adds an authentication mechanismwhich ensures that a configuration change order also originates from avalid CiscoWorks station."

Cisco customers also have shown marked interest in SNMP v2 because itoffers more comprehensive error information than the earlier version of theprotocol, as well as more efficient bulk retrieval of large files such asrouting tables, Iacurto added.

Cisco will continue to offer SNMP v1 concurrently with SNMP v2,providing "bilingual" support as long as users require it.

SNMP Research founder and president Jeffrey Case said, "It isnoteworthy that the leading router vendor, and the first to publicly commitsupport for SNMP v2, has chosen SNMP Research's offering. A relatedproduct, our EMANATE [Enhanced Management Through Extensions] tool, isbeing used to let different groups within Cisco's router software teamdevelop management agent components independently, and have them worktogether when the project is completed."