Clarify: XML and Network Management

clau at clau at
Thu Jun 18 17:37:51 BST 1998

     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 
     management application.
     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                              clau at
     Software Engineer                       Tel: (613) 831-8300 x 248
     Plaintree Systems Inc.                  FAX: (613) 831-3283

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