SNMP remains a critical part of a complete network analysis solution. For truly comprehensive analysis of network issues, a network analyzer with packet capture capabilities should be employed.
"SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is the common language of network monitoringit is integrated into most network infrastructure devices today, and many network management tools include the ability to pull and receive SNMP information. SNMP extends network visibility into network-attached devices by providing data collection services useful to any administrator. These devices include switches and routers as well as servers and printers. The following information is designed to give the reader a general understanding of what SNMP is, the benefits of SNMP, and the proper usage of SNMP as part of a complete network monitoring and management solution."