WBMM> Differences

WBMM> Differences

WBMM> Differences

Wagner,William WWagner at NetSilicon.com
Sat Feb 8 20:49:20 EST 2003


Harry,
 
At least  we both agree with Cathy.
 
To answer your questions:
 
a. Replacing MIBs as an object itself would inherently self justify the effort.  However, as a part of a solution, the need for such an effort must be justified. 
 
b. You can define a PWG activity which, for the various  reasons you have cited, determines that developing a replacement for MIBs is a justifiable object in  itself. Quite frankly, I am not sure that I even understand what you mean  by a replacement for MIBs, and I suggest that some examples may help.   
 
Regardless, at this point, your own position is that we have not adequately scoped out the WBMM. Therefore, to preserve some order, I suggest that we should not be considering solutions to a problem we have not defined, but continue in an orderly way to scope out the objective.
 
Indeed, even though I would agree that I see little alternative to  HTTP, probably XML, and quite possible SOAP as being components of the solution, I would not define these in the objectives or even the requirements. Nor would I refuse to entertain alternate ideas if reasonable ones were offered. Again, I think that short-circuits the development process.
 
Bill Wagner
 
 
 

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: Harry Lewis [mailto:harryl at us.ibm.com] 
	Sent: Fri 2/7/2003 3:28 PM 
	To: Wagner,William 
	Cc: wbmm at pwg.org 
	Subject: RE: WBMM> Differences
	
	

	Whether we define a "replacement for MIBs" as the result of "establishing a transport, protocol and format as part of the solution" ... or we do it because it is justifiable in itself... what's the difference? 
	
	I wold argue it IS justifiable for reasons I cited in an earlier post.. not the least of which is resolving some of the force fitting we did with the MIB (ex. MIB-II, hrMIB)... (ex. "magic decode ring"). 
	
	Also, there are multiple models today (CIM, SNMP, NPAP etc.) which it would be good to consolidate 
	
	Also, this is an opportunity for the PWG to address MFP function which we've shied from for, probably, too long.   
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	Harry Lewis 
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	"Wagner,William" <WWagner at NetSilicon.com> 

02/07/2003 01:09 PM 

        
        To:        Harry Lewis/Boulder/IBM at IBMUS, <wbmm at pwg.org> 
        cc:         
        Subject:        RE: WBMM> Differences	



	Identifying and resolving differences, and coming to consensus is one of the main functions of a working group. So let see where the differences really lie. 
	  
	I believe that scenarios add some specific to the general statements of scope. Harry has outlined one, or maybe two  here. I solicit from whomever has an opinion on this whatever other scenarios they would like addressed by this working group. 
	  
	 I certainly agree that "management across the firewall" is the basis for multiple scenarios. To  me, the basic problem to be solved. 
	  
	But is " standard protocol and NEW data model"  to be taken as an objective in itself , or is it part of the solution to the first? 
	  
	Certainly, establishing a transport, a protocol, a format  all need to be defined as part of the solution. If there is a difference between me and my fellow officers, it is that I do not agree that establishing a replacement for MIBs (as has been cited earlier) is justifiable as an objective in itself. Further, I am not convinced that it will be a necessary part of the solution.... it may be, but that needs to be demonstrated. 
	  
	It may be that the "differences" are just a matter of semantics. I certainly do not suggest that ASN.1 be used to convey management data...but it isn't used now either. What is communicated over SNMP is the OID and the value. 
	  
	So I suggest that we start talking examples and scenarios to better define the scope and objectives. Then we can sort through them and see how to proceed. 
	  
	Unfortunately, we are now in the middle of a snow storm and I must fight my way home, so my contribution will have to wait a while. But please, take advantage of the New England weather and beat me to the punch! 
	  
	Bill Wagner 
	  
	  
	-----Original Message-----
	From: Harry Lewis [mailto:harryl at us.ibm.com]
	Sent: Friday, February 07, 2003 2:41 PM
	To: wbmm at pwg.org
	Subject: WBMM> Differences
	
	
	I'd like to try and resolve some of the (unfortunate) differences we are having regarding Charter, Scope, Requirements. 
	
	From what I can decipher, there is a well established interest in solving the problem "I've been getting at my (device)  management data remotely, within my enterprise just fine... but, now, how can I access it across the firewall" (maybe to provide services to multiple enterprises etc.). 
	
	Others also want to solve... "... and what is the standard protocol and data model that lends itself to the web services environment that may be employed by proxy servers and/or directly in the embedded device". 
	
	Of course, we will have legacy SNMP devices to manage for quite some time but I don't think the current existence of SNMP is the answer to the 2nd question. 
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	Harry Lewis 
	IBM Printing Systems 
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