The ATM Forum, an industry consortium, has released a new specification that will tie together Asynchronous Transfer Mode networks of disparate vendor products for management purposes.
The specification includes M4 network-view requirements as well as a Management Information Base (MIB) definition. They will allow network management platforms to gather a base amount of universal information about traffic and status. For example, ATM networks will amass information via a common agreement on an open interface and by following universal standards for data gathering.
Using this new umbrella specification, an administrator can use the Common Management Interface Protocol (CMIP) or the Simple Network Management Protocol to choose how he wants to view dispersed, multivendor ATM segments.
The next step is the CMIP implementation of the protocol-independent MIB. It is due by the end of this year.
The specification is available now through the ATM Forum. The forum's Global Enterprise Network User Summit conference is being held today in Paris.