The Internet Engineering Task Force has approved the proposal for a standard Management Information Base to manage heterogeneous Relational Database Management Systems using Simple Network Management Protocol. The standard would enable users to identify and characterise databases from any vendor using any third-party Simple Network Management Protocol-based management tool. When queried through the Simple Network Management Protocol, a database system returns information identifying itself, the database vendor and some fundamental parameters that characterise the status and activity level of the database. The proposal was submitted by a Working Group composed of 14 suppliers of relational database products; database users; systems management tools vendors; and industry Simple Network Management Protocol experts. Companies involved included Computer Associates International Inc, Borland International Inc, Digital Equipment Corp, Gupta Corp, IBM Corp, Informix Software Inc, Microsoft Corp, Oracle Corp, Progress Software Corp, Sybase Inc and Tandem Computers Inc. The specification has been approved as a Proposed Standard by the Internet Engineering Task Force’s steering group, which has responsibility for SNMP standards. Several relational database vendors say that they will now implement the protocol. The document is up on the Internet as RFC 1697.
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