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RE: why i should like pibs
> wearing my iesg hat but being just a stupid operator, i am
> trying to understand the pib/mib controversy.
> fyi, i currently use snmp heavily for monitoring devices
> on my network. i configure using large db-driven code
> and spew text-based cli to the devices.
> why would cops/pibs be significantly better (remember it has
> to replace my current investment, so it can not be 'just as
> good') than snmp/mibs?
In my view COPS and PIBs don't provide very significant
advantages for the generic configuration of the whole device.
The main advantage of COPS is the state keeping capability -
the PDP can make 'immediate' decisions based on the up-to-date
knowledge of the PEPs state. This is obviously useful for
COPS/RSVP and the outsourcing model, but also applies to COPS-PR.
Up-to-date state and immediate provisioning is required
for some applications that usually only affect small parts
of a devices configuration. The rest of the configuration is
(mostly) static and COPS offers little advantages there.
For the static configuration, something built on top of the
OPS-NM work seems to be the most promising path to me.