Management Information Bases
A management information base (MIB) forms an integral part of network management models.
Every SNMP agent maintains an information database describing the parameters of the device it manages. An SNMP manager is a software system that uses SNMP to collect data for fault management, performance management, and capacity planning. SNMP managers store collected data in a MIB as a commonly shared database between the agent and the manager. MIBs are saved as a text file in a specific format that MIB editors, SNMP agent builders, network management tools, and network simulation tools can understand, facilitating network building, testing, deployment, and operations. The managed objects in an MIB are called object identifiers (object IDs or OIDs).