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Agent - an explanation

Software that enables a device to respond to manager requests to view or update MIB data, and send traps reporting problems or significant events.SNMP is based on the manager/agent model consisting of a manager, an agent, a database of management information, managed objects and the network protocol. The manager provides the interface between the human network manager and the management system. The agent provides the interface between the manager and the physical device(s) being managed.