Best IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools & Solutions
To help you compare the best IT infrastructure monitoring tools, IT Central Station ranked them based on hundreds of real user reviews, from our esteemed community of enterprise technology professionals. You'll find comparisons of pricing, performance, features, stability and many other criteria. Read below to find out what your peers have to say about IT infrastructure monitoring solutions such as Nagios, CA Spectrum, SolarWinds NPM, SevOne and others.
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IT Infrastructure Monitoring refers to collection of tools and processes that enable infrastructure managers to be aware of how key infrastructure elements are working, e.g. network, compute, storage and databases. Infrastructure Monitoring tools are used with physical, virtual and cloud systems. The tools are designed to deliver deep insight and visibility into an entire network and system infrastructure.
Asked what to look for in an IT Infrastructure Monitoring solution, IT Central Station members point to ease of installation, scalability and heterogeneous Operating System coverage as key differentiators. Members express a desire to have “out of the box” support for multiple applications as well as a Unified Monitoring Portal (UMP) and transaction monitoring. For some, a simple implementation of business and infrastructure dashboards is essential. Users like having a single point of configuration.
An intuitive GUI is considered a plus for administrative efficiency. Users want to monitor end user experience in context. For example, they want to be able to create business groups so they can track infrastructure performance by internal IT client.
Architecturally, members suggest that fully-featured, non-java, agent based technology can enable the user to install probes where needed. This is in contrast to trying to monitor everything, an approach used by some infrastructure monitoring vendors. Non-Java matters because it reduces the footprint of the agent on the server and can help with stability. A distributed, highly-available monitoring cluster capability is viewed as a “must have” for enterprises that run geographically distributed sites, especially organizations that have a high cost of service disruption.
According to IT Central Station members, the best infrastructure monitoring solutions do some of the work of forming insights for administrators. Users want granulated data on where traffic latency and bandwidth utilization issues are occurring. Reporting sophistication is also important, some users expressing an interest in infrastructure monitoring packages being able to report on compliance of the cloud environment, for example.
Best IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools & Solutions
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The two most important features are SNMP monitoring capabilities and the beautiful web interface. SNMP is all about being able to access devices, it's a must have, and every monitoring tool will have these features. Not all monitoring tools will have a beautiful graphical user interface that includes charts and graphs and reports. It's very, very easy to read... more»
There are multiple examples of how SolarWinds improves how the company functions. The most obvious is that the engineers are much more willing to keep an eye on network health and to work with the dashboards. That leads to faster resolution of problems and better communication between the teams. Instead of explaining and spending a lot of time, they can simply... more»
* REST API: The single most undersold feature of CA Spectrum is the REST API! * Customisation: Very customisable under the hood and using standard features. * Reliable: It just works. I've been using Spectrum for more than five years and it... more»
The REST API work has allowed us to fully automate our deployment process, user creation, exception reporting, and much more. The device support is very comprehensive and vendor agnostic. Device certifications are added almost quarterly or... more»
CABI was a major issue for us, but the newly added Jaspersoft is a better-suited reporting toolset, so this has already been addressed. The OneClick UI is a little dated, but still very functional. They are also addressing this with the new... more»
There are many valuable features but the ability to have all the inventory reports, event reports, configuration management. It does correlation so instead of producing 20 alarms if a site goes down, it only creates one. That's one of its... more»
One of the improvements is that we have a reliable inventory. Spectrum does such a great job of discovering our network that we have a high confidence in what our inventory is and because of that we're confident in the reporting we get. We... more»
The only pain point I have is some issues with support and the timeliness of getting a resolution. Other than that, we're very pleased with the functionality. They're coming out with Spectrum 10.3 and I'm sure it'll have some additional... more»
Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Jun 28 2016
What do you think of Nagios XI?
Why is OMD a Better Choice than Zabbix or Zenoss
I spend about 3 weeks vetting through 20+ open source monitoring solutions and at the end of the process, the choices had boiled down to few major ones - OMD (best combination of open source plug-ins put together for Nagios), Zabbix, and Zenoss.
The main components of OMD are Check_MK, PNP4Nagios, Nagvis, and of course Nagios. Among these projects, Check_MK is the core of OMD that makes Nagios easy to configure, easy to scale, and mashed together all the other popular Nagios plug-ins into one unified user interface. Thus the following comparisons are done using Check_MK as the keyword, but I will also cover how other plug-ins makes OMD project stand out from the competitions.
Check_MK vs Zabbix vs Zenoss Core...
Just the ability to provision the servers with storage and network everything within one interface, not having to go into multiple interfaces to provision those pieces. For us with the flexibility that it has given to us, I would rate it very... more»
So, for us, just the simplicity of being able to manage everything within that single pane of glass has been just huge for us. A lot of time savings for us. Being able to take that profile, and just making a copy of it, and just deploy stuff... more»
Our company was actually part of a - I don't even know what they call it - but you sit down with HP, they talk to you about features that you would like to see with their next release, and then actually a few months later they brought us into... more»
Spectrum is really good at discovering what I have out there just by giving it the list of things: my inventory. I feed in my inventory, and it discovers what is out there and how they are all connected to each other.
Spectrum is heavily loaded with alarm configuration, so it can detect whenever things go wrong. Things that I didn't even know could go wrong on my network. It picks up on those. I have integrated it into my ITIL management, incident... more»
I would like to see them eliminate the Java console. The user interface for this is a Java applet that runs on your desktop, and it is very problematic for us in a large organization where Java is looked at as the big, bad evil thing that we... more»
The out-of-the-box dashboards, in terms of being able to visualize performance data in ways that we haven't in the past. As opposed to lines of threshold alerts or indications of degradation, we're seeing from a graphical perspective this... more»
The one thing it has helped us with, we're not in a completely predictive state at this point. Everybody wants to get to predictive now - analytics - and be able to stop the problems before they happen. What I will say is that we have been... more»
I'm still working on consuming all the features that I have today, so ask me this again in a year. I would say right now, we're in the midst of adaptation and adoption with this tool, so everyday it seems like there's something new I'm... more»
Monitoring: Time to Threshold in a single pane-of-glass approach. * Dynamic groups allow for sets of infrastructure to have monitoring applied automatically in a type of ‘policy-based monitoring’. * Dynamic groups allow for configuring sets... more»
We are currently migrating from an IBM Tivoli solution. CA UIM will improve effectiveness of monitoring, increase visibility of IT infrastructure, reduce time to fix (MTR) and lower solution maintenance. In a large organization, CA UIM has... more»
Parts of the Unified Management Portal are not written in HTML5. I would like all components (Portlets) to be HTML5. This would increase the speed and responsiveness of the site, and possibly improve the appearance. Improved network... more»
Its ability to probe the POLAR Network and tell us about a device. That is the most valuable. It is important we are able to alert based on what we find. It has become useful, because we can interact it with another tool, like Splunk, to... more»
Since the implementation of the tool, it has cut down on probably 60% of our outages and letting us know what is going on. That little component has created significant improvement for us that we were able to put in place. There is another... more»
Since the direction is more cloud-oriented, I would like to see what modules or functions they are putting out there to say, "Hey, this is what we are doing to monitor your cloud or help monitor that issue." As we move more towards the cloud,... more»
* NCM * Discovery: Scheduled, on-demand, synchronized with eHealth * REST API * Spectrum integration with CABI, eHealth, SOI, and EEM * Modelling of custom device models * MRTG graphs in real time for interfaces * Dynamic Global Collections *... more»
CA Spectrum allowed our client, a Tier 1 TELCO, to manage their E2E network infrastructure. The distributed architecture and eHealth integrations enabled a powerful solution for providing Hosted Managed Services to an Enterprise customer. It... more»
* NCM: Needs to be more user-friendly and refined. The ability to quickly see changes across various time configured backups helps to quickly identify changes which could be a root cause to a prevalent problem due to incorrect configurations.... more»
I don't have a specific organization at this time. I was a SpiceTrainer, and I helped other organizations deploy and manage their Spiceworks installations. When I began using the product, I was working for a company that had no helpdesk, and... more»
Recently, they deployed a login process that links to their online community. While I understand that change, I don't agree with it. They've also tried to integrate it with social logins, like Twitter and LinkedIn, and that type of login... more»
Integration with a wide variety of infrastructure systems is the most valuable feature; most critical to us was VMware integration and Citrix NetScaler integration. We use a lot of other products with LM, as well, but the biggest gaps we had... more»
Good, accurate dashboards: I can pull data from multiple sources, whether it is VMware CPU Ready stats, server CPU utilization, application metrics (MySQL, etc.), load balancer metrics, and even 3PAR storage metrics and show them all in one... more»
I much prefer the older UI for managing devices and dashboards. They gave assurances that they would not retire the old UI before making it feature parity with the new UI, but they did not follow through with that. I was a VERY happy customer... more»
The feature that I find most valuable, but I don't see used often enough, is really applying the fault tolerance. In the last two companies I've worked with, they always categorized or contained different type of devices. There were routers... more»
We are using Spectrum as a conduit for other tools. For instance, we are bringing in SystemEDGE to send traps. We are going to use that to replace NSM, which is an old tool that is not supported by CA anymore. This is our replacement for... more»
They really need to work out some bugs. Getting away from Java is a good step. I'm looking to see how well we can integrate performance manager into that, and see how they all play together. I've got a distinct feeling that there's going to... more»
An easy-to-use interface for both admins and users is key. Adoption of any product can be constrained by a UI that is neither intuitive nor visually engaging. The SolarWinds NPM framework, upon which most of their flagship products are built,... more»
We used a monitoring platform from an enterprise vendor that was so complex to manage that we struggled even to deliver the base infrastructure monitoring services. This is not a unique position as many IT departments manage by the mantra of... more»
* Real-time analytics is the major weakness of the SolarWinds NPM platform today. They've done a fantastic job enabling the collection of data. Users are now demanding the ability to generate their own graphs, views, and so on; all of this... more»
* Flexible architecture: You can extend the system and its capacity by attaching another cluster pair. * Very intuitive management interface: Adding and discovering new devices is a very simple process. * Very useful and flexible end-user GUI... more»
We provide customer internet access services and the 95th percentile is our target. Every month, we prepare a detailed report per customer that shows the current percentile value (does it exceed 95 or not), and we have to prepare detailed... more»
Our version is quite old. In version 126.96.36.199, we see a lot of room for possible improvement. However, from SevOne support, we received confirmation that most of those expectations are met in version 5.4.x or higher. Therefore, we have to... more»
I find there to be three areas in which this suite provides significant value. It integrates well as an ‘everything’ tool. We all understand the concept of “jack of all trades, master of none”, but SolarWinds tends to cover 80-95% of... more»
In a more recent example, we rely on this tool to let us know when a site is about to go down, before it does so. We do this by monitoring when interfaces drop (multiple connections to a site) or when interfaces have received errors. Both... more»
I feel there are two areas of improvement. One of which SolarWinds employees will probably roll their eyes about and the other one that maybe they didn’t realize: * If they’re going for a “cover everything” approach, then they need to do so... more»
The auto-configuration or auto-Thresholding is very important because it saves a phenomenal amount of labor and setup costs and time. The fact that it's end-to-end monitoring; it goes across all seven layers of OSI model, so the physical... more»
There was a specific problem that I was having where my technical staff was telling me that I had to buy new servers. Our business model depends on subscribing users at a certain rate or level per server. If I can't jam 50 people onto one... more»
It really depends on where you're coming from. In 2009, we were working with Nagios -- before it was UIM and called Nimbus -- and weren't particularly unhappy, but there was an executive decision to go in a different direction. We were... more»
Although this may not work based on our environment, but topology discovery and root cause analysis would be nice to have. Right now, we don't have the RCA and rootcon topology awareness. It may be in the new version, but based on our... more»
To be able to rapidly roll-out a lot of servers consistently and quickly, without having to go in and tweak each thing individually. After we get the template built, we can just apply it and push it down
The convenience of both the web portal as well as the thick client. We are able to go in and actually leverage the thick client for a nice, easy drag and drop solution. It works out really nicely, especially for our front-end team. The team... more»
It's the outcome of our being able to perform our job and gather the information we need in order to provide value to our customers. The real value is our being able to pull all the historic data that we need in order to gather every little... more»
Usually it's reliability issues. Some of the components don't always function as intended, or don't function as you would think they should. To give a specific example, within this product there are individual probes, and each of these probes... more»
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Data Analytics for data-driven IT decision-making
Event Management and Monitoring benchmarks
Predictive Models and Anomaly Detection
IT Automation / Orchestration
Architecture, deployment, support and consultancy for IT Enterprise Management software.
Master Data Management, CMDB
Over 7 Years of Experience in Enterprise/Network Management Tools (EMS), Systems, Network & Troubleshooting.
Domain experience in providing solutions around IT infrastructure management using CA Technologies Enterprise Management Systems in terms of implementation, administration and... more>>
Information Security Advisor, CISO & CIO, Docutek Services
About my business:
Docutek is a leading business and technology consulting company specializing in the development and implementation of healthcare technology since 2008. We deliver Consulting, Integration, Support and Training. We also provide clients with security assessment. network... more>>
Using knowledge from my Cisco, HP, Microsoft, and other platforms and vendors, I've assisted in multiple projects from office start-up and infrastructure build-outs, all the way through continuing maintenance, project close-out, and office shut downs; full life term for IT in all aspects.
Specialist in BMC Suite of Products
o Proficient in the management and ownership of BMC tools such as: BMC Portal, BMC Event Manager, BPPM.
o Skilled in owning and implementing tool upgrade and running customisations in various projects. Implementing new customisations and solutions for the... more>>
I have over 15 years working with ITSM solutions, specially related to improving service quality but without direct impact on budget limitations.
WIth knowledge, experience, technology and the right team it is possible to deliver a better IT service within the organizations.
Drive superior IT & OSS Infrastructure Architectural – (Unix/Linux platform) on key projects & programs.
Look after most significant infrastructures such as Event Management, Monitoring system, Mail System, Trouble Ticketing System, Notification System, Branch Circuit Monitoring and... more>>
Network Security Expert. Providing network and network security solutions best fitted for applicative requirements upholding user/client requirements and security protection and countermeasures. Sound knowledge of the ITIL best practices and very process-aware.
Experience with complex converged... more>>
I´m a seasoned Consultant with 14+ years of Infrastructure Management, Monitoring and Automation experience and knowledge obtained through various projects implementations and administration in several Industry Types,Retail, Financial, Insurance, Telco and Utilities, in addition my international... more>>
Networks (ISP-sized to small networks).
Good working knowledge of Linux and Unix systems (mainly Debian/Ubuntu and Solaris).
Application, system and network monitoring.
Actively working on the Open Source monitoring system Opsview.
Specialties: Monitoring Solutions for complex systems and... more>>
Over ten years of IT experience in system analysis and management in a Fortune 500 company. Extensive involvement in infrastructure facilities, server, SAN, and network support. Strong background in financial and operational aspects of IT infrastructure. Immaculate work ethic and personal integrity.
Conception et industrialisation de production
Maintenance et suivi d'une production
Connaissances diverses et variés des exploitations
Vision transversale d'un environnement opérationnel
Langages variés de développement
● IT Management Systems Architect, Consultant, Presales and Training
● Analytically minded individual, logical in approach and adept at engineering bespoke IT solutions
● Proactive in nature and able to organise time effectively by balancing, prioritising and... more>>
I'm a solution architect and an IT veteran, working in IT since ’93, the last 8+ years for PQR. My primary focus is End User Computing. I'm unbiased, with a focus on all EUC vendors making sure the customer will get the best solution possible. I'm a VMware vExpert and a member of the VMware EUC... more>>
Information Technology Management Professional with 25+ years in the IT industry, specializing in the Service Provider Telecommunications field for operations 7X24. Background includes development and support of operation center in a service provider space, Research & Development,... more>>
I have over fifteen years of IT systems, application and network management experience.
I have worked on over 60 successful systems management projects with more than 40 different clients. My industry experience includes major companies in communication, education, pharmaceutical,... more>>
A passionate IT professional being in the field since 2001 and specialized in IP Networking & Security with strong background in system administration. My main expertise are:
* Designing, Implementing, Optimizing IP Networks
* Network Security and Audit
* Network Automation, Management,... more>>
- 5 years professional experience, dedicated to performance engineering, web application security audits and IT technical testing.
- Performance engineering, with extensive experience on Enterprise Java platforms (Load Testing, monitoring, tuning and optimizing enterprise... more>>
Architect and ITSM Consultant
with a BS from Yale University and an MBA
My Skills include the following:
A) Infrastructure and Solution Design: Designed infrastructure components to support multi-tiered solutions including DR Environments, Hardware, Operating Systems and Storage.
ITIL Certified by ISEB
PMP Certified by PMI
PATROL-CE Certified by BMC Software
OCP Certified by Oracle
Trainer Certification from Peak Potentials
As a subject matter expert since 1995, I specialize in implementation, customization, and training of the following product lines:
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