To help you compare the best network monitoring software, IT Central Station ranked them based on hundreds of real user reviews. These reviews cover all of the best solutions from top vendors, 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 network monitoring software vendors such as Nagios, CA Techologies, SolarWinds, Zabbix and others.
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Network monitoring software products give network managers the ability to see how their networks are performing. Though the purpose of network monitoring tools is fairly simple, the implementation of network monitoring and network analysis can become quite complex, especially in large or highly distributed organizations. The overall goal is always the same, though, which is to ensure that the network is delivering the performance and availability expected by the organization.
Sometimes known as network analyzers, networking tools, network traffic monitors or network sniffer software, network monitoring software is subject to a wide range of selection criteria. Network management software users on IT Central Station have weighed in with numerous recommendations on what it takes to have a successful experience with these types of products.
IT Central Station members believe that the best network performance monitoring tools are easy to use and implement. Implementation works best when there is a single point of configuration, for example. User-friendly solutions with easy-to-understand dashboards are preferred.
Network managers want a network management system to see detailed information on specific problems, even at the packet level, offering guided troubleshooting for remediation. This includes diagnostics on problems related to latency, packet loss, total bandwidth utilization, QoS and jitter. They want to trace the connectivity of each devices in a multi vendor environment. Some network manager solutions offer a "network analysis" section to dissect and analyze flows.
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»
The fact that it doesn't aggregate the information up, it's very good at troubleshooting. The fact that you have all the information there, it's very easy if you require the information to go back and get it. It's very quick when you're doing a report or when you're looking at something, it's very quick to give you the information. How it improves how we... more»
I work in a distributed simulation. It's a much smaller network and it is a closed one. It's classified and it's behind encryption devices. You can't actually get there from the outside. We had a unique situation here. We are using this... more»
The question we had was how we can measure the 1% data loss in a distributed environment. We instrumented all of the sites with this solution. There are about 25 sites in the hub. The interface is going to decide. We're collecting data on... more»
One of the things we talked about with the developers, who are very smart guys, brilliant engineers, is to improve the dashboard. The dashboard they have is great, but is doesn’t have the multiple line charts combined into one. If they could... 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»
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...
Visibility. The ability to look East and West. To see what is passing through your circuits, where it is coming from, and how big it is. This is pretty key for us. It is the network. From a security standpoint, it is seeing pockets as well.... more»
Our company is global and has various manufacturing plants over the globe along with branches. What we have found from a productivity policing perspective is we have had some of these locations abuse their on-net circuit. They will put it on... more»
In the last year or two, we have been working with our Cisco NAS engineers to improve our security posturing. It is more our being proactive rather than reactive. While Stealthwatch and Lancope have this ability to look inside and give you... 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»
There are lots of reasons why I'm using it. The installer itself is basically something that can be used as a no-questions-asked type of installer. I can use it with automation tools like Chef and Puppet. I don't have to answer some random... more»
The big thing is the event management engine, which is really, really nice to use, and it comes at a reasonable price, unlike some of the competitors like Netcool from IBM. Those kinds of tools are hugely expensive and they come as... more»
These kinds of solutions are more node- or device-based solutions. It would be nice in the future if they could be more data-oriented, so it would be easier for me to pull different stats based on ad-hoc requirements; but in a big,... 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»
Definitely the log aggregation. We enjoy having all of our logs in one place, where we can get the analytics from a single dashboard. Really, that is the goal. That's why we purchased, really just to aggregate.
We're running a single XM appliance, LogRhythm side. We're just under 2000 events a second. Our entire stack is VMware ESXi. We're completely virtual. We have two datacenters, about 300 VMs. We're also aggregating logs from all of our network... more»
This is one where we're so young that it's almost impossible for me to answer the question, because I haven't explored everything that's available today. One thing that surprised me was the current version of LogRhythm does not natively... 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»
Network Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 27 2017
What do you think of SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer?
As networks get busier, they also tend to get slower. Trends like increased use of cloud services, bring-your-own-device (BYOD), video and VOIP all create incremental stress and pressure on the network. BYOD can also introduce challenges like increased use of photo and video sharing, and peer-to-peer traffic.
Upgrading networks can be very costly, and usually is only a short-term fix.
One solution: NetFlow
Many administrators turn to NetFlow analysis to help identify not just what kind of traffic is flowing on the network, but also top devices creating the traffic. This allows them to take action to manage excessive bandwidth consumption, possibly saving money on expensive upgrades.
SolarWinds recently gave us a preview of the newest version of their NetFlow Traffic...
* 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»
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 220.127.116.11, 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»
What have real users in the enterprise tech community been saying about network monitoring software in 2017?
In the review excerpts below, we take a look at new network monitoring software reviews on IT Central Station. Users discuss their favorite solutions, sharing which features they’ve... more»
• An articulate B.Tech in Information Technology with +6 years of IT experience in handling
various Infrastructure Monitoring, Management and Automation Tools
• Currently working as Sr. Consultant for EMS/NMS Tools with Capgemini
• Experience in Architecture, Designing and Onboarding... more>>
Dynamic 9 years of IT career, reflecting progressive experience and performance in the computer and Internet industries. Specialized in providing cutting-edge solutions to traditional Security issues; establishing strategic ideas in various domains and demonstrating self-motivation, creativity,... more>>
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>>
Possessing developed skills in project implementations and system/network administration. My wide experience covers project work and support. I have extensive knowledge of Cisco networks, Citrix, ERP systems, and Windows servers. Having many years IT experience in a customer focused, multi-site... 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.
Started career as a Service Desk Analyst with a Service Desk team for a leading airline from UK. After 1.5 years, took over the Quality Assessment responsibility for the same service desk and worked on this role for 6 months. Developed an inclination towards performance and availability... more>>
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
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>>
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>>
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>>
I have a broad range of experience within different IT roles such as System Specialist, System Manager, Developer, Technical Support, Client Support, Operations and Technical Pre-Sales mainly with a focus on Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and System Center Orchestrator.
I enjoy... more>>
Over 4 years of experience specializing in solution architecture, implementation,administration, configuration and maintenance of various Enterprise Management tools
My key skills are on monitoring tools like Microsoft SCOM, BMC BEM,Patrol, TMART ,Solar winds & automation tools like BMC... more>>
I am active in consultancy for Microsoft Server related projects and other ICT related services for clients in the Netherlands and occassionally also elsewhere ( www.bictt.nl ). My specialisation is SCOM and all products and versions around it. I am very much a community person. I received a... more>>
IT Professional with 8 years experience in the IT industry. Started as Technical Support and is now a Consultant focusing on Microsoft System Center solution design and deployments. Has experience in IT Operations and Administration on Client and Systems Management, as well as on-premise and... more>>
Heinrich is an experienced Microsoft consultant focusing on desktop deployments and private cloud delivery through the use of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and the wider System Center private cloud stack.
13+ continuous years activity in enterprise networking standing various positions : operational, deployment, design, technical project management.
Ability to handle customer needs and provide relevant technical solutions to them.
Excellent team worker but great capacity to work... more>>
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
1999 Compaq Proliant Servers
1999 Ms Windows NT 4.0 Fundamentals
2002 Ms Windows XP Fundamentals
2002 HP Unix Fundamentals
2006 Linux System Administration
2007 HP Linux course for advanced unix administrators
2009 HP Linux Troubleshooting
2012 Prince 2 Foundation
● 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>>
Deputy Leader/Network management specialist of cNMS
February 2009 to present
Deputy Leader/Network management specialist of cNMS
- staff management, workload balance distribution, workshops, WebEx etc.
- Solving of technical and software issues, CHGM, INM, PRM, full ITIL
January 2008 - December 2008
Over 4 years experience in network monitoring and development and configuration of network management COTS with good knowledge of networking concepts and technologies and the OSS/BSS telco stack, environment management and testing.
Working on OSS Service Assurance suite from Computer... 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>>
Organized, result-oriented (certified) professional with over eight years experience in the Information Technology Industry Consulting Systems Engineering. Major strengths in leadership, planning, communications and management. An energetic, highly motivated systems... more>>
I am most interested in Microsoft technologies. Currently I am involved most of my time in System Center Operation Manager projects. I want to develop myself to Master System Center Operation Manager but also other System Center products and Windows Server technology.
Currently I have over 5... 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>>
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