Top 8 Network Monitoring Software Tools

ZabbixDatadogSolarWinds NPMLogicMonitorPRTG Network MonitorSCOMPlixer ScrutinizerPandora FMS
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    The performance and bandwidth are valuable features.Its overall flexibility is most valuable. When our customers have some custom applications that are not necessarily covered by the community or a standard monitoring tool, we use Zabbix to build our own modules with our own templates. This feature has been useful in using Zabbix for infrastructure and IT monitoring. It has also been useful for industrial equipment monitoring. Zabbix is very lightweight. It is efficient in terms of performance because it doesn't use a lot of resources.
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    Its integration is most valuable because you can integrate it with various service providers such as AWS, .Net, etc.The application performance monitoring is pretty good.
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    We have configured multiple alerts for our network devices, including routers and switches, so that we are notified if any interface goes down. The product is lightweight in terms of memory use, requiring only 10 megabytes or less.
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    Whenever we reach out to our customers, we give LogicMonitor as a dashboard to them so they don't need to monitor the hardware side separately. For example, if my service is running on their hardware X, that means they don't need to monitor hardware X and our services too. LogicMonitor has the capability of monitoring their hardware as well as our services. This is how LogicMonitor helps us.
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    Technical support has been very helpful so far.The solution is easy to manage and the reports are very accurate.
  7. It discovers the components automatically, which is a fantastic thing. The discovery works in an automatic way, and it has a dynamic way of discovering the components, assets, and applications. It doesn't require any manual intervention.
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  9. We didn't experience any bugs. It helps us determine what is going on with our Internet and who is hogging it all up. If we get a real high throughput or a throughput that's going over and getting dropped fairly quickly, we can tell who (or what device) is consuming that traffic.
  10. It is easy to create your own custom modules if you just know a little bit of scripting. If you have unique requirements, you can just make your own modules. You can even grab checks from other vendors. There are open-source checks for various things such as SMTP, etc. There is a long list of different ones from Nagios. You can just use them, and within seconds, you get yourself a check that is monitoring whatever you need. It is really flexible. I guess that's why they call it Pandora Flexible Monitoring System (FMS). It is reliable. It does the job, and it alerts. It is also surprisingly feature-rich. Our network guy just recently asked about a particular protocol to monitor the bandwidth on the network, which is not a common protocol. When I looked it up, and I found that they cover it. It is very mature for a not-so-known product.

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Henry Steinhauer
With the security issues associated with SolarWinds - are people switching to other vendors?   Which ones are you switching to?
author avatarchamepicart
Real User

We’ve switched from Solarwinds to Centreon even before the issue occurred. It’s way cheaper and is a good alternative and very flexible to your needs. You can play with it yourself.

author avatarRobertUllman

Thousand Eyes acquired by Cisco, interesting synergies with AppDynamics APM.

author avatarTjeerd Saijoen

Riverbed is also a great solution very easy to install and a great dashboard.

author avatarIanMacfarlane
Real User

I have used both and have to say my experience with Connectwise was very good. Design for MSP's and when used with IT Glue and My It Process nice, accurate seamless. 

author avatarSonal Kashyap

We, at MapleLabs have developed best-of-the breed APM & Log mgmt. product SnappyFlow ( SnappyFlow is a unique APM & Log Monitoring application that brings together metrics, logs, tracing & synthetic monitoring in an elegant workflow and unified view. We work with SaaS companies having Cloud native applications that are micro services based, dispersed across VMs, Kubernetes & Cloud Services and straddle hybrid Clouds. SnappyFlow is best suited to optimize your cloud native apps, maximize the performance and availability of your cloud infrastructure. SnappyFlow is currently listed in AWS and vCenter marketplace and very cost-effective, scalable and flexible solution compared to its peers, including Cloudwatch. We're offering extended free trials till the time you're comfortable with the product. Please give it a thought. Thanks!

author avatarreviewer1140534 (Director, Middle East, East India & SAARC at a tech company with 51-200 employees)
Real User

Please check out InfraonIMS from EverestIMS Technologies.


The major advantage is an integrated solution which not only monitors the complete IT Infra but also provides complete visibility into the ticket lifecycle for any issues detected via the PINK-Certified InfraonDesk ITSM engine.

From a security standpoint, the tool is OWASP Certified for higher levels of protection against malicious attacks.

author avatarBernd Harzog
Real User

The hackers targeted SolarWinds because SolarWinds has many customers. To minimize the risk of being hacked through one of your vendors, this suggests choosing unpopular vendors with few customers. Which is completely irrational.

Summary - this is a really hard problem and switching vendors does nothing to reduce your risk of this type of hack.

author avatarTjeerd Saijoen

IBM Netcool is a great alterative, also available as a SaaS solution from

There are many network monitoring tools out there - some free, most paid. What software do you think is best for a large enterprise? 
author avatarreviewer775476 (Network Engineer at a government with 51-200 employees)
Real User

It actually depends on the exact purpose or kind of devices (network devices, servers, something else). Some tools are better for only network devices while others are better for a cloud monitoring or APM monitoring.

It is easy to survey basic topics with only one tool (state active or not). But I think with my experience that's better to split the network side and the datacenter side. By exemple, the monitoring of the configurations have sense only for network devices, with real-time alerting. For this purpose, we use Solarwinds NCM. For the network devices, the monitoring of the topology is also important.

For routers devices, a netflow collector is very useful to know the kind of the trafic. And also a good syslog collector (feature included in NCM)

author avatarreviewer1140534 (Director, Middle East, East India & SAARC at a tech company with 51-200 employees)
Real User

It actually depends on the exact purpose or requirements. Some tools are better for only network devices while others are better from a cloud monitoring or APM monitoring perspective. 

You can check LogicMonitor, InfraonIMS (EverestIMS Technologies), Thousand Eyes etc.

author avatarMauriceWhite
Real User

We just did an assessment for our 47 datacenters around North America. The top two enterprise-level network monitoring solutions were ExtraHop first, Riverbed SteelCenter second. Their negotiated cost is about the same but ExtraHop gives more features, has an excellent out of the box interface, and was the staff favorite after a proof of concept.

author avatarreviewer1434390 (User)
Real User

PRTG network monitor is one of the best tool i have ever used for the monitoring. It have auto discovery option. it avoid the configuring the device in PRTG. It automatically discover the device and ip will get configured . Dashboard presentation in PRTG is very nice. Alarm , warnings ,logs and device running status etc can be displayed in there. Map view in the PRTG is very good feature which other similar product lacks. Network monitoring tool for SNMP is with in PRTG

author avatarDarryl Theron

In my opinion Infosim, StableNet Enterprise is the best as it is a third-generation highly automated network management system. It enables IT departments to unify the management requirements of their IT infrastructures in a way that enables the ‘true-visibility’ of the environment.

Being able to correlate Performance, Fault, and Configuration within a single unified application rapidly improves the Mean-Time-To-Repair (MTTR) and increases the service uptime thus maintaining high levels of sustained service availability to your customers, and providing a great end-user experience.

StableNet® Enterprise is a highly flexible management system with a wealth of additional functional modules that fully complement industry best practices, i.e. ITILv3, SOX, PCI, NSA, etc. StableNet® Enterprise can be deployed on a multi-tenanted or dedicated platform and can be operated in a highly dynamic flex-compute environment.

author avatarTjeerd Saijoen

I have worked from 1973 with all kind of systems in large enterprises across the world. And have experience with all kind of software in monitoring from infra to end to end, it depends on the functionality you require. For example do you need to monitor all switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers etc. And only the devices or traffic and response times as well. Do you need data from MIBS or only IP, UDP or other protocols. Do you need easy to install or can it be a little bit complicated. I prefer IBM Netcool it does not only equipment but almost everything including voice over IP. but t is not an easy install. If you like a easy install I recommend SolarWinds Network or BMC. Also you have a lot of freeware tools however I don't recommend this for enterprise environments.

Regards Tjeerd


author avatarArmando Alvarez

In my experience, I worked with many monitoring software, but the one that gave me the most functionalities of a large-scale company is Zenoss, due to its ability to monitor completely hybrid and agnostic environments, its scalability, and the concept of use of Zenpacks that they are completely programmable by the user.

author avatarreviewer1449024 (DevOps Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees)
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We are using for our FaultManagement for our networkdevices: Broadcom DX Spectrum (large enterprise)

Why should businesses actively monitor network traffic? What benefits are there to network monitoring? Any suggestions for where to start with setting up effective network monitoring?
author avatarreviewer1122879 (IT Manager Network at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees)
Real User

Start with an open-source no-cost solution like Nagios for Network Monitoring to get familiar with the features you like and don't like.

Benefits to network monitoring are the reduction in the meantime to recover and seamless experience to our customers.

Why should businesses monitor network traffic? Each business really needs to grasp its "why" on networking monitoring. Is it reactive and defensive or is it proactive with a roadmap leading to AIOps?

author avatarRaymond De Rooij
Real User

As already said Network monitoring is just one type of monitoring, and you should monitor on all levels to get a clear picture. 

Hnad in hand with monitoring goes a good Event, Alert setup, to be warned when something is happening.

Now to Why?

- Network monitoring is to find the bottlenecks in your network, by looking at Bandwidth and latency.

- check on malfunctionign systems, by looking at Network errors

- find out between which points the most traffic is excahnged.

- you can look at trends, sudden peaks in traffic.

Benefits: Most benefit you will get is to prevent network disturbances. e.g when someone is hogging the internet connection you can quickly resolve it.

- it should also give an idea on where to invest on network equipment based on usage, bottlenecks etc.

- with respect to appliation performance, the network is normally the first thing that one is pointing at. so, it certainly helps to be able to see if the network is overused.

- insights will help wih e.g. QoS implementation, for voip, and business critical applications.

start setting up: I wuld also recommend to start with opensource, (also depend on the size of your network and its complexity). 

Start with colelting standard in/out for the most important network components, like internet connection, routers, central switches. 

Then based on some initial observations, you can define some alerts on when an connection (e.g. internet) is over used, e.g alarm at 60, 80, 90% capacity.

author avatarreviewer1122879 (IT Manager Network at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees)
Real User

Why is network monitoring in Place?  

Defensive monitoring is in place
because someone said we need but does not understand how it helps your business.

Proactive monitoring is when businesses mature to understand outages mean lost business lost customer satisfaction and lost opportunities then the why becomes apparent.  Proactive AI Monitoring moving to predictive ML  resolution is a strategic activity, Although not sexy.

author avatarAji Joseph

Network monitoring proves clear visibility of your network thereby allowing you to act immediately in case of a network issue or bottleneck. You can easily identify network-related and security related issues that otherwise would take a lot of time in a network with more than 100 devices or more.

The first step would be to identify the devices and applications that you would like to cover under network monitoring. You can start with open source tools or solutions like PRTG or NetCrunch (cost-effective solutions).

author avatarJOHAN ROJAS
Real User

It is extremely important to be checking network traffic to detect possible failures such as bottlenecks, malfunctioning of a device on the network, or to detect any unusual increases in packets that could be some type of malware.

One of the biggest benefits is that you can see the performance of network traffic, Internet links, and the behavior of switches and routers.

It all starts with the most basic cabling that would be, having quality cabling, implemented in compliance with best practices, then making the network equipment settings according to the use to be made.

What tools do you recommend for SQL server monitoring for an enterprise-level business?
author avatarDonaldBakels

I highly recommend 2 products from the SolarWinds ITOM Suite;

1 Server Application Monitor Check link:

1 Database Performance Analyzer for SQLServer

Both products are integrated

author avatarSergiy Ustenko

I use the Paessler (PRTG) for long time, and highly recommend one:

author avatarPieterVan Blommestein
Real User

It is a very easy answer. For sure OpsMgr(SCOM). The simple reason is, Microsoft developed OpsMgr(SCOM) to monitor Microsoft products and the best to do this. NO other monitoring toolset can do it as good as OpsMgr(SCOM). OpsMgr(SCOM) can do 3rd party monitoring as well.

author avatarWalter Harris
Real User

We have used Microsoft system center operations manager  and it integrates well with SQL.  We are starting to use open source tools and sending the metrics to Wavefront. This provides more real time monitoring but extensive development.  The main issue we have in our environment with SCOM is real time ability.  

author avatarMohamed Y Ahmed

PRTG With SQL sensor

Check this link:

author avatarUsman Malik

You can use Solawind or BMC

author avatarMorne' O'Kennedy
Real User

I personally believe in SCOM (Operations Manager) since it contains all the required tools to monitor and manage SQL operationally. Majority of enterprises already have the Microsoft EA in place so the System Center licensing is already available along with SQL. 

.. in summary

author avatarIan Ian (Panopta)

I am 100% biased as I work for Panopta, but I wouldn't work here if I didn't think our monitoring tools weren't outstanding. 

What tools are best to use to monitor the quality of VoIP network for a mid-sized enterprise?
author avatarreviewer775476 (Network Engineer at a government with 51-200 employees)
Real User

You can use the IP SLA feature running on Cisco routers. As so, you can define many protocols to monitoring. You have to confogure a router as IP SLA sender and many routers or devices as IP SLA responders. Depending of the feautures of the responders, you can see ICMP, UDP, TCP responders. If you have VoIP responders, you can monitor also the jitters and the MOS values.

All of this results are loaded in the IP SLA sender router. The you can see theses statistics (history, graphs) with monitoring tools, as PRTG or WUG. Are you working with Cisco devices? If yes, this is a great and powerful way.

author avatarChetan Woodun
Real User

I have seen Nagios, PRTG and ManageEngine

These are all appropriate tools. Just adding my own experience as having the opportunity to have worked with all.

Nagios , easy to implement, agents easy to install, interface management for alerts: good

PRTG , easy to implement, agents very easy to install, interface management for alerts: good

ManageEngine is more modular to implement, agents easy to install, interface management for alerts: very good

author avatarIdanLerer
Real User

Using LogicMonitor, you can monitor network equipment and servers, I think this depends on your equipment,

author avatarSandra Glaser

Nagios XI is the commercial, easier-to-use version of the Nagios core open source version, but still has the extensibility of core. Tends to be very price competitive too.

author avatarMohamed Y Ahmed

PRTG is the best that I have used ever, Check its sensors and If you didn't find the sensor that you are looking for you can create your own one meanwhile you can request it from the development team.

author avatarPavanKumar7

I kindly suggest Manage Engine Opsmanager.

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