Network Monitoring Software Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
D6B8 says in a Zabbix review
District Technology at a K-12 educational company or school with 1,001-5,000 employees
The feature which I like the most would have to be the GUI. At first, I was put off, as I felt it was too complex or busy. Upon using it to setup devices, I found it was well laid out and has come a long way. View full review »
Christopher Good says in a SolarWinds NPM review
Lead Network Engineer/Business Developer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I love the GUI. Almost everything is accessible through the web interface. It is very user-friendly. It is easy to drag and drop resources wherever you want them. NPM also includes additional features that come in handy, such as a web SSH console, SYSLOG and trap collectors, and Wireless Heat Maps. A new feature has now been included called NetPath. This allows you to see the status of a path all the way to an endpoint, even through the internet. This is awesome! I like having the ability to add custom pollers for anything. I also like how SolarWinds is integrating all of their products together so you don't have to go different places to get to each monitoring solution. HA was also added, but there is still a little way to go with that. View full review »
Stephen Davies says in a Centreon review
Chief Technology Officer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
All of it is valuable: * ability to schedule downtime * intensity or depth of monitoring which it does * different plugin packs * Centreon MAP * Centreon BI. View full review »
Viktor Muransky says in a Centreon review
Global IT Operations Manager
The most valuable feature is the monitoring of servers and networks, because we have a lot of them and need to maintain control. View full review »
Jake Lao says in a Centreon review
Global Operations Center Lead at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
I find the product's scalability to be one of the most valuable features since it allows us to add unlimited devices for monitoring and to set up additional polling servers without additional license cost or downtime in our monitoring. View full review »
Nick Vidiadakis says in a Nagios XI review
System Administrator at a hospitality company
The main characteristic I adore is the open source character of it. You want to monitor a specific metric that nobody else has? You can do it even with the most basic of scripting skills, and you can always share it with the vast community of Nagios Exchange. View full review »
Bruce Vining says in a Nagios XI review
Technology Innovator and Entrepreneur at a tech services company
Though I downplayed the administrative NCC GUI, this is by far the strongest aspect of the Nagios XI product. In my early days of exposure to Nagios, I was using the Nagios Core product which was configured by manually editing system configuration files and then performing a system configuration verification step. This was a very cumbersome method of configuration of the respective Nagios functions. It was like the old days of software compilers where one would troubleshoot a code set by trial and error, solving source-code issues one error at a time. This was an exacting approach for Nagios system configuration, but very slow. View full review »
Philip Rogers says in a ScienceLogic review
Chief Information Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
One of the valuable features is rapid dashboards. View full review »
Daniel Alejandro Zuleta Zahr says in a CA Spectrum review
Developer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It has many great features, but in most of the companies that I have done consulting for, they rarely use them as it requires an advanced level of knowledge of the tool. Event Configuration: A tool in its simplest form creates business logic around events. For example, generate an alarm if Event A occurs and if Event B doesn’t occur within 30 seconds. In its hardest form, you can create a custom state machine for very hard business logic. Event Correlation: Spectrum has out-of-the-box correlation, but with this tool, you can create custom ones. You can make some alarms hide inside another alarm as a symptom, get root cause analysis, and avoid unnecessary notifications/alarms on the screen. Topology view: The topology diagrams on CA Spectrum look very nice and they are very useful. We stopped using them because with more than10K devices, the administration was just too painful. Dynamic models: Integration with the CA Spectrum is awesome. Sending traps with the third-party tools and using the SBG to receive them requires a learning curve. However, once you get it, it is very simple. Unlike another tool, you don’t need to know what the third-party tool is monitoring. In other words, if it sends some data, it will be dynamically created in CA Spectrum. View full review »
Abiodun Adebajo says in a SolarWinds NPM review
Head, ATM Management at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Reporting * Alerts * Network map view * Netpath * Interface monitoring View full review »
Joshua Biggley says in a SolarWinds NPM review
Engineer, Infrastructure Applications at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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, empowers a wide variety of admins and users to quickly find value in their installed products. View full review »
Matan Moser says in a Centreon review
Project Manager, Cloud Services with 501-1,000 employees
When we started using it, our work was based on Nagios completely. What we like about it is that, whereas with Nagios, by design, if you have five or six data centers, you have to open five or six web pages to see what's going on, in Centreon, this is all included in one page, a single site, one dashboard. You don't have to jump from one specific dashboard to the other. I also really like the filtering capabilities of it. You can easily tell what's critical next to what's okay, the state of the services. It's very easy to get the whole picture quickly. In terms of the data visualization features, since we're not looking for anything too particular or too complex, it works for us. It's very easy to find exactly what alerts you have. It's very easy to filter by a specific alert. It's very easy to search. It's very easy to configure a specific relation between alerts, to see what's good and what's bad at a given place. I would compare it to something like Excel, perhaps. Visually, it's very easy to work with. Maybe you can't do things that are too complicated or have some sort of BI, but it has what we're looking for. What we need to understand is: Where is the alert, is there anything else affected, is it clear? And then resolve it as fast as we can. It's a very straightforward, non-complex GUI. View full review »
Guillain Sanchez says in a Centreon review
Solution Architect - Open Technology Solution - Airbus Group BU at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The collection part, due to the flexibility and scalability. View full review »
CEOCTObe66 says in a Centreon review
CEO & CTO at a tech services company
The most important feature is that it permits us to receive alarms if there is an incident within the infrastructure. The feature I love the most is the reporting feature, the MBI (Monitoring Business Intelligence) which permits us to send advanced reports to our customers in PDF format or in Doc format. We also deploy Centreon Map which gives our customers intuitive views of their respective information systems. View full review »
Ralph Stoker says in a vRealize Network Insight review
Infrastructure architect at State of Ohio
The most valuable feature for me is the different views that you can get when selecting an application or a VLAN. It shows you the traffic flows. It gives you a visual representation of something that, in text, just may not make as much sense. That is valuable to me because, from my perspective, I don't own any of the applications, so I don't know how they would communicate normally. This gives me a little insight into which servers interact with what else in the environment and it helps me to maintain them in a more appropriate manner. I can see who's tied to what, and whether or not they're critical. It's also user-friendly. It's similar to the GUI that most VMware products are moving to, and the consistency across those makes it easy to switch from one product to another. Also, the search bar at the top is plain text and it helps you, it guides you along with your search query, and that helps. The first day you're in there you can start building actual queries. View full review »
NetworkS4cce says in a CA Performance Management review
Network Specialist
The metrics that it's able to track and that it's able to trend, Keep in mind, because we have not updated, it's to the point where I've got to build a complete separate system with the latest version, and then map over all the users and customization, etc, then swap IPs to bring the previous system down so that we'll be on the latest. There are about two years worth of updates that I'm missing out on at the moment. I'm hoping that there are a lot of updates and nice, new features that have been added. So, really, I've been in the dark ages as far as running for a while now, but the feature that is inherent to its core, of being able to graphically represent a trend and status, is nice. View full review »
ITProjec4a84 says in a Centreon review
IT Project Owner
The monitoring of our infrastructure, but it is very important to have a BI report because we must monetize everything. The monitoring is good, but we must also have a bigger view of the infrastructure. So, the BI report is very important. View full review »
Kadri Kalpus says in a Centreon review
Monitoring expert
It supports active monitoring so we don't have to use traps. From time to time traps are not very useful because we never know if they are actually working or not. The reporting part is also valuable as are the event logs. Using them we can check right away if something has had a hiccup. Also, the downtimes feature where, for example, if the ISP is doing some maintenance on its network, we have the option to put downtime on the devices or the services, so we won't get any false alarms. View full review »
PankajSoni says in a ScienceLogic review
Sr. Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Its ITSM and EMS combination is really amazing. There is no need to purchase two products, one for ITSM and a second for EMS/NMS. View full review »
Technical Service Owner for Monitoring at BCBS of NC
The CA tools allow to me to get into detailed transactions for custom ranking, and be able to make predictions. It also gathers data. Some other tools may be good at one area, but not good overall, including the mainframe. View full review »
John Simpkins says in a CA Spectrum review
Network Systems Integration Engineer at University of Michigan Health System
Spectrum allows us to have a holistic view of our network architecture. We have a pretty heterogeneous topology at U of M, we're a half Cisco, half Juniper shop, and we have multiple layers to our network topology. So, it's really important for us to be able to do that topological map, and be able to visualize the network state at any given time. View full review »
Senior Director at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is the foundation for our monitoring solution. We are coming from a very old NSM solution, and some of the features will allow us to do more monitoring to meet our needs for the next five to 10 years. View full review »
Distinguished Engineer with 10,001+ employees
You can integrate clouds, hybrid infrastructure, and on-premise infrastructure into one product. You have also a big range of application probes, which is needed on our side. View full review »
Enterprise Systems Mgmt Admn at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The monitoring of the applications to let our business know when things are performing and that they're up and available. View full review »
reviewer743244 says in a ScienceLogic review
Director, Cloud & Data Center Technology with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to spotlight four key areas where ScienceLogic excels: * The flexibility to support most technologies. The way ScienceLogic gathers data from multiple sources is vital to our customers. As we work with new customers (often with different technology requirements), ScienceLogic is flexible enough to support our clients’ varying network needs. * The opportunity to achieve high value for our services. We can provide monitoring services at different pricing levels to best fit our business model while delivering value to our customers. * They provide the scalability to grow with us. In just a few years, we have grown from five datacenters to over 40 datacenters. ScienceLogic has continuously grown with us. * The availability to provide domain expertise. ScienceLogic provided onsite professional service assistance for a key project to meet our aggressive project timelines. View full review »

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