20+ Resourceful Network Monitoring Tools
Network administrators have one of the toughest jobs. Hackers have sophisticated tools to penetrate networks that have all kinds of security measures. This is why monitoring tools are important. At all times of day and night, you will need to know how your systems are holding up. Below is a list of over 20 network monitoring tools.
ActionPacked LiveAction software is an all-in-one solution used for auditing, creating, and verifying QoS policies. LiveAction simplifies the monitoring, analyzing, and configuring QoS, LAN, NetFlow, Routing, etc.
AlertFox lets you monitor complete online processes through a browser-based real-user monitoring solution that can test function and performance of websites that rely on major rich Internet applications including ActiveX, Flash, Flex, HTML, and Silverlight.
Boundary is a cloud application performance monitoring solution that helps you boost application performance with fast problem resolution. You can also discover undetected configuration and security issues.
Cacti is a complete network graphing solution that uses the power of RRDTool’s data storage and graphing functionality. Cati has a fast poller, advanced graph templating, multiple data acquisition methods, and user management features.
Collectd is a system that can collect system performance statistics periodically and provide mechanisms to store the values in various ways. Collectd gathers statistics about the system that it is running on and stores the information.
Express Software Manager is an asset management software solution that was designed for organizations whose needs for accurate and IT asset reporting are not met by enterprise-oriented framework products. Express Software Manager helps you track and manage IT assets from purchase through retirement. The software provides comprehensive computer inventory data, software usage tracking, and application control.
FrameFlow is a server monitoring software that helps make sure that your critical systems are up and running. The software has customizable dashboards, network diagrams, monitoring results, a log book and history, and color-coded statuses.
Ganglia is a scalable distributed monitoring system used for high-performance computing systems such as clusters and grids. The software uses XML for data representation, XDR for data transport, and RDRtool for data storage.
InterMapper is a flexible network mapping software that has the ability to discover everything with an IP address. It is a huge asset for network managers. Features include auto-discovery, real-time status, Layer 2 view, and traffic flow visuals.
Dell KACE is an easy-to-use and affordable systems management platform. KACE specializes in delivering appliance-based computer systems management solutions that allow organizations to manage IT assets.
LANGuardian captures and analyzes traffic flowing through your network switch, stores it in a database, and displays the details in a web browser. The software offers insight into network activity and helps network administrators troubleshoot bandwidth issues across the network.
Attachmate Luminet is enterprise fraud management software that sees, records, and analyzes user activity across multiple applications. From there, it gives you a comprehensive picture of what is going on and provides intelligence you need for taking action.
The Microsoft Network Monitor is a tool to allow capturing and protocol analysis of network traffic. Microsoft is currently working on its successor Microsoft Message Analyzer. They are going to make beta copies of that available on their Connect website.
Monit is a free open source utility for managing and monitoring processes, programs, files, directories, and filesystems on a UNIX system. Monit is able to conduct automatic maintenance and can execute causal actions in error situations.
Munin is a resource monitoring tool that can analyze resource trends and works with plug-and-play. Munin surveys all of computers and remembers what it sees.
Nagios has complete monitoring and alerting for servers, switches, applications, and services. Nagios can monitor your entire IT infrastructure and lets you know immediately when problems arise.
The Nectar Converged Management Platform is an intelligent management that gives you visibility into converged voice and data IP networks. It works on effective voice QoS, PBX, and Contact Center.
NetFlow Tracker provides 1 minute granularity including full record flow and complete coverage to leverage an existing data source already embedded within the network. You can gain insight into how traffic usage is impacting network and application performance with actionable visibility that goes beyond simple Top N reporting.
Observium is an auto discovering PHP/MySQL/SNMP based network monitoring tool that includes support for a wide range of network hardware and operating systems including Cisco, Linux, Juniper, Brocade, Foundry, HP, FreeBSD, etc. Observium is intended to provide a more navigable interface to the health performance of your network. Observium is free software to support metrics like CPU, memory, storage, etc.
OpsManager is complete end-to-end network monitoring software that offers advanced fault and performance management functionality across critical IT resources like routers, WAN links, switches, VoIP call paths, physical servers, etc.
Over 15,000 network administrators are using PRTG Network Monitor. It can be installed in 2 minutes and the software monitors your networks 24/7. The software can alert you before emergencies occur and the software can be fit any budget.
Spiceworks offers free network monitoring software for anyone to download. The software lets you create and view alerts for Windows events. It monitors the health of your Microsoft Exchange server. It tracks disk space, software installs, anti-virus subscriptions, toner levels, offline servers, etc.
Zabbix is an enterprise-class open source distributed monitoring solution for networks and applications. Their software is scalable for up to 100,000 monitored devices and up to 1 million metrics. There are thousands of checks per second with small to large distributed setups.
This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at +AmitChowdhry