I'm currently evaluating the Solar Winds "Orion" product for monitoring network bandwidth and availability. I like the product. I'm currently collecting data from all of our LAN and WAN Routers, Servers, and blade switches. It's a nice product, but it doesn't track services or events.
Whatsupgold won the 2004 Network Mangement System Best connected award and Orion was one of the finalist for the same award. - http://www.nwc.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=19505561
I've not had time yet to evaluate WhatsupGold, but I know it's not as expensive as Orion and it also allows for monitoring of services and events. However, I may have to incorporate the use of Denika to get the same funtionally of Orion plus gain the other needed features.
I've also not had time to evaluate Cisco Works or HP Open View. I do know my pocket book may not handle the purchase price for the LAN and Wan modules.
For those who used Whatsupgold would it give me the monitoring capabilities that Orion currently provides.
Additonally it appears the SolarWinds Network Engineer package provides the same capabilities of orion, but w/o the Web Interface. Am I correct in this assumption.