Suggestions for monitoring a network (switches, router, servers, traffic flow...)

I'm looking for a way to monitor/audit our network. I'd like to monitor our Windows and Linux servers, switches, router, etc. I'd also like to monitor disk usage, traffic flow, equiptment failures, and so on. I would love to get text messages and/or email on critical events. And the clincher...I'd like to find a F/OSS solution.

 I'm currently looking at the following:
Nagios: http://www.nagios.org/
Network Administration Visualized: http://sourceforge.net/projects/nav/
Snare: http://sourceforge.net/projects/snare/
OSSIM: http://www.ossim.net/

Any suggestions?
Thanks!
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that1guy15Commented:
Take a look at Zenoss
www.zenoss.org

About 6 months ago i switched my monitoring environment over from Nagios and Cacti to Zenoss and love it. Half my servers are linux and half are Windows and zenoss handles them both along with all my network equipment . IT also does a really good job of alerting via email/page/sms.

The reason i switch from Nagios to zenoss was because of my Windows servers. I was having a lot of trouble finding Nagios scripts that would monitor services for Windows. Zenoss is very simple to setup and get started with and it does a really good job of graphing. Unlike Nagios Zenoss is fully configurable through a web interface.
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APixelsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the great info that1guy15. Are you using the "Community (core)" version, or the Enterprise version?

It seems that the dashbaord is only in the Enterprise version. I'm just wondering if the web interface is powerful enough in the core version.

Thanks for the help.
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that1guy15Commented:
I use the core version (free version). I run everything through the web interface and very rarely need to log into linux.
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APixelsAuthor Commented:
Thanks that1guy15. I'm going to look into Zenoss ASAP. Thanks for the great info.
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