IT Infrastructure monitoring

Looking for a recommendation on complete IT infrastructure (network, servers, apps, etc.) monitoring software (or hardware combination). No price is too high or low. Input and experience appreciated.
RayduhzAsked:
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lamaslanyCommented:
Are you looking for a single integrated solution or would you consider multiple monitoring/management tools?
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RayduhzAuthor Commented:
Single would be preferred but I am open to multiple programs.
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Peter HartCommented:
well if you are goin out to buy devices  of the network (switches,routers,computers ,modems, network printers) they all have to support the "Simple Network Management Protocol " (SNMP)  this will allow a network manager to configure the devices from anywhere on the network
so Managed devices allow a network administrator to monitor and configure them from a remote location.
then you have to buy the network management console(an SNMP manager)
see this article for more informaiton -
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/archive/winntas/maintain/networkm.mspx?mfr=true


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Aaron StreetInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
www.mutiny.com

its  a great hard wear monitering. uses SNMP but nice easy to set up. easy to see the settings as its all web based. good reporting and now good reporting!

have a look
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CptnTripsCommented:
We use Altiris products. They can be a bit pricey but they are very good at management, monitoring, update/patch control, asset management, etc. They also have a nice help desk solution. www.altiris.com.

If you are looking for more of an NBA type product, try www.mazunetworks.com.
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jjmartineziiiCommented:
If you want all around monitoring (applications, voip, mpls, network, SNMP, netflow) and price is no object, look at fluke networks. They have some KILLER applications to do all of the above and very very good.

You would want to look at their Visual Performance Manager and Visual Uptime Select.
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jjmartineziiiCommented:
If you are willing to go muliplatform, i would go soloarwinds orion for snmp device managment, network instruments observer (probes, applcation monitoring) and (if you have dell computers) open manage.
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ryansotoCommented:
I second Fluke.  Good programming right there
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Aaron StreetInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
AS you can see nice interface for mutiny and easy to set up.
you can also monitor running processes. there are exchang3e and sQL agents. and you can ask it to monitor web page avalibility


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Peter HartCommented:
to recap (without getting into the detail of screen shots)
all pieces of hardware (where possible) should be "managable" and that means they support SNMP and then you need an SNMP manager - which is software that runs on a computer.= somewhere comfortable.
if you are looking to employ some one to manage the network using these tools - then the availablility of the skill set may also determine what tools you buy. (no good spending the earth and no one to run it or if you are going to run it yourself then look at what training is available for the tools you buy.
companies spend alot on gadgets and ideas but poor implementation usually means they sit on the shelf, so when you roll it out the managed network it will also require process,procedures and training to make it successful.
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CptnTripsCommented:
If "no price is too high" go with an NBA.
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YamummCommented:
Try opmanager, it has a free trial for a limited nuber of devices, we use it to monitor servers only but it can do alot more than that.  Awesome reporting and realtime status information.  http://manageengine.adventnet.com/products/opmanager/download.html
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Aaron StreetInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
In fact if you really want to monitor things you can just use proformace monitor under admin tools for very precice monitoring of processes and things like mem usages, page faults, etc etc. and you can set up a singel remote consol for doinging this..

however its is very fiddely to set up correctly and takeass a lot of work..

openmanager from dell. or compaq insite also give a lot of god feed back but are very spercifice to there own makes..

you could run a syslog server to capture event logs from servers and set up reports and filter to flag up probelms and so forth.

or some thing like Mutiny (which is one of many i use) is so for the best all round system i have found. not becasue it is the only one i use. but the one i first turn to. and the one i use to alert me to probelms.

IT does run with SNMP as its main data collection so it means it very adatabale accross the network devices. and its easy to set up. And if for instance it alerts me to a raid fail on server X. then i can look to other tools to find the exact probelm...

You will be hard pressed to find a program that emcompcesses every thing you need. and even if you do it will be a night mare to set up.. espicaly if it is your first monitering tool.

I like the drill down method of managing the network. have one application that can point you in the direction of problems. and then use specifice tools to resolve the problem.. I dont think there is one tool in IT that covers every base. the trick is to have tools that complemt each other and that work in there own right.
Also will you have one person whos job it is to monitor the network or will several people be doing it.

Rember if you have a very complex networking monitering tool. the current user may know exactly how it s set up and works. but if they leave and you take on a new member of staff. are they going to have to go through the whole learning process again before they can use it!!

I would look fora program that can do overall monitering first. and then use this to find areas where you need more monitering.. and get tools specific for this..
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RayduhzAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay. Thanks you for your advice.
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