Network Monitoring software

Hello

I am after some software which I can put on to the netowrk to monitor traffce and bandwith from devices and switches. I wouid like to be able to see what switchtes and devices are using the most bandwith across the network

Any suggestions

Thanks Mark
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Kamran ArshadIT AssociateCommented:
Hi,

Below is the extended list and after that are the recommendations;

Propriety-NMS            

SolarWinds Orion      www.solarwinds.com      Propriety
Adventnet OP Manager      www.adventnet.com      Propriety
WhatsupGold      www.whatsupgold.com      Propriety
SNMPc      www.castlerock.com      Propriety
CommView      www.tamos.com      Propriety
Observer      www.netinst.com      Propriety

Vendor Specific-NMS
           
IronView      www,foundrynetworks.com      Propriety
Procurve Manager Plus      www.hp.com      Propriety
CiscoWorks      www.cisco.com      Propriety

Flow Analyzers            

SolarWinds NetFlow Analyzer      www.solarwinds.com      NetFlow/SFlow
Scrutinizer NetFlow/Sflow Analyzer      www.plixer.com      NetFlow/SFlow
Caligare Flow Inspector      www.caligare.com      NetFlow/SFlow
PRTG      www.paessler.com/prtg      NetFlow/RRDTool
Adventnet Netflow Analyzer      www.adventnet.com      NetFlow
StealthWatch® Xe       www.lancope.com      SFlow
Traffic Sentinel      www.inmon.com      SFlow
Splunk      www.splunk.com      Propriety

Open-Source NMS            

Ntop      www.ntop.org      LAMP based NMS
Bandwidthd      bandwidthd.sourceforge.net      LAMP based NMS
Etherape      etherape.sourceforge.net      LAMP based NMS
Cacti      www.cacti.net      RRDTool

Explaining the above list a bit, the flow analyzers will give you top users per IP and per protocol. Rest applications are SNMP based NMS. The flow analyzers help you see the per protocol and per IP statistics but your devices need to  support flow technologies. Personal recommendations are using Cacti, PRTG.             
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