Network Monitoring Tool for hetrogenous network  envoirnment

Posted on 2009-02-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am having a flat network that contails switches from cisco,nortel,3com, nortel wireless acess point. I am in need of good network monitoring tool.Can you please suggest good network monitoring tool that support fiber optic and ethernet network in hetrogeneous envoirnment?

Question by:ahmadsarfraz01
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    You can try CyberGauge ... very powerfull

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    by:Kamran Arshad

    Please check out the below options;


    SolarWinds Orion      Propriety
    Smarts                        Propriety
    WhatsupGold      Propriety
    EM7       Propriety
    Nexus NMS      Propriety
    CA           Propriety
    StableNet Suite      Propriety
    NetXplorer      Propriety
    IT Monitor Enterprise      Propriety
    Automated Infrastructure Technology      Propriety
    loriotpro SNMP Manager      Propriety
    zenithinfotec      Propriety
    SNMPc      Propriety
    InterMapper      Propriety
    NetMRI      Propriety
    Netvoyant      Propriety
    ServerAlive      Propriety
    NetXMS      Propriety
    CommView      Propriety
    AirMagnet      Propriety
    MonitorMagic      Propriety
    Observer      Propriety
    HP-OpenView      Propriety
    IBM Tivoli      Propriety
    CiscoWorks      Propriety

    Open-Source NMS            

    ZenOSS      LAMP based NMS
    Nagios      LAMP based NMS
    JFFNMS      LAMP based NMS
    OpenNMS      LAMP based NMS
    Zabbix      LAMP based NMS
    Hyperic HQ      LAMP based NMS
    GroundWork      LAMP based NMS
    Cacti      RRDTool

    The more money you spend the better NMS you get. HP CA and IBM solutions are enterprise grade. It depends on your company budget. But for normal organizations I guess SolarWinds Orion and Observer are decent options.

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    As far as the big commercial players here is my experience:

    I have taught Openview for HP and Unicenter for CA, of those two the Openview product set is easier, more reliable and far less expensive. That being said I wouldn't go with either if you are starting from the ground up. I've also implemented Netcool in several NOCs and it is a very powerful suite of products, has the best console and is probably the most respected. Unfirtunatly it is also quite expensive and complicated, and now that IBM ownes them I'm not sure where they will end up.  I've never deployed Tivoli, which IBM bought a while back, but it has one of the poorest implementation rate of any EM product.I've played around with BMC patrol, which is great for server and application management, not as impressive on network management, and again, very expensive.

    On the cheaper side:
    Currently I own a managed services company and use Solar Winds Orion NPM as the framework for management in my NOC. The decision to go with them was almost entirely a result of their cost (~$2500 for 100 managed objects) They are very inexpensive compared to the big 4. I've been reasonably happy with it, other than the variety of consoles you have to use to gather different kinds of information and some stability problems. It does allow you to create reasonable maps and is pretty good event management. It really just lacks a good console.

    There are also very good free platforms. I currently use Nagios for historical performance reporting, and it is very slick. MRTG is an older solution that is also pretty cool. So...

    - If money were no object I would be running under the netcool family of products, no question.
    - If you have a little money to spend Orion NPM give you a lot of bang for your buck, and is VERY easy to implement.
    - Nagios and MRTG are very good open source products, I've seem very large, complex network monitored with them, but they can be a little intimidating unless you are very familiar with SNMP and Linux.
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    The sniffer family was also very good.....

    We have a sniffer distributed system in our head office.  I use sniffer portable at our branch.


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