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I'm looking to purchase some good network monitoring tools that will give me the best bang for my buck. I'm currently evaluated, Link Analyst, Observer Infrastructure, Observer Suite, and 3com network supervisor. Do you know of any other products that I can download and do an evaluation on that you like? I’d like to stay away from shareware unless it is very well done.
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by:tgtran
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You may want to consider:
http://www.manageengine.com/
http://www.solarwinds.com/products/ipmonitor/    (or Orion)

For open-source, Nagios and Zenoss are pretty solid candidates

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It really depends on the equipment you want to monitor. All have their strong points, but some are more suited to vendors/products.

What technologies are you hoping to use for monitoring?

Common network ones are
SNMP
Netflow
RMON

Then there a tonne of proprietary ones, mainly targeting service monitoring (Web/SQL/etc)



I can vouch for a couple of products that work good across multiple vendors.

Nagios (Open Source)
Solarwinds (Various Suites)
WhatsUpGold
CiscoWorks/CiscoView
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Hi,

I personally like Observer. If you need free solutions then Cacti is also nice option. Below is an extended list;

Propriety-NMS            

SolarWinds Orion      www.solarwinds.com      Propriety
WhatsupGold      www.whatsupgold.com      Propriety
Observer      www.netinst.com      Propriety
Cola Soft Capsa      www.colasoft.com      Propriety
Adventnet OP Manager      www.adventnet.com      Propriety
Overseer      www.overseer-network-monitor.com      Propriety
StableNet Suite      www.infosim.net      Propriety
NetXplorer      www.allot.com      Propriety
IT Monitor Enterprise      www.osisoft.com      Propriety
Automated Infrastructure Technology      www.handsfreenetworks.com      Propriety
loriotpro SNMP Manager      www.loriotpro.com      Propriety
zenithinfotec      www.zenithinfotech.com      Propriety
SNMPc      www.castlerock.com      Propriety
InterMapper      dartware.com      Propriety
NetMRI      www.netcordia.com      Propriety
Netvoyant      www.netqos.com      Propriety
ServerAlive      www.woodstone.nu      Propriety
AdRem NetCrunch 5.1      www.adremsoft.com      Propriety
NetXMS      www.netxms.org      Propriety
CommView      www.tamos.com      Propriety
AirMagnet      www.airmagnet.com      Propriety
MonitorMagic      www.tools4ever.com      Propriety
Vendor Specific-NMS            
IronView      www,foundrynetworks.com      Propriety
Procurve Manager Plus      www.hp.com      Propriety
Dell Remote Monitoring      www.silverbacktech.com      Propriety
VitalNet      www.lucent.com      Propriety
Microsoft Operation Manager      www.microsoft.com      Propriety
HP-OpenView      www.hp.com      Propriety
IBM Tivoli        www.ibm.com      Propriety
CiscoWorks      www.cisco.com      Propriety

Open-Source NMS            

Ntop      www.ntop.org      LAMP based NMS
Munin      munin-monitoring.org      LAMP based NMS
Bandwidthd      bandwidthd.sourceforge.net      LAMP based NMS
ZenOSS      www.zenoss.com      LAMP based NMS
Nagios      www.nagios.org      LAMP based NMS
JFFNMS      www.jffnms.org      LAMP based NMS
OpenNMS      www.opennms.org      LAMP based NMS
Zabbix      www.zabbix.com      LAMP based NMS
Hyperic HQ      www.hyperic.com      LAMP based NMS
Etherape      etherape.sourceforge.net      LAMP based NMS
GroundWork      www.groundworkopensource.com      LAMP based NMS
NAV      metanav.uninett.no      LAMP based NMS
Netdisco      netdisco.org      LAMP based NMS
MRTG      oss.oetiker.ch/mrtg      RRDTool
Cacti      www.cacti.net      RRDTool
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Thanks!
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Wow - great comprehensive list
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