ICT Network and Services Monitoring

Posted on 2011-02-27
Last Modified: 2016-10-28
Hi all.

Ok I seek some advice, currently I am looking at either solor winds or Paessler PRTG products for our businesses monitoring solution. If something breaks I want to know about it and be alerted where possible. I want to know the performance of my systems/servers and such. I want a god view of the environment.

these are the best two products I have been presented with.

if you think you know of any product better. please let me know. if you have had experience with the two listed. I would like your experience view point as which one is better. again if you think there is something better and this is based on understanding this product as well. more then happy to hear about this!

we have remote users, Citrix, RSA, MS Server 2008R2 Environment, Cisco switches and core, Junpier networks and ESX Vmware where most of our servers operate. we also have Netapps SAN and SUN SAN in our environment.

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sam0x01 earned 167 total points
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If you are open to a Linux based solution you could trial JumpBox for Zenoss IT Management over VirtualBox

If this is unmanageable then go with the Windows products.
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madunix earned 167 total points
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I don't use the above products, but I like to use OpenSourc, in my environment I use Cacti , MRTG and Nagios, you can find also other tools check  Zabbix Munin and OpenNMS all are open source. Cacti is a brilliant software beside nagios and MRTG ..... to narrow down the problem. I use Cacti , MRTG and Nagios, to monitor network services and servers, average time Web pages,  up-time, availability for free. The combination Nagios + Cacti. Nagios is been used for Alarms and Cacti for Trending/Graphs.

mylist look @: GroundWork Monitor Enterprise Hyperic HQ Icinga  mrtg Nagios N-central op5 Monitor openITCockpit OpenNMS HP OpenView BMC PATROL ProactiveNet Performance Management Shinken IBM Tivoli CA Unicenter WhatsUp Gold Zabbix Zenoss Enterprise

some links:

I monitor with nagios all services and OS (AIX,Linux,Windows,*BSD) Network device running on linux (RHEL5) server to monitor my environment...and send sms/mail notification via qmail and smstoools.

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ID: 34996612
Thanks for above recommendations. Though how do these rate compared to those I have listed? any suggestions which of the two I listed is better and why?



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berkcomjonathan earned 166 total points
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I agree with madunix.  I have had really good luck with nagios + cacti (and rackmonkey).  With a little work, you can get these to do everything you need them to.  And they are free opensource so you can save your budget for hardware.

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Had a few to test, even tried nimsoft which was great but pricey. looks like Nagios with a few other opensource stuff that seem to work well.
Thanks all
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