ICT Network and Services Monitoring

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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madunixConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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 @:
http://www.groundworkopensource.com GroundWork Monitor Enterprise
http://www.hyperic.com Hyperic HQ
http://www.icinga.org Icinga
http://oss.oetiker.ch/mrtg/  mrtg
http://www.nagios.com Nagios
http://www.n-able.com N-central
http://www.op5.com op5 Monitor
http://www.open-itcockpit.com openITCockpit
http://www.opennms.org OpenNMS
http://www.hp.com/de/bto HP OpenView
http://www.bmc.com BMC PATROL ProactiveNet Performance Management
http://www.shinken-monitoring.org Shinken
http://www.ibm.com/software/de/tivoli IBM Tivoli
http://www.ca.com/de CA Unicenter
http://www.whatsupgold.com WhatsUp Gold
http://www.zabbix.com Zabbix
http://www.zenoss.com Zenoss Enterprise

some links:
http://www.linux-magazine.com/w3/issue/101/036-038_zenoss.pdf
http://www.linux-magazine.com/w3/issue/103/036-039_nagvis.pdf
http://www.nagvis.org/
http://www.linux-magazine.com/w3/issue/92/026-029_mrtg_NEU01.pdf
http://exchange.nagios.org/
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/6767
http://www.nagioswiki.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
http://m.linuxjournal.com/files/linuxjournal.com/ufiles/LJ191_UsingSMSforNagios.pdf

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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sam0x01Connect With a Mentor Commented:
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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AncientsAuthor Commented:
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?

Thanks

AJ
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berkcomjonathanConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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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AncientsAuthor Commented:
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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