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ZabbixDatadogSolarWinds NPMLogicMonitorAuvikPRTG Network MonitorIBM SevOne Network Performance Management (NPM)Meraki Dashboard
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    There is a problems page that shows us every warning or problem that occurs on our VMs globally. The map screen is also really useful because this is something that was missing. I don't know every other tool in the market. So, I don't know if this is a good point of only Zabbix, or other tools are also doing it, but from my point of view, this is the most useful page that I use, along with the problems page that efficiently lists the problem, recovery time, ending hours, starting hours, and so on.
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    The dashboards and the performance of the software have been great.The many dozens of integrations that the solution brings out of the box are excellent.
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    The most valuable features in SolarWinds NPM are the network search and diagnostic tools.SolarWinds dashboard is very fast. Also, their interface is very good, it looks very user-friendly. The product allows me to see a summary of the network being monitored at a glance.
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    The most valuable feature of LogicMonitor is the infrastructure monitoring capability.LogicMonitor added AI technology to help understand what's normal and that has helped quite a bit, so that's the feature I found most valuable in the product. The product is also doing quite well with identifying devices and customizing a particular Cisco version or model number. LogicMonitor continues to be active in updating what is available to be monitored, and it's been very good with keeping those things current, so that's another valuable feature of the product.
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    One of the most valuable features is the network overview charts and seeing how things are connected in real time. The overall intuitiveness of the network visualization is good. Its design works for us.
  7. There was only one feature I liked about PRTG Network Monitor a lot, and that was bandwidth monitoring, though, in the newer versions of the tool, that feature is now a bit lacking.
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  9. One of the most valuable features is the graphs, which you can build instantly. I have used some open-source platforms in the past, but they are not as good. With SevOne, the sampling in the graph can be every few seconds, not just every few minutes, and that's really helpful. It's really fast.
  10. It's a scalable solution.It is very stable and we have been using it for five years.

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Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewer
Rony_Sklar
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

What tools are best to use to monitor the quality of VoIP network for a mid-sized enterprise?

Brian Philips - PeerSpot reviewer
Brian PhilipsThis has evolved over time as unified communications has evolved. To really be… more »
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Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewer
Rony_Sklar
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

Why should businesses actively monitor network traffic?

What benefits are there to network monitoring?

Any suggestions for where to start with setting up effective network monitoring?

reviewer1122879 - PeerSpot reviewer
reviewer1122879Start with an open-source no-cost solution like Nagios for Network Monitoring to… more »
8 Answers
Shibu Babuchandran - PeerSpot reviewer
Shibu Babuchandran
Regional Manager/ Service Delivery Manager at ASPL INFO Services
May 12 2022

Hi community,

I work as the Regional Manager at a Tech Services company.

Currently, I'm exploring open-source Network Analyzer and Network Configuration managers. 

Which one would you recommend and why?

Faycal Noushi - PeerSpot reviewer
Faycal NoushiHello,  For Network Analyzer, you can use Elastiflow. It's pretty complete… more »
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BaijuShah - PeerSpot reviewer
BaijuShah
CEO at eBiashara Ltd

Hello peers,

We would like to monitor users' machines. Which monitoring solution would you recommend for an enterprise and why? 

I appreciate the help.

reviewer1195575 - PeerSpot reviewer
reviewer1195575Well, I suppose it really depends on the reason you ask the question. Is it… more »
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Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Evgeny Belenky
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

Hi SOC analysts and other infosec professionals,

Which standard/custom method do you use to decide about the alert severity in your SOC? 

Is it possible to avoid being too subjective? How do you fight the "alert fatigue"?

Robert Cheruiyot - PeerSpot reviewer
Robert CheruiyotHi @Evgeny Belenky, I think as long as you do this thing manually, you will… more »
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Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewer
Rony_Sklar
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

What tools do you recommend for SQL server monitoring for an enterprise-level business?

Donald Bakels - PeerSpot reviewer
Donald BakelsI highly recommend 2 products from the SolarWinds ITOM Suite; 1 Server… more »
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May 02 2022
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Network Monitoring Software Topics

What are the types of network monitoring?

The different types of network monitoring are:

1. Network packet analyzers, which are used to analyze the data in each packet that moves through a network in an attempt to determine if they are being routed properly, if users are visiting websites that are off limits, or if sensitive data is being exfiltrated from a network.

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Access management monitoring prevents intruders from accessing network resources by spotting network vulnerabilities and remediating them before any harm can be done.

3. Application and services monitoring maintains network integrity by ensuring systems operate within normal limits. It also focuses on detecting which business units are using which application, on an organization-wide level.

What is network monitoring software?

Network monitoring software refers to systems whose software and hardware tools are used to track different aspects of a network and its operation, like bandwidth utilization, traffic, and uptime. This software is relied upon to help network administrators quickly and easily detect device or connection failures or issues that arise from traffic bottlenecks that end up limiting data flow. Moreso, these systems are designed to alert administrators when there is a performance issue via reports using network analytics and can do so by email or text. In addition, network monitoring software is able to extend to other parts of a network that are traditionally beyond their demarcation boundaries; it can detect devices or other elements that comprise or touch the network and also deliver status updates.

Sometimes known as network analyzers, networking tools, network traffic monitors or network sniffer software, network monitoring software is subject to a wide range of selection criteria. Network management software users on IT Central Station  (soon to be Peerspot) have weighed in with numerous recommendations on what it takes to have a successful experience with these types of products.

IT Central Station members believe that the best network performance monitoring tools are easy to use and implement. Implementation works best when there is a single point of configuration, for example. User-friendly solutions with easy-to-understand dashboards are preferred.

Performance and scalability factors into many assessments of potential network analysis tools. Some users emphasize the importance of distributed, highly-available monitoring clusters, which are typically available in enterprise editions. Ideally, the solution will be vendor neutral to cover most networking brands.

Network managers want a network management system to see detailed information on specific problems, even at the packet level, offering guided troubleshooting for remediation. This includes diagnostics on problems related to latency, packet loss, total bandwidth utilization, QoS and jitter. They want to trace the connectivity of each devices in a multi vendor environment. Some network manager solutions offer a "network analysis" section to dissect and analyze flows.

Reporting, monitoring and alerting capabilities are critical. For example, some monitoring tools can reveal end-user experience for the network. Network admins look for solutions with highly configurable alerting. They want detailed alerts. For example, which application was using which capacity and when? Granular data is essential, explaining where issues are occurring in regards to traffic latency and bandwidth utilization and deep packet analysis Quality of Experience dashboard (QoE).

Benefits of Network Monitoring Software

Below are some of the many benefits of network monitoring software:

  • Visibility: Having clear visibility is arguably one of the most valuable benefits of network monitoring software. Administrators can see all the connected devices in the network and can obtain a comprehensive view of how data is moving within the network to quickly identify and remediate issues that might otherwise undermine performance or be the cause of outages.
  • More efficient for IT teams: Network monitoring systems include hardware and software that decrease the amount of manual work for IT departments, giving them more time to focus on other critical projects. When IT teams are not busy resolving network issues, they can shift their attention to projects that generate bottom-line value for your organization.
  • Infrastructure insight: With reports on how network components perform, it is easier to anticipate when an upgrade may be necessary, whether network components need to be adjusted, or whether a new infrastructure needs to be implemented.
  • Detect security threats faster: Using network monitoring software allows organizations to gain an understanding of what “normal” performance is typical for their networks so when there is unusual activity or network traffic levels suddenly increase, it becomes easier to determine if there is a potential security threat.
  • Cost savings: Network monitoring software reduces downtime and speeds up remediation via root cause analysis and/or making it clear which network elements are being over- or under-utilized, thus saving your organization both time and money.
  • Better customer experience: Performance issues can impact business operations, which can lead to a degraded customer experience. By implementing network monitoring software, performance problems can be detected in advance so you can provide an ideal customer experience.
  • Usage insights: Network administrators can take immediate remedial action in the case of usage spikes (such as seasonal traffic jumps or logon storms) to ensure that usage is not affected.
Features of Network Monitoring Software

When choosing a network monitoring software product, here are some of the key features and capabilities to look out for:

  • Performance metrics: Good network monitoring software will include real-time performance metrics that deliver insights into network performance issues so they can be promptly and successfully addressed. By having access to how a user’s business network is functioning at your fingertips, you can fix issues immediately to avoid major issues that can potentially have harmful impacts.
  • Device discovery: Every network monitoring tool needs to have device discovery capabilities in order to monitor new nodes. It is even better if the software can do this automatically as devices get added to the network so that users do not have to manually sweep for them.
  • Intelligent alerts: Your network monitoring solution should provide real-time “intelligent” alerts that are capable of notifying the correct network engineer or administrator with the right information (such as severity and location) so that they can attend to the issues as soon as possible.
  • Root cause analysis: Having access to issue diagnosis and root cause analysis aids in discovering issues so that companies don’t have to waste time manually figuring out what caused an issue but rather can immediately fix the problem.
  • Network maps: If your enterprise has sprawling, complex networks, you will need network monitoring software with network maps that contain a visual representation of nodes and devices, allowing users to instantly view performance issues at a glance.
  • Scalability: Choose a network monitoring tool that will scale naturally to match company growth and one that will be able to accommodate frequent network changes.
  • Customizable dashboards: It is helpful to have a customizable dashboard so users can determine which performance metrics they want to see and also choose how they are displayed. Having network monitoring software that has a dashboard with clear visualization tools and reports saves valuable time when trying to sift through lots of information.
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