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    The solution is stable.The pricing of the product is reasonable.
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    Because of our client focus, it is easy for us to sell. This is because it is easy to use and easy to set up.I have found error reporting and log centralization the most valuable features. Overall, Datadog provides a full package solution.
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    LogicMonitor saves time in terms of its ability to proxy a connection through a device. For example, if you are troubleshooting a device, which you may want to connect to, you can proxy this connection through the platform. As a support resource, I don't need to use multiple platforms to connect to a device to further investigate the issue. It is all consolidated. From that perspective, it saves time because a resource now only needs to use one platform.
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    The solution is easy to install and it takes a couple of hours.It's a very good tool and a very stable tool.
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    Ability to create a dashboard inside software monitoring.It is user-friendly. It is easy to set up health checks within PRTG and use scans. It is like a self-service tool, and anyone can configure their own settings within PRTG.
  7. The alerting feature has been a very key piece for us, especially in the data center because we manage it ourselves... Within the data center, we have an RDS farm that all the users from the facility connect to. Whenever something may be slow, we can look at the alerting and it helps us troubleshoot whether the issue is at the facility level or at an infrastructure level.
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  9. We didn't experience any bugs. It helps us determine what is going on with our Internet and who is hogging it all up. If we get a real high throughput or a throughput that's going over and getting dropped fairly quickly, we can tell who (or what device) is consuming that traffic.
  10. The comprehensiveness of this solution's collection of network performance and flow data is one of the basics in the field for what it does. It meets all of our needs. So for all those areas, for the most straightforward collection capabilities, right up to NetFlow and even telemetry, it meets all those demands. Not only just basic or fundamental SNMP collection capability, but the product also supports what we need for the future with telemetry streaming. So it's very comprehensive.

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Hi community, There are many network monitoring tools out there - some free, most paid. What software do you think is best for a large enterprise? 
author avatarreviewer775476 (Network Engineer at a government with 51-200 employees)
Real User

It actually depends on the exact purpose or kind of devices (network devices, servers, something else). Some tools are better for only network devices while others are better for a cloud monitoring or APM monitoring.

It is easy to survey basic topics with only one tool (state active or not). But I think with my experience that's better to split the network side and the datacenter side. By exemple, the monitoring of the configurations have sense only for network devices, with real-time alerting. For this purpose, we use Solarwinds NCM. For the network devices, the monitoring of the topology is also important.

For routers devices, a netflow collector is very useful to know the kind of the trafic. And also a good syslog collector (feature included in NCM)

author avatarAbhirup Sarkar (EverestIMS Technologies)
Real User

It actually depends on the exact purpose or requirements. Some tools are better for only network devices while others are better from a cloud monitoring or APM monitoring perspective. 

You can check LogicMonitor, InfraonIMS (EverestIMS Technologies), Thousand Eyes etc.

author avatarMauriceWhite
Real User

We just did an assessment for our 47 datacenters around North America. The top two enterprise-level network monitoring solutions were ExtraHop first, Riverbed SteelCenter second. Their negotiated cost is about the same but ExtraHop gives more features, has an excellent out of the box interface, and was the staff favorite after a proof of concept.

author avatarreviewer1434390 (User)
Real User

PRTG network monitor is one of the best tool i have ever used for the monitoring. It have auto discovery option. it avoid the configuring the device in PRTG. It automatically discover the device and ip will get configured . Dashboard presentation in PRTG is very nice. Alarm , warnings ,logs and device running status etc can be displayed in there. Map view in the PRTG is very good feature which other similar product lacks. Network monitoring tool for SNMP is with in PRTG


Hi Rony,

Oh my goodness! That's a loaded question. 

Unfortunately, there is no "Best" solution. Each monitoring software has its ups and downs. 

I prefer those that are easy to configure and centralizes information under one umbrella. The current security suites call themselves orchestration tools or Security Information and Event Management suites. SIEMs poll or push information under one environment, parse the data and formulate unintelligible bytes into readable and digestible information that can be graphed, queried, and managed in addition to AI+ML+analytics applications. 

Anything that has the terms orchestration or SIEM is a perfect tool. Note that these tools don't come cheap and require some training to operate smoothly. There are several free tools for gathering information and graphing, such as MRTG, to name one, but I have yet to find a free or open-source SIEM that includes all the bells and whistles (ELK comes closest). 

Again, which tool is the best is completely subjective and requires personal experience. In most cases, companies will offer a free trial. Paid for Companies like Splunk, Cynet, Alienware, to name a few, can be contacted and demo's requested. Here is a list of free apps: Query Google for a list of free apps and tests each one for your environment.  Honestly, paying for tools is better because of the support element offered compared with community-style support. Today's security suites offer meaningful dailies/operational insights which can prevent future incidents. Having everything under one logical location is the way to go. Finding a suite that offers administration roles and permissions for access greatly increases security within your organization too. 

Here is some Enterprise-class that offer demos:

OPSView, Spectrum, Splunk, 
Site 24x7, Zenoss Cloud, Atera, ManageEngine Opmanager [OPM]
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, Datadog Network Performance Monitoring
Paessler PRTG Network Monitor, Nagios Core, Zabbix, WhatsUp Gold (Good for Windows), Icinga, Spiceworks Connectivity Dashboard, Ntop, Observium.

author avatarTjeerd Saijoen

For networking, we use Riverbed NPM. For APM we just finished testing Instana, and I am very impressed with the results. It monitors on-premise, cloud, multicloud and hybrid. It is fully AI and configures almost everything automatically.

author avatarDarryl Theron

In my opinion Infosim, StableNet Enterprise is the best as it is a third-generation highly automated network management system. It enables IT departments to unify the management requirements of their IT infrastructures in a way that enables the ‘true-visibility’ of the environment.

Being able to correlate Performance, Fault, and Configuration within a single unified application rapidly improves the Mean-Time-To-Repair (MTTR) and increases the service uptime thus maintaining high levels of sustained service availability to your customers, and providing a great end-user experience.

StableNet® Enterprise is a highly flexible management system with a wealth of additional functional modules that fully complement industry best practices, i.e. ITILv3, SOX, PCI, NSA, etc. StableNet® Enterprise can be deployed on a multi-tenanted or dedicated platform and can be operated in a highly dynamic flex-compute environment.

author avatarTjeerd Saijoen

I have worked from 1973 with all kind of systems in large enterprises across the world. And have experience with all kind of software in monitoring from infra to end to end, it depends on the functionality you require. For example do you need to monitor all switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers etc. And only the devices or traffic and response times as well. Do you need data from MIBS or only IP, UDP or other protocols. Do you need easy to install or can it be a little bit complicated. I prefer IBM Netcool it does not only equipment but almost everything including voice over IP. but t is not an easy install. If you like a easy install I recommend SolarWinds Network or BMC. Also you have a lot of freeware tools however I don't recommend this for enterprise environments.

Regards Tjeerd


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Hi community, What questions should one ask before purchasing a network monitoring tool? Help your peers ask the right questions so that they'll make a better decision.
author avatarreviewer1195575 (Managing Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees)
Real User

Monitoring means data collection, so identifying the alerts metrics and their domains requires knowledge. if you don't have that get help because the answers will also require them.

-Ask about automation, it can simplify both setup and operating the tool.
-Ask about data handling, filtering, preprocessing, correlation, storage, trend and historical analysis.
-Ask if the tool performs automated discovery and visual network mapping, it will offload your onboarding and administration
-Ask how data processing at the edge i.e. as close to the source as possible can be done to offload the server.
-Ask about tool scaling, high availability (if needed), how events/sec if can handle, whether proxies exist and if so how do they ensure data integrity and zero data loss
-Ask about out-of-the-box integrations. Tools are only a part of the tried People, processes, tools. Your processes may already be automated or instantiated in tools for IT Service Management or ticket management.
-Ask about training, how it's delivered, what % of the tool capabilities it covers, and what expertise the trainer has in particular of production situations NOT just product knowledge. If there are not certification exams at the end, ask how the company can assist your staff to get the best of the product, if there is a user community and if so how the company participates in it.
-Ask about visualization and reporting. ALL monitoring should help operators and experts to make decisions faster about what they need to do next. That means correlating events and reading into performance trends to determine where business risks lie.
-Ask about support, when operators have issues you want to know how fast the company can react and how they qualify issues, even if they try to reproduce them.
-Ask about versioning. You DON'T want too many / year or your staff will be spending time administering the platform.
-Ask if it can be hosted but only if the data held isn't at risk.
-Ask how data and connectivity are secured with encryption.
-Ask if access from remote devices is supported ( as appropriate to you)
-Ask how many installations worldwide have been successfully made
-Ask for references and study the case studies, especially the business and environment have similar characteristics to your own.

author avatarBob Ahmadi

1- What are the tool's capabilities for the monitoring perspective? Can this tool monitor :
1. Capability for Business Service Monitoring (BSM) including setup effort and ongoing BSM chain management (i.e. component changes affects on BSM)
2. Application Performance Monitoring integration – native vs feed from Dynatrace, New Relic, AppDynamics
3. Containers and Kubernetes capability
4. Azure specific integrations/APIs
5. Holistic Hybrid Cloud environment management, specifically on-prem/private cloud/hosted IaaS + Azure
2- How extensive is the tool?
1- Does it only use SNMP?
2- Can we build custom-built monitoring scripts using Python, Powershell and ask the tool to run and monitor the Metrics?
3- Can we create custom-built dashboards and Widgets?
3- How capable is the tool for integration?
1- Can it be integrated with other applications using API or REST API?
2- Does the tool react to the incoming emails and generates events and kicks off automation?
4- Can this tool be used to implement the zero-touch operations?
5- Does the tool is capable of AIOPs?

author avatarManuel Ayala (Honeywell International Inc.)

What are the main KPIs for my operation? Is this tool helping me to measure those KPIs?

o NetFlow/CFlow
o Wireless metrics
o Packet capture

- Does it do Synthetic monitoring (emulating user’s transactions) or monitors real users’ transactions?

- Does it support monitoring for multiple brands of devices/applications?

- What is the differentiator with its competitors?

- Does it have a complete API with instructions to do every possible transaction through command line/scripts and integrate with other systems?

- Can it correlate events from multiple sources, within the same tool and other tools?

- How simple is it for the main users of the tool to do what they are intended to do (User Experience)?

- How easy/complex is the deployment? Will I need an army of Sr. professionals ($$$) or a couple of interns with some guidance can roll it out?

- What kind of support will I get during deployment and after it’s fully deployed? (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum…) What does each include and what are the SLAs?

- Does the cost include training for my agents?

author avatarWilliam Linn (ESM Consultant)

- How scalable is it
- Does it integrate with other tools to provide a full suite of services for your entire enterprise?
- What platform does it take: Unix, Linux, Windows or all three. Many only work on certain operating systems.
- What level of support is needed and does the product have reliable support matrix?
- Can it be clustered for high availability?
- Costs and simplicity of set up should be low on the list but essential too.

author avatarreviewer459630 (Principle Solutions Architect with 51-200 employees)

Network monitoring is a broad topic with many different sub-topics that may or may not be relevant to your immediate or foreseeable circumstances. You owe it to yourself to build a list of what you need to monitor with some general weighting as to how important each one is to you. If some items are absolute requirements make sure that's noted but be prepared to consider adopting multiple tools if the list strays outside the strict bounds of pure network monitoring. Increasingly, new network technologies are breaking away from industry-standard approaches to monitoring such as SNMP so, if any such equipment is within scope you'll need to be extra vigilant to ensure that its monitoring is covered.

Basic functionality would include automated network device discovery, interconnection/topology discovery, end host to access switch port discovery, device resource monitoring, interface traffic/utilization monitoring, event generation to warn of reachability problems, threshold crossings, status changes and a multitude of other relevant concerns. You may also need to consider reporting and network device configuration monitoring and management. As networks tend to have frequent changes to their configuration and interconnections it is important that these be handled in as automated a way as possible to minimize the administrative overhead and stay accurate to the reality of the network. If the nature/mix of traffic and conversations needs to be understood then technologies such as flow analysis (NetFlow, sFlow, etc) may need to be added to the mix.

One aspect of network monitoring often overlooked is the number and type of servers that need to be provisioned to host it in a production environment. The most efficient deployments for a small to medium sized network would allow the entire monitoring system to be hosted on a single server which could be either physical or virtual. If, in order to host the production (not evaluation) system you need to deploy different parts of the system on different servers, possibly including a database on its own server, you need to factor that into your decision making.

Finally, you need to be acutely aware of exactly how the product is licensed. If, for example, the monitoring of each interface counts towards the overall license consumption it is tempting to cherry-pick a few key interfaces on each device to monitor. This often skips the monitoring of the interfaces connecting the end-user PCs and means that you're building blind spots into your monitoring architecture from the outset. A bad foundation often leads to an unsatisfying end result.

author avatarMarcos L. Domingos
Real User

Most solutions operate the same way, have API's, REST, Dashboards, LDAP Integrated Authentication, Remediation, among others. However, few have natively integrated with IT Service Management and CMDB solutions. Automatic Ticket Registration and CMDB update I find extremely important.

author avatarTchidat Linda
Real User

Someone who does not know anything about monitoring and technicals terms, could ask :

1 - What are the functional areas of the solution : Fault managenement, security management, performance management, configuration management or accounting management ? ( according to ISO/IEC 7498-4 )

- Fault management : does it monitores avalaibility of all the IP equipements of the networks : servers (physical and virtuals), routers, switchs, access points, etc ?

- Performance management : does it monitores internet trafic or MPLS interconnection ? does it monitores disk space and partitions ? etc.

2 - What about network autodiscovery : does the solution automatically detect equipments connected on the network ? how does it display the items dectected ?

3 - What about notification : does the solution have email or sms notifications for fault or performance management ( for example)? are notification's messages customizable ?

4 - What about network map : does the solution automatically design basic network statefull map or have the options to design customizable one ?

5 - What about historics and reports : does the solution have the options to automatically generate network statistics (about trafic interruptions for example) ?

6 - What about configuration : does the solution easy to install and configure ? does it needs a particular server operating system, Linux or Windows ? Etc.

7 - What about prize and licensing: is the solution openseource ? is the solution free ?

author avatarAlexandre Pérez Jorge
Real User

has been functionally tested. If a new business application has not yet been signed off by the guy paying the bills, I will waste my time carrying out operational tests.
has capacity. Sysadmins may want to scale up the disk space for a storage service and the bandwidth for a video chat service. They may scale down to a pocket calculator for a monitoring service.
is resilient. This is the world of High Availability: double up on single points of failure, improve code quality, and even if something does fail, make sure the service handles it gracefully.
is recoverable. If the student deletes half the files or the computer room catches fire, service can be restored.
is reliable. Customers use Internet services 24 hours a day, but an intranet may only be needed during office hours. An intranet that is down every night may still be perfectly reliable.
is scalable. What if the new service has traffic spikes or gets really popular? I may need to scale out by adding more servers. Wading through treacle is not attractive.
is monitored. The operational support people must be alerted immediately if someone breaks into the computer room, if upstream services disappear, and if a process goes berserk.
is supportable. If an architect designs an Internet bank that only runs on one server, how pleased will customers be when an operator turns off the bank to upgrade the memory?
is secure. Vulnerabilities get patched, an IDS (Intrusion Detection System) watches the network, and the security team have signed on the dotted line.
has been pushed to the limit. The whole system has been thrashed, bottlenecks fixed and the system thrashed again and again. The service owner then knows how much performance can be squeezed out of her service.
has integrity. The customer support people won't be plagued by calls from customers whose data is inconsistent, whose files have disappeared, or whose transactions were duplicated.
will operate within the SLA. The people sponsoring this service deserve to know how their investment is doing. The service builders automate the measurement and reports of the service level. Stakeholders can then help a failing service to succeed.

Ariel Lindenfeld
Let the community know what you think. Share your opinions now!
author avatarCEC-1157307 (Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees)

Expectation setting and network segment focus are two of the most important actions that I look to take when looking at network performance and optimization. As an ex-Cisco TAC agent, "the network is slow" was the constant drone on the phone from many a customer. "The network works, no excuses" was the company mantra, in the 1990-2000 decades when I was there. But, the reality was the most of the solutions were a matter of discussing anecdotal observations with the Customer while mapping-out a crude topology. Rarely did we get a Customer with a topology map. We did this so often, that most of us bought magnetic drawing pads, at Toys'R'Us, to quickly draw and erase topologies from case-to-case. It sure saved on paper and ink.

1.) Are my users trained enough to understand that a slow network can be the internal corporate network OR the Internet OR both?
2.) Can my users understand that performance is anchored on the LAN or WLAN separately and at the junctures of these two segments?
3.) Do my users understand that an overcrowded ZOOM site, on the Internet, may be killing their VTC and NOT the company networks?

Then, there are the financial questions;

1.) Can I find a tool that will let me see clearly what my LAN, WLAN, and WAN? At a great price and with great support?
2.) Should I hire someone who knows how to deal with the integration of OpenSource tools that have been used for years?
3.) I have a Windows environment with some MacOS. Why should I have to learn and set up a *NIX system just to run OpenSource tools?
4.) I heard PRTG r-o-c-k-s, BUT, it may be overkill for my network. Sophos, Sonicwall, ConnectWise Automate, Auvik and other such tools may be all I need.
5.) I've got new 10Ge and 40Ge segments that came with my SAN. Can these tools adjust to analysis on these higher speeds?

My suggestion;

First, make sure you empower your users with a tool that will help them figure out where the slowness is occurring. I would highly suggest contacting, the folks, and look into there corporate product. You have iPerf agents that they customize for use on Android, iPhone, Windows, MacOS, *NIX, etc. Your users use the app or internal website to run tests to determine whether the LAN or WLAN are having issues OR whether its the internet. The apps can be customized for company logo, support links, etc. as much as the web site format. It stopped a lot of unnecessary user complaints to the Help Desk.

Once you got your users set at the right expectations and empowered with an effective tool, you can work on finding the omnipresent, inexpensive and well-supported tool or tools that can help you make sense of what your network segments are doing and how to tune/optimize, thereafter, should that be required.

author avatarit_user342129 (Technology Support Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees)

1. able to monitor the CPU, Memory, Response Time, latency, packet loss, Interfaces traffic, and Bandwidth utilization
2. able to trace the connectivity of each devices
3. capability to create an alert
4. capability to generate a report
5. all or most of the devices should be supported.
6. Must be a user-friendly

author avatarit_user236772 (Customer Experience Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees)

Cost, how many feature supported by the tools and complexity to maintain

author avatarSyed Waliullah
Real User

1. Able to monitor the CPU, memory, response time, latency, packet loss, Interfaces traffic, bandwidth utilization and spikes graph. 
2. Able to trace the connectivity of each device.
3. Capability to create an alert.
4. Capability to generate a report based on an OID.
5. SNMP walk, etc.

author avatarit_user599547 (Director of Client Solutions Architecture at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)
Real User

Historical graphical display of all the common metrics(bandwidth, latency, jitter, etc.) that should be monitored on an network.

author avatarit_user297021 (Senior Network Engineer, IT Department at Société Générale)

Network performance, monitoring and reporting software shoud have (visible) feature set suited for the purpose. Users must feel themselves confident to use it. Intuitivity. Stability and reliability as well as speed is a must (appropriate application code language). Also I am looking for a highly configurable alerting.

author avatarit_user291504 (Network Engineer II at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees)

Typically I'm looking for latency, packet loss, total bandwidth utilization, QoS and jitter.

author avatarSimon Chaba
Real User

The most important criteria is the monitoring tool must be vendor neutral to cover most networking brands out there, and should use open standards like snmp. It should not require additional software agents to be installed on the nodes to be monitored

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?
author avatarreviewer1122879 (IT Manager Network at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees)
Real User

Start with an open-source no-cost solution like Nagios for Network Monitoring to get familiar with the features you like and don't like.

Benefits to network monitoring are the reduction in the meantime to recover and seamless experience to our customers.

Why should businesses monitor network traffic? Each business really needs to grasp its "why" on networking monitoring. Is it reactive and defensive or is it proactive with a roadmap leading to AIOps?

author avatarRaymond De Rooij
Real User

As already said Network monitoring is just one type of monitoring, and you should monitor on all levels to get a clear picture. 

Hnad in hand with monitoring goes a good Event, Alert setup, to be warned when something is happening.

Now to Why?

- Network monitoring is to find the bottlenecks in your network, by looking at Bandwidth and latency.

- check on malfunctionign systems, by looking at Network errors

- find out between which points the most traffic is excahnged.

- you can look at trends, sudden peaks in traffic.

Benefits: Most benefit you will get is to prevent network disturbances. e.g when someone is hogging the internet connection you can quickly resolve it.

- it should also give an idea on where to invest on network equipment based on usage, bottlenecks etc.

- with respect to appliation performance, the network is normally the first thing that one is pointing at. so, it certainly helps to be able to see if the network is overused.

- insights will help wih e.g. QoS implementation, for voip, and business critical applications.

start setting up: I wuld also recommend to start with opensource, (also depend on the size of your network and its complexity). 

Start with colelting standard in/out for the most important network components, like internet connection, routers, central switches. 

Then based on some initial observations, you can define some alerts on when an connection (e.g. internet) is over used, e.g alarm at 60, 80, 90% capacity.

author avatarShibu Babuchandran
Real User

Maintaining full network visibility

You can’t adequately understand your network’s performance if you don’t have full network visibility. Your company needs to be able to observe every bit of traffic that travels through your network, as well as monitor every connected device and examine common performance metrics. Any network monitoring tool worth its salt will provide comprehensive monitoring capabilities that doesn’t leave any portion of your network in the dark. That way, there won’t be performance-affecting problems hiding somewhere on your network.

Discovering security threats

While network monitoring solutions are primarily designed for performance monitoring purposes, they can also help you find security threats lurking in your system. Some malware and viruses are designed to stay put on a network after they’ve gained access without doing anything initially; others might be performing small actions that would be undetectable to the human eye. Network monitoring solutions will observe a network for unusual and suspicious network traffic (indicating a security threat is drawing network resources) and alert your company to the problem.

Predicting and preventing network downtime

You can never guarantee 100% service uptime, even with the most powerful network monitoring solution — but they can help you prevent unexpected network outages. A key function of network monitoring solutions is observing for network traffic that indicates the failure of a device or network is about to happen. This way, your enterprise can preemptively correct any unexpected downtime, allowing you to maximize service availability wherever possible.

Observing bandwidth utilization

For most network administrators, bandwidth usage is one of the most important performance metrics to analyze. Ideally, your company wants to be using as much bandwidth as possible while ensuring that every service is running efficiently. A network monitoring solution will track bandwidth usage, inform your network when bandwidth utilization is reaching critical levels, and ensure that quality-of-service (QoS) protocols are running correctly.

Reducing mean time to repair (MTTR)

Network performance issues don’t just pose a financial cost; the time it takes your network team to repair a problem could be spent on other, more important tasks. As such, reducing the time between when a performance issue occurs and when it’s fixed is essential for businesses. Network monitoring solutions alert your team to performance issues as soon as they discover them, meaning a company can get straight to work addressing the problem. Many monitoring tools also include diagnostics tools that provide your team with an initial assessment of the issue, so your employees don’t need to spend as much time diagnosing the problem.

Testing changes to a network or device

Whenever you make a change to your network or a device, you need to test it to ensure that it’s performing as you expect. Adding or reconfiguring a device can screw up the rest of your network if it isn’t implemented properly. Network monitoring tools allow you to test new or updated hardware and connections, letting you see if they could cause problems before they negatively impact your network.

Generating network performance reports

A network monitoring solution constantly tracks performance data and displays it via visual representations on their dashboard. Monitoring tools can also generate reports that your enterprise can review, converting them into several printable file types. Your company can choose the schedule that the solution generates these reports on — weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.

Finding performance issues that occur after business hours

Performance issues can occur at any time, even when there isn’t anybody in the office to fix them. If a problem happens after business hours, your enterprise needs to know about it; network monitoring tools continuously observe a network, meaning that they can discover these issues for you. A solid network monitoring solution won’t send out the alerts for these issues immediately, however, since those alerts could be lost by the time your team comes back to work. Ideally, the solution will delay the alert until a time determined by the network administrator.

author avatarreviewer1122879 (IT Manager Network at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees)
Real User

Why is network monitoring in Place?  

Defensive monitoring is in place
because someone said we need but does not understand how it helps your business.

Proactive monitoring is when businesses mature to understand outages mean lost business lost customer satisfaction and lost opportunities then the why becomes apparent.  Proactive AI Monitoring moving to predictive ML  resolution is a strategic activity, Although not sexy.

author avatarShibu Babuchandran
Real User

Network Traffic Monitor: Benefits of Network Traffic Monitoring

By monitoring network traffic with PRTG, you can:

  • Avoid bandwidth and server performance bottlenecks

  • Discover which applications use up your bandwidth

  • Be proactive and deliver better quality of service to your users

  • Reduce costs by buying bandwidth and hardware according to actual load

  • Easily troubleshoot network problems

  • Identifying Top Talkers and Conversations in the network: Determine which users and what applications are using maximum bandwidth, and drill down for conversational details.

  • Monitoring and projecting Traffic Trends and Usage Patterns: View trends in network traffic, and determine top applications and peak usage times.

  • Defining Applications to Monitor Specific Traffic: Use a combination of ports and protocols to define unlimited applications, and recognize this traffic exclusively in traffic reports. You can also mention a particular IP address to map an application.

  • Managing Devices Exclusively: Categorize devices and group them data into logical groups, and monitor traffic reports exclusively, for the groups.

  • Increased accounting: Improve resource utilization accounting with real-time bandwidth and network usage statistics.

author avatarAji Joseph

Network monitoring proves clear visibility of your network thereby allowing you to act immediately in case of a network issue or bottleneck. You can easily identify network-related and security related issues that otherwise would take a lot of time in a network with more than 100 devices or more.

The first step would be to identify the devices and applications that you would like to cover under network monitoring. You can start with open source tools or solutions like PRTG or NetCrunch (cost-effective solutions).

author avatarJOHAN ROJAS
Real User

It is extremely important to be checking network traffic to detect possible failures such as bottlenecks, malfunctioning of a device on the network, or to detect any unusual increases in packets that could be some type of malware.

One of the biggest benefits is that you can see the performance of network traffic, Internet links, and the behavior of switches and routers.

It all starts with the most basic cabling that would be, having quality cabling, implemented in compliance with best practices, then making the network equipment settings according to the use to be made.

Anonymous User
With the security issues associated with SolarWinds - are people switching to other vendors?   Which ones are you switching to and why?
author avatarchamepicart
Real User

We’ve switched from Solarwinds to Centreon even before the issue occurred. It’s way cheaper and is a good alternative and very flexible to your needs. You can play with it yourself.

author avatarRobertUllman

Thousand Eyes acquired by Cisco, interesting synergies with AppDynamics APM.

author avatarTjeerd Saijoen

Riverbed is also a great solution very easy to install and a great dashboard.

author avatarIanMacfarlane
Real User

I have used both and have to say my experience with Connectwise was very good. Design for MSP's and when used with IT Glue and My It Process nice, accurate seamless. 

author avatarSonal Kashyap

We, at MapleLabs have developed best-of-the breed APM & Log mgmt. product SnappyFlow ( SnappyFlow is a unique APM & Log Monitoring application that brings together metrics, logs, tracing & synthetic monitoring in an elegant workflow and unified view. We work with SaaS companies having Cloud native applications that are micro services based, dispersed across VMs, Kubernetes & Cloud Services and straddle hybrid Clouds. SnappyFlow is best suited to optimize your cloud native apps, maximize the performance and availability of your cloud infrastructure. SnappyFlow is currently listed in AWS and vCenter marketplace and very cost-effective, scalable and flexible solution compared to its peers, including Cloudwatch. We're offering extended free trials till the time you're comfortable with the product. Please give it a thought. Thanks!

author avatarAbhirup Sarkar (EverestIMS Technologies)
Real User

Please check out InfraonIMS from EverestIMS Technologies.


The major advantage is an integrated solution which not only monitors the complete IT Infra but also provides complete visibility into the ticket lifecycle for any issues detected via the PINK-Certified InfraonDesk ITSM engine.

From a security standpoint, the tool is OWASP Certified for higher levels of protection against malicious attacks.

author avatarBernd Harzog
Real User

The hackers targeted SolarWinds because SolarWinds has many customers. To minimize the risk of being hacked through one of your vendors, this suggests choosing unpopular vendors with few customers. Which is completely irrational.

Summary - this is a really hard problem and switching vendors does nothing to reduce your risk of this type of hack.

author avatarTjeerd Saijoen

IBM Netcool is a great alterative, also available as a SaaS solution from

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