Everything you wanted to know about the Top 10 Best Network Management Software without all the marketing crap.
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Systems we will cover include: SolarWinds NPM, ipMonitor, Quest, Nagios, ManageEngine OpManager, Plixer Scrutinizer, SevOne, Paessler PRTG, ipSwitch WhatsUpGold, NetWork Instruments Observer, Fluke, Cacti, Spectrum, Zabbix, ZenOss, Packettrap, Nimsoft, Argent, Dartware InterMapper, SNMPc, OPNET, GroundWork, Kaseya, GFI, Adrem NetCrunch, Hyperic HQ, OP5, Sciencelogic EM-7, Statseeker and many many more. (see notes below)
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What tool are you looking for? What information do you want to pull out from the network? What functionality? What is your budget? What type of reporting? Just to name a few topics: Availability monitoring, Application performance Monitoring. SNMP, ICMP, WMI, Netflow, sFlow, J-Flow, SNMP traps, Agentless, Agent based, IPSLA, NBAR, packet analyzers, wireless, VoIP, eventlog management, SIEM, syslog and many more.
What about cable patch management or Network Mapping Software?
Top 10 best network management software tools
The best network management tools depends on your budget. If your budget is limited, the number of tools available reduces considerably. As a general indication pricing starts at 5.000 US$ for the entry level SMB tools. There are a few tools available that should be considered as a typical point tool. These are below the 5.000 US$ level.
If you have suggestions, please let me know.
Notes and market watch
(1) In the networking market (tools), vendors will be bought by others. Products will be renamed and product will be discontinued. Also products will be bought and integrated with other larger product suites. Products will be repackaged and repriced (normally much higher). This gives you just a glimpse of the very dynamic and power behind the available tools.
(2) All products have advantages and disadvantages. That is the reason there are so many products available. You have to select the right set of tool(s) for your environment to keep the cost down with a maximum visibility of the things you want to know.