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Network monitoring - what options?

By G. Kim ·
I'm running a network that includes 13 LAN sites, 22 servers and more than 300 workstations. We have a fledgling ecommerce site and we're also supporting Lotus Notes, MS SQL and our primary servers are connected to a SAN. My team has been using a mix of tools to monitor system status and issue alerts, but I'm looking for something that integrates it all. We looked a OpenView, Tivoli, BMC Patrol and a couple of others, but they're either too expensive or are going to take a long time to customize. Anyone suggest anything else I should look at? Cost is a major factor.

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Network Monitoring

by rkelly In reply to Network monitoring - what ...
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open source

by zainalb In reply to Network monitoring - what ...

If the cost is major factor you can try look into open source solution such as
Nagios http://www.nagios.org/ or Zabbix http://www.zabbix.com/.

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Mix

by ntboss In reply to open source

Sounds like for your environment, MRTG would be a good fit. In addition, I recommend ks-soft's hostmonitor product for small to midsize environments. When cost is a concern, take advantage of your hardware vendors management platforms like HP's Insight Manager or Dell's Open Manage.

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Free isn't Free

by rkelly In reply to open source

Opensource is such a slippery slope. Usually what happens is that you start down that road and find that you are spending way too much time writing custom pollers, and spending man hours that could be better spent elsewhere. Sure if you are comparing it to the high cost of HP Openview, IBM Tivoli, or CA Unicenter. But these days there are products out there that are a mere fraction of the cost of the usual suspects, have a similar feature set, but take only weeks to implement. For example these guys are strong in this space. www.jjlabs.com

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under $1000 - Network Computing magazine review

by Liz NY In reply to Network monitoring - what ...

read it here
http://www.nwc.com/showitem.jhtml?docid=1519f4

I am using AdRem NetCrunch 3.0 Premium, I've chosen it mainly for its highly customized map views and alert management. I know it integrates well with OpenView, but do not know how it works with Tivoli or BMC, you need to check yourself.
Unlimited number of nodes can be monitored with a single license.

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