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ManageEngine OpManager is a network management solution that includes network and server monitoring, bandwidth analysis, configuration management and fault management. The solution is suitable for businesses of all sizes. OpManager... Read more
Naverisk is a remote monitoring and management solution for businesses of all sizes. The solution is used by managed service providers and IT professionals. Key features include technology monitoring, management patching, alerting,... Read more
EventSentry is an on-premise network monitoring solution that helps businesses monitor the performance of their IP-based devices such as routers, switches and workstations. EventSentry offers four core functionalities: managing logs,... Read more
germain APM is a user experience (UX) analytics platform designed to assist IT developers with proactive detection and resolution to improve user interface technology or design. Key features include user research, animation, screen... Read more
NetFlow Analyzer is an on-premise solution that helps businesses manage processes for analyzing network traffic and monitoring bandwidth usage. Key features include baseline manager, web traffic reporting, network diagnosis and intrusion... Read more
Datadog is a network monitoring tool that helps companies gain visibility into application performance. The software provides an overview of a product to a single SQL query and correlates app performance or errors with infrastructure... Read more
Domotz PRO is a cloud-enabled network monitoring and management solution that is best suited for small to large businesses alike. Key features of the platform include networking monitoring, remote management and troubleshooting,... Read more
PRTG Network Monitor
PRTG Network Monitor
PRTG Network Monitor is an on-premise and cloud-based network monitoring solution. It caters to businesses of all sizes across multiple industry verticals and is compatible with Windows 7 or later. Primary features include network... Read more
Kaseya VSA is a cloud-based network monitoring solution for businesses of all sizes across various industries. It provides a central console for managing IT operations including handling complaints, ticketing, auditing, monitoring... Read more
Pulseway is an integrated IT assets and network monitoring solution designed for IT administrators to remotely monitor and control their business IT resources. The solution supports multi-deployment architecture, allowing the users... Read more
Opsgenie is a cloud-based ITSM solution that helps developers and operational teams make strategies for service disruptions and remain in control at the time of incidents. It comes with native applications for Android and iOS enabling... Read more
ConnectWise Automate (Formerly LabTech) is a cloud-based and on-premise IT automation solution that helps companies track and manage IT assets from a single location. Content management features allow users to share documents and... Read more
NinjaRMM is an ITSM solution for small and midsize businesses in education, health care, manufacturing, IT and more. Key features include network monitoring and task automation tools, remote controls, background management, patch management,... Read more
LogicMonitor is a cloud-based network performance monitoring solution that helps businesses monitor on-premise, cloud-based and hybrid data centers, as well as physical devices, from a single platform. LogicMonitor automatically discovers... Read more
Belonging to the monitoring software family, CloudStats keeps employees informed on the state of their infrastructure 24x7. Running on the cloud, it sends users notifications through Skype messages, email and slack notifications... Read more
Auvik is an IT asset and network monitoring solution designed for managed service providers (MSPs) to manage entire network infrastructures, including physical servers, data centers, workstations and more. The solution offers the visibility... Read more
WhatsUp Gold is an on-premise network monitoring solution designed for IT enterprises and managed service providers (MSPs). The solution helps them to manage their IT infrastructure and network activities. It offers tools for discovering,... Read more
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is a cloud-based network monitoring solution that enables users to detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance issues. The solution allows users to design a customizable topology for... Read more
Netreo is a cloud-based IT infrastructure management solution, which helps organizations manage applications, networks and systems. The platform comes with an automated notification system, which allows enterprises to configure failure... Read more
NetCrunch is an on-premise network monitoring, alerting and reporting solution suitable for businesses of all sizes across various industry sectors. The solution helps businesses remotely visualize their system performance and monitor... Read more
Organizations with highly trafficked websites or intranets must make sure that their sites are always accessible, with little to no downtime. To achieve this, many organizations rely on network monitoring software, a type of business security software, to track and manage network related issues.
This guide will give you a glimpse of the network monitoring software landscape so that you can better understand which choice is right for your organization.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
What Is Network Monitoring Software?
System administrators use network monitoring software to identify bottlenecks, slow spots, malicious threats and overall server performance. Users can find issues before they become serious problems and receive alerts when the network is experiencing problems. This software is also used to gauge metrics such as response time and server uptime.
Many of the available options provide activity dashboards that visualize overall usage statistics such as traffic, bandwidth, memory consumption and bandwidth and memory consumption.
Network monitoring software is essential for large organizations with multiple server locations, as it provides an overview of all of a network’s performance statistics and data in one place, allowing the system administrator to quickly identify and respond to network issues. Businesses should also consider options provided within the website monitoring directory to better understand the solutions that are available.
Common Network Monitoring Software Features
Below are some common network monitoring software features that are available in most of the major vendors’ platforms.
|IP SLA||Internet Protocol Service Level Agreements (IP SLA) ensure that the network is performing as guaranteed. The agreements set specific metrics for server performance. The system administrator can run reports that test and measure those key performance indicators.|
|Trend prediction||Trend prediction collects historical network data to forecast future network issues.|
|SNMP||Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a network management operations standard. Most network monitoring software platforms are fully compatible with SNMP.|
|Alerts||Network administrators can set up custom alerts which are sent via email, text or phone when the network reaches the threshold for certain problems.|
|Inventory||Users can track physical hardware devices and software within their organization.|
|Distributed monitoring||Users can offload an overwhelmed server’s resources to another server within their organization.|
What Type of Buyer Are You?
The size of your business can significantly impact your networking monitoring software needs. In general, desired features and the scale of the solution can be divided between small businesses and large enterprises:
- Small business. A small business with only one server location and moderate amounts of internal and external traffic typically does not need fully featured network monitoring software. Small business users usually just need to ensure that their networks are being properly maintained and that they are aware of any potential issues.
- Large enterprises. Big businesses with multiple server locations across different geographical locations typically need more advanced network monitoring features. Their network administrators usually need more advanced tools to prevent and diagnose network-related issues.
Many network monitoring software platforms are available for free, with limited features or with additional fees for larger server networks. Spiceworks, for example, offers a freely available network monitoring platform, but displays ads within the software and charges fees for premium features.
Most paid network monitoring platforms charge a monthly fee based on the size of the network. Users typically pay additional fees when adding new server locations to their network, and pay extra for support and premium features or add ons.
Key Considerations for Network Monitoring Software
Before you start the process of evaluating potential network monitoring systems for your organization, you should detail all your requirements and categorize them based on their importance. Below are some of the parameters that can help you identify the best solution:
Scope of the system. The network monitoring system that you select should be capable of handling all the different variations that you require in your process. For instance, it should be able to handle virtual environments, process specific network devices and monitor multiple geographical locations.
Customization in process and other specific priorities. Since every organization and their monitoring requirements differ widely, the solution must be customizable in terms of alerts generated and the process for each alert. As a buyer, you must know exactly what you want to monitor and whether you need alerts for your support teams, reporting only or both.
Automated discovery of components. A network monitoring system with an automatic discovery module is especially important if you operate a large network across multiple locations. It’s not always possible to physically send in a technical team member to check on components, so the automatic discovery feature is quite useful. For example, whenever a new network component is added to a network monitoring solution, the automatic discovery module scans the new component using Simple Network Management protocol (SNMP) and updates the system to ensure that the network map is up to date.
Scalability. Your network should be able to grow alongside your business. So, the solution you select must be able to scale and handle changes effectively.
After-hours support model. Another critical factor is whether the solution you choose has an after-hours support model that meets all your requirements. Be sure to check the overall process and procedures for after-hours incidents beforehand.
Clearly defined service level agreements (SLA). This is one of the most important parameters to check before going with any networking monitoring solution. You must know the escalation process and timing of each option. If the SLA does not match your requirements then you can ask for a different SLA that matches your specific needs.
Location of support contacts. As a network monitoring solution buyer, be sure to know the location of your support contacts and also about the type of network that they're monitoring for you. You should note whether they are located in your area, region or country and also how this will impact their overall support service.
Availability of internal IT staff. Make sure that you have enough resources and internal IT team members to handle any additional work that is generated by your network monitoring solution. The internal team must be able to triage incidents and interpret reports. In case a network issue occurs, the internal IT team must be aware of its specific role and communication needs.