Famous Network Monitoring Tools

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1. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

It is a widely used comprehensive network monitoring tool that monitors devices with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). It automatically detects network devices connected to the network. All devices, services, or applications detected can also be viewed on a network topology map on which users can check how network infrastructure links together. It offers the NetPath feature which traces packet transfers hop-by-hop which is helpful to diagnose the origin of network issues more effectively. It has a custom alert system by which users can set trigger conditions for alerts. It notifies network faults via trouble tickets, emails, SMS, Slack channels, etc.

Features of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

  1. SNMP monitoring
  2. It can create Wifi heat maps
  3. Alerts system
  4. Reports system
  5. Network packet analysis

2. Datadog Network Monitoring Tool

It is one of the popular cloud-based SaaS infrastructure network monitoring tools for all networks and topologies. As it is based on the cloud, there is no need for server maintenance. It also has storage space for network monitoring statistics. It can monitor cloud resources, single-site LANs as well as multi-site WANs, etc. It uses SNMP for live statistics. It provides multiple tools like Ping, Proxy Ping, Traceroute, SNMP Ping, WMI Query Tool, CLI Query Tool for troubleshooting network issues.

Features of Datadog

  1. It is Scalable
  2. It provides an auto-discovery feature
  3. It is AI-based machine learning which offers capacity predictions
  4. Easy to use interface

3. ManageEngine OpManager

It is a network monitoring which monitors the performance of network devices, routers, servers, switches, as well as virtual machines in real-time. It has Customizable dashboards which offer more than 200 widgets for a unique monitoring experience.

SNMP monitoring helps you keep track of the reliability of devices within your network. It has a network mapping function to discover and map new devices automatically for improved visibility. To find new devices after they are added to the network, the user can schedule network discovery.

The system of alerts lets you respond quickly to changes in results. ManageEngine OpManager compares network events and provides the consumer with only appropriate notifications thus eliminating false positives.

Features of ManageEngine OpManager

  1. Automatic discovery of devices, servers, routers, etc.
  2. Customizable dashboards
  3. SNMP monitoring
  4. Network mapping
  5. Email and SMS alerts

4. Nagios Core

It is an open-source network monitoring tool which has a web interface for network monitoring. The GUI is color-coded, so features that are inaccessible or corrupted can easily be seen. It Monitors performance events via the alerts system, which sends email and SMS updates. To see what alerts were generated and when users can check the Alerts History section. The alert list is also color-coded, making it easier for important warnings to be prioritized. User can use APIs to integrate them with other network services.

Features of Nagios Core

  1. Performance dashboard
  2. Alerts system
  3. Availability reports
  4. Capacity planning
  5. Easy to use and simple GUI

5. Nmap

Nmap is one of the widely used network monitoring tools which offers network discovery as well as security auditing. User can perform various networking based functions like network inventory, service maintenance upgrades, etc. It offers numerous advanced techniques for mapping networks with firewalls, IP filters, routers, etc.

Features of NMap

  1. It can scan large networks of thousands of machines.
  2. It is easy to use
  3. It is a great tool for penetration testing

6. Splunk

It is a popular network monitoring tool which helps in simplifying and modernizing IT operations. It seamlessly monitors the network and troubleshoots issues related to networking with the help of Real-time and Predictive Insights

Features of Splunk

  1. SNMP monitoring
  2. It Scans network devices by IP segment
  3. Threshold-based alerts system
  4. Bandwidth monitoring
  5. It provides Custom dashboards and Reports system
  6. Customizable network maps

7. Zabbix

It is an open-source network monitoring software that combines server, network, application, cloud, and services monitoring into a single unified solution. It uses IPMP and SNMP to monitor network. It automatically discovers network devices and adds those devices to get monitored. It detects configuration changes automatically if there are any changes in the network device.

Features of Zabbix

  1. Auto- discovery feature
  2. SNMP and IPMP monitoring
  3. Application monitoring
  4. Server monitoring
  5. Network monitoring templates
  6. Alerts system

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