My Work Place had a pitiful NMS system for 6 years without maintenance.
Many functions were not working, and the system was quite slow even though bare-metal server had high performance.
It just barely breathed, Literally.
For many days, I had researched for Network Management Systems.
My site requirements are as below.
- Network & Server Monitoring Support
- E-Mail or SMS Notification Support
- Monitoring with ICMP, SNMP, Specific Service Port
- Netflow Support
- Wireless System Support
- Firewall Monitor
Paessler PRTG is supporting above all except Configuration Archive.
CISCO PI is only supporting CISCO Products.
Manageengine & Solarwinds are supporting all but i don’t feel good. but when I have a chance, I want to try
Ipswitch was simple and heavy in the past.
Open Source NMS like Cacti, Zabbix, Pandora FMS and Nagios consumed my time to monitor what i need.
I chose Passler PRTG. There are many reason but, the most attractive thing was intuitive user interface.
I could see easily whole sensors and after a month unlimited trial, 100 sensors were free !
100 sensors are not 100 devices. If i add a 48-port switch for monitor, to see all interface bandwidth, it requires 48 + 5(cpu, icmp, last booting, memory) sensors.
Keep in mind, they don’t support full netflow IP & Port information and Configuration Archive.
Now My next Journey is Netflow Collector