Comparison of network monitoring systems

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The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of network monitoring systems. Please see the individual products' articles for further information.

Features[edit]

Name IP SLA Reports Logical Grouping Trending Trend Prediction Auto Discovery Agentless SNMP Syslog Plugins Triggers / Alerts WebApp Distributed Monitoring Inventory Platform Data Storage Method License Maps Access Control IPv6 Latest release date Latest release version
AccelOps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Unknown PostgreSQL Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
AggreGate Network Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Java MySQL, MS SQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Firebird, HSQLDB Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
Argus Yes Yes Yes Yes No Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Unknown Perl Flat file, Berkeley DB Artistic License No Yes Yes 2013-02 3.7
Avaya VPFM Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Unknown MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Axence nVision No Yes No No Yes No Yes Only send to No Yes Viewing, Reporting No Yes Delphi PostgreSQL Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes No 2014-07 7.5.2.16205
Cacti Yes Yes Yes Yes Via plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes PHP RRDtool, MySQL GPL Plugin Yes Yes 2013-08 0.8.8b
Centina Systems NetOmnia Yes Yes Yes Yes Via plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Java MySQL Commercial Plugin Yes Yes 2013-09 5.4.3
Check MK Via plugin Yes Yes Yes Via plugin Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes C, Python RRDtool GPL Plugin Yes Unknown 2014-02 1.2.4
collectd No No No No Push model;
multicast possible
Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing Yes No C RRDtool GPLv2 No Apache ACL Yes 2013-08 5.4
GroundWork Inc. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Perl PostgreSQL, RRDTool Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes No 2013-10 7.0
ExtraHop Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Full Control With ECM Yes Unknown Proprietary Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2013-12 3.10
FreeNATS Yes Yes No No Yes No No Via plugin Yes In PHP Code Full Control No No PHP MySQL GPL No Yes Unknown
Ganglia No Yes Yes No Via gmond check in No Via plugin No Yes No Viewing Yes Unknown C, PHP RRDtool BSD Yes No Unknown 2013-02 3.5.7
HP Network Node Manager (NNMi) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Via integration Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Unknown PostgreSQL, Oracle Database Commercial Yes Yes Yes
IBM Tivoli Network Manager Possible via configuration Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown MySQL, Oracle Database, DB2 Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Icinga Via plugin Yes Yes No Via plugin Supported Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes Full Control Yes Via plugin C[1] MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle Database GPL Yes Yes Yes 2014-05 1.11.3
InterMapper Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing Yes Yes Windows, Linux & MacOS PostgreSQL Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2014–01 v5.7.1
IPHost Network Monitor Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes No Unknown FirebirdSQL Commercial No No Unknown
isyVmon Yes Yes Yes No Via plugin No Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Via plugin PHP RRDtool, MySQL Limited free, Commercial Via plugin Yes Yes
Kaseya Network Monitor Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Unknown FirebirdSQL Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
ManageEngine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Yes SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Monitorix No No Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Viewing Yes Unknown Perl RRDtool GPL Unknown Yes Yes 2014-05-06 3.5.1
Munin No No Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Partial Viewing Via nodes Unknown Perl RRDtool GPL Unknown Unknown Yes 2013-03 2.0.12
Nagios Via plugin Yes Yes No Via plugin Supported Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Via plugin C, PHP Flat file, SQL GPL Yes Yes Yes[2] 2014-03-14 4.0.4[3]
NetCrunch Possible via configuration Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging No Yes Unknown SQL Commercial Yes Yes No 2013-12 7.3
NetQoS Performance Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
Network Instruments Observer Infrastructure Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Unknown Proprietary Database Commercial Yes Yes Yes
NetXMS No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes No C++ MySQL, MS SQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQLite GPL Yes Yes No 2013-09 1.2.9
NeuralStar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Unknown MS SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
CA Nimsoft Monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Yes Unknown SQLServer, Oracle, MySQL Limited free,Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Observium Yes Yes Yes No Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control No Yes PHP RRDtool, MySQL QPL, Commercial Yes Yes Yes Rolling release N/A
OpenKBM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Proprietary with JDBC support Commercial Yes Yes Yes
OpenNMS Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Java JRobin / RRDTool, PostgreSQL GPLv3 Yes Yes Yes 2014-04 1.12.6
Opmantek NMIS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Yes Perl MongoDB, RRDtool GPL, Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2013-05 8.4.2G
OPNET's AppResponse Xpert Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes No Unknown Unknown Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
Opsview Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes No Perl SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
op5 Monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Via plugin C, PHP Flat file, SQL Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2013-05 6.1.1
OSI NetExpert Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Java, C++ Oracle Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2013-04 10.0
PA Server Monitor No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Viewing, Reporting Yes Yes C++ SQLite, Microsoft SQL Server Commercial Yes Yes No 2014-7 5.5
PacketTrap Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Reporting Yes Yes Unknown SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Pandora FMS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Perl, PHP, C++ MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle GPLv2, Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2014-01 5.0
PathSolutions Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes C SQLite Commercial Yes Yes No 2013-02-01 V4.3
Performance Co-Pilot No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes C Perl, Python, POSIX, MinGW Flat file GPL, LGPL No Yes Yes 2014-03 3.9.1
PRTG Network Monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Unknown Proprietary Freeware and Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Scrutinizer Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Yes Unknown MySQL Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes Yes
ScienceLogic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Python MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
ServersCheck Yes Yes Yes No Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes No Unknown Flat file, ODBC Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
SevOne Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes C, PHP MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2013-09 5.3.0
Shinken Via plugin Yes Yes No Yes No Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Via plugin Python Flat file, MySQL, Oracle, Graphite, Sqlite, MongoDB AGPL Yes Yes Yes 2014-08 2.0
Solarwinds Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes .NET SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
CA Spectrum Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes C, Java Berkeley DB, MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2013-10 9.3.0
TclMon Yes Yes Yes No Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing No No Unknown RRDTool BSD Yes Yes No 2009-12 1.1.1
uptime software Yes Yes Yes No Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes No Java (Windows, Linux) MySQL, SQL, Oracle Commercial Yes Yes Unknown 2014-04 7.3
Verax NMS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes No Unknown Oracle, SQL, Commercial Yes Yes Unknown 2014-06 2.5.4
Xymon/Hobbit Yes Yes Yes No Via Plugin Via Plugin Via Plugin No Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging Yes Via Plugin C, Shell Flat file, RRDTool, MySQL via plugin GPL Via Plugin Apache ACL No 2014-02 4.3.17
Zabbix Yes Yes Yes No Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes C, PHP Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, IBM DB2, SQLite GPL Yes Yes Yes 2014-04 2.2.3
Zenoss Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Python, Java ZODB, MySQL, RRDtool Free Core GPL, Commercial Enterprise Yes Yes Yes 2014-04 4.2.5
Zyrion Traverse Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Java SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2013-08 5.6
Name IP SLA Reports Logical Grouping Trending Trend Prediction Auto Discovery Agentless SNMP Syslog Plugins Triggers / Alerts WebApp Distributed Monitoring Inventory Platform Data Storage Method License Maps Access Control IPv6 Latest release date Latest release version

Legend[edit]

Product Name 
The name of the software, linked to its Wikipedia article.
IP SLAs Reports 
Support of Cisco's IP Service Level Agreement mechanism.
Logical Grouping 
Supports arranging the hosts or devices it monitors into user-defined groups.
Trending 
Provides trending of network data over time.
Trend Prediction 
The software features algorithms designed to predict future network statistics.
Auto Discovery 
The software automatically discovers hosts or network devices it is connected to.
Agentless 
The product does not rely on a software agent that must run on hosts it is monitoring, so that data can be pushed back to a central server. "Supported" means that an agent may be used, but is not mandatory. An SNMP daemon does not count as an agent.
SNMP 
Able to retrieve and report on SNMP statistics.
Syslog 
Able to receive and report on Syslogs.
Plugins 
Architecture of the software based on a number of 'plugins' that provide additional functionality.
Triggers/Alerts 
Capable of detecting threshold violations in network data, and alerting the administrator in some form.
WebApp 
Runs as a web-based application.
  • No: There is no web-based frontend for this software.
  • Viewing: Network data can be viewed in a graphical web-based frontend.
  • Acknowledging: Users can interact with the software through the web-based frontend to acknowledge alarms or manipulate other notifications.
  • Reporting: Specific reports on network data can be configured by the user and executed through the web-based frontend.
  • Full Control: ALL aspects of the product can be controlled through the web-based frontend, including low-level maintenance tasks such as software configuration and upgrades.
Distributed Monitoring 
Able to leverage more than one server to distribute the load of network monitoring.
Inventory 
Keeps a record of hardware and/or software inventory for the hosts and devices it monitors.
Data Storage Method 
Main method used to store the network data it monitors.
License 
License released under (e.g. GPL, BSD license, etc.).
Maps 
Features graphical network maps that represent the hosts and devices it monitors, and the links between them.
Access Control 
Features user-level security, allowing an administrator to prevent access to certain parts of the product on a per-user or per-role basis.
IPv6 
Supports monitoring IPv6 hosts and/or devices, receiving IPv6 data, and running on an IPv6-enabled server. Supports communication using IPv6 to the SNMP agent via an IPv6 address.

Release history[edit]

Name First public release date First public release version First stable release date First stable release version Latest stable release version date Latest testing release version date
AccelOps ? ? ? ? ? ?
AggreGate Network Manager ? ? ? ? ? ?
AggreGate Network Manager ? ? ? ? ? ?
Avaya VPFM ? ? ? ? ? ?
Axence nVision January,2007 2.1 January,2007 2.1 7.5.2/July 2014 ?
Cacti ? ? ? ? ? ?
Centina Systems NetOmnia June,2006 1.0 June,2006 1.0 5.4.3/Sep 2013 5.5
collectd ? ? ? ? ? ?
Dhyan Network management System ? ? ? ? ? ?
dopplerVUE ? ? ? ? ? ?
ExtraHop ? ? ? ? ? ?
Name First public release date First public release version First stable release date First stable release version Latest stable release version date Latest testing release version date
FreeNATS ? ? ? ? ? ?
Ganglia ? ? ? ? ? ?
HP Network Node Manager (NNMi) ? ? ? ? ? ?
Kaseya Network Monitor ? ? ? ? ? ?
IBM Tivoli Network Manager ? ? ? ? ? ?
Icinga ? ? ? ? ? ?
InterMapper ? ? ? ? v5.7.1 January 20, 2014 ?
IPHost Network Monitor ? ? ? ? ? ?
isyVmon ? ? ? ? ? ?
Name First public release date First public release version First stable release date First stable release version Latest stable release version date Latest testing release version date
Monitorix ? ? ? ? 3.0.0 / February 18, 2013 (2013-02-18) ?
Munin ? ? ? ? ? ?
Nagios March 14, 1999 (1999-03-14) ? ? ? 4.0.4 / March 14, 2014 (2014-03-14)[3] ?
NetCrunch ? ? ? ? 7.3 / November 2013 (2013-11) ?
NetQoS Performance Center ? ? ? ? ? ?
Network Instruments Observer Infrastructure ? ? ? ? ? ?
NetXMS ? ? ? ? ? ?
Nimsoft Monitoring Solution ? ? ? ? ? ?
Observium ? ? ? ? ? ?
Name First public release date First public release version First stable release date First stable release version Latest stable release version date Latest testing release version date
OpenKBM ? ? ? ? ? ?
OpenNMS ? ? ? ? 1.10.8 / January 2013 (2013-01) ?
Opmantek NMIS 1999 ? ? ? 8.5G / June 2014 (2014-06) ?
OPNET's AppResponse Xpert ? ? ? ? ? ?
Opsview ? ? ? ? ? ?
op5 Monitor ? ? ? ? ? ?
OSI NetExpert ? ? ? ? 10.0 / April 17, 2013 (2013-04-17) 10.1 / June 12, 2013 (2013-06-12)
PA Server Monitor 2004 1.0.0.6 ? ? 5.4.0.156 / May 2014 (2014-05)[4] ?
PacketTrap ? ? ? ? ? ?
Pandora FMS October 14, 2004 (2004-10-14) ? ? ? 5.0 SP2 / December 27, 2013; 8 months ago (2013-12-27)[5] ?
PathSolutions ? ? ? ? v4.3 / February 13, 2013; 18 months ago (2013-02-13)[6] ?
Performance Co-Pilot ? ? ? ? ? ?
PRTG Network Monitor ? ? ? ? ? ?
Scrutinizer ? ? ? ? ? ?
Name First public release date First public release version First stable release date First stable release version Latest stable release version date Latest testing release version date
ServersCheck ? ? ? ? ? ?
SevOne ? ? ? ? ? ?
Shinken ? ? ? ? ? ?
Solarwinds ? ? ? ? 10.7 / April 17, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-04-17)[7] ?
Spiceworks ? ? ? ? 6.2 / January 29, 2013; 19 months ago (2013-01-29) ?
TclMon ? ? ? ? ? ?
uptime software June 2002 (2002-06) up.time 1.0 June 2002 1.0 7.3 / April 2014; 5 months ago (2014-04)[8] ?
Verax NMS ? ? ? ? ? ?
Xymon/Hobbit ? ? ? ? 4.3.0 / August 6, 2012 (2012-08-06) ?
Name First public release date First public release version First stable release date First stable release version Latest stable release version date Latest testing release version date
Zabbix April 7, 2001 (2001-04-07) 1.0alpha1 23 March 2004 1.0 2.2.3 / April 7, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-04-07) 2.2.1rc1 / December 3, 2013; 9 months ago (2013-12-03)
Zenoss ? ? ? ? 4.2.5 / April 24, 2014; 4 months ago (2014-04-24) ?
Zyrion Traverse ? ? ? ? 5.5.348 / July 5, 2013; 14 months ago (2013-07-05) 5.6.102 / August 19, 2013; 12 months ago (2013-08-19)

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