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 MIB Compiler WebApp Distributed Monitoring Inventory Platform Data Storage Method License Maps Access Control IPv6 Latest release date Latest release version
Argus - The all seeing Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No 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 No Full Control Yes Yes Un­known MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes Un­known Un­known
Cacti Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Yes PHP RRDtool, MySQL GNU GPL Via plugin Yes Yes 2019-06-07 1.2.4
Checkmk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Yes C, Python RRDtool GNU GPL Yes Yes Yes 2020-08-19 1.6.0p16
collectd No No No No Push model;
multicast possible
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Viewing Yes No C RRDtool GNU GPL No Apache ACL Yes 2019-11-13 5.10
Cruz Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Yes Java, C++, .NET MySQL, Oracle Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2019-02 8.0.0
FreeNATS Yes Yes No No Yes No No Via plugin Yes In PHP Code No Full Control No No PHP MySQL GNU GPL No Yes Un­known 2011-07-09 1.13.3b
Ganglia No Yes Yes No Via gmond check in No Via plugin No Yes No No Viewing Yes Un­known C, PHP RRDtool BSD Yes No Un­known 2016-06-14 3.7.2
Hinemos Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Yes Java PostgreSQL GNU GPL Yes Yes Yes 2017-06-09 6.0.1
HPE Openview Network Node Manager (NNMi) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Via integration Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Yes C++, Java, Perl PostgreSQL, Oracle Database Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2016-08 10.20
Icinga Via plugin Yes Yes No Via plugin Yes Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Via plugin C[1] MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle Database GNU GPL Un­known Yes Yes 2019-03-19 2.10.4
InterMapper Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Viewing Yes Yes Windows, Linux & Mac OS PostgreSQL Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2017-07 6.1.5
isyVmon Yes Yes Yes No Via plugin No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Via plugin PHP RRDtool, MySQL Limited free, Commercial Via plugin Yes Yes Un­known Un­known
Kaseya Network Monitor Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Un­known FirebirdSQL Commercial Yes Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known
Munin No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Partial No Viewing Via nodes Un­known Perl RRDtool GNU GPL Un­known Un­known Yes 2020-03-24 2.0.59
Nagios Via plugin Yes Yes No Via plugin Yes Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes No Yes Yes Via plugin C Flat file, SQL (via ndoutils), MySql (Via Nconf) GNU GPL Yes Yes Yes[2] 2019-07-29 4.4.4[3]
NeDi No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Perl, PHP Pg, MySQL, RRDTool, MariaDB GPL3, Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2016-04 1.6[4]
Netdisco No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Perl PostgreSQL BSD Yes Yes Yes 2017-10 2.036011[5]
NetXMS Un­known Yes Un­known Un­known Yes Yes Yes Yes Un­known Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes C, Java Oracle, MySQL, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, IBM DB2, Tuxedo GNU GPL Yes Yes Un­known 2020-02-26 3.2.472
NeuralStar Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Yes Un­known MS SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes Un­known Un­known
CA UIM fka Nimsoft Monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Yes Un­known SQLServer, Oracle, MySQL Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2013-06-30 1.8.6
Octopussy No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Full control No Yes Perl, ASP MySQL GNU GPL No Yes No 2017-06-03 1.0.16
op5 Monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Via plugin C, PHP Flat file, SQL Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes Yes Monthly 7.3.0
OpenKBM Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Un­known Proprietary with JDBC support Commercial Yes Yes Yes Un­known Un­known
OpenNMS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Java JRobin / RRDTool / Apache Cassandra, PostgreSQL AGPLv3 Yes Yes Yes 2019-09-26 25.0.0
OPNET's AppResponse Xpert Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes No Un­known Un­known Commercial Yes Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known
Opsview Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes No Perl, C, ExtJS SQL Commercial Yes Yes No 2019-08-07 6.2
OSI NetExpert Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No 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 No Viewing, Reporting Yes Yes C++ SQLite, Microsoft SQL Server Commercial Yes Yes No 2014-07 5.5
PacketTrap Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Viewing, Reporting Yes Yes Un­known SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes Un­known Un­known
Pandora FMS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Yes Perl, PHP, C++, JavaScript MySQL, Oracle GPLv2, Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2017-07 7.0 NG 707
Performance Co-Pilot No Yes Yes No Yes Optional, Limited Yes Yes Yes Yes No Viewing Yes Yes C Perl, Python, POSIX, MinGW Flat file GPL, LGPL No Yes Yes 2016-11-15 3.11.6
PRTG Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Windows Flat file Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2020-11-24 20.4.64
ScienceLogic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Yes Python MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes Un­known Un­known
SevOne Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Yes C, C++, PHP MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2018-09 5.7.2.4[6]
Shinken Via plugin Yes Yes No Yes Yes Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes No Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Via plugin Python Flat file, MySQL, Oracle, Graphite, Sqlite, MongoDB AGPL Yes Yes Yes 2016-03-10 2.4.3
Solarwinds Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Yes .NET SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes Un­known Un­known
Spiceworks Un­known Yes Un­known Un­known Yes Yes Un­known Un­known Yes Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Yes PHP Sqlite Un­known Yes Un­known Un­known 2018-03-21 7.5.00107
CA Spectrum Yes Yes Perf. AddOn Perf. AddOn Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes C++, Java, JavaScript Sleepycat-QSL, MySQL Commercial, per Device Yes Yes Yes 2020-01-27 10.4.1
Xymon/Hobbit Yes Yes Yes No Via plugin Via plugin Via plugin No Yes Yes No Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Via plugin C, Shell Flat file, RRDTool, MySQL via plugin GNU GPL Via plugin Apache ACL No 2017-01-18 4.3.28
Vigilo NMS Yes (NMS and NOC editions) Yes Yes Yes via integration Yes via integration Yes Yes Yes via Prelude SIEM Yes Yes No Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes (NMS and NOC editions) Yes via GLPI Python, Perl PostgreSQL, RRDtool Free (GPLv2) OSS edition, Commercial NOC/NMS editions Yes (NMS and NOC editions) Yes (NMS and NOC editions) Via plugin 2017-09-14 4.1.0
Zabbix Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Yes C, PHP Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, IBM DB2, SQLite GNU GPL Yes Yes Yes 2020-11-09 5.2.1[7]
Zenoss Core Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Yes Python, Java ZODB, MariaDB, Apache HBase Free Core GPL, Commercial Enterprise Yes Yes Yes 2018-01-09 6.1.0
ZIS-System Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Full Control Yes Yes Windows MariaDB Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2020-02-01 5.8
Name IP SLA Reports Logical Grouping Trending Trend Prediction Auto Discovery Agentless SNMP Syslog Plugins Triggers / Alerts MIB Compiler 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.
Platform
The platform (Coding Language) on which the tool was developed/written.
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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-06-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "NRPE IPv6 Support".
  3. ^ "Nagios Core Changelog". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  4. ^ "NeDi Find It!". Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Netdisco!". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  6. ^ "What's New in 5.6 - SevOne". Archived from the original on 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  7. ^ "Zabbix Release Notes (newest Version)".