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.

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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
AggreGate Network Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Java Relative DB via JDBC, NoSQL, RRD Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes No 2017-10 5.4
Manage Engine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Java Relative DB via JDBC, NoSQL, RRD Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes No 2017-10 5.4
Argus - The all seeing 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
Cacti Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes PHP RRDtool, MySQL GPL Plugin Yes Yes 2017-10-22 1.1.27
Check MK Via plugin Yes Yes Yes Via plugin Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes C, Python RRDtool GPL Plugin Yes Yes 2016-11-24 1.2.8p14
collectd No No No No Push model;
multicast possible
Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing Yes No C RRDtool GPLv2 No Apache ACL Yes 2016-10-07 5.6.1
ExtraHop Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Full Control With ECM Yes Unknown Proprietary Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2017-09-20 7.0
FreeNATS Yes Yes No No Yes No No Via plugin Yes In PHP Code Full Control No No PHP MySQL 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 Viewing Yes Unknown C, PHP RRDtool BSD Yes No Unknown 2016-06-14 3.7.2
Hinemos Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Java PostgreSQL GPL Yes Yes Yes 2017-06-09 6.0.1
HPE Network Node Manager (NNMi) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Via integration Yes Yes 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 Supported Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes Full Control Yes Via plugin C[1] MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle Database GPL Yes Yes 2017-03-29 2.6.3
InterMapper Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing Yes Yes Windows, Linux & Mac OS PostgreSQL Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2017-07 6.1.5
Ipswitch: WhatsUp Gold Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes C++, Java MS SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2017-08-23 17.1.1
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
LogicMonitor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes SaaS Proprietary Commercial Yes Yes Yes automated monthly updates
Monitorix No No Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Viewing Yes Unknown Perl RRDtool GPL Unknown Yes Yes 2016-10-14 3.9.0
Munin No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Partial Viewing Via nodes Unknown Perl RRDtool GPL Unknown Unknown Yes 2016-09-19 2.0.26
Nagios Via plugin Yes Yes No Via plugin Supported Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Via plugin C Flat file, SQL (via ndoutils), MySql (Via Nconf) GPL Yes Yes Yes[2] 2017-02-23 4.3.1[3]
NeDi No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes 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 Yes Yes Yes Perl PostgreSQL BSD Yes Yes Yes 2017-10 2.036011[5]
NetXMS No Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes C++, Java MySQL, MS SQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQLite GPL Yes Yes No 2017-04-03 2.1-M3
NeuralStar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Unknown MS SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
CA UIM fka 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 2013-06-30 1.8.6
Octopussy No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Full control No Yes Perl, ASP MySQL GPL No Yes Unknown 2014-04-15 1.0.14
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 Monthly 7.3.0
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 Supported Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Java JRobin / RRDTool / Apache Cassandra, PostgreSQL AGPLv3 Yes Yes Yes 2017-06-08 20.0.0
Opmantek NMIS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Yes Perl MongoDB, RRDtool GPL, Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2015-10 8.5.10G
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, C, ExtJS SQL Commercial Yes Yes No 2017-07-11 5.4
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 Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes 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 Viewing Yes Yes C Perl, Python, POSIX, MinGW Flat file GPL, LGPL No Yes Yes 2016-11-15 3.11.6
Redcell Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Java, C++ MySQL, Oracle Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2017-10 7.4
ScienceLogic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Python MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
SevOne Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes C, C++, PHP MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes 2015-12 5.6.0.0[6]
Shinken Via plugin Yes Yes No Yes Supported Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes 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 Full Control Yes Yes .NET SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Spiceworks ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Xymon/Hobbit Yes Yes Yes No Via Plugin Via Plugin Via Plugin No Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Via Plugin C, Shell Flat file, RRDTool, MySQL via plugin GPL Via Plugin Apache ACL No 2016-03-24 4.3.27
Vigilo NMS Yes (NMS and NOC editions) Yes Yes Yes via integration Yes via integration Yes Yes Yes via Prelude SIEM Yes Yes 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) Yes via plugin 2017-09-14 4.1.0
Zabbix Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes C, PHP Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, IBM DB2, SQLite GPL Yes Yes Yes 2017-04-20 3.2.5
Zenoss Core Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Python, Java ZODB, MariaDB, Apache HBase Free Core GPL, Commercial Enterprise Yes Yes Yes 2016-11 5.1.9
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

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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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