Most of our customers have turned off their so called "Enterprise
Network Management Platforms" because they are just too expensive
and time consuming to keep going, and have never actually done
much for them accept ping the devices and show a pretty map.
I don't think there is a 'best'. The industry has a long way
to go before any product could be put into that catagory.
Hmm, easy to configure ? that is quite subjective. We see a
lot of customer networks in Aus/NZ/USA, and find most people
are moving to 'point products': smaller, easier to
install/use/maintain, which do their job well, but don't
necessarily integrate. We rarely get surprised these days when
we see quite large networks being monitored by a box thrashing
its guts out running MRTG with all the other software gathering
dust on the shelf. They typically end up with a combination of
MRTG + vendor device management software (eg. Ciscoworks or
Nortel stuff) + their other favourate point products + Statscout.
Scale is our really big market advantage.
> the best I think is ehealth from concord.com it is very easy to configure
> and very expensive.
> But this rocks !
> We are going to by it this year.
>> Hi :
>> Since all the equipment is Cisco , I think the HP openview + Ciscoworks+
>> Ciscoview is enough .
>> > > Hello,
>> > > I have been looking for a network management / monitoring software
>> > > for a period of time. I tried hp openview and cisco works, since my
>> > > network is not a very large one, trying to implement those enterprise
>> > > software solutions is wasting my time only.
>> > > Almost all my devices are cisco, all i need is to get notified by
>> > > email or sms when a node or an interface changes status, or a
>> > > threshold is reached. I use mrtg for monitoring the cpu and other
>> > > components, but i still should check my mrtg stats every second.
>> > > if i could make the alarms to be meaningful in HP OV, it really would
>> > > be perfect solution but i dont have a deep knowledge of snmp, besides
>> > > i dont want to be a nms admin or deal with mibs or oids all the time.
>> > > I ll really appreciate if someone can advice me a suitable and easy
>> > > to implement nms.
>> > > some sources of info would be really helpful too.
>> > > Thanks in advance.
>> > > Shibumi
>> > I have been trying out NMIS (Network Management Information System).
>> > It
>> > uses RRDTools to collect network traffic information. It can also
>> > collect syslog and show those through a web browser. This is more for
>> > monitoring than management.
>> > http://www.sins.com.au/nmis/
>> > Here is some info from their web site.
>> > Introduction
>> > NMIS stands for Network Management Information System. It is a Network
>> > Management System which performs multiple functions from the OSI
>> > Network Management Functional Areas, those being, Performance,
>> > Configuration, Fault.
>> > It started as a SNMP polling and statistics viewer front-end to Tobi
>> > Oetiker's RRDTool. RRDTool replaces MRTG but doesn't include a front
>> > and backend to handle SNMP polling and display resulting web pages etc.
>> > The original NMIS evolved quite rapidly to meet demands of production
>> > environments. The backend, polling engine, uses SNMP to collect
>> > interface and health statistics for Cisco Routers, certain Cisco
>> > Switches and Generic SNMP devices every 5 minutes.
>> > The backend stores the statistics in RRD's (Round Robin Databases) and
>> > ensures that devices are up, issues alerts, etc. The front end
>> > accesses the information stored in the RRD's and displays statistics
>> > the
>> > graphs, reports, etc.
>> > Both the front and back ends are highly extensible and features are
>> > easy
>> > to add as the structure is learnt. For example the backend was just
>> > collecting interface statistics every poll cycle, it was easy to add
>> > collection of health (cpu, memory, buffer, etc) and response time,
>> > availability.
>> > I will continue to spell out more about NMIS but for now, have a look
>> > at the Features and Benefits, Install it and see what it can do.
>> > NMIS is released as GPL software, please ensure that you read the
>> > as by using this software you are bound by it.