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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

LiveAction LiveNX

From a packet tracing standpoint, it was easy to setup and analyze an issue we were having with eigrp errors between 2 data centers. Took a few minutes to stand up on both sides and compare the traffic to determine hellos weren't being sent. On the other spectrum, had it had the analytics of such products as Extrahop, it could have recognized and alerted us of an internal DNS attack we had.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

  • If you are on a budget, this is one heck of a tool for the price (including the ~$200/year for the Pro subscription).
  • If you are OK with maintaining and updating open source tools, this is a great tool.
  • If you are afraid of the Linux command line or live in a Windows-centric world, this might not be the tool for you.
  • If you can't stand things occasionally not working, this is probably not a good fit.
Derek Dolan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

LiveAction LiveNX
7.3
Observium
Automated network device discovery
LiveAction LiveNX
7.8
Observium
Network monitoring
LiveAction LiveNX
7.8
Observium
Baseline threshold calculation
LiveAction LiveNX
5.0
Observium
Alerts
LiveAction LiveNX
7.3
Observium
Network capacity planning
LiveAction LiveNX
6.0
Observium
Packet capture analysis
LiveAction LiveNX
7.8
Observium
Network mapping
LiveAction LiveNX
7.3
Observium
Customizable reports
LiveAction LiveNX
10.0
Observium
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
LiveAction LiveNX
8.0
Observium
Hardware health monitoring
LiveAction LiveNX
6.0
Observium

Pros

LiveAction LiveNX

  • Network QOS Assessment, and recommendations, and point-and-click remediation
  • Network L2/L3 Assessment, and recommendations, and point-and-click remediation
  • Network Security Assessment, and recommendations, and point-and-click remediation
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

  • You can see the bits per second that are happening on the ports, which is fantastic.
  • Between logical interfaces, you can see how much bandwidth is being used per second/minute/hour.
  • You can infer power consumption and conflicting routes. Great tool to aggregate and visualize your distributed network.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

LiveAction LiveNX

  • I use it primarily as a monitoring tool from a security standpoint, so one complaint is that the filter creation process takes a little time to learn.
  • In the digital days of printing less, I do still need to print network diagrams for compliance documentation and some of the larger network diagrams documents do not print easily.
  • I wish the network connection lines were easier to see. They are typically very light and you have to drill down to see them more clearly.
Randy Zuehlke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

  • The documentation needs help. This product, like many other IT products, likes to skip the "101" stuff, assuming that you just inherently know how to do something, and the documentation is just for reference.
  • I have not been able to rely on the alerting engine as our primary way of knowing if devices are up or down. I'm sure that's just as much my fault as the software, but this is one area where commercial products tend to shine in comparison.
  • The autodiscovery of VMware virtual machines does not work properly if the ESX-level name of the VM doesn't match the VM's hostname. FileServer234 will be discovered, but "Server234 - File and Print" will not.
Derek Dolan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

LiveAction LiveNX

LiveAction LiveNX 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Can't really rate this, we never had to call support. The product wasn't complicated to setup and learn. We have a high level of network knowledge so the product was self-explanatory.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

Observium 5.0
Based on 1 answer
It's open source. Your mileage may vary. Sometimes the provided documentation is beyond frustrating, other times it's right on the mark.
Derek Dolan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

LiveAction LiveNX

There is not any other product that does exactly what LiveAction does. Some come about halfway close, like scrutinizer by Plixer. However, there is a gap with that product as it doesn't give proper quality of service recommendations, or to update l2/l3 configs to head off problems. Plixer's scrutinizer product costs about the same. It was a no-brainer to pick LiveAction.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

I haven't used other products that are similar to Observium. Observium is an open tool, with a robust feature set. There are elements of comparable monitoring across other tools, but nothing I've seen that is a complete parallel in terms of feature set and visualizations. If I were asked, I wouldn't have another tool to recommend over Observium.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

LiveAction LiveNX

  • Real time insight to network issues whether security related or not.
  • Great reporting features for executives.
Randy Zuehlke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

  • Observium is enterprise-level network monitoring without the cost involved.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

LiveAction LiveNX

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Observium

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

LiveAction LiveNX
7.8
Observium
8.0

Support Rating

LiveAction LiveNX
10.0
Observium
5.0

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