Network Monitoring Tools

Network Monitoring Tools Overview

Network Monitoring Tools are the activities, methods, procedures, and tools utilized in the operation, administration, maintenance, and provisioning of networked systems.


Network monitoring tools continuously monitor a network for problems such as slow or failing components (caused by overloaded and/or crashed servers, network connections or other devices), and will alert the network administrator in case of severe slowdowns or outages. Commonly measured metrics include response time, availability and uptime, consistency and reliability.


Network monitoring systems are typically employed on large scale corporate IT networks.

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Network Monitoring Products

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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

SolarWinds NPM is a monitoring and performance management platform. It provides performance troubleshooting support, auto network discovery, customizable thresholds, and can be rapidly deployed.

Key Features

  • Network monitoring (229)
    90%
    9.0
  • Alerts (226)
    89%
    8.9
  • Hardware health monitoring (213)
    88%
    8.8
ScienceLogic SL1

ScienceLogic is a system and application monitoring and performance management platform. ScienceLogic collects and aggregates data across and IT ecosystems and contextualizes it for actionable insights with the SL1 product offering.

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is network diagnostics and troubleshooting technology, from Austin-based SolarWinds.

Auvik
Customer Verified
Top Rated

Auvik's cloud-based network management software gives users insight into the networks they manage, and automates complex and time-consuming network tasks. Real-time network mapping and inventory mean users know what's where, even as users move. Automated config backup and restore…

Key Features

  • Network monitoring (82)
    83%
    8.3
  • Automated network device discovery (82)
    81%
    8.1
  • Alerts (81)
    79%
    7.9
Cisco DNA Center

Cisco DNA Center is the network management system, foundational controller, and analytics platform at the heart of Cisco’s intent-based network. DNA Center addresses the demands of digitization, cloud, IoT, and mobility by eliminating IT complexity and facilitating alignment with…

PRTG Network Monitor

PRTG Network Monitor is the flagship offering from German software company Paessler, for monitoring local and wide area networks (LANs & WANs), servers, websites, apps, and more.

Key Features

  • Alerts (53)
    95%
    9.5
  • Network monitoring (52)
    93%
    9.3
  • Hardware health monitoring (50)
    78%
    7.8
Atera
Customer Verified
Top Rated
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Atera offers a comprehensive solution for MSPs and IT Professionals. The platform provides in one integrated solution: full remote monitoring and management (RMM), PSA, remote access, patch management, billing, and reports. Atera’s pricing model also helps managed IT service providers…

Key Features

  • Automated alerts and notifications (51)
    84%
    8.4
  • Remote monitoring (50)
    84%
    8.4
  • Administrator access control (82)
    78%
    7.8
Catchpoint
Customer Verified
Top Rated

Catchpoint is a Digital Experience Observability platform that aims to empower teams to confidently own the end-user experience. Per the vendor, Fortune 500 enterprises trust Catchpoint's observability platform to provide unparalleled visibility and insight, which enables them to…

N-able RMM

SolarWinds Remote Monitoring & Management (RMM) is a cloud-based system monitoring offering for Managed Service Providers. It provides a full monitoring and management suite, including automation and threat detection capabilities, and can integrate with other SolarWinds products.

SolarWinds ipMonitor

SolarWinds ipMonitor is a lightweight performance monitoring tool. It enables monitoring from a single console and out-of-the-box visibility, with some automation available.

Key Features

  • Network monitoring (23)
    88%
    8.8
  • Alerts (23)
    87%
    8.7
  • Customizable reports (23)
    69%
    6.9
Datadog

Datadog is a monitoring service for IT, Dev and Ops teams who write and run applications at scale, and want to turn the massive amounts of data produced by their apps, tools and services into actionable insight.

N-able N-central

MSPs and IT professionals use N-able™ N-central® to monitor and manage devices and complex networks remotely. N-central provides visibility and efficiency as the user's needs scale. N-central can help users: 1. Proactively monitor everything on a customer network—not just servers…

Microsoft System Center

Microsoft System Center Suite is a family of IT management software for network monitoring, updating and patching, endpoint protection with anti-malware, data protection and backup, ITIL- structured IT service management, remote administration and more. It is available in two editions:…

Cisco Nexus Dashboard
Customer Verified
Top Rated

Cisco Nexus Dashboard provides a simplified, centralized data center dashboard that enables businesses to manage their hybrid cloud network operations.

Progress WhatsUp Gold

WhatsUp Gold developed by Ipswitch (acquired by Progress Software May 2019) offers network performance monitoring and mapping. It supports core monitoring features, including automated workflows and network capacity planning, and monitors across hybrid environments.

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution is that company's option... for LAN management.

Site24x7 All-in-One Monitoring

Site24x7 from ManageEngine is a full-stack application, website, server, cloud and network monitoring tool. Site24x7 offers code-level diagnostics and customizable error thresholds, end-to-end monitoring with topology visualization tools, and mobile accessibility.

Key Features

  • Remote monitoring (11)
    91%
    9.1
  • Multiple Server Monitoring (10)
    87%
    8.7
  • Automated alerts and notifications (11)
    86%
    8.6
SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

SolarWinds® Engineer’s Toolset (ETS) helps users monitor and troubleshoot a network with over 60 tools for network management. ETS allows users to monitor and receive alerts in real time on network availability and health, and perform network diagnostics for faster troubleshooting…

Lansweeper

Lansweeper - Network Discovery and IT Asset Management Software Lansweeper is an IT asset management solution that provides network discovery of all connected users, devices, and software within the IT estate. Lansweeper's advanced device recognition capabilities allow for complete…

Key Features

  • Software and hardware inventory tracking (10)
    100%
    10.0
  • Asset relationship management (9)
    99%
    9.9
  • License management (6)
    96%
    9.6
Pulseway

Pulseway is an IT monitoring and management solution that enables users to monitor, manage and control all systems and servers from a smartphone, tablet or browser. For system administrators, Pulseway sends a notification, so they can see an issue and sort it in seconds. Pulseway…

Forescout Platform (CounterACT)

Forescout Technologies headquartered in San Jose actively defends the Enterprise of Things by identifying, segmenting and enforcing compliance of every connected thing. Forescout boasts a widely deployed, enterprise-class platform at scale across IT, IoT, and OT managed and unmanaged…

Intermapper

Intermapper is a network monitoring and mapping software for hybrid environments. Intermapper provides real-time performance alerts and bandwidth monitoring with cross-platform functionality.

Key Features

  • Network monitoring (7)
    100%
    10.0
  • Alerts (7)
    100%
    10.0
  • Network mapping (6)
    95%
    9.5
Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Manager, formerly from CA Technologies, is a unified tool for systems monitoring and analytics. It offers multiple deployment options for IT teams and MSPs .

Micro Focus Network Node Manager i

Network Node Manager i (formerly HP Network Node Manager) is a network management platform acquired by Micro Focus from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

Learn More About Network Monitoring Tools

What are Network Monitoring Tools?

Network Monitoring Tools are the activities, methods, procedures, and tools utilized in the operation, administration, maintenance, and provisioning of networked systems.


Network monitoring tools continuously monitor a network for problems such as slow or failing components (caused by overloaded and/or crashed servers, network connections or other devices), and will alert the network administrator in case of severe slowdowns or outages. Commonly measured metrics include response time, availability and uptime, consistency and reliability.


Network monitoring systems are typically employed on large scale corporate IT networks.

Components of Network Monitoring

  • Network Operation keeps the network running. It monitors the network to find and identify any problems as soon as possible, and ideally before users are even aware or affected by those problems.

  • Network Administration is a broad area of network management that tracks and assigns resources within the network.

  • Network Maintenance involves monitoring, repairing and upgrading the hardware and software that make up a network.

  • Network Provisioning activities ensure certain services are supported within the network, monitors access rights and privileges for security, and configures network resources to support various services (usually related to telecommunication protocols and devices).

Network Monitoring Tools Comparison

To compare network monitoring options, you should consider the following factors:

  1. Real time visibility: Many network monitoring tools provide real time insight into a businesses network infrastructure, while others focus on after the fact analytics. Businesses looking for constant visibility into their network should be sure they are considering options with real-time visibility.

  2. Automation features: Some network monitoring tools provide automation features to determine thresholds and identify network devices without a need for human labor. If you are looking to reduce human labor as much as possible, be sure to choose a network monitoring tool with a robust set of automation features.

  3. Infrastructure analytics: Some network monitoring tools also provide analytics on network applications and software usage. If your business is looking for an all in one analytics tool, consider a network monitoring tool that provides additional support for infrastructure analysis.

Pricing Information

There is a very broad range of options available, from low end, free or open-source systems, to higher end enterprise platforms that can be quite expensive. Many higher-end systems are close to $10,000 for the first year of use, and some are considerably more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do network monitoring tools monitor?

Network monitoring tools all monitor the devices connected to a businesses network, including hardware and virtualized hardware, servers, databases, and more. Many network monitoring tools also monitor software and applications on the network.

What are the benefits of network provisioning?

Network management tools make it easy for businesses to provision their networks. One of the benefits of this include easy user permission management, which helps keep the network secure. Another benefit is that resources can be allocated to different network devices using a network monitoring tool, making it easier to optimize IT resource usage.

What businesses can benefit most from network monitoring tools?

Network monitoring tools are popular with larger enterprises with complex network infrastructures. The more complex a network gets, the more a business can benefit from a network monitoring tool. Smaller businesses may want to consider a network monitoring tool with more automation features.