Network Monitoring Tools

Network Monitoring Tools Overview

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).

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.

Network Monitoring Products

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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
458 ratings
194 reviews
Top Rated
SolarWinds NPM is a monitoring and performance management platform. It provides performance troubleshooting support, auto network discovery, customizable thresholds, and can be rapidly deployed.
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)
204 ratings
101 reviews
Top Rated
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is network diagnostics and troubleshooting technology, from Austin-based SolarWinds.
SolarWinds Remote Monitoring & Management (RMM)
61 ratings
23 reviews
Top Rated
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
41 ratings
16 reviews
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.
Netwrix Auditor
34 ratings
12 reviews
Netwrix Auditor is designed to enable auditing of the broadest variety of IT systems, including Active Directory, Exchange, file servers, SharePoint, SQL Server, VMware and Windows Server. It also supports monitoring of privileged user activity in all other systems. According to the vendor, Netwri…
13 ratings
9 reviews
Intermapper is a network monitoring and mapping software for hybrid environments. Intermapper provides real-time performance alerts and bandwidth monitoring with cross-platform functionality.
17 ratings
9 reviews
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.
Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution
47 ratings
9 reviews
Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution is that company's option... for LAN management.
22 ratings
9 reviews
Pulseway is an IT management solution that enables users to monitor, manage and control all their IT systems from a smartphone, tablet or browser. The Mobile App and Web App gives users complete control over all of their systems. Users can receive instant alerts when something goes wrong and react t…
18 ratings
8 reviews
NinjaRMM is a security-oriented remote monitoring and management platform. It allows for manual customization as well as scripting and automation.
DX Infrastructure Manager (formerly CA Unified Infrastructure Management)
9 ratings
6 reviews
DX Infrastructure Manager is a unified tool for systems monitoring and analytics. It offers multiple deployment options for IT teams and MSPs and integrates with other CA offerings.
3 ratings
2 reviews
SecureLink is a platform for remote support in regulated industries. Enterprise software vendors use SecureLink to deliver remote support and services. Hospitals, banks, casinos and other regulated entities use SecureLink to authenticate, control and audit remote access for their vendors, business…
NetVizura NetFlow Analyzer
10 ratings
2 reviews
NetVizura NetFlow Analyzer, from Soneco, is designed to help network admins with network traffic monitoring, analysis and reporting. The vendor says their solution enables users to do the following: Monitor network bandwidth on routers and interfacesMonitor custom traffic on IP subnets and IP subne…
Riverbed Modeler
4 ratings
2 reviews
Riverbed OPNET Network Modeler, from San Francisco based Riverbed Technology, is network optimization technology.
DX Spectrum (formerly CA Spectrum)
10 ratings
2 reviews
DX Spectrum (formerly CA Spectrum) is network fault management software, from Broadcom company CA Technologies.
Micro Focus Network Node Manager i (formerly HP Network Node Manager)
12 ratings
2 reviews
Network Node Manager i (formerly HP Network Node Manager) is a network management platform acquired by Micro Focus from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.
Colasoft Capsa
1 ratings
1 reviews
Colasoft Capsa is a network performance monitoring and protocol analyzing tool. Capsa provides core monitoring features, as well as automated diagnostics and packet decoding. Colasoft offers a limited free version of the software.
PacketTrap (Discontinued)
1 ratings
1 reviews
PacketTrap was network monitoring software acquired by Dell but discontinued in 2013.
2 ratings
1 reviews
RedSeal in Sunnyvale, California offers their network modeling and risk scoring platform to support security compliance, network vulnerability detection and prevention, and provide data and insight for incident response.
1 ratings
1 reviews
Indeni aims to make it easy to manage the infrastructure of digital businesses. With Indeni Knowledge and Indeni Crowd companies can create an infrastructure that is adaptable to change. The product offers a deep set of integrations to critical devices, built-in automation, and remediation instructi…