Network Performance Monitoring Tools

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Network Performance Monitoring Tools Overview

What is Network Performance Monitoring Software?

A network performance monitoring system monitors the entire network for performance problems and collects performance data such as network traffic analysis performance bottlenecks, network delays, packet losses, crashed servers or other problems.

Network performance monitoring tools also ensure that any problems are mitigated such that the network is restored to optimum operating conditions.

Network Performance Monitoring Software Features & Capabilities

  • Automated network device discovery

  • Network performance monitoring

  • Baseline threshold calculation

  • Alerts

  • Network capacity planning

  • Packet capture analysis

  • Network mapping

  • Customizable reports

  • Wireless infrastructure monitoring

  • Hardware health monitoring

Network Performance Management Increasingly Important?

The IT network environment is becoming ever more complex with the proliferation of virtualized components, cloud-based services, and BYOD (Bring your own device), and understanding how resources are being consumed and why slowdowns are occurring is critically important.

In addition to standard metrics like response time, availability, and uptime, consistency and reliability are measured against clearly defined performance benchmarks and are becoming the norm. For these reasons, network performance monitoring tools are becoming crucial for IT environments.

Network Performance Monitoring Software Comparison

When considering different network performance monitoring tools, consider the following aspects of each product offering.
  1. Scalability: Network performance monitoring solutions often include different pricing plans depending on things like the number of connected devices. When purchasing a network performance monitoring solution, consider how much growth you expect for your network. Be sure to select a solution that can handle your needs both now and for the foreseeable future.

  2. Security: Some network performance monitoring tools include security features to protect your network, but some do not. Even tools that do offer security features are not usually as robust as fully-featured network security tools. Consider what security features each network performance monitoring tool offers and supplement it with appropriate security software.

  3. Requirements: Network monitoring tools widely vary in the features they provide. Simple, less expensive solutions may alert you to any network downtime. In contrast, more advanced solutions provide detailed information that allows for problem-solving before issues affect end-users. Consider what advanced features you need when choosing a network monitoring tool.

Pricing Information

Network performance monitoring tools are most commonly sold as a one-time license or perpetually licensed, although limited free versions are often available for very small networks. Network performance monitoring pricing scales with the scope of the buyer's network. One-time purchase plans are usually structured as tiers of coverage, with each tier providing support up to a certain threshold of devices and/or servers. Perpetual licenses are more granular, with pricing scaling per device monitored. Network performance monitoring plans targeted towards smaller business networks start around $2,000 for one-time purchases and can range up towards $60,000 for large-scale enterprise plans. Perpetual license pricing can vary as well. Some open-source network monitoring tools are free to use but may require more advanced users for setup and maintenance.
Additionally, some network performance monitoring software is open-source and free to use. For these products, vendor support and/or official add-ons may be paid services on top of the free platform.

Network Performance Monitoring Products

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PingPlotter is a graphical traceroute and ping tool that visualizes network performance in a way that makes identifying the source of problems quicker and easier for everyone from online gamers and video streamers to VoIP admins and IT pros. Features for remote deployment, network monitoring, script…
Colasoft Capsa
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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.
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Statseeker, from the global company of the same name, is network performance monitoring technology.
Pandora FMS
3 ratings
1 review
Pandora FMS is a flexible monitoring solution. The vendor says it is ideal for medium and big-sized environments with at least 100 devices. The vendor promises to allow you to, with just one tool, monitor any device, infrastructure, application, IT and business processes and services. The vendor say…
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1 review
Entuity, from the Boston based company of the same name, is network performance monitoring technology.
Observer Platform
The Observer Platform (formerly from Network Instruments) is network performance monitoring technology. Network Instruments was acquired by JDSU in 2015, and then split off into Viavi Solutions.
LiveAction LiveCapture (formerly Omnipliance)
LiveCapture (formerly under the name Omnipliance), developed by Savvius and acquired by LiveAction is a network performance and visualization tool for traffic and packet monitor and network traffic analysis.
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0 reviews
SevOne is network performance monitoring software, from the Philadelphia based company of the same name.
InfoVista VistaInsight
InfoVista VistaInsight is network performance monitoring technology from company InfoVista, headquartered in Paris, France.
Accedian SkyLIGHT PVX (formerly Performance Vision)
Accedian headquartered in Montreal (formerly Performance Vision) offers the rebranded SkyLIGHT PVX, the company's flagship combined network performance monitoring and application performance monitoring solution.
ClearSight Analyzer
ClearSight Analyzer is network performance monitoring technology acquired by NETSCOUT from Fluke Networks in 2015.
Netrounds, from the Swedish company of the same name, is network diagnostic, security, and performance monitoring software.
LiveAction Omnipeek
Omnipeek, developed by Savvius but acquired and now offered by LiveAction, headquartered in Palo Alto, is network and application performance monitoring technology.
LogMatrix NerveCenter
LogMatrix NerveCenter is network performance monitoring technology, from LogMatrix in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
Opmantek Network Management Information System
Opmantek NMIS is network performance monitoring technology, from Australian company Opmantek.
IDERA Uptime Infrastructure Monitor
Uptime Infrastructure Monitor (formerly up.time) is network performance monitoring and IT service management software, from Idera.
Untangle IC Control
Untangle in San Jose, California offers the IC Control platform for web content filtering and network performance monitoring.
ServicePilot ISM
ServicePilot, located in Miami, Florida, offers ServicePilot ISM, a network performance monitoring option.
GroundWork, from the San Francisco based company of the same name, is network performance monitoring and operations analytics technology.
Corvil, from the Irish company of the same name, is a network performance monitoring platform.
CA NetQoS (discontinued)
5 ratings
0 reviews
CA NetQoS was a network performance monitoring option from Broadcom company CA Technologies. It is discontinued.
Microsoft Network Monitor (Discontinued)
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0 reviews
Microsoft Network Monitor was a network performance monitoring option that has been discontinued.
OP5 Monitor
OP5 offers server monitoring solutions that are designed to help IT staff gain control over their operations and deliver more effective IT services for better business. The vendor’s value proposition is that their solution is designed to monitor anything and everything - whether it’s a small but bus…
Netmon 1U Server Appliance
Netmon is an all-in-one network monitoring appliance solution featuring real-time packet sniffing technology, device performance monitoring, syslog & event log monitoring and custom alerting in a centralized platform. With this solution, users can monitor their entire network with no device limi…
Motadata Infrastructure Intelligence Platform (IIP)
Motadata IIP is a product suite for IT operations management, consisting of Network Monitoring and Log & Network Traffic Analysis which offer insights into the user's IT infrastructure. It provides a single pane view to get visibility into the overall IT health and presents a detailed root-cause…