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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Australian company Sinefa offers their network traffic visibility, traffic shaping, and network performance monitoring solution.
Kemp Flowmon NPMD Solution
The Flowmon Solution provides IT operations with an understanding of networks and applications. Boasting performance, scalability and ease of use, Flowmon delivers monitoring, diagnostics and analytics for optimizing performance of infrastructure. With Network Behavior Analysis included, Flowmon aim…
NETGEAR Insight is a network performance application providing visibility and control over network access points, switches and routers, and storage devices.
Ixia Hawkeye
Hawkeye is a network performance monitoring application available from Keysight Technologies brand, Ixia.
NetCrunch by AdRem Software
NetCrunch by AdRem Software is a network monitoring solution designed for IT professionals. According to the vendor, it installs quickly, and will start monitoring the network within minutes. NetCrunch's goal is to enable companies to easily monitor traffic, topology, devices, systems, logs, and ser…
Keysight Nemo Wireless Network Solutions
Keysight Technologies headquartered in Santa Rosa offers the Nemo Wireless Network Solutions, a suite of applications and appliances designed to support wireless service providers ensure their wireless networks are operating at peak performance.
Azure Network Watcher
Microsoft's Azure Network Watcher monitors, diagnoses, and provides insights into network performance and health.
Cisco Network Assistant
Cisco Network Assistant is designed to simplify wired and wireless network management for networks up to 80 devices with its GUI and a task-based menu. Cisco Network Assistant is free, and optimized to apply common services across Cisco switches, routers, wireless controllers, and access points. Thr…
Panopta's Monitoring Cloud provides monitoring across on-prem, cloud and hybrid architectures Panopta enables IT teams to monitor server, application and network performance on both sides of the firewall using all three dimensions of Panopta's monitoring methodology: comprehensive Monitoring, Learni…
Elastic Observability
Elastic Observability, from Elastic, the makers of Elasticsearch, is a solution that aims to bring logs, metrics, and APM based on the former Opbeat (acquired by Elastic in 2017) traces together at scale in a single stack so users can monitor and react to events happening anywhere in an IT environme…
Noction Flow Analyzer
Noction Flow Analyzer (NFA) is a flow-based monitoring and reporting software that collects, stores, and presents both real-time and historic traffic data across an entire network. It helps to analyze and understand a network’s traffic patterns, bandwidth utilization, hosts and applications traffic …
Juniper Cloud Analytics Engine
Juniper Networks Cloud Analytics Engine uses network data analysis to improve the performance and availability of mission-critical applications. The vendor states that by conducting coordinated, end-to-end data collection, analysis, correlation, and visualization operations, Cloud Analytics Engine h…
Juniper Northstar Controller
Juniper Networks' NorthStar Controller is a WAN software-defined networking (SDN) controller for traffic optimization, to help operators automate network provisioning and manage network service paths. It automates the control of segment routing and IP/MPLS flows in service provider, cloud provider, …
SysKit Insights
SysKit Insights is a Centralized SharePoint Performance Monitoring Tool, from SysKit in Zagreb.
SolarWinds Network Automation Manager (NAM)
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SolarWinds Network Automation Manager is designed to scale to environments of all sizes while providing comprehensive performance, traffic, WAN, and switch port monitoring, automated change and configuration, and IP address management in a single, unified software solution. Key differentiators:Cust…
Riverbed Steelcentral AppResponse
Riverbed Steelcentral AppResponse is a unified network and application performance monitoring platform. It supports modularized features for a variety of monitoring and evaluation capabilities. It can be deployed on-premise, as VM, or as a cloud-based solution via AWS
NetFort LANGuardian
LANGuardian from Irish company NetFort Technologies is network security and performance monitoring technology.