Reviews (1-2 of 2)
October 28, 2019
Score 8 out of 10
We utilize Observium within the IT department primarily to record and present performance data on a wide variety of devices across our network. It fills a gap between no statistics and expensive (and sometimes cumbersome) COTS products that do roughly the same task.
- Observium produces simple, attractive and clean performance graphs. Expensive commercial products either do this about as well as Observium, or much, much worse.
- Observium does a good job of discovering your network via SNMP/CDP/LLDP. Provided your network is set up properly and the software has the correct settings, it can do this very quickly and very well.
- Observium provides immediately actionable data, on a LARGE swath of products in the field. In 4+ years using the product, I've found maybe 2-3 products that didn't work "out of the box" for data collection. This is way better than any commercial product I've used.
- 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.
- 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.
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It's open source. Your mileage may vary. Sometimes the provided documentation is beyond frustrating, other times it's right on the mark.
June 12, 2017
Score 9 out of 10
We use Observium as a network management software. It's nice because it's a lightweight tool that is a Linux distro, and allows for some great visualizations. The flexibility to load up our equipment and network paths, then view a high level overview of the traffic and netflow statistics, is critical in our choice to use this software. You can see things like user logins, processes on each router, and obtain optimization information for daily network management.
- 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.
- The UI is pretty robust and succinct. It might be beneficial to have favorites for complex network schemas.
- Historical searching based on X time frame.
- More customized dashboards.
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Observium is great for medium to large network sizes. If you have a mix of public and private servers, this is a great tool. If you want to be able to visualize your routes, hops between, and bandwidth consumption, this is the right hammer for the job. If you have a smaller network, this tool might not have as large of value.