Foglight NMS -- An affordable and light Windows-based Network Management System.
February 08, 2019

Foglight NMS -- An affordable and light Windows-based Network Management System.

Roger Mialkowski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Foglight

Foglight NMS is used by my company to monitor nodes both internally and cloud-based. It is a very flexible application that features connectivity to devices and server by SSH, SNMP, WMI, and even agents for Linux and Windows machines. The agents come in handy when it is not feasible to have the Foglight NMS server pull data from the remote node, the agent helps by pushing the metrics data back to the mothership.
  • Foglight NMS is very light on resources given the amount of monitoring connectivity options it provides. It is one of the few that I've trialed in the past that offers SNMP v3 connections.
  • The dashboard is concise with the main areas of interest. It can be customized as well if you have a particular use case.
  • Setting up alerts is straightforward with the ability to set custom thresholds. Alert emails get sent by configuring a primary mail server with the option to add a backup mail server in the event of a primary mail server outage or connectivity issues.
  • While the Linux agents mostly work out of the box with the remote node receiving the push, some newer Linux distributions may require some tweaking of the agent install script due to upstream software package changes.
  • The canned reports are adequate for high-level overviews but I would like to be able to further customize them to include specific information from the monitored nodes.
  • I wish there was an application to migrate the Foglight NMS application and database (which reside on the same server) to a new server or VM. They make you open a support case to accomplish that for which you need an active maintenance contract.
  • As an affordable SMB offering, Foglight NMS is priced right and easy to use to monitor a heterogenous environment.
  • Being able to monitor server loads during various parts of the day help a company plan for growth to ensure revenue is not lost.
  • The alerts keep us on top of any server and network equipment issues so we can be proactive about our approach for maintaining maximum uptime.
Foglight NMS is a Windows-based platform that is light on resources. Some products I've tried have large minimum requirements, which goes along with their large price tag. Foglight NMS is priced right and based on the interfaces of the devices that need monitoring. Foglight NMS was easy to install without having to worry about separate database servers and licenses that would go with them. The console is available in both thick client and web-based which makes it quite accessible from a variety of devices and systems. A fine product that requires not much maintenance once it is initially configured for your environment.
Foglight NMS is great for up to about 1000 interfaces (a switch may have 48, a server may have 4), that's how they license the product. Being that the application and database are stored on the same server, the deployment costs are affordable. After about 1000 interfaces getting monitored, one may want to consider stepping up to a more robust product that offers higher availability/redundancy.

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