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Network Monitoring -- annual discussion
First off, this is going to get wordy. My apologies. Secondly, I know we have a lot of lurkers out there. Let’s get some of you chiming in on this! There are no wrong answers. So..
I looked through the archives, and as best I can tell, we haven’t discussed Networking Management/Monitoring Systems in a while. The last time I see it popping up with any relevancy was in Sept of ’10 . We recently began switching from using Alcatel gear to Juniper*. One issue with this is that Juniper lacks a network management/monitoring platform. For straight up/down status, I can use anything, but nothing is that simple. I probably have a metaphysical issue here (not knowing what I don’t know), but here are my current thoughts .. 1) What I know I want/need: Graphical interface that I can drill down campus/building/closet/network component Up/Down status Interfacing to GUI/CLI (launching a browser or ssh client with the dest component is fine) Alerting (email/sms) Utilization graphs Logging/Metrics 2) What I don’t know: What features are people ACTIVELY USING that should be added to the list? 3) Products? We currently use Cacti for graphing. It works great .. for that function. We have dabbled with Nagios. Also good, if you have the time to baby it. I saw discussions on WhatsUpGold, Orion and Nedi as well. We did install WhatsUpGold and my Network Engineer likes it. He really likes its ability to alert based on a threshold/time period. The reviews I saw (disclosure notice … On SolarWinds’ website) did get enough of my attention though to get me to post here. If, out of the box, WUG can handle 1) and 2), we may be good with it (I’m still not convinced that it scales though .. I probably have ~1000 network infrastructure devices out there). Thoughts? *We are a very heterogeneous environment – Juniper, Xirrus, Palo Alto, Ruckus, VMware, IBM, Alcatel-Lucent, some Cisco. Thanks, Brian Helman