Comparison of network monitoring systems

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This is a comparison of the some common network monitoring systems.

Definition of Categories

Product Name 
The name of the software, linked to its Wikipedia article. PLEASE NOTE: Any software listed without being linked to its article, demonstrating its notability, will be removed.
IP SLA Reports 
Does the software feature reports on IP SLAs?
Logical Grouping 
Does the software support arranging the hosts or devices it monitors into user-defined groups?
Trending 
Does the software provide trending of network data over time?
Trend Prediction 
Does the software feature algorithms designed to predict future network statistics?
Auto Discovery 
Can the software automatically discover hosts or network devices it is connected to?
Agent 
Does the product rely on a software agent that must run on hosts it is monitoring, so that data can be pushed back to a central server? "Supported" means that an agent may be used, but is not mandatory. An SNMP daemon does not count as an agent.
SNMP 
Is the software able to retrieve and report on SNMP statistics?
Syslog 
Is the software able to receive and report on Syslogs?
Plugins 
Is the architecture of the software based on a number of 'plugins' that provide additional functionality?
Triggers/Alerts 
Is the software capable of detecting threshold violations in network data, and alerting the administrator in some form?
WebApp 
Does the product run as a web-based application?
  • No: There is no web-based frontend for this software.
  • Viewing: Network data can be viewed in a graphical web-based frontend
  • Acknowledging: Users can interact with the software through the web-based frontend do acknowledge alarms or manipulate other notifications.
  • Reporting: Specific reports on network data can be configured by the user and executed through the web-based frontend.
  • Full Control: ALL aspects of the product can be controlled through the web-based frontend, including low-level maintenance tasks such as software configuration and upgrades.
Distributed Monitoring 
Is the software able to leverage more than one server to distribute the load of network monitoring?
Inventory 
Does the software keep a record of hardware and/or software inventory for the hosts and devices it monitors?
Data Storage Method 
What method does the software use to store the network data it monitors?
License 
What license is the software released under?
Maps 
Does the software feature graphical network maps that represent the hosts and devices it monitors, and the links between them?
Access Control 
Does the software feature user-level security, allowing an administrator to prevent access to certain parts of the product on a per-user or per-role basis?
IPv6 
Does the software support monitoring IPv6 hosts and/or devices, receiving IPv6 data, and running on an IPv6-enabled server?

Comparison

Comparison of network monitoring software
Name IP SLA Reports Logical Grouping Trending Trend Prediction Auto Discovery Agent SNMP Syslog Plugins Triggers / Alerts WebApp Distributed Monitoring Inventory Data Storage Method License Maps Access Control IPv6
AdRem NetCrunch No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging No No SQL Commercial Yes Yes Template:Unk
Argus Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging Partial Template:Unk Berkeley DB Artistic License No Granular Yes
Cacti Yes Yes Yes Yes Via plugin No Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes RRDtool, MySQL GPL Plugin Template:Unk Yes
CiscoWorks LMS Yes Yes Template:Unk No Yes No Yes Yes Template:Unk Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Yes Template:Unk Commercial Yes Yes Yes
collectd No No No No Push model;
multicast possible
Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing Yes No RRDtool, CSV, in memory, plugins GPLv2 No Apache ACL Yes
FreeNATS Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Via plugin Yes In PHP Code Full Control No No MySQL GPL No Granular Template:Unk
Ganglia No Yes Yes No Via gmond check in Yes Via plugin No Yes No Viewing Yes Template:Unk RRDtool, in memory BSD Yes No Template:Unk
Intellipool Network Monitor Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Yes FirebirdSQL Commercial Yes Granular Template:Unk
IPHost Network Monitor Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting No No FirebirdSQL Commercial No No Template:Unk
Munin No No Yes Template:Unk No Yes Yes No Yes Partial Viewing Template:Unk Template:Unk RRDtool GPL Template:Unk Template:Unk Yes
Nagios Via plugin Yes Yes No Via plugin Yes Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes Full Control Yes Via plugin Flat file, SQL GPL Yes Yes Yes
NetMRI No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Template:Unk
NetQoS Performance Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Yes Yes Commercial Yes Yes Template:Unk
OpenNMS Yes Yes Yes Template:Unk Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Limited JRobin, PostgreSQL [1] GPL Yes Yes No
OPNET ACE Live Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes No Yes Commercial Yes Yes Template:Unk
Opsview Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes No SQL GPL Yes Granular Template:Unk
PacketTrap No Yes Yes Template:Unk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Reporting Yes Template:Unk SQL Commercial Template:Unk Template:Unk Template:Unk
Pandora FMS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes MySQL GPLv2; (Enterprise edition available) Yes Granular Template:Unk
Performance Co-Pilot No Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No Flat file GPL, LGPL No No Template:Unk
Scrutinizer Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Yes MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
ServersCheck Yes Yes Yes No Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes No Flat file, ODBC Commercial Yes Yes Template:Unk
SevOne Yes Yes Yes Template:Unk Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Full Control Yes Template:Unk MySQL Commercial Template:Unk Yes Template:Unk
Orion Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Shinken Via plugin Yes Yes No Via plugin Yes Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Via plugin Flat file, MySQL, Oracle, CouchDB, Sqlite AGPL Yes No Template:Unk
Spiceworks Yes Yes No No Yes Supported Yes No Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Yes Sqlite Commercial (Free) Yes Admin & Report user, More via plugins Template:Unk
TclMon Yes Yes Yes No Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing No No RRDTool, in memory, plugins BSD Yes Yes No
Zabbix Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite GPL Yes Yes Yes
Zenoss Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes ZODB, MySQL, RRDtool Template:Yes-No Yes Yes Template:Unk
Zyrion Traverse Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes SQL Commercial Yes Multi-tier Template:Unk
Name SLA Reports Logical Grouping Trending Trend Prediction Auto Discovery Agent SNMP Syslog Plugins Triggers / Alerts WebApp Distributed Monitoring Inventory Data Storage Method License Maps Access Control IPv6
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