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This is a comparison of some notable network monitoring systems.

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 Yes SQL Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
AccelOps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes PostgreSQL Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
AggreGate Network Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes MySQL, MS SQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Firebird, HSQLDB Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
Argus Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging Yes Unknown Berkeley DB Artistic License No Yes Yes
Avaya VPFM Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Cacti Yes Yes Yes Yes Via plugin No Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes RRDtool, MySQL GPL Plugin Yes Yes
collectd No No No No Push model;
multicast possible
Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing Yes No RRDtool GPLv2 No Apache ACL Yes
Dhyan Network management System Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes MySQL, Oracle, Derby Commercial Yes Yes Yes
dopplerVUE Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes MS SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
ExtraHop Yes Yes Yes No Yes N/A Yes No No Yes Full Control With Aggregator Yes Proprietary Commercial Yes Yes Yes
FreeNATS Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Via plugin Yes In PHP Code Full Control No No MySQL GPL No Yes Unknown
Ganglia No Yes Yes No Via gmond check in Yes Via plugin No Yes No Viewing Yes Unknown RRDtool BSD Yes No Unknown
HP Network Node Manager (NNMi) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes PostgreSQL, Oracle Database Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Intellipool Network Monitor Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes FirebirdSQL Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
IBM Tivoli Network Manager Possible via configuration Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes MySQL, Oracle Database, DB2 Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Icinga Via plugin Yes Yes No Via plugin Supported Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes Full Control Yes Via plugin MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle Database GPL Yes Yes Yes
InterMapper Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing Yes Yes PostgreSQL Limited free, Commercial Yes Yes Yes
IPHost Network Monitor Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes No FirebirdSQL Commercial No No Unknown
isyVmon Yes Yes Yes No Via plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Via plugin RRDtool, MySQL Limited free, Commercial Via plugin Yes Yes
LiveAction Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Viewing, Reporting Yes Yes Yes Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Munin No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Partial Viewing Unknown Unknown RRDtool GPL Unknown Unknown Yes
Nagios Via plugin Yes Yes No Via plugin Supported Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Via plugin Flat file, SQL GPL Yes Yes Yes
NagiosXI Via plugin Yes Yes No Via plugin Supported Via plugin Via plugin Yes Yes Full Control Yes Via plugin MySQL, PostgreSQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
NetMRG Yes Yes Yes Yes Via plugin No Yes Yes Yes Yes Full control Yes Yes RRDtool, MySQL GPL Yes Yes Unknown
NetQoS Performance Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Yes Yes Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
Network Instruments Observer Infrastructure Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Proprietary Database Commercial Yes Yes Yes
NetXMS No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes No MySQL, MS SQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQLite GPL Yes Yes No
NeuralStar Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes MS SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Nimsoft Monitoring Solution Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes Yes SQL Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
Observium No No No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Full Control No Yes RRDtool, MySQL GPLv3 Yes Yes Yes
OpenKBM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Proprietary with JDBC support Commercial Yes Yes Yes
OpenNMS Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes JRobin, PostgreSQL GPLv3 Yes Yes Yes
OPNET’s AppResponse Xpert Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging, Reporting Yes No Yes Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
Opsview Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes No SQL GPL Yes Yes Yes
Osmius Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes SQL Commercial GIS Engine Yes Yes
PacketTrap No Yes Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing, Reporting Yes Unknown SQL Commercial Unknown Unknown Unknown
Pandora FMS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle GPLv2; (Enterprise edition available) Yes Yes Yes
Performance Co-Pilot No Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No Flat file GPL, LGPL No No Unknown
PRTG Network Monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Proprietary Freeware and Commercial Yes Yes Yes
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 Unknown
SevOne Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Full Control Yes Unknown MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
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 Unknown
Spiceworks No Yes Yes No Yes Supported Yes No Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Sqlite Commercial (Free) Yes Yes No
TclMon Yes Yes Yes No Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Viewing No No RRDTool BSD Yes Yes No
Verax NMS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes No Oracle, MySQL Commercial Yes Yes Unknown
WhatsUpGold Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
Xymon/Hobbit Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Via Plugin No Yes Yes Viewing, Acknowledging Yes No Flat file GPL No Apache ACL No
Zabbix Yes Yes Yes No Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, IBM DB2, SQLite GPL Yes Yes Yes
Zenoss Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes ZODB, MySQL, RRDtool GPL Yes Yes No
Zyrion Traverse Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Full Control Yes Yes SQL Commercial Yes Yes Yes
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

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Product Name 
The name of the software, linked to its Wikipedia article. Any software listed without being linked to its article, demonstrating its notability, will be removed.
IP SLAs Reports 
Feature reports on IP SLAs
Logical Grouping 
Support arranging the hosts or devices it monitors into user-defined groups
Trending 
Provide trending of network data over time
Trend Prediction 
The software feature algorithms designed to predict future network statistics
Auto Discovery 
The software automatically discover hosts or network devices it is connected to
Agent 
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 
Able to retrieve and report on SNMP statistics
Syslog 
Able to receive and report on Syslogs
Plugins 
Architecture of the software based on a number of ‘plugins’ that provide additional functionality
Triggers/Alerts 
Capable of detecting threshold violations in network data, and alerting the administrator in some form.
WebApp 
Runs 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 to 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 
Able to leverage more than one server to distribute the load of network monitoring.
Inventory 
Keeps a record of hardware and/or software inventory for the hosts and devices it monitors
Data Storage Method 
Main method used to store the network data it monitors.
License 
License released under (e.g. GPL, BSD license, etc.)
Maps 
Features graphical network maps that represent the hosts and devices it monitors, and the links between them.
Access Control 
Features user-level security, allowing an administrator to prevent access to certain parts of the product on a per-user or per-role basis
IPv6 
Supports monitoring IPv6 hosts and/or devices, receiving IPv6 data, and running on an IPv6-enabled server. Supports communication using IPv6 to the SNMP agent via an IPv6 address.

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