Identify and choose the right Network monitoring tool to support your environment

Selecting the right network monitoring tool planning the maintenance and control of the tool should be designed as per the network size i.e the traffic load. With monitoring that allows network admins to know what is going on in their network, be it with their WAN, LAN, VoIP, MPLS, and other connections or the state of various network elements or nodes such as the access, distribution and core switches, routers, firewalls, servers, client systems, and so on.

Some of the best network monitoring tools are:-

SolarWinds

Datadog

ManageEngine OpManager

PRTG

Nagios

A network typically has both internal and external users, including employees, customers, partners, and other stakeholders. A small network would ideally be a small business or professional home network that has only 20 nodes or that has a small traffic load. And most of the small network features are directly available from the operating system. Listing down a few key features you can look for when selecting a monitoring tool based on your network size.

Based on your network size you may choose either agent-based, agentless, or a combination of both to help support your daily network tasks. While Agentless monitoring is limited by the support it can provide for custom-built devices or servers that have MIBs or data that is not exposed via API’s for agentless data collection methods. Choosing an agent-based support or combination method brings in the capability to monitor even non-standard metrics on the device, and the ability to perform actions on the monitored device. Resulting in better monitoring, reporting, and performance of your network. 

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