suggest plz - Network Peformance Monitor

we got a tender today, and organization is looking for a Network
Performance Monitoring solution that has following capabilities:

a. Have web browser interface with user name and Password
Authentication. It should be
possible to view topology maps, events, reports etc, in full graphical
format using
standard web browser that support java interfaces.
b. System should be able to generate web-based reports including but not
limited to alarms/
assets/ configuration changes/connected/ unutilized ports
c. Provide fault and performance management for multi-vendor TCP/IP
d. Should have the ability to correlate event across the entire spectrum
of infrastructure
component that our critical routers, switches provided by heterogeneous
e. Set thresholds to automatically escalate errors that exceed the
threshold, Capability to
obtain live intemet bandwidth graphs with finer details of inbound and
outbound traffic
flows, Capability to monitor any non-sanctioned applications that are
f. The solution must provide the following NetFlow based metrics:
1- Rate
2- Utilization
3- Byte count
4- Flow count
5- IP Conversation pairs
6- Protocol break down by host, link etc.
g. Support dynamic object collections and auto discovery, the topology
of the entire
Network should be available in a single map, Provide accurate discovery
of layer 3 and
heterogeneous layer 2 switched networks for Ethemet, LANs and WANs, Must
use of seed files for discovering devices, Must support discovery of
physical and logical
connecti vity.
h. The system must be capable of doing root cause analysis
out-of-the-box, and in additional
must allow for the ability to create custom rules to compliment the
functionality, this should be done using a GUI-interface without the
requirement for
pro gramming/ scri pting skills.
Should be able to provide management information to meet different
requirement, from summary management report for senior IT management to
reports for engineering / trouble-shooting, and to real-time alerts for
J. Multiplatform support including support for virtualization (Solaris,
AIX, Linux,
Windows family, VMware vSphere/ESXi, Hyper- V etc.).
k. Capability to provide data for service-level performance and
availability monitoring
dashboards that will consolidate real-time monitoring data as well as
historical data, with
drill-down capabilities to identify a problem’s root cause

  1. Provide a built-in Security for managing Access Rights
    m. The NMS must validate whether a firmware of as upgrade has been
    successful or not. If
    a firmware upgrade being applied to a group of devices fails, the NMS
    must be able to
    automatically stop the group process and alert an administrator.
    n. Should provide Servers Hardware Performance monitoring, Database
    Monitoring and
    Storage Performance Monitoring along with Network Performance

Please recommend/suggest



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Did not read your list, but have you looked at Nagios?

Anders Gustafsson (NKP)
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Hi MS,

Not sure if it will do the whole gamut of what has been requested, but
take a look at Whats Up Gold.


Laura Buckley
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IT Dynamics, South Africa

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Hi sharfuddin,

organization is looking for a Network Performance Monitoring solution that has following capabilities

the list sounds to me as if someone had to read too many product descriptions.

First thing that caught my eye was the mix of network management (incident management and monitoring), device management, application management and trouble ticketing - I wouldn’t pack that into a single tool. Of course and integrated suite of tools and procedures is in order - but nothing out of the box will cover that range of requirements.

Secondly, no size estimations for the target environment is given. Considering the wide range of functionality, this is probably aiming at a larger corporate environment - and may cause a lot of management traffic / load on the systems (both managers and the managed entities). Scalability and impact on the network will then be an issue, too.

Some points hint at having an existing sys mgmt design - but others make me believe that such a design will “need at least some work” to be able to deduct actual monitoring rule from it.

As a wish list, the stated features are fine. If someone actually believes to come close to that by simply installing some ready tool, I believe that someone is in for a severe reality check. Are you in closer contact with the requesting customer?

With regards,

Probably worth taking a look at 'Solarwinds ’
Their product line covers pretty much everything you are asking for and
then some.
The customer forum is very active and the release cycle is very short,
so new features are being added all the time.

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