Backbone Monitoring Tools
alex at relcom.net
Wed Mar 29 09:30:16 UTC 2006
I use snmpstatd - snmpstat.sf.net .
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ray Burkholder" <ray at oneunified.net>
To: "'Ashe Canvar'" <acanvar at gmail.com>; <nanog at nanog.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 4:47 PM
Subject: RE: Backbone Monitoring Tools
> A few more comments.
> I found a link to snmp management for ospf in an archive message:
> 801177ff.shtml. That may yield you the info you need for monitoring links
> and/or routes.
> >From my other message, if you collect 1) and 3) with cricket, you can
> extract RTR and bandwidth data with perl from cricket's config file. I
> a bit of code reverse engineering, but I managed to get some mod_perl code
> going to do such a thing, so it can be done. If you pull out the
> appropriate interface stats, you'd be able to generate your grid for 1)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-nanog at merit.edu [mailto:owner-nanog at merit.edu] On Behalf Of
> Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 20:07
> To: nanog at nanog.org
> Subject: Re: Backbone Monitoring Tools
> Thanks for the quick responses. Perhaps I should have been more explicit.
> I already use "remstats"
> (http://remstats.sourceforge.net/release/index.html) for interface b/w
> monitoring. I have worked with nagios and openview int he past.
> I have an ospf based network. The specific monitoring problem I am trying
> solve is :
> 1. actively test the currently active path for packet loss and transfer
> i.e. draw a latency grid between every datacenter and every other
> 2. actively detect routing changes / failover to redundant paths using
> i.e. alert if SFO->CHG->NYC changes to SFO->LXE->HOU->NYC
> ( link state protocols suck as far as testing backup paths go)
> 3. actively transfer a fixed file
> i.e. draw a datarate grid between every datacenter and every other
> So, I am not looking for a generic graphing/alerting NMS. Does anyone use
> specific tool that is capable of doing this ?
> I am in a buy vs. build debate with my boss ;)
> On 3/28/06, Josh Cheney <jcheney at mfx.net> wrote:
> > I have had a decent amount of success with Nagios. It is not trivial
> > to setup, but once it is up and running, it has always handled our
> > dependencies and such very well. Additionally, because it calls
> > external programs to do the checks, it is pretty simple to write a
> > script that measures whatever value you would like to monitor. As I
> > said before, it is a pain to set up initially, but after getting it
> > set up, I couldn't be happier with it.
> > Ashe Canvar wrote:
> > > Hi All,
> > >
> > > I want a simple backbone monitor for my 5 datacenters. My "backbone"
> > > consists of redundant IPSEC/GRE tunnnels.
> > >
> > > At the very least I want to ping, traceroute and transfer a small
> > > file every few minutes over all IPSEC links. I am sure there are
> > > products that do this already, but I am having a hard time finding
> > >
> > > The display format should be noc-friendly. A basic grid with
> > > green/red status indicators at the least. Geographical maps a plus.
> > >
> > > Do most of you use a home grown tool for this monitoring and alerting
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Ashe
> > >
> > > .
> > >
> > --
> > Josh Cheney
> > jcheney at mfx.net
> > http://www.joshcheney.com
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