Intelligent network monitoring systems (commercial/open source, what have you)

Ray Sanders Ray.Sanders at
Fri Sep 11 19:23:21 UTC 2009

If you are interested in an Orion-Like system, but can't foot the bill
for it, maybe look at IpMonitor.  Solarwinds acquired IpMonitor a while
back, so their sales reps will try to sell you on Orion. 

I've had many years of good luck with it (IpMonitor) and Solarwinds
seems to be handling the software pretty well.  

On Fri, 2009-09-11 at 15:08 -0400, Drew Weaver wrote:
> Ah, I was mainly interested in an Orion like system that actually has all of that kind of worked-in.
> Thanks for the heads up.
> -Drew
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Charles Wyble [mailto:charles at] 
> Sent: Friday, September 11, 2009 3:07 PM
> To: Drew Weaver
> Cc: NANOG list
> Subject: Re: Intelligent network monitoring systems (commercial/open source, what have you)
> Most of these threads usually result in telling the poster to RTFM with 
> a link to it :) I'm too lazy to link the manual. :)
> c-nsp has extensive archives with lots of questions about various 
> specific SNMP mibs that weren't immediately evident from RTFM.
> It all comes down to SNMP to the best of my knowledge.
> Drew Weaver wrote:
> > Howdy,
> > 
> > Can anyone suggest a network monitoring system that knows the difference between a cisco 1701 and a GSR 12810/6500, etc? 
> > 
> > What I mean is, many times these days there are several different sub systems you have to monitor inside of a router/switch and not just interface utilization, the "CPU", and the "RAM".
> > 
> > Statistics such as CEF utilization, fabric utilization, PFC/DFC, various line card statistics, etc?
> > 
> > Can anyone recommend anything other than "customize MRTG a lot" that we can use to get a better look into these systems?
> > 
> > thanks,
> > -Drew
> >  
> > 
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