Monitoring Tools

Mike Gatti ekim.ittag at
Thu Aug 19 19:59:09 UTC 2010

Looking at ZenOSS to compliment our OpenView NNM system. 
So far has been pretty simple to get up and running and the 
support community is pretty responsive to questions.

We have cacti in our environment and it works great for pulling 
bandwidth, CPU, interface errors, mem utilization. the reportit plugin
in particular is great for reporting bandwidth utilization for business hours. 


On Aug 19, 2010, at 3:03 PM, Scott Berkman wrote:

> The last time I looked, my main issue with Zabbix was that it required (or
> greatly preferred) their proprietary agent on every host.  This may have
> changed.
> 	-Scott
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nathan Eisenberg [mailto:nathan at] 
> Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2010 2:53 PM
> To: nanog at
> Subject: RE: Monitoring Tools
>> Am looking for an opensource network monitoring tool with ability to
> create
>> different views for different users.
>> Regards,Jacob
> Just to add another opinion to the pot, I've used zabbix in several large
> environments, and I like it a lot.  The developer team is decently sized,
> and very responsive to requests and feedback (they operate a commercial
> 'support' model for the platform, so working on the system is literally
> their day job - as George pointed out, this is often a problem).
> Zabbix also supports distributed monitoring, which is very handy for scaling
> or for monitoring multiple locations without dealing with VPNS and the like
> (or if you have places you need to monitor behind NATs!).  Its major
> weakness at the moment is the weak support for SNMP traps (works great in
> polling mode, though), so you will want a separate simple system for
> catching traps.  In my opinion, that's just fine, because
> statistics/trending/basic resource alerting/etc are best kept separate from
> things like "OMG one of my powersupplies is dead!!11one".
> Also supports IPMI, which is nice if you have IPMI deployed.  :-)
> Best Regards,
> Nathan Eisenberg

Michael Gatti  
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