Having worked with network monitoring tools for almost ten years, we like to think we know a thing or two about this technology and the solutions on offer. Yet, with so many new features, such as cloud monitoring, network packet analysis and application metrics, now available with these tools, it can be dizzying comparing them.
Nobody is happy when the company network and systems are slow. Long wait times caused by slow applications and network speeds drain productivity throughout your organisation. As time goes on without a fix, users will start to lose their patience and faith.
Network monitoring solutions and SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) have been around for over twenty years; and has become a staple of many a network. With age comes a scepticism about how innovative such solutions can be; and whether or not they are commoditised, with literally hundreds of vendors offering such tools.
Whether it be SNMP traps or community strings, there is a very good chance you have heard of this veteran network monitoring protocol at some point in your career. With well over twenty years of existence, the simple network monitoring protocol has provided us with just that, basic insight into the health of network devices, servers and software.
Network monitoring software and solutions are nothing new, starting their humble beginnings with SNMP (Simple Network Monitoring Protocol) in the 1980s. Since then things have progressed to include easier to use protocols for monitoring such as WMI and syslog; as well as SNMP being upgraded to include authentication in version 3.