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The 3rd party SNMP (NMS) compatible solutions

Third party sotware applications for Poseidon & Damocles products based on SNMP protocol. All tested applications were tested with HW group products.

 

3. Party SNMP software applications

 

GFi Network Server Monitor

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GFI NSM is a powerful tool designed for server monitoring in large-scale installations. It offers a number of functions for managing and monitoring large-scale systems, VBscript implementation, and a WMI interface. It is primarily intended for managing devices that run Windows. Thanks to native SNMP support, it can work with *nix servers as well. The software has a user-friendly interface, basic configuration is straightforward. It can be integrated with other GFi products.

  • License: Trial (30 days), SW stops working afterwards
  • Estimated price: 450 EUR / NSM10 – 10 IP addresses
  • Supported OS: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Local application / web client
    • GUI: Device icons
  • Language: EN
  • Communication protocol: SNMP
    • MIB Manager: No
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Play a sound, execute an external file, record to an external log, run a VBscript
    • Functions: Send an e-mail, remote server restart
      • SMS notification: Yes, using a GSM modem (connected to USB / RS-232) via a special web site
  • Output of values: Customized reports with history (XML, HTML, CSV)
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No (connects via generic SNMP)
  • Output control: No
  • Special functions: Powerful reporting tool, dependencies among sensors, scripting, WMI
  • Application examples, target customers: Large-scale corporate intranet monitoring, IT services reporting

www.GFi.com

Tested:

  • SW version: GFI NSM 7.0 build 20070129, Windows XP Professional SP2 CZ
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3268, firmware ver. 3.0.3
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested functions: Adding a device, alarm e-mails, reporting

 

Castle Rock Computing SNMPc 7

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The SNMPc is a well-known and established product for monitoring large networks. It has thousands of users. Its biggest advantage is its robustness and scalability.

However, the robustness of the system comes at a cost of a somewhat complicated installation and deployment. A more advanced web interface with Service desk support is available for an extra charge.

  • License: Trial (30 days), a license must be purchased afterwards
  • Estimated price: 3,395 USD / SNMPc 7.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Supported OS: Windows NT4, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Local application / web client as an option
    • GUI: Device icons, text
  • Language: EN
  • Communication protocol: SNMP, SNMP Trap
    • MIB Manager: Yes
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Play a sound, execute an external file, display a pop-up window
    • Functions: Send an e-mail, send a page, pass a SNMP Trap
  • Output of values: Graphs, log
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No (connects via generic SNMP)
  • Output control: No
  • Application examples, customers: Monitoring of very large networks and infrastructures, suitable for telecoms/ISPs

www.castlerock.com

Tested:

  • SW version: SNMPc Enterprise Edition 7.0.14a, Windows XP Professional SP2 CZ
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3268, firmware ver. 3.0.3
  • Communication: SNMP, SNMP Trap
  • Tested: Adding a device, listing values, receiving a trap.

 

CA Unicenter NSM R11

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The CA Unicenter Network and Systems Management R11 is one of the most robust systems for network infrastructure monitoring and management.

The CA NSM is especially suitable for large and heterogeneous enterprise networks, government agencies, etc. The system is highly robust, scalable and offers a wide range of customization options.

  • License: Commercial software
    • Estimated price: 1000's to 100,000's USD
  • Supported OS: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, *nix, MacOS
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Local application / web client
    • GUI: Device icons
  • Language: EN, partially customizable
  • Communication protocol: SNMP, SNMP Trap
    • MIB Manager: Yes
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Fully customizable, ServiceDesk collaboration
    • Functions: Fully customizable
      • SMS notifications: Yes, via a special component
  • Output of values: Customizable reports
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No (connects via generic SNMP)
  • Output control: Yes
  • Special functions: Suitable for networks of any size, wide range of customization options, 24/7/365 monitoring, follow-the-sun
  • Application examples, target customers: Monitoring of very large networks, ITIL/CobIT support

www.ca.com

Tested:

  • SW version: CA Unicenter NSM r11.1, MS Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 EN
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3268, firmware ver. 3.0.3
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested functions: Adding a device, viewing values.

 

CACTI

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Cacti is a complete frontend to RRDTool, it stores all of the necessary information to create graphs and populate them with data in a MySQL database. The frontend is completely PHP driven. Along with being able to maintain Graphs, Data Sources, and Round Robin Archives in a database, cacti handles the data gathering. There is also SNMP support for those used to creating traffic graphs with MRTG.

  • License: Open source
    • Estimated price: Free, as long as you comply with license conditions
  • Supported OS: *nix
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Web client
    • GUI: Device icons
  • Language: EN, partially customizable
  • Communication protocol: SNMP, SNMP Trap
    • MIB Manager: No (however, it is a standard component of many Linux distributions)
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Fully customizable, ServiceDesk collaboration, etc.
    • Functions: Fully customizable
      • SMS notification: Yes, using a special component
  • Output of values: Customizable reports
  • Custom plug-ins:
  • Output control: Yes
  • Special functions: Wide range of customization options, support for developing custom components
  • Application examples, target customers: Monitoring of large-scale community networks

www.cacti.net

Tested:

  • Hardware: HWg-STE, firmware ver. 2.0.4
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested functions: Adding a device, displaying values

 

Nagios

Nagios screenshot
Nagios is one of the most well-known and most often used open-source software for monitoring IT infrastructures.

Nagios monitors end-user stations, IT services, as well as active network components. Its architecture is very modular and suitable for deployment in heterogeneous or *nix-based networks. There is a large and active community around Nagios that develops many additional modules or plug-ins.

  • License: Open source
    • Estimated price: Free, as long as you comply with license conditions
  • Supported OS: *nix
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Web client
    • GUI: Device icons
  • Language: EN, partially customizable
  • Communication protocol: SNMP, SNMP Trap
    • MIB Manager: No (however, it is a standard component of many Linux distributions)
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Fully customizable, ServiceDesk collaboration, etc.
    • Functions: Fully customizable
      • SMS notification: Yes, using a special component
  • Output of values: Customizable reports
  • Custom plug-ins:
  • Output control: Yes
  • Special functions: Wide range of customization options, support for developing custom components
  • Application examples, target customers: Monitoring of large-scale community networks

www.nagios.org

Tested:

  • SW version: Nagios version 3.0a3, Fedora 7 i386
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3268, firmware ver. 3.0.3
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested functions: Adding a device, displaying values

 

ActiveXperts Network Monitor

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ActiveXperts NM is a powerful tool for monitoring networks and servers. It provides IT administrators with a complete overview of the state of their network.

ActiveXperts NM can monitor a wide range of operating systems and services. Its great advantage is its support of monitoring Novell servers and services. Other highlights include creating conditions for raising alarms.

  • License: Trial (30 days), SW switches to a limited freeware version afterwards
  • Estimated price: 365 USD / 5 Server License
  • Supported OS: Windows NT4, 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Local application / web client
    • GUI: Device icons
  • Language: EN
  • Communication protocol: SNMP
    • MIB Manager: Yes, as an external tool
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Play a sound, execute an external file, record to an external log, run a VBscript
    • Functions: Send an e-mail, remote server restart
      • SMS notification: Yes, using a GSM modem (connected to USB / RS-232) via a special web site
  • Output of values: Customized reports with history (XML, HTML, CSV)
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No (connects via generic SNMP)
  • Output control: No
  • Special functions: Powerful reporting tool, dependencies among sensors, scripting
  • Application examples, target customers: Monitoring of larger networks, IT services reporting

www.ActiveXperts.com

Tested:

  • SW version: ActiveXperts 7.0.7.0525, Windows XP Professional SP2 CZ
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3268, firmware ver. 3.0.3
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested functions: Adding a device, alarm e-mails, reporting

 

Intellipool Network Monitor

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Intellipool Network Monitor is a sophisticated monitoring software with an excellent web interface. One of its merits is a well-developed user interface that provides IT administrators with an overview about what is happening in their networks.

Intellipool NM contains a very powerful reporting functionality. Reports can be created automatically along with useful graphs. Range of supported server services that the NM can monitor is somewhat limited. On the other hand, NM offers outstanding support of nearly all operating systems. Scalability is an interesting feature, too.

  • License: Trial (30 days), SW switches to a limited freeware version afterwards
  • Estimated price: 395 USD / 10 Sensors License
  • Supported OS: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Web client
    • GUI: Device icons
  • Language: EN
  • Communication protocol: SNMP
    • MIB Manager: Yes, as an external tool
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Play a sound, execute an external file, record to an external log, run a VBscript
    • Functions: Send an e-mail, remote server restart
      • SMS notification: Yes, using a GSM modem (connected to USB / RS-232) via a special web site
  • Output of values: Customized reports with history (XML, HTML, CSV), graphs
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No (connects via generic SNMP)
  • Output control: No
  • Special functions: Supports many operating systems, scalability, graphs
  • Application examples, target customers: Monitoring of large-scale corporate intranets, outsourced IT services reporting, monitoring third-party IT services

www.intellipool.se

Tested:

  • SW version: Intellipool 3.2.1 build 2013, Windows XP Professional SP2 CZ
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3268, firmware ver. 3.0.3
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested functions: Adding a device, alarm e-mails, reporting, graphs

 

HP (OpenView) NNM

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Network Node Manager (NNM) by the Hewlett-Packard company is one of the most well-known monitoring systems in the world. Its architecture is very robust and scalable. It can be easily integrated with other HP Software (OpenView) products.

NNM ships with many plug-ins, and hundreds more are available as additions. These plug-ins facilitate a very fast implementation of the system. The NNM can be customized and adapted in many ways.

  • License: Commercial software
    • Estimated price: Varies
  • Supported OS: Windows 2000, Server 2003, Unix, Solaris, Linux
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Application and web interface
    • GUI: Device icons, maps
  • Language: EN
  • Communication protocol: SNMP
    • MIB Manager: Yes
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Play a sound, execute an external file, write an external log file, run a script, escalate a message in the system hierarchy
    • Functions: Send an e-mail, restart a remote server
      • SMS notification: Available
  • Output of values: Customized reports with history (XML, HTML, CSV), graphs
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No (connects via generic SNMP)
  • Output control: Yes
  • Special functions: Supports many operating systems, scalability, graphs
  • Application examples, target customers: Monitoring of large-scale corporate intranets, outsourced IT services reporting, monitoring third-party IT services

www.HP.com

 

IBM Tivoli Monitoring Version 6

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IBM Tivoli Monitoring and Monitoring Express are well-known monitoring systems for supervising infrastructure and IT operations. Their advantages are scalability, verified architecture, wide scale of customization and integration options.

There are several modules available for Tivoli Monitoring that extend the monitoring capabilities to more complex systems, such as .Net applications or databases. Implementation of Tivoli Monitoring is very fast and business benefits come soon. Management and administration of all devices is centralized and accessed through an embedded portal.

  • License: Commercial software
    • Estimated price: Varies
  • Supported OS: Windows 2000, Server 2003, Unix, Solaris, Linux
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Application and web interface
    • GUI: Device icons, maps
  • Language: EN
  • Communication protocol: SNMP
    • MIB Manager: Yes
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Play a sound, execute an external file, write an external log file, run a script, escalate a message in the system hierarchy
    • Functions: Send an e-mail, restart a remote server
      • SMS notification: Available
  • Output of values: Customized reports with history (XML, HTML, CSV), graphs
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No (connects via generic SNMP)
  • Output control: Yes
  • Special functions: Supports many operating systems, scalability, graphs
  • Application examples, target customers: Monitoring of large-scale corporate intranets, outsourced IT services reporting, monitoring third-party IT services

www.IBM.com

 

Microsoft: MSC Operations Manager 2007 & MSC Essentials 2007

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  • System Center Operations Manager 2007
  • Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007

The solution based on System Center Operation Manager 2007 and Essentials 2007 by Microsoft belongs to the best of IT infrastructure and operations monitoring, especially if the infrastructure is built on other products of the same company. The System Center brand encompasses several fully integrated products that are able to monitor and/or manage the entire IT infrastructure at a customer site.

The Essentials 2007 product is suitable for mid-size companies with up to 500 PCs and 30 servers; Operations Manager 2007 is a solution even for the biggest customers. Both products are robust and scalable and share the same core, including configuration modules.

  • License: Commercial software
    • Estimated price: Varies
  • Supported OS: Windows 2000, Server 2003
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Application and web interface
    • GUI: Device icons, maps
  • Language: EN, ...
  • Communication protocol: SNMP
    • MIB Manager: Yes
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Play a sound, execute an external file, write an external log file, run a script, escalate a message in the system hierarchy
    • Functions: Send an e-mail, restart a remote server
      • SMS notification: Available
  • Output of values: Customized reports with history (XML, HTML, CSV), graphs
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No (connects via generic SNMP)
  • Output control: Yes
  • Special functions: Close integration with other MS products
  • Application examples, target customers: Mid-size companies in the field of value-added services, small manufacturers, etc.

www.Microsoft.com

ManageEngine OpManager

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Powerful commercial network management system that can be very quickly installed on Windows and is managed via web frontend. It comes with an embedded MySQL engine but can also be used with a dedicated MySQL database. The server software runs as a windows service and is written mostly in Java.Usability of the web GUI is good.

During our evaluation auto-discovery did not work and classifying network devices was found to be a bit clumsy. There is no feedback at all during SNMP discovery, which is annoying, since it is not obvious which of the numerous SNMP community strings is actually used. We liked the ability to manually re-discover a single device, and the software comes with a large repository of MIBs that include many firewall models of different manufacturers. Graphing is good and includes latency times for each device. The software includes a large number of predefined reports and there are numerous add-on products available.

Free single user license fpr 20 devices, up to 10,000,- US$ for unlimited version, plus numerous add-on prices.

Pros: Easy setup, broad feature base, immediately usable GUI, good graphing.

Cons: Price.

 

  • License: Commercial software
    • Estimated price: Varies
  • Supported OS: Windows 2000, Server 2003
    • NT service/daemon: Yes

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Forum: HWg-STE SNMP Temp Sensor - MIB

M1 (Monitor one) – FineConnection

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M1 (Monitor one) is a very sophisticated software with basic Service Desk functionality. The software relies on the SNMP protocol, and contains embedded functions for detecting and discovering devices. Monitor can create intuitive multi-level hierarchical network topology maps that can be made easier to understand and more attractive by adding geographical maps or floor plans as a background.

  • Licence: Free evaluation version is limited to 8 monitored IP addresses
    • Estimated price: 450 USD / 50 IP addresses
  • Supported OS: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003
    • NT service/daemon:No
  • User interface: Local application / Simple web interface
    • GUI: Device icons / Graphs (3D, pie chart) / MIB tree / Table of values / Maps
  • Language: EN
  • Communication protocol: SNMP, SNMP Trap
    • MIB Manager:Yes
  • Response to Alarm:
    • Local: Play a sound, execute an external file
    • Functions: Send an email
      • SMS notification: Yes, via a third-party product (PageGate Messaging Gateway)
  • Output of values: log (DB), graph (on screen), current values (on screen), reports, trends
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: Yes
  • Output control: No (planned)
  • Special functions: Wizard for Poseidon and Damocles devices
  • SNMP Sensors for M1 FineConnection:
    Temprature, Humidity, Dry contacts, power failure by Poseidon, HWg-STE

www.FineConnection.com

Tested:

  • SW version: Monitor one version FP1.99.179, Windows XP Professional SP2 CZ
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3268, firmware ver. 3.0.1
  • Communication: SNMP, SNMP Trap
  • Tested functions: Adding a device, sending an email, sending a SMS, remote contact.

 

MikroTik – The Dude

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MikroTik is well-known manufacturer of wireless devices. Besides, they also develop The Dude – a management and monitoring software. Its license is freeware; however, its capabilities are comparable to commercial products. It is focused on more technically-oriented people who prefer ease of use and a simple interface.

A disadvantage is a lack of advanced alerting and limited reporting capabilities.

  • Licence: Freeware
  • Supported OS: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, (Linux, MacOS)
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Local application
    • GUI: Device icons / Graphical display of values (line chart) / MIB tree / Table of values / Maps
  • Language: EN
  • Communication protocol: SNMP
    • MIB Manager: Yes
  • Response to Alarm:
    • Local: Play a sound, execute an external file, log
    • Functions: Send an email
  • Output of values: Log (DB), graph (on screen), current values (on screen)
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No
  • Output control: No
  • Special functions: Management of WiFi devices by the same manufacturer

www.MikroTik.com

Tested:

  • SW version: The Dude v2.2, Windows XP Professional SP2 CZ
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3268, firmware ver. 3.0.1
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested functions: Adding a device, audible alarm.

OpenNMS

OpenNMS HWg-STE monitoring screenshot
OpenNMS is the world's first enterprise-grade network management application platform developed under the open source model. It is 100% free and open source software that can manage tens of thousands of devices.

The main functional areas include event management, service assurance, performance data collection and automated discovery.

  • License: Open source, GPLv3
  • Estimated price: Free, as long as you comply with license conditions
  • Supported OS: Any OS that supports Java: Windows, OS X, *nix
    • NT service/daemon: No
  • User interface: Web client
    • GUI: Device icons, text
    • Language: EN
  • Communication protocol: SNMP
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Fully customizable: E-mail, SMS, Integration with Trouble Ticketing System
    • Functions: Fully customizable
    • SMS notification: Yes
  • Output of values: Customizable reports
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No (connects via SNMP)
  • Output control: Yes
  • Special functions: Highly customizable and scalable
     
  • Application examples, target customers: Useful for any size customer, but usually those with more than 2000 managed devices

www.OpenNMS.com

Tested:

  • SW version: OpenNMS 1.11.91
  • Hardware: HWg-STE, firmware ver. 2.0.7
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested functions: Adding a device, displaying values, graphing historic data

Paessler – IPCheck Server Monitor

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IPCheck Server Monitor is a very user-friendly and robust system for IT infrastructure monitoring. It was designed primarily for monitoring servers and services. It supports SNMP, in addition to many other protocols.

  • Licence: Two free versions are available:
    • Free version is limited to 5 monitored values
    • 30-day demo of the commercial product, turns to free version upon expiration
    • Estimated price: 124 EUR / Standard Edition – 25 sensors
  • Supported OS: Windows NT 6, 2000, XP, Server 2003
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Local application, fully-featured web interface
    • GUI: Device icons / Graphical display of values / Tree of values
  • Language: EN, DE, ES
  • Communication protocol: SNMP
    • MIB Manager: Yes, as an external application
  • Response to Alarm:
    • Local: Play a sound, pop-up a window, execute an external file, record to EventLog
    • Functions: Send an e-mail, NET SEND, HTTP Request
      • SMS notification: Yes,via a specialized web
      • Messaging: Pager, IM messages (ICQ)
  • Output of values: Log (DB), graph (on screen), current values (on screen), reports, export to Paessler PRTG Traffic Grapher
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No
  • Output control: No
  • Special functions: Calling external files with alarm parameters and values of variables

www.Paessler.com

Tested:

  • SW version: Paessler IPCheck Server Monitor 5.4.0, Windows XP Professional SP2 CZ
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3268, firmware ver. 3.0.1
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested: Adding device, sending an alarm, creating a report.

 

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

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Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold is one of the most common systems for monitoring networks and servers. Its biggest advantage is a sophisticated web interface that is easy to use and enables access to all features. Ipswitch provides strong reporting tools, too.

  • Licence: 2 editions that differ in support of MS Exchange, SQL Server and WMI
    • 30-day demo version of the commercial product
      • Estimated price: USD 1995 / Standard – up to 100 sensors
  • Supported OS: 2000, XP, Server 2003
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Local application, fully-featured web interface
    • GUI: Device icons / Graphical display of values / Tree of values
  • Language: EN
  • Communication protocol: SNMP
    • MIB Manager: Yes, as an external utility
  • Response to Alarm:
    • Local: Play a sound, pop-up a window, execute an external file, text-to-speech
    • Functions: Send an e-mail
      • SMS notification: Yes, via a specialized website, or via a modem (with external plugins)
      • Messaging: Pager
  • Output of values: Log (DB), current value on screen, reports
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No
  • Output control: No
  • Special functions: Powerful reporting, ServiceDesk

www.Ipswitch.com

Tested:

  • SW version: Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold Premium v11, Windows XP Professional SP2 CZ
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3268, firmware ver. 3.0.1
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested functions: Adding a device, sending an alarm, creating a report

 

Axence – nVision

Axence nVision screenshot
The Axence NetVision software scans and monitors networks. It is well-equiped, with a user-friendly interface and support of number of protocols and network services. It offers advanced reporting tools that provide an excellent overview of network activity. Support for environmental measurements and SMS alerting is also included.

  • Licence: Trial (30 days), software stops working afterwards
  • Estimated price: 995 USD / Axence nVision Standard – 100 IP addresses
  • Supported OS: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003
    • NT service/daemon: No
  • User interface: Local application
    • GUI: Device icons / Graphical display of values / Maps / Tree of values
  • Language: EN
  • Communication protocol: SNMP
    • MIB Manager: No, but supports pre-compiled MIBs supplied by the producer
  • Response to Alarm:
    • Local: Play a sound, pop-up a window, execute an external program, write to an external log
    • Functions: Send an e-mail or an ICQ message
  • Output of values: Log (BIN), graphs (on screen), current values (on screen), reports
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No (being developed)
  • Output control: No
  • Special functions: Static geographic map as a background for network diagrams

www.Axencesoftware.com

Tested:

  • SW version: NVision ver. 2.0.1.957, Windows XP Professional SP2 CZ
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3265, firmware ver. 3.0.1
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested functions: Adding a device, sending an alarm, creating a report.


 

CBR little:eye

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The Turkey-based CBR company has several interesting products in its portfolio, including the eye. The eye is available in two versions with a different range of functions and scalability. Little:eye is a full-featured NMS, with lots of functions and an excellent user interface.

Reporting capabilities are extensive, and so are monitoring capabilities. To extend the functionality, Little:eye can be connected to another product by the same company to add a powerful graph processing.

  • Licence: Trial version upon request
    • Estimated price: Depends on project size
  • Supported OS: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Local application
    • GUI: Device icons / Graphic display of values / Maps / Tree of values
  • Language: EN
  • Communication protocol: SNMP
    • MIB Manager: Yes
  • Response to Alarm:
    • Local: Pop-up a window, execute an external file, run a test
    • Functions: Send an e-mail
  • Output of values: Log (BIN), graph (on screen), current values (on screen), reports
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: Yes (option by the producer)
  • Output control: No
  • Special functions: Static geographical map as the network layout background

www.CBR.com

Tested:

  • SW version: little:eye, Windows XP Professional SP2 CZ
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3265, firmware ver. 3.0.4
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested functions: Adding a device, displaying values


 

LUTEUS – LoriotPro

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LoriotPro by the France-based Luteus company is intended for monitoring enterprise information systems and the associated network infrastructure. It supports advanced methods for managing and configuring active network elements via SNMP. Various services can be monitored using protocols such as HTTP. In addition, monitored nodes can be organized into maps, reports can be created periodically, etc.

  • Licence: Three commercial versions, one free limited version
    • Estimated price: 1500 EUR / LoriotPro Standard
  • Supported OS: Windows 98, 2000, XP, Server 2003
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Local application, web interface
    • GUI: Device icons / Graphical display of values / Maps / Tree of values
  • Language: EN, FR
  • Communication protocol: SNMP, HTTP, etc.
    • MIB Manager: Yes
  • Response to Alarm:
    • Local: Play a sound, pop up a window, run an external file, record to an external log
    • Functions: Send an e-mail
  • Output of values: Log (BIN), graph (on screen), current values (on screen), reports
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No
  • Output control: Yes
  • Special functions: Advanced alarms

www.LoriotPro.com

Tested:

  • SW version: LoriotPro Free Edition ver. 4.0.138, Windows XP Professional SP2 CZ
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3265, firmware ver. 3.0.4
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested functions: Adding a device


Verax NMS

GFI screenshot
The Verax NMS is a service availability and performance monitoring system supporting a range of network elements (e.g. Windows and Linux hosts, ATM switches, Brocade and Juniper routers, ADVA Optical Networking FSP), applications (e.g. Apache Tomcat and WebSphere servers, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases), virtualisation (e.g. VMware vSphere) and data center devices (incl. power supplies, air conditioning, sensors and detectors).


  • License: Commercial software (free Express version for 25 managed elements)
  • Supported OS: Commercial (Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, Windows, IBM AS/400 and Linux), Open source (Linux and Open Solaris).
    • NT service/deamon: Yes
  • User interface:  Web Interface (Rich Internet Application technology)
  • GUI:  Device icons / Graphic display of values / Maps / Tree of values
  • Language: English, German, Polish
  • Communication protocol: PING, SNMP, SNMP OID , JDBC, SSH, LDAP, RADIUS, DHCP, JMX, HTTP/HTTPS, POP3, IMAP,FTP, WMI, SMTP, TCP port, DNS.
    • MIB Manager: Yes
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Play a sound, execute an external file, write an external log file, run a script, escalate a message in the system hierarchy
    • Function: On-screen message and sound notification, e-mail, IM with user-defined severity and frequency criteria.
      • SMS Notification: Yes (via gate or modem)
  • Output of values: Rich, predefined customizable reports in PDF, CSV or XLS formats with history
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Democles: Poseidon (custom plugin) , Democles  (connects via generic SNMP)
  • Output control: Yes
  • Special functions: service-centric monitoring, powerful reporting, scalability
  • Application examples, target customers:  Applications and IT services: local or cloud-based, Data centers including both infrastructure (e.g. servers) and infrastructure elements (e.g. power supplies, HVAC devices, security devices and others), Local (LAN) and wide (WAN) area networks and other communication systems.

www.veraxsystems.com

 

Woodstone - Servers Alive

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The Woodstone Servers Alive is relatively simple program offering great number of features that can be beneficially used for middle level LAN networks monitoring. It can monitor whole range of operating systems and services running on them, as well as SNMP protocol.

  • License: Trial (unlimited in time, limited in number of monitored devices only)
  • Supported OS: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Local application / simple WEB interface
    • GUI: device icons / value tree
  • Language: EN
  • Communication protocols: SNMP, SNMP Traps
    • MIB Manager: Yes
  • Response to Alarm:
    • Local: sound, pop-up window, executing external program
    • Function: Sending e-mail, SNMP command or SNMP Trap, HTTP, SNPP/SMPP
      • Warning via SMS: Supported over connected GSM modem (USB / RS-232) via specialized web
      • Messages: pager, IM message (ICQ, MSN, AIM, Jabber)
  • Value output: log (DB/TXT)
  • Support for Poseidon and Damocles:Installation wizard, safer templates
  • Output control: Yes
  • Special functions:
  • Application examples and customers: Monitoring of IT infrastructure: public administration, banking, industry

www.woodstone.nu

Tested:

  • Version SW: Servers Alive Free Version 6.0.2056, Windows XP Professional SP2 CZ
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3265, firmware ver. 3.0.1
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested: Add device and setting of alarm.

 

Zabbix

Zabbix screenshot
Zabbix is an interesting and well-known open-source software for IT infrastructure monitoring.

Zabbix is an intuitive and user-friendly system intended for monitoring of end-user workstations, IT services and active network components. It provides many interesting graphs and reports.

  • License: Open source
    • Estimated price: Free, as long as you comply with license conditions
  • Supported OS: *nix
    • NT service/daemon: Yes
  • User interface: Web client
    • GUI: Device icons, text
  • Language: EN, partially customizable
  • Communication protocol: SNMP, SNMP Trap
    • MIB Manager: No (however, it is a standard component of many Linux distributions)
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Fully customizable, ServiceDesk collaboration, etc.
    • Functions: Fully customizable
      • SMS notification: Yes, using a special component
  • Output of values: Customizable reports
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No (connects via generic SNMP)
  • Output control: Yes
  • Special functions: Wide range of customization options, support for developing custom components, "executive cockpit"
  • Application examples, target customers: Monitoring of large-scale community networks

www.zabbix.com

Tested:

  • SW version: Zabbix 1.4, Fedora 7 i386
  • Hardware: Poseidon 3268, firmware ver. 3.0.3
  • Communication: SNMP
  • Tested functions: Adding a device, displaying values, graphing historic data

 

Zenoss

Zabbix screenshot
Zenoss Core is free and open source software for monitoring applications, networks, servers and much more. Zenoss is driven by the Zenoss community so get involved today!

While Nagios is a powerful and stable system monitor, it can be very complex to configure. Vincent Danen (author of Zenoss) offers you another option with a slick UI, nice graphs, and easy-to-read host data.

  • License: Open source
  • Supported OS: *nix (Linux, Mac OS X, VMware)
    • User interface: Web client
      • GUI: Device icons, text
  • Language: EN+
  • Communication protocol: SNMP (OID + MIB), Nagios plugins
    • MIB Manager: Yes (Browser)
  • Alarm response:
    • Local: Yes
    • Alerts: Email, SMS
  • Custom support for Poseidon and Damocles: No (connects via generic SNMP)
  • Output control:
  • Special functions:

www.zenoss.com

 

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