Monitoring Recommendations (NOC?)

JohnnyBigglesJohnnyBiggles Member Posts: 273
We have a growing network, especially the remote portion of it. We rent racks at a remote datacenter where we have a few virtual environments (vSphere) set up and we'd like to closely and monitor those environments when these projects go completely live. Even at our headquarters, we're growing a tad bit and recently got hit with something and had to go searching for the cause, so we'd like to possibly implement something here as well. It was the internal monitoring of the software for that device that allowed us to track the issue and stifle it, and we do have logs but we'd like to have perhaps a central monitoring system (with a one-screen overview) where we can monitor everything or as much that's relevant as possible (our primary concern is the remote datacenter, since much more traffic will be expected there, but if affordable, we'd like one for here too, or, one integrated system for everything). Hardware, performance, security, alerts, etc. - is there a decent NOC or NOC-like system/software used for this? This area is new to me (and us) and we're a pretty small biz so please recommend a starting point that can get us going on this that wouldn't be overkill and is straightforward. Thanks.


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    RouteMyPacketRouteMyPacket Member Posts: 1,104
    You have several options but your decision will come down to two things

    1. Do I want to pay for it, and how much will it cost?

    2. Do I want to build it myself, and put all administrative overhead on myself or my teams shoulders?


    Paying for a product is good in that it will most definitely come with support from the vendor and initial setup and configuration can be done with assistance.


    Well, it costs a lot of money, depending on amount of nodes etc.

    Zenoss (my preference)

    Those immediately come to mind but there are many out there. Nagios and Zenoss are free and will sit on top of a Linux distro (I like CentOS) but everything is on you should something go wrong, decent knowledge of Linux will go a long way here.

    Good info here

    Comparison of network monitoring systems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Modularity and Design Simplicity:

    Think of the 2:00 a.m. test—if you were awakened in the
    middle of the night because of a network problem and had to figure out the
    traffic flows in your network while you were half asleep, could you do it?
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