Best network monitoring tools

Network monitoring tools provide constant oversight for IT problems as the infrastructure changes by observing internal networks to examine bandwidth usage and the performance of applications and servers.

They provide assurance that your network is running smoothly and can improve performance, productivity, and costs.

The varied options available provide monitoring for numerous devices and different operating systems to spot specific issues and meet compliance requirements. Here's our pick of the best options on the market.

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NetScout
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NetScout

NetScoutcombines deep packet capture and real-time performance analysis for all applications and services through InfiniStream, insights into the performance of carrier services through nGeniusOne Service Assurance, and simplified Unified Communications (UC) Performance Management.

The company was so unhappy with its low ranking in the Gartner magic quadrant that in 2014 NetScout filed a lawsuit against the analyst for allegedly favouring bigger investors in Gartner services. In 2017 they reached the more flattering rank of leader. The case continues.

Riverbed SteelCentral
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Riverbed SteelCentral

The Riverbed SteelCentral Network Performance Management provides easy monitoring, troubleshooting and analysis for enterprises. The company offers a holistic view across applications, networks, infrastructure and end-user experience, with end-to-end visibility and actionable insights to resolve issues.

The suite contains eight separate products: IT Infrastructure Management, Packet Analysis, SteelCentral NetExpress, SteelCentral NetProfiler, SteelCentral Portal, SteelCentral UCExpert, Transaction Analysis, and Packet Capture Solutions.

SolarWinds
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SolarWinds

The SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor provides powerful features tailored to customer needs in a fully scalable, user-friendly product designed to reduce outages and improve performance.

It offers fault, performance, and availability monitoring for multi-vendor networks, advanced "hop-by-hop" troubleshooting for on-premises, hybrid, and cloud services, intuitive dashboards, and intelligent, customisable alerts, wireless reports, and comprehensive application monitoring.

Cisco Systems Prime Infrastructure

Cisco Systems Prime Infrastructure

Technology giant Cisco Systems produces a range of network monitoring tools across its numerous software lines. The principal product is Prime Infrasture, which is designed to simplify the monitoring and automate the management tasks involved in running wireless and wired networks.

The unified solution offers guided management, enhanced background features, and an operations centre. It also includes policy monitoring and troubleshooting with the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) and location-based tracking of mobility devices with the Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE)

CA Performance Management

CA Performance Management

CA Technologies' flagship network monitoring tool is CA Performance Management, a monitoring and analytics platform designed for contemporary network architectures and the demands of big data.

Fast issue resolution, high scalability at low cost and adaptive visualisations in customisable and intuitive dashboards that offer easy insights are its big selling points.

It's supported by the CA Virtual Network Assurance, which adds monitoring of sensitive cloud and multi-layered SDN networks and service chains to the package.

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