What is Network Monitoring?
Network monitoring is a critical IT process that tracks network components and endpoints and provides fault, performance, and traffic monitoring. It involves monitoring critical network issues, providing fault detection, and health monitoring of various network elements from the device level to the protocol and interface levels.
Network monitoring systems include tools that track network operations. It is critical to monitor traffic, bandwidth utilization, and other metrics using performance counters. Further, examining the health and performance of network interfaces for their faults helps to manage various network resources, both on-site and remote. Network monitoring tools help IT admins reduce the meantime to repair (MTTR) to solve real-time network performance issues with instant alerting and data in the form of tables, charts, graphs, dashboards, and reports.
Why are network monitoring tools important?
Businesses rely on networks, whether they're on-site or remote. Network monitoring tools are crucial to:
- Ensure continuous network uptime with good health for uninterrupted business operations.
- Provide insights on the performance of every network device and interface, along with their hierarchy.
- Analyze the performance at the device and interface levels using performance metrics.
- Identify threats well in advance.
- Generate alerts and avert downtimes.
Site24x7 is a multi-vendor supporting, cloud-based, and scalable real-time network monitoring solution that monitors your network 24x7 and helps reduce network outages. Its high availability mechanisms help to monitor your network without any interruptions.
Site24x7 - The complete network monitoring solution
With our comprehensive cloud network monitoring tool, a brainchild of ManageEngine OpManager, you can easily drill down to the root cause of network issues with our in-depth network analysis. This Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) based network monitoring system lets you detect anomalies instantly. Ensure uptime and fault management of all your SNMP devices with a secure, firewall-friendly architecture.
Monitor network traffic: Monitor the in and out traffic, packets, errors, and discards, and analyze the network performance based on actionable insights.
Identify network activities and optimize bandwidth allocation.
Ensure optimal firewall performance to secure your network gateways.
Check the signal strength, data transfer rates, and usage metrics.
Gain insights into metrics like input volt, remaining battery stats, etc.
Load Balancer Monitoring
Analyze traffic distribution and performance across data centers.
Obtain port-wise performance stats for your switches, switch stacks, and switch ports.
Track your VPN latency, connections, paths, and tunnels to protect your network from intruders.
Track the number of pages printed, marker life count, and more.
Analyze memory size, buffer size for proper capacity planning of RAIDs, and tape libraries.
WAN Accelerator Monitoring
Optimize WAN performance by monitoring WAN accelerators.
Key features of Site24x7 network monitoring tool
Automatically discover all the devices present within a provided IP range, or a whole network (LAN or WAN) using SNMP.
Over 450 vendors like Cisco, HP, Canon, Juniper, D-Link, and Dell are supported, and you can monitor anything more by just entering the sysOID.
There are over 10000 device templates with custom options that offer predefined attributes, making the configuration easy and simple.
Obtain complete visibility using maps. Automate discovery and mapping with Layer 2 maps and create your network schema using topology maps.
View top devices based on response time and packet loss; and top interfaces based on traffic, bandwidth utilization, errors, and discards.
SNMP Trap Processing
Configure network devices to send SNMP traps to Site24x7, and receive processed alert messages for any trap defined in your SNMP MIB.
Site24x7 also supports SNMP-based sensor monitoring using which you can monitor attributes that are tracked by sensors by simply creating custom device templates.
Support for Custom MIBs
In addition to the default MIBs provided, you can upload custom MIBs from your system and use them to add custom performance counters of your choice.
Assess the quality of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services throughout the call path by tracking different metrics including jitter, latency, and packet loss.
Hear it from our customers
I wanted to give a shout-out to Site24x7; we love them; they are great. We've got clients who need to access information in the UK, the US, anywhere in North America, Asia, or Europe. We've got points that we can leverage from Site24x7, and we can test latency between countries and continents, and it's just great. We love those guys. Great service, great support, and I wouldn't look anywhere else.
Site24x7's rich feature set has always surprised us, especially the custom dashboard and reports that we get using Site24x7 has helped us in identifying critical performance issues and address them before our teams are notified. Their friendly assistance during sessions and openness to feature requests makes us feel Site24x7 has been the best choice for all our monitoring requirements.
Site24x7 gives us a lot of flexibility in being able to add devices as and when they get added, and also taken away as well.
Key metrics monitored with our network monitoring solution
SNMP counters for network performance monitoring
Monitor SNMP performance counters and tabular performance counters of all your devices. Simply specify the sysOID and monitor any custom performance metric of your choice using custom SNMP monitoring.
Track key metrics, including:
- Memory and CPU usage
- Undersize packets
- Oversize packets
- Interface in giants
- Drop event statistics
- Jabber packets
- Backplane utilization
- Active session count
- Buffer failures
- Interface collisions
- Disk utilization
- Input packet drops
- Output packet drops
- VPN latency
Monitor NetFlow for complete traffic and bandwidth monitoring
Optimize data usage and pinpoint peaks
Obtain a thorough understanding of your network traffic behavior by analyzing flows based on different technologies like NetFlow, J-Flow, sFlow, CFlow, IPFIX, NetStream, and AppFlow.
With flows categorized application, conversation, port, and protocol-wise, easily identify bandwidth hogs, intrusions, slowness, or unauthorized access. Leverage dashboards and generate reports on network security so that you can compare and analyze traffic stats and usage trends over stipulated periods.
Automate network configuration and change management
Network Configuration Manager (NCM) for better accountability
Track your Cisco, Juniper, HP, and other network device changes, automate backups, restore configurations, receive alerts, and stay compliant using Site24x7's network configuration management tool.
Prevent security misconfigurations by receiving instant alerts and obtaining detailed analysis from reports that analyze the NCM inventory, startup-running conflicts, and user activities.
How does the Site24x7 network monitoring tool work?
Site24x7 Network Monitoring is an agentless, Software as a Service (SaaS) network monitoring system that collects data from your network using an On-Premise Poller. This helps monitor both your internal and external networks. The Site24x7 network monitoring tool is SNMP based. You can either specify an IP range or use Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) to discover the devices in your network. You can mention discovery rules and device and interface filters which help to fine-tune the discovery. Once added, the On-Premise Poller starts to fetch data like traffic, bandwidth, packets, error, discards, and other performance data from your devices.
You can configure threshold limits for all the key performance metrics at the device and interface level so that you can take corrective measures on any breach, and keep the network performance under control using our cloud network monitoring solution.
Why is Site24x7 the best network monitoring system?
With the right set of features like custom monitoring and dashboards at cloud-native scalability, Site24x7 offers all that is needed for enterprises and SMBs to monitor their network infrastructure. Site24x7 provides network monitoring tools to track network performance, network traffic, and manage network configuration.
Single console monitoring
Monitor network performance, network traffic (NetFlow), and NCM from the same console.
View top N, health trend, and inventory reports, and also create custom reports of your choice.
Integrate with software like Slack, Microsoft Teams, Jira, and more.
Full-fledged Server Monitoring with more than 60 performance metrics for your physical, virtual, and cloud servers.
Create a custom dashboard with key metrics, and also view an exclusive network health dashboard.
Get SMS messages, emails, voice calls, push notifications, and RSS feeds.
Monitor your devices and interfaces using our free network monitoring software.