Solutions Review’s annual Vendors to Know in Network Monitoring provides the details on some of the most critical solution providers in the space.
The editors at Solutions Review continually research the most prominent and influential Network Monitoring vendors to assist buyers in search of the tools befitting the needs of their organization. Choosing the right vendor and solution can be a complicated process; it requires constant market research and often comes down to more than just the solution and its technical capabilities. To make your search a little easier, we listed the vendors to know in Network Monitoring.
Note: Companies are listed in alphabetical order.
Vendors to Know in Network Monitoring, 2021
Accedian Skylight PVX (formerly Performance Vision) is a unified enterprise network and application performance management solution. The product combines network flow monitoring, real-time application transaction decoding, and end-user experience tracking to generate performance data. With Skylight PVX, users can monitor traffic from both physical or virtual environments (including the cloud) and analyze OSI Layer 2 through Layer 7 network traffic in real-time. Skylight PVX can be deployed in either a virtual or hardware-based appliance.
AppNeta Performance Manager is a network monitoring tool that allows IT teams to monitor end-user experience across their cloud, network, and applications. It operates on a four-dimensional approach to monitoring, with capabilities that work together to analyze usage and performance across networks and applications. AppNeta offers a wide range of graphics and reporting to deliver greater analytical capabilities as well. The vendor also provides monitoring solutions for VoIP, UCaaS, and DNS systems, as well as monitoring for cloud deployments.
Auvik is easy-to-use cloud-based networking management and monitoring software — without the hassle. By automating and simplifying network management, Auvik helps rocket an IT team’s efficiency and capacity, while protecting the business from network risk. Go beyond NetFlow to easily identify who’s on the network, what they’re doing, and where their traffic is going with Auvik TrafficInsights.
DX NetOps by CA Technologies, a Broadcom-owned company, is a network monitoring and analytics software that unifies traditional network and systems monitoring with full-stack analysis. The solution gathers intelligence on inventory, topology, device metrics, faults, flow, and packet analysis for traditional, software-defined, and cloud-based network architectures. DX NetOps is also augmented by Broadcom’s AIOps platform, bringing NetOps and AIOps together to proactively solve network problems through automated remediation capabilities.
Catchpoint Network Insights is a monitoring suite that provides network engineers and operations teams with full visibility into the OSI stack from Layer 3 to Layer 7. Network Insights consists of four primary capabilities: DNS monitoring, traceroute monitoring, BGP monitoring, and endpoint monitoring. Each of these capabilities provides visibility into different components of the delivery chain, which enables proactive detection and triage of problems that arise within network layers — endpoint, enterprise LAN/WAN, DNS, CDN, ISP, and cloud.
Cisco Prime Performance Manager, a subset of Cisco Prime, is a network monitoring application that pulls actionable information from the entire network, including core, aggregation, and access networks. This product features a web-based interface, providing access to performance reports featuring flexible options and detail searching. Cisco Prime allows network administrators to keep track of all devices on the network as well. Prime sends alerts if the network is being bogged down and collects data on devices and connectivity on a user-defined schedule.
Dynatrace is a monitoring solution provider that offers network monitoring, application performance management, and digital experience monitoring capabilities. Its network tools can be correlated with application performance metrics to deliver insights on how network performance is affecting end-user experience. Dynatrace offers visibility that allows IT teams to quickly identify the services and processes experiencing network connectivity issues. In addition to identifying bottlenecks, Dynatrace analytics can help businesses plan for network and server resources.
Exoprise is a leading provider of SaaS and cloud monitoring with unmatched support for Office 365, Azure, Salesforce, and more. Exoprise CloudReady is the platform for total digital experience management, providing users with end-to-end network and application visibility via real user monitoring or synthetic transaction monitoring. With Exoprise CloudReady, cloud and network administrators can find and fix problems fast, manage changes, observe trends, and improve performance and operations for the entire business.
ExtraHop Reveal(x) is a cloud-based network detection and response platform that gives organizations real-time visibility into their network from the inside out. With ExtraHop network monitoring tools, IT teams can maintain a comprehensive view of the entire ecosystem with auto-discovery and auto-classification. ExtraHop gives users the ability to mitigate performance issues immediately with continuous and real-time end-user monitoring. Empirical metrics across defendant systems can be employed to accelerate troubleshooting as well.
Flowmon is a network visibility vendor that offers a flow-based network monitoring product. Its solutions provide IT teams with an array of tools for network visibility and control, as well as cloud operations, security operations, and DDoS protection. Flowmon probes and collectors help organizations gather, analyze, and store critical network information as well. The solution features a number of modules that can extend and streamline the functionality of the Connector and Probes to allow for more advanced analysis of flow statistics.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s network monitoring suite is comprised of Aruba AirWave and HPE Intelligent Management Center. AirWave provides granular visibility for wired and wireless networks and is designed to detect mobile devices and applications in addition to traditional sensors. Intelligent Management Center manages data centers and core networks while providing clearly defined network data for IT teams. IMC features a modular platform with tools that cover traffic analysis, remote network management, and intelligent reporting.
Infovista VistaInsight is a network monitoring and service assurance solution that gives users full visibility over their network activity. The product supports digital transformation initiatives by simplifying hybrid NFV network operations and monitoring SD-WAN edge performance. Infovista diagnoses network and service performance and delivers insights to administrators through a scalable, open, cloud-ready platform. InfoVista’s tools (including VistaInsight) support cloud and SSL-based applications, VXLAN, and several other features.
Kentik is a network monitoring and AIOps solution that provides full network visibility. The solution combines a NetFlow network monitoring with tools for ingesting data like VPC Flow Logs, business context, and application context. Kentik’s machine-learning driven solution advises on network and security performance, troubleshooting, planning, and cost management as well. On one screen, Kentik provides visibility and insights wherever your traffic flows, from your network to applications, to the internet, to the cloud in real-time.
LiveAction LiveNX is a network performance and analytics platform that eases network monitoring and configuration. The LiveNX interface allows for thorough insight into a network’s topology with in-depth views of devices, interfaces, and network flows. Apart from visualization, LiveNX gives IT teams the ability to access performance metrics and take the appropriate action to address issues. LiveNX comes with User Experience, Insight, and Endpoint Agent, features that enable users to analyze connectivity, detect network patterns, and monitor endpoints.
LogicMonitor is an agentless SaaS-based network monitoring solution that gives organizations the ability to discover all network devices and interfaces. Through alerts and interface metrics, users are given greater visibility into error rates, network usage, and throughput. With support for a variety of different technologies, IT teams can collect and analyze network performance data from all of their networking gear. In addition to switches, routers, and firewalls, LogicMonitor can also cover cloud and hybrid IT environments.
LogRhythm NetworkXDR is a network security solution that detects networkborne threats in real-time and features SOAR capabilities. It offers ease of use without requiring sophisticated network forensics expertise. Using purposed, versatile sensors that generate advanced network details, LogRhythm NetworkXDR incorporates multiple machine analytics approaches to expose evolving threats more effectively. The result is full coverage against threats, both known and unknown, without requiring heavy tuning or lengthy supervised machine-learning training periods.
ManageEngine OpManager Plus is an integrated monitoring tool that allows for full visibility into networks, applications, and infrastructure. OpManager is written in Java and uses a local installation of Tomcat for its interface. A local database stores collected information and provides a communication path between the OpManager and plug-ins. The OpManager Applications Manager plug-in brings in supported commercial applications including databases from IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle, as well as other open-source products.
Monitis is a web-based network monitoring tool that allows businesses to take control of their IT system no matter their location. With this monitoring solution, all servers, sites, networks, and applications can be accessed through one simple dashboard interface. Monitis provides users with alerts and reports 24/7 through emails, SMS, calls, and mobile applications, even when the network is down. Customers don’t need to download or install any software as the entire platform can be run through the Monitis portal via supported web browsers.
Netreo is a full-stack IT monitoring, AIOps, and automation platform that provides a single source of information for the performance and availability of large enterprise networks, infrastructures, and applications. The vendor’s AIOps engine leverages available network and infrastructure data and correlates with decades of historical performance baselines and trends. The platform is available as an on-premise implementation, a native cloud SaaS platform, or in a Bring Your Own Infrastructure (BYOI) environment.
NETSCOUT nGeniusONE is a network monitoring and service assurance platform that offers full visibility into infrastructure, interdependencies, and applications. The tool utilizes adaptive service intelligence technology to allow for continuous monitoring and analysis of network traffic data. NETSCOUT combines network and application performance management to provide macro-level insights into performance, allowing for the identification of capacities and network shortfalls. NETSCOUT’s customers are largely enterprise organizations.
Opmantek NMIS Professional is an intelligent network management and infrastructure monitoring tool. It serves as the enterprise version of Opmantek’s suite of open-source network management solutions. In addition to its core product, Opmantek offers a number of commercial add-on modules, managed service provider solutions, and customizable support and assistance packages. The NMIS Professional edition contains the vendor’s Network Management Information System for network monitoring as well as charting (opCharts) and reporting (opReports) tools.
Paessler PRTG Network Monitor is a network monitoring solution that allows administrators to stay ahead of IT infrastructure issues. The product primarily offers fault and flow analysis and packet sniffing, though other services like cloud, database, and bandwidth monitoring are also supported. The company touts and continues to release a consistent stream of vendor-agnostic network monitoring sensors as well. Paessler also includes unified monitoring via a powerful dashboard that gives network administrators complete visibility of their entire IT suite.
Plixer Scrutinizer is a network monitoring and network traffic analysis system that gathers network flow data and metadata from every network conversation. Scrutinizer works as a network forensics and security tool as well. The product alerts network teams about traffic patterns, offers DNS integration, and provides full visibility into network information that typically stays hidden. Scrutinizer also allows administrators to peer deep into their network to see where threats are originating and how the network is being used.
Corvil Anayltics, a Pico product, is a network monitoring and analysis suite designed for financial institutions. Analytics is one of three main offerings that Corvil provides, the others being Corvil Center (for collecting and timestamping data) and Corvil Intelligence Hub (for applying machine learning and intelligent anomaly detection). The provider currently offers over 500 different plug-ins for analytics that are bundled into solution packs; each plug-in helps financial businesses decipher information from specific network protocols and applications.
Progress WhatsUp Gold is a comprehensive monitoring software suite that covers infrastructure monitoring, application performance management, and network monitoring. WhatsUp constantly checks for network uptime and downtime, predicting connectivity problems before they happen. With WhatsUp, users can ensure that product installation and deployment are as quick and easy as possible. Progress offers both a web-based user interface and a traditional Windows application for managing different aspects of the program.
Riverbed SteelCentral is a network monitoring and application performance monitoring tool that offers full network visibility, analytics, troubleshooting, and user monitoring. The solution is divided into two platforms based on company size. Riverbed also provides its customers with four distinct levels of support based on how quickly they need replacement equipment shipped in the event of a network failure. Riverbed’s network performance management acts as a repository for its complete suite of related products.
The SevOne Data Platform is a network monitoring and analytics solution. The product provides a collection of comprehensive network performance metrics. SevOne is best suited for infrastructure monitoring and flow and log monitoring. The tool supports live network maps, infrastructure orchestration, SD-WAN, hybrid cloud, and carrier network virtualization solutions as well. SevOne’s Data Insight allows for customizable visualizations and reports on a network’s performance, alongside flexible workflows that allow for configurable delivery.
Statseeker offers a network monitoring product that monitors every physical, virtual, and logical interface across an organization. The product features quick and simple deployment and can scale horizontally and vertically. Statseeker touts three distinct licensing options based on budget, user persona, and required functionality. Statseeker scales from 10,000 to 1,000,000 interfaces on a single server with minimal requirements. Based in Carlsbad, California, Statseeker was acquired by Techniche in January of 2019.
ThousandEyes Network Intelligence is a cloud-based network monitoring solution that allows IT teams to diagnose performance issues with both network infrastructure and applications. ThousandEyes is able to identify network problems across an organization by collecting topology information and using it to depict the paths taken by network traffic from the source to the destination. The product uses agents to generate synthetic traffic that is used to probe network patterns and flows. ThousandEyes has raised more than $110 million in funding since its founding in 2010.
The VIAVI Solutions Observer platform, comprised of Apex, GigaStor, and GigaFlow, delivers network visibility to NetOps and SecOps teams to help manage daily IT operations, mitigate risks, and solve performance and security issues. VIAVI is a veteran network monitoring vendor, delivering wire data capture with its GigaStor appliance. Recently, VIAVI also has added flow-based analysis with its GigaFlow solution to help organizations gain insights into network infrastructure devices and corresponding IP addresses, MAC addresses, and usernames.
Zabbix is an open-source network performance monitoring solution available as a software and virtual appliance download. Zabbix is designed to be scaled from small business environments to large enterprises with ease. This scalability is made possible through intelligent algorithms that take advantage of modern hardware and software modularity. Zabbix is optimized for high-performance monitoring of operating system and application-specific metrics. Zabbix also offers server, cloud, application, and service monitoring.
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