Network monitoring is key to any business’s IT management and security strategy.
Spiceworks is a free IT asset management solution that offers network monitoring and help desk tools.
Monitoring tool allows for tracking critical IT infrastructure such as servers, IP devices, and switches; the help desk tool supports ticket management, reporting, ticket rule automation, and integration with active directory.
Cost to upgrade: All plans offered by Spiceworks are free.
Mobile app: iOS, Android
2. Splunk Enterprise
Splunk Enterprise is an IT infrastructure monitoring tool that helps collect and analyze data from different IT devices. It supports application monitoring, server monitoring, network monitoring, event analytics, container monitoring, virtualization monitoring, and more.
The software also helps with cloud infrastructure monitoring and managing security compliance.
Splunk Enterprise is the on-premise version while Splunk Cloud is the hosted version of the software.
Cost to upgrade: Splunk Enterprise’s free version supports only one user and 500 MB data per day.
Mobile app: Android, iOS
The software supports server monitoring, application monitoring, and cloud infrastructure monitoring; it uses advanced problem detection techniques to predict trends and detect anomalies.
Zabbix include auto discovery of devices on a network, alerts, event correlation, and remote command execution.
Zabbix is used by businesses of all sizes in a variety of industries including financial services, retail, IT, and telecommunications.
Cost to upgrade: Zabbix is a free tool with no paid plans.
Mobile app: Third-party Android and iOS applications
Checkmk is a free and open source network, server, and application monitoring tool.
Checkmk supports log- and event-based monitoring, creation of time-series graphs and reports, and log data analysis.
This software is suited for businesses of all sizes and is available in both hosted and on-premise versions.
It uses smart plug-ins to collect data from different types of hardware and software and supports agent-based as well as agentless monitoring via SNMP, HTTP, or through APIs.
Cost to upgrade: Checkmk Raw Edition is completely free and open source.