My organization is currently facing some challanages with Network Monitoring/Management/Trending/etc... The previous Network Admins have created some, lets just say challanages with the network. So, I am having to do a lot of research on best pratice for design and concepts.
My largest hurdle right now is network monitoring and management. We currently have three main campus's, two of which are in large city connected by a 1gig and 100mb backup fiber connections. The other campus is cross country which is connected through a partial DS3 connection. As well as quite a few small remote sites.
We have a total 94 switches and routers, 4 of our switches are 6509 while the majority of our access layer switchs are 3560 and a few 3750 alonger with two ASA firewalls to handle security and VPN.
This network currently has no monitoring or management. If, a user tells us that there was a problem with their connection at a specific time, we have no way to verify it because of no monitoring and history information. It is also not possible to get an idea of capacity management as well as trending.
The Cisco LMS seems like a pretty nice solution, however it seems like their trend analysis and capacity planning are kind of lacking but seems to be improving with the HUM add-on. But, we just recently meet our new Cisco rep for lunch and when I asked him if we could get some more information/demostration on Cisco LMS, he was asking me what it was. It seems odd that Cisco isn't pushing their own network monitoring solution.
Would anyone have some good suggestions for network monitoring? We are not a *nix environment so an open source solution will not be very viable. And because of the size of our network, a solution such as Solarwinds Orion is also out of the picture because we are pretty close to being over their max number of interfaces for their app.