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Advice from Network management gurus on network management product

I need advice from folks with extensive experiences in the network management

field

I have network with about 300 routers and switches across the United States.

They are mostly Catalyst 6500, ISR 3845 Cisco routers, VXR7206 routers, ASA

firewalls, VPN concentrators and plenty of Windows servers & Linux/Solaris

servers. Furthermore, we also manage Checkpoint and Juniper firewalls.

I need an appliance that can do the following:

a- monitor these devices for CPU, memory, interfaces utilization. Errors

on the interfaces, bandwidth utilization, etc... If any of these values

exceed a certain threshold, an alert via SMS, email, jabber will be sent out

the correct personnel,

b- the ability to monitor every switchports on the switch in term of bandwidth

utilization, packets errors,etc.. and send out notification if exceed certain

threshold. If a particular switchport or interface goes down/up, a notification

will be sent. If too much errors/collison appears on a switchport,

a notification will be sent.

c- ability to track down mac addresses and IP addresses of any devices the network.

in other words, let say I want to find out where host 192.168.0.1 is connected

on the network, that can be done with a single click. Let say if you know

a MAC address of a particular device, it can be found in a single click.

Furthermore, those information will be saved in the database for archiving

in case it needs to be search again.

d- ability to measure latencies between between any two devices on the network.

e- ability to monitor services up/down such as telnet, ssh, http/https, sqlnet, etc...

f- ability to monitor disk-space on the server, CPU utilization, memory utilization,

free memory, etc...

g- ability to backup Cisco routers, switches, ASA, VPN concentrators configuration

in a safely manner such as SSH,

h- ability to querry for VLAN, port description and CAM table, and that the

information will be in real-time,

i- ability to track down IOS, ASA, vpn3k IOS version on the devices for inventory

management,

j- any changes in the routers, firewalls, switches configuration, a notification

will be sent and it details the personnel who made the changes,

- Ability to accept tacacs/radius accounting commands and ability to search these records,

ALL OF THIS CAN BE DONE FROM A SINGLE APPLIANCE. In other words, I need an

appliance that is Plug and Play and ready

to go within an hour of configuration.

Everything is done and view from a

browser.

I can build the box myself but I am

looking for a comercial appliance that

can do this.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Advice from Network management gurus on network management p

Not really an appliance, but a single server with Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor, Application Monitor, and Network Configuration Monitor can meet all of your objectives. An experienced person in Solarwinds could easily set this up in an hour or two. They have an online demo you can check out as well.

http://www.solarwinds.com/products/index.aspx

Hope that helps.

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Re: Advice from Network management gurus on network management p

I use Solarwinds and frankly I am not very

impressed with it. I do not like to run my

critical application on a Windows OS. If

something go wrong, I am sure I don't want

to get caught in a middle of a finger-pointing

between Microsoft and Solarwind.

Did you read my entire thread? Are you sure Solarwinds can do this:

- Ability to accept tacacs/radius accounting commands and ability to search these records,

- ability to track down IOS, ASA, vpn3k IOS version on the devices for inventory

management,

any changes in the routers, firewalls, switches configuration, a notification

will be sent and it details the personnel who made the changes, (for Juniper and Checkpoint

firewalls)

- tracking IP SLA

- making configuration changes from the browser

Re: Advice from Network management gurus on network management p

Yes it can do those. Where in your original post did it state that it had to run on open source? AFAIK there is no complete package of open source tools so you'll probably have to build your own.

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Re: Advice from Network management gurus on network management p

would you mind forwarding the document in solarwinds for Checkpoint and Juniper supports

in Network compliance and backup. I couldn't

find them.

If solarwinds can do all this, then I will

present it to management.

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Re: Advice from Network management gurus on network management p

We use a free tool called Zabbix.

Its an excellent tool for monitoring network devices AND servers. (you can use the zabbix agente for the servers and snmp for the devices).

www.zabbix.com

Best Regards.

Laimer

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