Almost all corporations and companies have their own little networks that enable them to be more efficient and to have easier communication in between the employers and employees. Also, this can be expanded to customers, who are often users of small networks andall of these elements can suffer if the network goes down or becomes unresponsive. Loss of data, loss of clients and overall frustration is the result of such an occurrence, and to prevent it from happening people use software that is designed to monitor and protect integral components of a software network and to alert the administrators if anything starts to go wrong.
A lot of programs and software packages are available on the market nowadays, but for small enterprises it is best to use opensource and freeware solutions which will surely save a lot of money in the budget but which will provide the network with more than enough protection. Elements of a network that a software of such kind usually protects, and which should be protected in any case, are: e-mail servers, WAN links, servers and server logs, applications and databases, LAN infrastructure (routers, switches, wireless devices). All of these parts of software networks need to me monitored at all times, since you never know when a security breach will happen, and if a good software for protection is installed – it can save you a lot of money and valuable time.
Additionally, small networks and small enterprises will also try to find a software utility that follows the following requirements:
• It has to be low in price, as much as possible
• It has to be easy to install/use
• It has to be rich in options and features, as much as possible
These requirements seem completely logical and reasonable, but it is not so easy to find a suitable peace of software for everyone. However, on the global market of opensource programs there are some solutions that have a better reputation than most and which are used by a large number of companies from all over the globe. The most popular freeware programs that are used for network monitoring are:
• Nagios, as a complete network monitoring software
• MRTG, as a specialized traffic monitoring software
• Kismet, as a Wireless monitoring software
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Opensource is free and therefore attractive to most customers, but there are also programs that can be used for free even though their full version require payments. One such program is called ManageEngine, and it is currently the number one program when it comes to software for networks and monitoring.
It sends signals by SMS or email whenever it discovers a problem in the normal process of network’s performances and it can be used without registering, but with some minor restrictions. The good thing is that once your company or your network grows, you can easily make a transition to the paid version and have all the features available.
Some components of the ManageEngine suite are called OpManager, Service Desk Plus, Applications Manager and EventLog Manager and they cover all the areas of the network monitoring business that any user will ever have.