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Top network monitoring software and visibility tools

Brandon Butler | July 28, 2017
If you need to know what’s happening in your network, these are the tools to use



Gartner says SolarWinds’ core competency resides in infrastructure monitoring, and its relatively simplistic feature set usually relegate it to small and medium-sized organizations. SolarWinds’ NPMD products include Network Performance Monitor and NetFlow Traffic Analyzer. The company integrates these with its application performance management product line. The NPMD products work in hybrid-cloud environments, and it has support for end-user experience monitoring. SolarWinds was purchased by a private equity firm last year, which Gartner notes could make for an uncertain management future in the short to medium term.



Viavi could be Gartner’s unsung hero of the NPMD market. The research firm lists the California-based company as a leader in its Magic Quadrant, but notes that the company has relatively poor name recognition after changing its name twice in the past five years (it was formerly Network Instruments and then Trendium). The company’s Observer Performance Management Platform is a solid set of NPMD products that provide visibility and analysis on both network and server traffic. It’s packet-based tool is integrated with some Cisco products and it recently partnered with ScienceLogic for monitoring hybrid cloud environments. It’s also recently been building out a channel partner network to extend its reach.  


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