Before working on NetBeez with my team, I was a system administrator for many years and then a network engineer. In both positions, I had to select, configure, and maintain a variety of network monitoring tools for various purposes: server monitoring, network management and monitoring, and application troubleshooting. This experience gave me a clear understanding of how monitoring tools differ.
If you are in the market for a network monitoring tool, you will quickly notice that there are a lot of choices. Probably hundreds of them, and choosing the right one is not easy .. Following are some things to consider when selecting a network monitoring tool.
First, you must be aware that there are three major categories of network monitoring tools: SNMP-based, flow-based, and active/synthetic.