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« on: March 07, 2019, 05:29:44 pm »

Something I haven't been able to figure out is why NetXMS isn't one of the first things I see when I Google for opensource network monitoring software. I had to stumble across it and then the information was sparse. Most of my introduction to NetXMS was from Tomas Kirnak on TheBrothersWISP and the training videos he made. If it wasn't for him I probably never would have dug any deeper.

After loading it up I was surprised at what it could do. It exceeded my expectations by a decent margin and I was expecting a lot, lol. Some very intuitive thinking came into play on making this program work.

After I got the server up and running on Debian I setup the management program. What!? It's portable! It have "everything" I need from Netflow to development programs running portable now (veracrypt volume on thumb drive, to abstract my apps from the workstation and, security). I was tickled pink.

I just don't get why more network/sys admins aren't using this? Too much of a learning curve?


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Re: Popularity
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2019, 03:19:27 pm »

If I'd hazard a guess:
Reason #1: Is the one you gave. If you google network monitoring software, NetXMS pops up once in one of the top ten hits, inside an article. With like two paragraphs. It's simply not visible enough.
Reason #2: Templates. There aren't a lot of them publicly available. If you have a reasonably sized network, you have a lot of template building to do. That costs time and may also require additional learning. I certainly learned SNMP and SNMP Traps in more depth as a result of this. Not everyone has the time to do so. Not everyone has the support of the employer for that either. Which brings us to
Reason #3: Learning curve/time investment vs. "just buy something". The way I see it, when you buy something like PRTG you basically pay for the work they put into the templates. You install it, let it scan your network and you have pretty graphs and things out of the box and you can move on with life. Until maybe you notice something's missing or eventually the cost of ownership creeps up too much and you start looking around again. But you already spent so much money on the product.... (with NetXMS that'd be the other way around... you already spent so much time on making the solution work "just right" for yourself, you probably feel emotionally attached).