5 Highly Powerful Open Source Monitoring Tools That You Can't Afford To Miss

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We all know that network as well as system monitoring is a very broad category; however, there are a lot of solutions that can monitor for the proper functioning and operating of servers, network gear and applications.  

You can also find a lot of solutions that can track the performance of those systems, offering analysis and trending information. Whenever any problem is sensed, some of the tools will sound like alarms as well as notifications.  

Moreover, these tools can also help you in boosting the visibility into your network. Thus, you should not give a second thought to below mentioned open source monitoring tools that are excellent in terms of features, functionalities and performance.  


Today, Cacti is a highly extensive performance graphing and trending tool that can be used easily for tracking about any monitored metric, which can be plotted on a graph. Whether it is on disk utilization or fan speeds in a power supply, it can be easily monitored as Cacti can easily track it. It can easily make that data obtainable without any hassle.

Moreover, this tool also supports plugin architecture. Some of the admins like the powerful graphing feature that offered by Cacti as they make use of both Nagios and Cacti in their environment as the network monitoring tools. 


When it comes to talking about Zabbix, it has an intuitive user-interface and coarseness enough to do most network monitoring work. Being a fully open source tool, there is not a separate paid enterprise version. It means; all the source code is an open source, so it must be attractive for small and large enterprises.  

In spite of Zabrrix does not provide a separate commercial version, users can see commercial support contracts that obtainable in five different levels ranging from ‘Bronze’ to ‘Enterprise’. Moreover, this tool also provides some other paid services, including integration, turnkey solutions and general consulting.  


A third on our list is Icinga that has a modular design where you can select the core server, your preferred GUI and add any desired plugins like reporting and graphing tools. A lot of professionals installed the basic server with the help of only two commands.  

Ultimately, people found this online documentation to be good, but an instant start guide will be really helpful. The finest things about this tool are modern interactive Web GUI, granular configuration options and feature rich.  


A Linux-based, command-line driven product with a web-based monitoring interface Observium is the best tool to use that released under the QPL Open Source License. This high-end tool is currently obtainable in version 0.14 and in both a community edition that we tested and a professional edition.  

The tool is known for making use of RRDTool for particular features like buffer storage and graphing capabilities. It also offers an auto-discovery for a lot of devices from servers and switches to power devices.  


Many of you all may not have heard about this tool, but NeDi is an excellent solution for tracking different devices across a network. This tool constantly walks through a network infrastructure and catalogs devices, keeping track of everything that it has discovered. This tool will also provide the current location of any device and history as well.

Users of this tool can locate stolen as well as theft devices by notifying you if they reappear on the network. Apart from this, this tool can also display all known and discovered connections on a map, displaying how every network interconnects is laid-out.

So,these are the top five open source monitoring tools that can be used easily for monitoring the proper functioning and operating of servers, network gear and applications. However, if you are looking forward to getting any support for open source and its solutions, you can contact our open-source professionals!