[SASAG] performance graphing tool preference?

Wil Cooley wcooley at nakedape.cc
Thu Dec 7 15:07:42 PST 2006

On Thu, 2006-12-07 at 13:11 -0800, James Affeld wrote:
> I have Nagios up and running, and am satisfied with its
> "manager-friendly" view.  More to the point, my boss likes it.
> The next thing is traffic graphing over switch and router interfaces.
> What lightweight tools do you like?  The candidates seem to be MRTG,
> Cricket (usually mentioned with MRTG, as in "Use MRTG or Cricket for
> that"), Cacti, and Zabbix.  Possibly some add-ons to Nagios.  Any
> others?
> I don't usually have time to master more than one tool, so I don't get
> to compare two or more things very often.   What have you used? What
> do you like? Why? How time-consuming to set up?

I like Cricket, myself, but it hasn't really seen much activity in a
long time and kinda seems dead.  It can be nice for monitoring lots of
OIDs, but it can also be hard to configure.  It might be time for me to
investigate alternatives.  A friend recently highly recommended OpenNMS
as a replacement for both availability monitoring (Nagios) and
statistics tracking (Cricket/MRTG/Cacti).

You probably also want to add SmokePing:

Wil Cooley <wcooley at nakedape.cc>
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