Network monitoring software: Which solution is best?

IT Central Station users review the highest reviewed solutions in the networking monitoring software market.


The networks of today consist of public cloud access, direct-to-user applications, mobile access, and IoT device, and are close to becoming truly ‘borderless’. As networks expand and become more complex, it is imperative that businesses take network monitoring more seriously.

Over 388,000 professionals have used IT Central Station research to inform their purchasing decisions. Their latest paper looks at the highest rated network monitoring software vendors, profiling each and examining what they can offer enterprise.

Here’s a breakdown of the key players currently active in the market:


Average Rating: 8.9

Top Comparison: SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

Overview: Cloud-based software that simplifies and automates network monitoring and management to give organisations complete network visibility and control.


Average Rating: 8.5

Top Comparison: Dynatrace

Overview: A monitoring service for IT, Dev and Ops teams who write and run applications at scale and want to turn the massive amounts of data produced by their apps, tools and services into actionable insight.

ITRS Geneos

Average Rating: 9.0

Top Comparison: AppDynamics

Overview: A real-time monitoring tool designed for managing increasingly complex, hybrid and interconnected IT estates.


Average Rating: 9.2

Top Comparison: SolarWinds NPM

Overview: The only fully automated, cloud-based infrastructure monitoring platform for enterprise IT and managed service providers.

Plixer Scrutinizer

Average Rating: 8.5

Top Comparison: Cisco Stealthwatch

Overview: The Scrutinizer incident response system leverages network traffic analytics to provide active monitoring, visualisation, and reporting of network and security incidents.

PRTG Network Monitor

Average Rating: 8.2

Top Comparison: SolarWinds NPM

Overview: Runs on a Windows machine within enterprise networks, collecting various statistics from the machines, software, and devices which are designated.


Average Rating: 7.7

Top Comparison: Zabbix

Overview: Provides infrastructure monitoring that is flexible and cost-effective, helps ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications, and offers comprehensive monitoring for enterprise data centres and clouds.

SevOne Network Data Platform

Average Rating: 8.2

Top Comparison: SolarWinds NPM

Overview: Simplifies the extraction and enrichment of metric, flow, and streaming telemetry data across multi-vendor networks enabling enterprises, carriers, and managed services providers to ensure optimal network operations and performance.

SolarWinds NPM

Average Rating: 7.8

Top Comparison: PRTG Network Monitor

Overview: Allows businesses to check the health and performance of their entire network for easier troubleshooting and faster results using SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor.


Average Rating: 7.9

Top Comparison: Nagios XI

Overview: The ultimate enterprise-level software designed for real-time monitoring of millions of metrics collected from tens of thousands of servers, virtual machines, and network devices.

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