Open Source Tool For Network Monitoring

Open Source Tool For Network Monitoring

Vreixo Formoso (University of A Coruña, Spain), Fidel Cacheda (University of A Coruña, Spain), Víctor Carneiro (University of A Coruña, Spain) and Juan Valiño (University of A Coruña, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/jbdcn.2009010102
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Even though monitoring tools are essential to the management of communications networks, Open Source applications still confront their potential users with considerable problems. This work analyses the limitations of the currently existing tools and presents the development of a new tool that solves most of those problems. The tool is based on a new architecture of objects and remote method invocation and allows both centralized and distributed monitoring. Its configuration through web interface, its support to monitoring templates, and its flexibility make it particularly interesting for a large number of users in search of a strong but easily configurable system. The proposed extension system is based on plug-ins and it is highly innovative because of its power and simplicity. Finally, the configuration simplicity and other essential improvements of the proposed system are successfully tested in a real environment.

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