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Re: Open Source NMS Software

  • From: Ray Van Dolson
  • Date: Wed Aug 16 03:19:49 2006

On Sat, Jul 22, 2006 at 12:16:28PM -0400, Gary T. Giesen wrote:
> I'm looking at depolying an open source-based NMS solution, and I'm
> looking at a couple products, mostly OpenNMS (
> and Zenoss ( I like the looks of Zenoss, but
> I've never really heard of it and I'm wondering if anyone has any
> experiences with it that they can share before I go and spend hours on
> an install/configuration. Is there something wrong with it, and that's
> why I've never heard of anyone using it? Am I just out of the loop?
> Even better would be someone who's used both products and could give
> me a quick comparison. I'd also welcome suggestions of another product
> (as long as it's not bb, nagios, or hobbit) that I should be looking
> at.

OpenNMS is rock solid.  It's definitely not as easy to configure as some of
the others (especially as far as graphing is concerned), but it's getting
better.  Incredibly reliable however, and scales extremely well.

Very helpful mailing list also.

I'd definitely recommend giving it a test run.