Opsview Network Monitoring Survey

Cloud, IaaS and Virtualization Survey

Completed in Q3 of 2013, over 250 respondents from around the world provided insight into their current network monitoring and management configurations including use of SNMP traps, *Flow technologies, syslog management and preferred equipment vendors. 

Summary

  • 68% of respondents were using SNMP traps, with 157 out of 257 respondents using SNMPv2.
  • Of the 257 respondents, only 88 were currently using*Flow protocols and of these Cisco NetFlow was the clear favorite, used by 81% of respondents.
  • 59% of respondents were monitoring syslogs with the majority of these using open source syslog monitoring tools. 
  • Cisco is still the dominant force in network technologies with almost 3/4 of respondents indicating that was their preferred vendor choice. 
  • Network stability was the main purpose behind using a monitoring system according to 77% of respondents. Only 2% were monitoring their network for mis-use.
  • 33% of respondents were not backing up their network configurations. Of the ones who were did no clear leader existed in which tools were preferred and 20% were doing it manually.
  • Most respondents suveryed (82%) were using some form of network monitoring and in many cases using a combination of monitoring tools.
  • 60% of respondents used network monitoring to check on both core and access layers with only 15% focusing on access alone.
  • Although the winning margin was slight, immediate alerting of network issues was rated as the most important function of network monitoring.

Do you currently use traps in your environment?

Do you use SNMP traps in your environment?

Over 30% of respondents were not currently using SNMP traps in their environments. Of those who were, over half were using SNMPv2 with the rest quite evenly split between v1 and v3:

Which versions of SNMP do you use?

Do you use *Flow technology in your environment?

Do you use *Flow technology in your environment?

Only 34% of respondents were using *Flow technologies in their environments. Of these 72% were using NetFlow:

Which *Flow Protocols Do You use?

Do you monitor syslog from your devices?

Do you monitor syslog from your devices?

59% of those surveyed were monitoring syslog data from their devices, although there was no clear choice when it came to the vendor platform to use, with many of the respondents (33) preferring open source tools.

What is the preferred vendor for your network equipment?

What is the preferred vendor for your network equipment?

Unsurprisingly Cisco is still the clear choice for networking equipment, used by almost a 3/4 of respondents. 

Approximately what % of your environment uses equipment from your preferred manufacturer?

Approximately what % of your environment is manufactured by this vendor?

The majority of respondents indicated that over 75% of their environment used equipment from their preferred vendor.

What is the main purpose of monitoring your network?

What is the main purpose of monitoring your network?

For most respondents network stability was the main reason for using monitoring, with only 2% using it to track misuse.

Do you backup your network device configurations?

Do you backup your network device configurations?

67% of respondents backup network configurations, but with no clear favourite platform for doing this. 25 of the 168 users deployed RANCID, 30 were writing custom scripts and 35 were backing up manually. 

Are you currently using a monitoring tool to monitor your network?

Are you currently using a monitoring tool to monitor your network?

Most respondents (82%) already have some form of network monitoring in place, with many using more than one tool.

Do you monitor Wi-Fi in your environment?

Do you monitor Wi-Fi in your environment?

Opinion on monitoring Wi-Fi was split with 59% indicating that it was currently monitored and 41% with no Wi-Fi monitoring in place.

Please rate the importance of the following functions (1 lowest, 5 highest)

Please rate the importance of the following functions (1 lowest, 5 highest)

Responses were quite evenly spread here with immediate alerting of network issues being rated as the most important function of network monitoring.

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