The trouble with network monitoring is that the more you know, the more you find you need to do. Some shops will make like an ostrich and do the bare minimum so that they can plead ignorance, while other shops use only what the vendor tells them they need to use. I wanted a solution that neither tied me to a single manufacturer nor hid its head in the sand. At the same time, I demanded a tool that wouldn't blithely send alert blasts I then had to sort through, but would put those alerts into context.
It turns out the solution I was looking for is ScienceLogic's EM7. It's a carrier-class monitoring system capable of scaling to truly staggering proportions, but still appropriate (and affordable enough) for my smaller network at the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology's (SOEST) Research Computing Facility.
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