MG-SOFT Net Inspector Fault and Performance Manager

About the software

MG-SOFT Net Inspector is a powerful fault and performance management application designed for monitoring the status and performance of managed devices and for managing alarms associated with devices in the supervised IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

Net Inspector is a client/server application.

The server side of the application continously monitors network services and important SNMP parameters (depending on configuration) on your network devices and triggers alarms when problems occur, e.g., if a device or service stops responding, if SNMP variable crosses the threshold value, etc. The software has a built-in support for monitoring the status of a variety of network services (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, DNS, SMTP, IMAP, IMAPS, POP3, SSH, Telnet, NNTP, NNPTS, LDAP, LDAPS, SIP, H.323, IPP, LPD, MsSQL, MySQL and Oracle service), and lets you monitor other, user-defined services.

Besides actively polling devices, Net Inspector also receives SNMP Trap and Inform notifications, which are sent to it by managed devices when important events occur. The software translates received SNMP notifications to ITU X.733-compliant alarms, stores alarms in a database and dispatches information about alarms to connected clients.

The server side of the application is designed to be as scalable as possible. When deployed on smaller networks, the server side runs on a single server host. When larger networks are managed, two or more remote polling engines can be deployed to facilitate efficient management of your network.

Net Inspector Client, on the other hand, is a pure Java™ application that connects to the server through a TCP/IP connection (which can be secured through encrypted SSH channel) and provides a graphical user interface that lets you view and manage alarms on managed objects, monitor the status and performance statistics of managed objects, as well as configure the client and certain parameters of the server application. Net Inspector Client can be launched by simply clicking the relevant link in the included Net Inspector Java Web Start page.

Net Inspector employs advanced network discovery methods and algorithms that let it automatically discover network devices supporting SNMP or ICMP Ping protocol and graphically present the layer 2 (physical) and layer 3 (logical) topology of the discovered network.

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MG-SOFT Net Inspector Java Client main window displaying the network topology and active alarms (left section) and several performance management windows showing the device performance and system resource utilization charts and data (right section).

Discovered devices are represented by icons that are automatically linked with connection lines and mapped onto layered maps that reveal how devices are logically arranged into networks and subnets on the IP level. The integrated scheduler can automatically run the network discovery operation in regular intervals in order to detect new network devices and changes in the network topology and update the Net Inspector configuration accordingly. Due to this automatism and its user-friendly interface, Net Inspector lets you start monitoring your network almost instantly, without any special training.

In addition to fault management, Net Inspector incorporates also the full-featured performance management functionality, effectively covering both essential network management areas. Advantage of the integrated fault and performance management is that full history of alarms and performance data is available in one location, which allows you to see a more realistic picture of the health of the network and let you bring educated decisions, based on trend reports, regarding its maintenance. Further advantage is that the integrated system enables you to monitor virtually any parameter available through SNMP (vendor-specific metrics, vendor-specific traps), and let you deploy distributed polling engines that enable load balancing and better performance of the management system. Distributed management also makes the system easily scalable without seriously degrading its performance, so the management system's capacity can seamlessly grow with your network.

Besides, Net Inspector incorporates NetFlow monitoring that measures the amount and type of network traffic and offers detailed IP traffic statistics identifying the applications that generate the most traffic (in packets and bytes), endpoints (IP addresses) that receive and send the most data, protocols that are used most, etc. This information is obtained by collecting, analyzing and aggregating NetFlow packets exported by the NetFlow-enabled devices. Monitoring IP traffic flows effectively complements the standard SNMP monitoring and together they offer a valuable insight into the network infrastructure and bandwidth utilization and let you easily identify the causes of congestions, determine where to apply Quality of Service, optimize resource usage, etc. NetFlow monitoring enables more accurate capacity planning and ensures that resources are used in accordance with your corporate goals.

Furthermore, Net Inspector also lets you monitor the IP SLA statistics, including HTTP, FTP, TCP, DNS and VoIP Quality-Of-Service metrics (e.g., MOS, jitter, latency, packet loss, etc.) on devices implementing the IP SLA functionality (e.g., Cisco routers).

The software can perform various actions when network events occur. In addition to sending e-mails and executing arbitrary commands (e.g., to fix specific network problems in an automated fashion), Net Inspector can notify users about important alarms also by sending SMS (Short Message Service) text messages through an attached mobile phone.

In addition to the standard user-based authentication mechanism and associated access rights, Net Inspector also lets you configure and assign different user views to users. User views differ in respect to what managed objects they contain. This principle enables effective delegation of the network supervision activities to different staff members and even end-users.

Net Inspector is available in four editions. The LITE edition is a fault management platform suitable for small networks, while WorkGroup, Enterprise and Carrier editions let you efficiently monitor the status, health and performance of medium- and large-sized networks.

System requirements:

  • Net Inspector Server is available for 32-bit and 64-bit MS Windows operating systems (Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 10).
    For running the WorkGroup, Enterprise and Carrier editions of Net Inspector on Windows OSes we strongly recommend using Windows Server operating system.

  • Net Inspector Server is available also for RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) Version 5, 6 and 7.

  • Net Inspector Client, on the other hand, runs on all operating systems with the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), version 6.0 (a.k.a. 1.6) or later.

  • Net Inspector installs PostgreSQL database management system.

A customer testimonial
"We love MG-SOFT, we are currently using it in a large military communications project and have already recommended the product to our working partner General Dynamics to debug their equipment problems. P.S. Love the CD Burning pattern."

Douglas Brain, Software Integration Manager
BAE Systems, U.K.