Active vs. Passive network monitoring: an infographic

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Active vs. Passive network monitoring: an infographic

When it comes to network monitoring, there are countless options for both the hardware and software tools you’ll end up using. The way that you monitor your network environment comes down in large part to the unique context of your network, and the specific objectives at any given moment. For example, trying to locate the source of suspicious traffic in an emergency will likely require different tools and methods to monitoring the average flow of data over a weekly or monthly period.

Network Monitoring tools are broken down into two broad groups: Active and Passive. Even though tools within the same group can include vastly different usability, features, strengths and weaknesses, Passive and Active monitoring tools refer to two entirely different monitoring methodologies. Each group has its benefits and its limitations, and as such, each is suited to a specific type of network monitoring.

In the accompanying infographic, we summarise the differences between active and passive network monitoring, how they impact the network environment, and the pros and cons of each.



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Over the +15 years in the network engineering and design field, I have gained key insights into what it takes to make large-scale enterprise networks tick. Having spent years with top players in the Internet Service Provider (ISP) industry, has exposed me to the myriad of technologies and intricacies involved in large scale network administration. Maximising Enterprise and ISP efficiency, and designing software that facilitates this goal presents great challenges in the context of ever-expanding global networks. At IRIS Network Solutions we are a team of ISP and Enterprise monitoring and management specialists who identified a need for a more comprehensive, proactive and low touch NMS. We developed IRIS with the key concerns of IT Executives concerned with large enterprises and ISPs in mind.