Back in 2014, I compiled a list of the top 20 server performance monitoring solutions. Largely because I already had a list saved locally for my own reference. Posting that list publicly was a great way to gain feedback and recommendations on other tools available. In fact, most of the companies listed below were not included in my initial top 20 list. Rather, they were add-ons and suggestions in the comments section of that blog post. See for yourself. That said, most deserved to make that original list. As such, I’ve created this updated list with the 50 Top Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Solutions.
Like before, I haven’t used them all, but have used more than half at some point. Currently I use about a dozen pretty frequently. I won’t make any specific recommendations, because the intention of this list is that you investigate and find your best set of tools from these bunch of winners. I will say however, that some, such as SolarWinds, Munin, MRTG (forgot to mention in the previous list!), Cacti, Nagios, etc., I’ve used at some point over the past decade. Chances are, if you are reading this, you’re probably already familiar with those. Great memories!Whether you manage web servers, develop web applications, SaaS products or even mobile apps this list should be of interest to you.Click To Tweet
Again, my hope here is that this list serves to be both a useful and time saving page which we can all fall back on.
Listed in alphabetical order…
50 Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring Solutions
1. AdRem NetCrunch – Network Monitoring System
NetCrunch combines the monitoring of network infrastructure devices like: switches, routers and printers with the monitoring of servers, applications and virtualization hosts.
Cost: Get a quote.
2. Anturis – Cloud-based Monitoring Service for Servers and Websites, IT Infrastructure Monitoring
Anturis is a cloud-based (SaaS) monitoring platform built for both external monitoring of company web services and internal monitoring of IT infrastructure, such as servers and applications. The team is backed by a seasoned IT experts and software engineers who have all worked for leading global IT companies and startups including Parallels, Kaspersky Lab, Amdocs, Atempo, K7 Cloud, and jNetX.
3. AppDynamics – Application Performance Management (APM) & Server Monitoring
AppDynamics is the next generation application performance management & monitoring solutions that simplifies the management of complex, business-critical apps. AppDynamics customers include DIRECTV, AMICA Insurance, Hotels.com, StubHub, Staples, Insight Technologies, and Cornell University.
4. AppNeta – Application Performance Monitoring Solutions
AppNeta provides full-stack application insight, comprehensive end-user monitoring and 360-degree network performance insight to assure exceptional end-user experience and the successful delivery of business-critical applications. Providing thousands of customers worldwide with easy-to-use, cost-effective performance management services, AppNeta solutions are bridging the divide between applications and networks, and the IT organizations managing them.
BigPanda is a SaaS platform that simplifies troubleshooting in complex Web Operations environments. They can help you clean up the flood of Ops data & alerts, and visualize the complex dependencies in your production stack. So when things go wrong, you can quickly identify root cause and take action faster.
6. Bluestripe – Application Management for IT Operations (Acquired by Microsoft)
BlueStripe Software (acquired by Microsoft) provides the next generation of transaction performance management solutions. BlueStripe’s flagship product, FactFinder, is the first management tool to monitor transactions and applications together with the underlying infrastructure, enabling IT Operations to know when transactions get stuck, where they get stuck, and why.
Cost: Contact them.
7. BMC TrueSighe Pluse (Formaly Boundary) – Server & Application Monitoring for DevOps
Boundary is Application Aware Infrastructure Performance Monitoring. Requires zero change to the application, is agnostic across languages and infrastructures, sits on every VM, collects massive amounts of performance data, consolidates data from other sources and puts it all in context with its unique, real-time application map.
8. Cacti – The Complete RRDTool-based Graphing Solution
Cacti is an open-source, web-based network monitoring and graphing tool designed as a front-end application for the open-source, industry-standard data logging tool RRDtool. Cacti allows a user to poll services at predetermined intervals and graph the resulting data. It is generally used to graph time-series data of metrics such as CPU load and network bandwidth utilization. A common usage is to monitor network traffic by polling a network switch or router interface via Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
Cost: Free open-source.
9. CA Technologies – Business Rewritten by Software
CA, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, licensing, and support of information technology (IT) management software products that operate on a range of hardware platforms and operating systems. The company has a portfolio of software products and services that address its customersâ€™ needs for mainframe and distributed environments, spanning IT governance, IT management, and IT security. It focuses on various areas that include infrastructure management, project and portfolio management, security management, service management, application performance management, and data center automation and virtualization.
Cost: Have them contact you.
10. Check MK – IT Monitoring
Cisco Cloud Consumption as a Service discovers what cloud services you’re using and protects your organization by reducing risks and costs. You’ll gain a clear understanding of your organization’s cloud usage, allowing you to better meet the demands of your employees and predict future cloud needs.
Cost: Request a free quote.
12. Coscale – Full Stack Performance Monitoring
Stay in control of the performance of your complex web-scale applications and dynamic microservice environments, generating many thousands of metrics per second. CoScale’s monitoring platform is optimized for large production environments, with lightweight non-instrusive server and application instrumentation, and streaming analytics to handle the large ingest of data.
13. CopperEgg (Idera – Uptime Cloud Monitor) – IT Infrastructure Monitoring
Server Monitoring and Website Monitoring for cloud infrastructure by CopperEgg (Aquired by Idera). CopperEgg provides simple, unified, smart, and fast insight into your AWS cloud servers (EC2), websites, web applications, and services to optimize performance and troubleshoot issues in a single pane of glass. The CopperEgg unified dashboard updates every few seconds (not minutes) and reveals details that help uncover previously hidden information, like CPU Steal, and resolve problems before they arise.
14. Count.ly – mobile analytics platform.
Countly is an innovative, real-time mobile analytics application. It collects data from mobile phones, and visualizes this information to analyze mobile application usage and end-user behavior.
15. Datadog – Cloud Monitoring as a Service.
Datadog is a monitoring service that brings together metrics and events from servers, databases, applications, tools and services to present a unified view of the infrastructure. These capabilities are provided on a SaaS-based data analytics platform that enables Dev and Ops teams to work collaboratively on the infrastructure to avoid downtime, resolve performance problems and ensure that development and deployment cycles finish on time.
16. Dynatrace – Applicationn Performance Management.
DynaTrace is an innovator and emerging leader in APM. The offer the only continuous APM system on the market, one that delivers a proactive approach to application performance that reduces the time to repair problems by 90% and eliminates the huge amounts of resources currently spent resolving performance issues. 4.
17. Gear5 – Website-performance monitoring and alerting system
Measure the load times and speed of your website as experienced by real users. Use performance data gathered directly from your users’ browsers to evaluate and improve the performance of your website.
18. Happy Apps – Uptime Monitoring Simplified
Setup and monitor a wide variety of checks within seconds that include website, ping, socket, databases, messaging queues, application servers, to custom checks.
19. Host Tracker – Website uptime monitoring service
Instant down alerts (SMS, Email, Gtalk, Voice call, Skype), HTTP/HTTPS, PING, SMTP, SNMP, TCP port tests, Check domain/ip for presence in DNS black lists, Distributed monitoring (70+ locations), Detailed stats & reports(Pdf/Xml/Csv), Checks keywords on the page, Response time monitoring, Database monitoring, Instant website check, REST&SOAP API, Monitoring CPU, RAM, HDD load, Monitoring domain, certificate expiration.
20. IBM – Application Performance Management
IBM SmartCloud Monitoring can help you manage the performance and availability of your virtual environments.
21. Icinga – Open Source Monitoring
Icinga 2 is a network monitoring system and parallel development branch to Icinga 1. It is a core framework replacement (no GUI) that seeks build on the success of Icinga 1 and deal with shortcomings inherited from Nagios as a fork. Icinga is Nagios compatible.
Cost: Free and open source
22. Instrumental – Application Monitoring in Realtime
23. ITRS – real-time analytics & performance monitoring.
ITRS Geneos provides real-time visibility of the performance of your technology. ITRS Insights provides big data storage and real-time analytics on your streams of data. Monitoring your applications, processes and infrastructure for instant visibility of the performance of the technology driving your business.
Cost: Contact for pricing
24. LogicMonitor – hosted monitoring of networks, servers, applications, storage & cloud.
LogicMonitor provides SaaS-based data center monitoring of physical, virtual, and cloud-based IT infrastructures. The software provides performance monitoring, historical trending, reporting, and email/SMS alerting to proactively warn IT staff of potential issues before they cause business interruptions. LogicMonitor provides pre-configured out-of-the-box monitoring for most vendors of switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, servers, applications, databases, VoIP systems, and storage from a single web-based console.
25. Manageengine Opmanager – Network Monitoring & Management Software.
ManageEngine is an innovative producer of Enterprise IT Management Software, offering high-end functionality of large network management frameworks at cost-effective prices to enterprises world-wide. Serving more than 45,000 Customers Worldwide, including 3 out of every 5 Fortune 500 companies.
26. Monit – Easy, proactive monitoring. (Thanks Dan!)
Monit is a small Open Source utility for managing and monitoring Unix systems. Monit conducts automatic maintenance and repair and can execute meaningful causal actions in error situations.
Cost: Free and open source.
27. Monitis – Network & IT Systems Monitoring
Monitis was founded in 2006 and created to provide business executives, IT specialists and service providers with an all-in-one cloud-based monitoring product. The company maintains offices in the US, Germany and Armenia. Monitis is a cloud-based solution, meaning there is virtually nothing to download for most functionalities. Some services require the installation of an agent or integration of some code into the website, etc., but it takes minimal effort and can typically be completed within minutes.
28. MRTG – Multi Router Traffic Grapher
MRTG uses the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) to send requests with two object identifiers (OIDs) to a device. The device, which must be SNMP-enabled, will have a management information base (MIB) to look up the OIDs specified. After collecting the information it will send back the raw data encapsulated in an SNMP protocol. MRTG records this data in a log on the client along with previously recorded data for the device. The software then creates an HTML document from the logs, containing a list of graphs detailing traffic for the selected devices in the server. Alternatively, MRTG can be configured to run a script or command, and parse its output for counter values. The MRTG website contains a large library of external scripts to enable monitoring of SQL database statistics, firewall rules, CPU fan RPMs, or virtually any integer-value data.
Cost: Free GNU GPL
29. Munin – System monitoring, network monitoring and infrastructure monitoring software application.
Munin is a networked resource monitoring tool that can help analyze resource trends and “what just happened to kill our performance?” problems. It is designed to be very plug and play. A default installation provides a lot of graphs with almost no work.
Cost: Free and open-source
30. Nagios – IT Infrastructure Monitoring And Alerting
Nagios is a powerful monitoring system that enables organizations to identify and resolve IT infrastructure problems before they affect critical business processes. Designed with scalability and flexibility in mind, Nagios gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your organization’s business processes won’t be affected by unknown outages.
Cost: Free for Nagios Core
31. New Relic – Application Performance Management & Monitoring
New Relic offers SaaS Software Analytics Platform that offers Application Performance Management and Real User Monitoring for Cloud and Data Center deployed web applications implemented in Ruby, Java, .NET, Python, PHP, Node.js. New Relic also offers mobile monitoring solutions for iOS and Android applications.
32. Observium – Network Observation and Monitoring System (NOMS)
Observium is a Network Observation and Monitoring System (NOMS) which collects data from devices using SNMP and presents it via a web interface. It is based on the PHP programming language and the MySQLdatabase, and makes heavy use of the RRDtool package. Observium has a number of simple core design goals driving its development: minimum interaction, maximum automation and maximum accessibility of information. These design goals have resulted in a slightly unconventional monitoring system with almost no individually customisable settings per device, and where almost everything that can be monitored is automatically discovered.
Cost: Free plan or £150 per year.
33. op5 – Open Source Network Monitoring & Server Monitoring
op5 Monitor is a software product for server, Network monitoring and management based on the open source Project Nagios, is further developed and supported by op5 AB. op5 Monitor displays the status, health and performance of the IT network being monitored and has an integrated log server, op5 Logger. The company sells downloadable software that monitor, visualize and troubleshoot IT environments and collect information both from hardware, software, virtual and/or cloud based services.
34. OpenNMS – Free and open-source network monitoring and management.
OpenNMS is a free and open-source enterprise grade network monitoring and network management platform. It is developed and supported by a community of user and developers as well as by the The OpenNMS Group, offering commercial services, training and support. The goal is for OpenNMS to be a truly distributed, scalable management application platform for all aspects of the FCAPS network management model while remaining 100% free and open source. Currently the focus is on Fault and Performance Management. All code associated with the project is available under the Affero General Public License.
35. Oracle Application Performance Monitoring
Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service provides development and operations teams with the information that they need to find and fix application issues fast. All your end-user and application performance information (with associated application logs) are brought together into Oracle Management Cloud’s secure, unified big data platform.
36. Pandora FMS (Flexible Monitoring System)
Pandora FMS (for Pandora Flexible Monitoring System) is software for monitoring computer networks. Pandora FMS allows monitoring in a visual way the status and performance of several parameters from different operating systems, servers, applications and hardware systems such as firewalls, proxies, databases, web servers or routers. It features remote monitoring (WMI, SNMP, TCP. UDP, ICMP, HTTP…) and it can also use agents. An agent is available for each platform. It can also monitor hardware systems with a TCP/IP stack, such as load balancers, routers, network switches, printers or firewalls.
37. Panopta – Uptime Monitoring Software for IT Systems Management
Panopta provides an advanced server and network monitoring service and outage management system for online businesses and service providers that goes beyond basic monitoring to give operations teams the tools they need to minimize the impact of outages to their online business.
38. PA Server Monitor – server monitoring and network monitoring.
PA Server Monitor is a server monitoring and network monitoring software application, developed by Power Admin LLC. The main function of the software is to monitor performance of servers and network devices in Windows and Linux environments. Data is kept on customers servers, not stored in the cloud. An agentless monitoring software to watch ping, CPU, memory, disk, SNMP + traps, events, with available historical reports. Apps are available for iOS and Android.
39. Pingdom – website performance monitoring.
Pingdom is a service that tracks the uptime, downtime, and performance of websites. Based in Sweden, Pingdom monitors websites from multiple locations globally so that it can distinguish genuine downtime from routing and access problems.
40. PRTG – Network Monitor
Paessler Router Traffic Grapher is a server up-time and utilization, network monitoring and bandwidth usage software package for server infrastructure from Paessler AG. It can monitor and classify bandwidth usage in a network using SNMP, Packet Sniffing and Netflow. It services Microsoft Windows as well as Linux.
Cost: Free forever plan or from $1,600 with free 30 day trial. (Also see their freeware)
41. Riverbed – IT performance company
Riverbed Technology, Inc. (Riverbed) has developed enterprise level solutions to the fundamental problems associated with information technology (IT) performance across wide area networks (WANs).
Cost: Contact a sales rep.
42. Scoutapp – Hosted Server Monitoring.
Flexible charts and alerting, deploy in five minute or less, 60+ monitoring plugins, and no ugly configuration syntax to memorize (do it all via our web UI).
43. Sealion – Server monitoring
SeaLion is a cloud based system monitoring tool for Linux servers. Getting started is as easy as executing a command. It installs an agent at /usr/local/sealion-agent and runs as an unprivileged user (sealion). This agent will collect data at regular intervals across servers and this data will be available on your Sealion workspace.
44. Sematext – Performance Monitoring, Alerting & Anomaly Detection.
SPM Performance Monitoring, Logsene Log Management & Analytics, Site Search Analytics, and several other search-related tools. Sematext’s software products are modular, scalable, and available in the Cloud. Some products are also available in On Premise versions.
45. Serverdensity – Server monitoring
FreeBSD, Windows, OS X and Linux server monitoring with custom plugins. Bulletproof monitoring out of the box + endless ways to customize. Save time and effort with our simple, reliable server monitoring.
46. Sightline Systems – advanced reporting and analysis tools
Gain insight into your critical IT operations with Sightline’s advanced reporting and analysis tools. Collect and store the right data at the right time and use it gain a competitive edge. Sightline provides sophisticated, yet remarkably easy-to-use business intelligence and advanced analytics solutions that leverage time series data, predictive analysis, visualization, advanced alerting capability and more in real time to provide our customers with a higher level of insight than any other software company can. Customers that implement our solutions enhance efficiency, improve accuracy and increase profitability.
Cost: Contact for pricing.
47. Solarwinds – Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring
SolarWinds products are used by more than one million network engineers to manage IT environments ranging from ten to tens of thousands of network devices. Comprised of fault and performance management products, configuration and compliance products, and tools for engineers, the SolarWinds product family is trusted by organizations around the globe. SolarWinds was founded in 1999. and has headquarters in Austin, Texas, with sales and product development offices around the world.
48. Stackify – Application Monitoring & performance for DevOps insight.
Stackify provides software developers, operations and support managers with an innovative cloud based platform that allows them to monitor and troubleshoot their cloud based applications and get DevOps visibility. Using Stackify businesses can easily detect and resolve application problems and ensure their customers’ satisfaction. The platform combine monitoring, errors, metrics, logs and secure remote access with the relevant context in one platform.
49. ThousandEyes – Network Monitoring Software
ThousandEyes is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) product that uses synthetic monitoring probes to measure performance. The product includes elements of network tomography for loss and latency, route analytics to visualize BGP advertisements, DNS monitoring,VoIP monitoring, and website monitoring for HTTP and HTTPS.
50. WhatsUpGold – Network & Server Monitoring Software.
Know exactly how your IT environment is performing with network and server monitoring. Use active, passive, and performance monitoring techniques to monitor the performance, availability and status of your network, servers, and applications.
Zabbix – Enterprise-Class Open Source Distributed Monitoring Solution.
Zabbix is an enterprise open source monitoring solution for networks and applications, created by Alexei Vladishev. It is designed to monitor and track the status of various network services, servers, and other network hardware.
Cost: Free and open source.
UptimeRobot – Uptime monitor.
Monitors website uptime – not hardware or applications – but a great solution! UptimeRobot asks for your websites headers and gets status codes like “200-ok”, “404-not found”, etc. every 1 to 5 minutes depending on the monitor’s settings. If the status code is~400+ and 500+, then the site is not loading. In order to make sure the site is down, Uptime Robot makes several more checks in the next 30 seconds. If the site is still down, it sends an alert.