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Linux Software For Network and Server Management – Part III

Refer to our previous articles on Linux Software For Network and Server Management Part I and Part II.

Let’s continue with more network and server Management tools:


Cacti-Network and Server Management

Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to powerup RRDTool‘s data storage and graphing functionality. It stores all the information needed to create graphs and populate them via a MySQL database. Cacti provide a fast poller, advanced graph templating, multiple information obtaining methods, and user management features out of the box. All of this is enclosed into easy to use interface that makes possible LAN-sized installations up to complex networks with thousands of devices.

Cacti is free and opensource software and can be downloaded from here.



nTopng is the next generation of ntop which is known as a network traffic probe. The program monitors network usage. This has been developed and is based on libpcap. Libpcap is portable and allowing this tool to run on a system without compilation or installing.

NtoPNG is compatible with Unix, Linux, MacOS and Windows. It provides a highly usable web-GUI for users to connect to. In addition, the web pages are HTML-5 and support SSL which gives your network data an additional layer of security.

NtoPNG is free and opensource software. You can download it from here.


Monitorix is a lightweight monitoring tool developed to monitor system resources and other services of a server on a single Linux machine. To achieve this, it is accessing all the system logs and reports from Linux OS then compiles them in a graphical format to display them on another PC or machine which supports HTML.

This software also monitors network activities (System load, system entropy, system uptime), mails queues and other performance issues (active processes, memory allocation which can affect system performance).

Monitorix is also a free and opensource software. You can download it from here.


We hope all these three articles on Linux Software For Network and Server Management Part I, Part II and PartIII will help you to make the right choice as per your network requirements.



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