Observium is a low-maintenance auto-discovering network monitoring platform supporting a wide range of device types, platforms and operating systems including Cisco, Windows, Linux, HP, Juniper, Dell, FreeBSD, Brocade, Netscaler, NetApp and many more. Observium focuses on providing a beautiful and powerful yet simple and intuitive interface to the health and status of your network.
Professionally developed and maintained by a team of experienced network engineers and systems administrators, Observium is a platform designed and built by its users.
Observium Community is available free to everyone and recieves updates and features twice annually.
Observium Professional adds priority access to daily updates and new features for a small yearly fee.
Observium improves the visibility of your network infrastructure by automatically collecting and displaying information about services and protocols you may not otherwise monitor.
Observium helps to streamline capacity and disaster recovery planning by providing long term network metric collection and intuitive visual representations of collected performance data.
Observium improves your network's reliability by providing you with the information to proactively respond to a greater number of potential issues before they become service impacting.
Observium Professional is distributed via an SVN-based release mechanism, providing rapid access to security and bug fixes as well as new features. This includes automated database schema upgrades. Updates can be performed automatically via cron or manually.
The Professional Edition recieves daily bug fixes, security updates and new features. A summary of fixes and improvements can be found in the monthly Changelog. This edition is best for Service Provider and Enterprise deployments and can be supplied with support and professional services options.
Observium Professional Edition subscriptions are available free of charge to registered charities and Open Source projects.
Observium Community is distributed via 6-monthly .tar.gz releases under the QPL Open Source license. The most recent release is 0.15.6 (6th June 2015) based on Professional Edition r6430. It contains 430 commits since the previous release.
The Community Edition receives updates and new features on a 6-monthly release cycle and is best for small non-critical deployments, home use, evaluation or lab environments.
|Realtime software updates and fixes|
|Full autodiscovery of supported devices and metrics|
|Network mapping through discovery protocols|
|Automatic recognition of hundreds of devices|
|Rule-based automatic grouping|
|Threshold & State Alerting system|
|Traffic accounting system|
|Support and Services options available|
Observium supports a wide range of devices and operating systems spanning both standard and private MIBs. Over 267 separate OS types are currently supported including autodetection and graphing of sensors from 112 MIBs as well as collection of CPU metrics from 46 MIBs and memory metrics from 44 MIBs.
Support is also provided for the Alcatel AIP, Cisco CDP, Foundry FDP and LLDP discovery protocols, vendor-specific extensions to BGP4-MIB from Cisco, Force 10 and Juniper, vendor-specific MAC accounting from Cisco and Juniper and extended vendor-specific statistics collection for various load balancers, wireless access points and enterprise storage systems.
Traffic Accounting is a feature available in the Professional Edition which is designed to ease the process of tracking and billing customer bandwidth usage. It independently polls and stores measurements in its own database tables to bypass traditional round-robin limitations. It can be run at different intervals to the primary Observium poller allowing accounting to be based on intervals other than the default 5 minutes.
Accounting by both total transferred data and 95th percentile is supported.
Observium supports integration with a number of third party applications and the ability to write your own custom application modules to collect and report data from your applications.
Integration exists for collectd, munin, smokeping and RANCID, allowing you to view metrics and configuration data collected by these tools within the Observium interface, helping to streamline diagnostics and day to day operations.
Supplied application collectors include Apache, BIND, DRBD, Memcached, MySQL, NFS and others.
Observium's threshold alerting system allows you to configure thresholds and failure states for a wide range of different entity types. Some types support automatic collection of thresholds from the monitored device itself.
Alerting entries are automatically created during the discovery process making sure that your alerting system is kept up to date with the configuration of your network infrastructure, helping to reduce the number of missed alerts.
Tests can be associated with devices and entities using a flexible system of association definitions rather than preset templates or manual configurations.
Observium's Professional Edition has built up a broad and extensive userbase consisting of Governments, Major Corporations, Telecommunications providers and ISPs, Small and Medium Enterprises, Non-profit Organisations and individual users.
Observium currently powers 12,000 installations monitoring a total of 500,000 devices with 2.2 million ports.
Notable users include: Twitch, eBay, PayPal, Aramco, Squarespace, The Scottish Government, Yahoo Inc., The Queensland Government, Spotify, CCP Games, Daily Motion, FranceIX, The US Department of Energy, eHarmony, Allied Telesis, Arista and many more.
For Managed IT companies like ours, monitoring our customers' infrastructure is critical. For years, we went through every network monitoring package we could find. We spent a lot of time and money, but we were never really happy with the results we got. When we found Observium, we were amazed by how simple the product was to configure and support. For the past two years, we've been able to sit back and allow Observium to work for us. Observium supports most of the network devices and appliances we've attempted to monitor out of the box, without any tedious configuration or cryptic programming. It automatically creates useful graphs and event logs that allow our technicians to visualize and take action on incoming data in real time. It's clear that the development team has a clear and concise vision for where they are going, and it shows in their product. I recommend Observium to anyone who is looking for a dependable, easy to use, and functional network monitoring and management product. Chad Maynard, TechOptics, Inc.
Custodian DataCentres is a provider of colocation and connectivity services, a key part of our business is the delivery of high-capacity ‘always-on’ networking across all our locations. With a wide selection of hardware platforms and a high overall port count it is essential that we collect high value statistical information in an automated manner. This huge quantity of information must then be ordered, filtered and analysed continuously; bringing only critical events to the attention of the Operations Centre team.
Observium is one of the key systems we use for this purpose, specifically for its ability to discover, collect and graph everything automatically, with almost zero engineer input. Global thresholds and alert templates are then applied to new devices as soon as they are added to our network. Providing an immediate and full view of any new devices, often before the engineers have even finished performing all the of the physical port connections. Recently we have completed a full core network upgrade across a number of our sites, and during this process Observium exceled and really came into its own; way ahead of our other systems. This was largely down to its ability to fully detect, learn and automatically generate all the monitored elements for newly deployed hardware without consuming valuable engineering time. This allows for rapid detection of ports with errors/issues or internal routing adjacencies which are down or encountering issues. Allowing the engineering team to focus on any issues, instead of spending time checking everything manually one item at a time.
Over the many years we have used Observium, it has evolved from a ‘nice little web tool’ to a core and critical element within our NOC. We find the continuous development of the product excellent and we have even added support for a couple of our more obscure devices ourselves. We look forward to continuing to work with Observium and are keen to see what the future for it holds as it and Custodian continue to grow.Robert Williams, Technical Director, Custodian DataCentres