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.
Observium Community is available free to everyone and recieves updates 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.