Observium is an autodiscovering network monitoring platform supporting a wide range of hardware platforms and operating systems including Cisco, Windows, Linux, HP, Juniper, Dell, FreeBSD, Brocade, Netscaler, NetApp and many more. Observium seeks to provide a powerful yet simple and intuitive interface to the health and status of your network.
Observium Open Source is available free and open source. Observium Professional adds rapid patches, security fixes and additional features and hardware support for a small yearly license 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 Open Source is distributed via 6-monthly .tar.gz releases under the QPL Open Source license. The most recent release is 0.14.4p1 (6th April 2014) based on SVN revision 5229.
The Open Source edition only recieves critical security updates between 6-monthly release cycles and is best for small non-critical deployments, home use, evaluation or lab environments.
|Realtime software updates and fixes|
|Full autodiscovery of devices and metrics|
|Network mapping through discovery protocols|
|Automatic recognition of hundreds of devices|
|Alerting system||/ (Future)|
|Traffic accounting system||Ability to suggest new features|
|Support and Services options available|
Observium supports a wide range of devices and operating systems spanning both standard and private MIBs. Over 177 separate OS types are currently supported including autodetection and graphing of sensors from 76 MIBs as well as collection of CPU metrics from 35 MIBs and memory metrics from 33 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.