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Title: Alternatives to VPFM?
Post by: DarkLurker on January 19, 2017, 04:28:11 PM
Hi all,

I'm running a mix of 3500, 4500, and 5000 series switches, and I've been trying to setup VPFM to give me useful information.  So far, it's been very much a "meh..." experience, especially considering how much money I paid for it.  Bugs, annoyances, and just wrong data have put a sour taste in my mouth. 

What is the general consensus on SNMP monitoring software for Avaya switches other than VPFM?  I just want something relatively simple to show me alerts, events, port stats, etc, for these switches.  I'm not necessarily looking for an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink suite that monitors VMWare, Windows servers, temperature, blood pressure, etc, etc.

Years ago when we were running HP 4000/8000 switches, I absolutely loved the free HP Top Tools for Hubs and Switches that came with the switches.  It was the bee's knees, and pretty much worked out of the box.  But that's ancient software now, and HP's offerings for monitoring have gotten "fractured" (to be polite) since then.

So can anyone recommend something (even if it costs $) that does a good job monitoring Avaya switches without needing 2 months to get it setup and working?  Or have I just asked for the impossible?

Title: Re: Alternatives to VPFM?
Post by: Sja on January 20, 2017, 03:31:30 AM
I don't have any experience with Avaya software but in many cases you will get better ROI
By using multivendor  NPM  like Solarwinds Orion or something like that.
That type of software will give you OOB (out of the box) All the basic features you need to monitor your network and VMs.
Title: Re: Alternatives to VPFM?
Post by: TankII on January 20, 2017, 07:01:11 AM
We use a combination of WhatsUP Gold and Scrutinizer.
I've posted a whole bunch of customized SNMP reports for Avaya gear monitored by WhatsUP over the years.