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Network Management Software for Small Business

I'm looking for a cost-effective Network Management tools to check my local network to see who's slowing my network. So the business needs is to show the summary of my network traffic from network to network, pc to pc, and pc to server traffic.

I know I can use Cisco network management tools but the price is not gear for a small budget like my network. So I trim down my selection between Solarwinds (http://www.solarwinds.com/) and IPSwitch Whats Up Gold (http://www.ipswitch.com/) network products.

For this test, I will use the free real-time Network Traffic Analyzer from Solarwinds. Hoping this will be enough to manage my small network. Hey! we're small business, we need to keep our operating cost low to stay in the business.

[Update]
You need access to your Cisco router or switch to be able to run the Network Traffic Analyzer.

For more robust version of Network Traffic Analyzer, Solarwinds Orion Network tools fit the bill. You can get this tool for as low as $1,495 supporting 100 devices. While WhatsUp Gold Premium Network Management and Application Monitoring Software for a single network up to 100 devices will cost you $2,595. Though they can offer up to 25 devices for $995 as well.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog, post your comments or suggestions.

Thank you,
EM @KING.NET

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