Switch Monitoring With Nagios

Capabilitiesswitch monitoring

Nagios provides complete monitoring of switches via SNMP. Switches can be monitored via SNMP v1, 2c, or 3. Thousands of different network devices are enabled by default for this type of monitoring. You can easily monitor Port utilization on the switch as well as the current switch status. Additionally, by querying other SNMP metric on the switch from Nagios you can additionally monitor the following metrics for each port on the switch

  • ifInUcastPkts
  • ifOutUcastPkts
  • ifInNUcastPkts
  • ifOutNUcastPkts
  • ifInDiscards
  • ifOutDiscards
  • ifInErrors
  • ifOutErrors
  • ifInUnknownProtos
  • and so many more!


Nagios XI makes this process even easier by allowing you to run the switch monitoring wizard and setup a whole switch in just minutes.



Implementing effective switch monitoring with Nagios offers the following benefits:

  • Agentless monitoring
  • Ability to track per-port bandwidth utilization and errors
  • Increased server, services, and application availability
  • Fast detection of network outages and protocol failures


These Nagios solutions provide Switch monitoring capabilities and benefits:

Nagios XI - The Industry Standard Monitoring Solution


Nagios XI is the most powerful IT infrastructure monitoring solution on the market. Nagios XI extends on proven, enterprise-class Open Source components to deliver the best monitoring solution for today's demanding organizational requirements.

Designed for scalability and flexibility, XI is designed to make problematic IT monitoring tasks simple, while retaining the powerful attributes of its enterprise-class foundation blocks.




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by Scott Wilkerson