Pandora FMS (Flexible Monitoring System) is a comprehensive solution that has been designed to manage and control a network’s complete infrastructure. With Pandora FMS in place, there is no need to invest in another monitoring tool. Pandora FMS is a performance & availability monitoring system, ready for big environments. It uses agents for local monitoring and can do several kinds of remote network monitoring.

Pandora FMS is both a flexible and highly scalable monitoring system for deployment in large environments. It supports Linux, Windows, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris and BSD system agents, and it can monitor both local and remote networks SNMP v3, TCP checks, WMI, etc.

Pandora FMS Software

Pandora FMS (FMS comes from Flexible Monitoring System)is a monitoring tool to watch all kinds of systems and applications. Pandora FMS allows knowing the state of all its business systems. Pandora FMS watches your hardware, your software, your applications and of course your Operating System.

Pandora FMS could detect a down network interface and also the movement of any NASDAQ value. Pandora FMS could send an SMS when any system or application comes down or when the Google value falls under 330 US$. Pandora FMS fits like an octopus to your systems and needs so it has been designed to be open, modular, multiplatform, and easy to customize not need being an expert developer. Pandora FMS is made for system administrators, but it could be adapted to all software environments or even hardware. Give Pandora FMS a try to fully assess its capabilities.

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Pandora FMS Features

Performance and availability monitoring

Pandora FMS provides a complete solution for performance and availability, monitoring the key resources across the infrastructure, to ensure that all devices are ready to respond to end-user requests. Network Monitoring Software is possible to run these tests in the software agent or from a Pandora FMS Server, which eliminates the risk associated with running monitoring software on target systems. Pandora FMS specific tests and features include:

Samples of network monitoring checks:

  • ICMP response and delay
  • SNMP Polling (v1, v2c, v3)
  • Standard TCP/IP services (HTTP, SMTP, etc)
  • Specified TCP/IP ports with a regular expression matching
  • URL availability
  • CPU, Disk and Memory Usage
  • System overload
  • Nagios Plug-in Support (for both, availability and performance)

Samples of agent-based monitoring:

  • Linux/Unix process availability (via SNMP)
  • Network traffic in a device
  • Network latency time
  • Obtention of WMI or Performance
  • Counters values in Windows
  • Number of occurrences in a logfile per second
  • The temperature on a system
  • The output of a system command
  • Service availability or running processes
  • Oracle DB status, as well as its tablespaces and other values
SLA and reporting

Network Monitoring Software can create HTML, PDF and XML reports for any monitored element. Data, such as graphs, SLAs, metrics, events, etc., can be added to these reports. Reports are created for a configurable time frame which can go from an hour up to six months. Pandora FMS SLA reports allow us to define (as a percentage) the level of the agreement existing per parameter, defining valid operational ranges. This allows us to define combined metrics with a vast amount of values, in order to determine the level of agreement within a set of parameters, all measured by a user-determined time range.

SLA and reporting

Remote server management

Using the integration with Horus, the remote control solution it’s possible to control devices remotely. This can be done either through a remote desktop or via the command line (Linux, Mac, and Windows). Network Monitoring Software also allows bidirectional file copies, and process and service management. All of this integrated into the Pandora FMS console.

Remote server management

Headless remote monitoring like Satellite Server and proxy agents

Network Monitoring Software allows you to do headless, distributed monitoring for WMI, ICMP, SNMP v1/2 and execute plugins.

  • Integrates a discovery mechanism if an SNMP/WMI device is discovered during a network sweep
  • Thousands of checks per second. Runs on Windows and Linux
  • Sends the information back to the data server and doesn’t require a database or permanent connection to Network Monitoring Software

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Customizable visual console

Network Monitoring Software allows each user to personalize how they want to set up their dashboard. The graph below shows a customized view, based on the spatial representation of selected items, status representations, data, which can include graphs or other visual console status data, and always highlighting any critical event.

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This feature, combined with the weight-based service monitoring, is a more flexible way to monitor activities that includes user-defined margins. This differs from “specific” single-target monitoring because it allows users to manage entire “groups” – within a certain margin of error allowing an acceptable number of alerts to accrue until an established threshold is reached.

The need to monitor services as something “abstract” appears when we ask ourselves the following question like what happens when an element is initially not critical on its own? For example, if one of the twenty Apache servers that are set up fails we may not want Pandora to warn us because out of 20 servers, one or two are likely to fail. A service with redundancy should give us peace-of-mind, not more work. It should only warn us if a more critical element has failed, such as a router, or if several (four or five) WEB servers are down.

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Network Monitoring Software shouldn’t warn us because one or two nodes fail (in fact, just imagine having to get someone out of bed whenever one Apache server is down). Network Monitoring Software assumable that the service is made to control redundancy, so we should have some margin, and have fewer troubles. The system should be smart enough to know that a single server down is not a problem, but when it goes to 5 or more, it should start worrying, and certainly, 10 or more servers falling down will get anyone out of bed.

Fault and event management

The Network Monitoring Software event system keeps a log of everything that has happened. When a service or a host goes down or comes up again when an alert is fired, when new hosts in the network are discovered, etc.

Network Monitoring Software is possible to search for single events, filtering them out by the group, type, severity, or event status. All this is done from the Web Console. Events can be exported to a CSV file, or be linked to feeding readers, thanks to its RSS feed.

Operating mechanics on these events allows them to be validated or marked as “in-process” by an operator. Any task marked as such can be seen, leaving a trace of comments on the matter which indicates that it’s being worked on. Furthermore, events are related to a group of tags or categories, allowing Network Monitoring Software to perform searches and create semantic groups.

Fault and event management

High availability

Network Monitoring Software has a multi-server based structure (Data Server, Plugin Server, Network Server, etc), a Web console, and a Database. Network Monitoring Software has redundancy overall its systems. Any amount of servers or consoles can be created, as well as MySQL clusters for the Database. This software is included among the features of the Open Source version. Agents also have failover mechanisms available in order to allow posting to multiple servers, in case any of them should fail.

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Recommended capacity limit per server

Network Monitoring Software has been designed to work in company environments have this means groups of systems that can continue to grow progressively. Our engineers have estimated an average of 2000 agents per server (in the case of the Open Source version, we estimate around 1000 agents per server), with 25 modules per agent, executing tasks every five minutes.

Using the Meta console and the Export Server, these numbers can be enlarged using more servers or assigning more agents to a single server (although this option needs very specific customizing). Network Monitoring Software is used in many different ways. For example, one client has 6000 agents, a four server setup, and a Metaconsole, while another has a single server and 160.000 modules.

Centralized management

This feature is aimed at companies that have a large number of agents. The policies system allows the user to massively distribute modules and alerts to groups of agents. Combined with the meta console, it allows fast and efficient operation over thousands of agents simultaneously.

Policies allow you to define exceptions, alerts or distribute file collections that contain plugins for agents so that everything can be managed centrally and globally.

Automated updates

The update manager allows the administrator to download updates from the console easily and automatically. These patches can be created “on-demand” by the support team, in such a way that the client will have a customized solution to a problem in a matter of hours. The Open Source version has an equivalent system, but with non-revised updates.

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GIS Geo-location

Network Monitoring Software can provide different information on locations, and interactive maps that show the real-time position of agents. Network Monitoring Software can also generate movement tracking for each agent throughout time using reverse geo-localization and “translating” the coordinates into standard addresses.

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SNMP Monitoring

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a UDP-based network protocol. Network Monitoring Software is used in a network monitoring tool to monitor network-attached devices for conditions that warrant administrators’ attention. This software can monitor any device using the SNMP protocol directly from the Pandora FMS Network Server.

WMI Monitoring

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) (or Windows Management Interface) is a set of extensions for the Windows Driver Model that provides an operating system interface through which the instrumented components provide information and notification. This software can monitor any Windows System SNMP protocol directly from the Network Monitoring Software WMI Server or using the WMI module available in the Windows Agent.

High-speed ICMP and SNMP exploration

Network Monitoring Software includes a new “Enterprise Network Server” which performs the same tasks as the Open Source version, but up to 50 times faster. Using faster, more specific tools for each test, and by organizing the checks in multi-thread blocks, it provides efficient management in systems that go through thousands of ICMP and/or SNMP checks.

Network topology detection and auto-discovery

Network Monitoring Software their operating system, and their relations with other nodes in the network at both a network and a link-level (using ARP table exploration through SNMP). Network Monitoring Software means that Pandora can explore a network of 1000 nodes and its network mapper can connect the interfaces, connecting the interfaces of your routers with your switches, in less than an hour.

Pandora FMS software showing network topology feature

Netflow

Network Monitoring Software is able to monitor IP traffic using the NetFlow protocol. It displays general patterns and traffic data that are useful for generating real-time reports on network usage, generating charts, statistics, and graphs.

Pandora FMS Software showing netflow feature
SNMP Trap Monitoring

This software has a Trap console that shows SNMP events that have been received by Network Monitoring Software server, displaying information on the event like status, source OID, associated agent, date and time, alerts associated, etc. Alerts can be configured for every trap, simply or using regular expressions over the traps. These features are all available in the Open Source version, but the Enterprise version comes with some extras:

  • MIB loader for trap definition
  • Possibility to define an alias of the trap created by the user
  • Forwarding traps to an agent (to a module) to visualize it as a text type module
  • SNMP filters before processing the traps

Pandora FMS Software trap monitoring feature

Multiplatform agents

Network Monitoring Software is software Agents for Windows, Linux, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, BSD and Mac OS like small size agents that provide information about the system in which they are installed (CPU, memory usage, disk usage, the output of any command, etc.). There are also hardware agents to monitor temperature, humidity, smoke, gas, floods and any device that sends dry contact.

Conditioned module execution

Network Monitoring Software functionality allows agents to take immediate action without waiting to manage the problem from the console. It also avoids certain check-ins when executing specific situations such as backups, HA systems, etc.

Embedded agents and Android agents

Network Monitoring Software has developed a specific agent for embedded devices using Posix C, aimed at devices with very little RAM, but that can work with all types of processors (ARM, VIA …) and runs on almost any device. Network Monitoring Software also has a specific agent for Android phones like Android. This agent reports GPS information to the GIS system on this Network Monitoring Software and also shows battery levels, device orientation, and other sensor information, like proximity.

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3rd Party Product Integration API Library

Network Monitoring Software supports external API is used through remote HTTP calls to the /include/ API.php file. This method has been defined by network Monitoring Software to integrate with 3rd party applications. Network Monitoring Software is an HTTP request with parameters formatted to receive a value or a list of values. The API also allows you to set operations on the server (like the possibility to apply a policy or insert a value). The API is also used to retrieve event information from an external event manager.

CLI Management

Network Monitoring Software agent, a module or a user, among many others.

Light web console for mobiles

Network Monitoring Software provides a specific, lighter interface for mobile devices (such as cell phones) where essential system data can be viewed on the go and is adapted to the terminal used at that moment. This interface can show charts, status, events and other relevant data managed by Network  Monitoring Software.

Pandora FMS Software showing mobile view feature
100% web, multi-client ready for SaaS

Network Monitoring Software’s architecture and its design have been made specifically to serve different clients while using the same infrastructure. Network Monitoring Software is multi-client (each user sees only his or her available elements). Since it is 100% Web-based, it allows any remote client to access its views and to manage reports.

Role-based Access control levels

Network Monitoring Software has user roles and a permission system, that allows you to define new users with different permissions over different monitoring groups. This way, a user could be the administrator for the Accounting System, while only having permission to see the events happening in the Human Resources group. This OpenSource system is complemented with the ACL Enterprise system.

Pandora FMS Benefits

Performance and availability

Events, graphs, SLA, and full reports, dashboards and views.

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Networks

SNMP v3, SNMP Traps, WMI, Remote Plugin Execution, Network discovery and Network Maps.

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Servers

Agent and agentless monitoring for Windows, Linux, Unix, IOS, and Android

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Applications

SAP, Oracle, Tomcat, MySQL, DB2, JMX, IIS, HyperV and more.

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What’s New 

  • New interactive graphics network maps (Enterprise).
  • New Enterprise network servers, that are up to 50 times faster than the OpenSource ones (SNMP e ICMP) (Enterprise).
  • Support for Oracle and PostgreSQL.
  • Event correlational and event reception console correlation (Enterprise).

System Requirements

Internal MemoryMinimum 2 GB RAM is required
Hard disk space20 GB of disk space is required
Operating SystemWindows 10, Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 9x, Windows 8, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 64-bit, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 7, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows Vista, Windows XP 64-bit, Windows XP, Windows 2003,  Windows 2000, Windows 2012

Technical Specifications 

TitlePandora FMS 6.0 for Windows
RequirementsWindows 10, Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 9x, Windows 8, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 64-bit, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 7, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows Vista, Windows XP 64-bit, Windows XP, Windows 2003,  Windows 2000, Windows 2012
LanguageEnglish
Available LanguagesEnglish, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, German, Japanese
License GNU (General Public License)
Date addedTuesday, July 5th, 2016
AuthorArtica Soluciones Tecnologicas https://www.pandorafms.com


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