Best Free Remote Networking Monitoring Tools
SpiceworksDesigned for network administrators working for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), Spiceworks (www.spiceworks.com) is an adware-based business model, which has kept it available as a free tool since its October 2006 release. The tool is updated regularly, with the most recent 4.7 version release hitting the virtual streets on April 29, 2010.
The mantra for many IT organizations in 2009 was 'do more with less,' and that led to many VARs and customer organizations looking for free tools to accomplish the tasks that needed to get done, including network monitoring. Many of the free network monitoring tools available to VARs are either demo versions of commercial software or are distributed under the shareware software model. Channel Insider takes a look at a handful of the best free network monitoring tools.