26 helpful open source network management tools
Free or low cost tools for professional IT admins
By Jeff Caruso | Network World US | Published: 13:30, 07 October 2011
Over the last decade or so, open source development has skyrocketed, and network management software has ridden that wave. Many frustrated IT administrators have turned to free tools to monitor, configure and map their networked devices. Here are 26 examples of open source network management software tools to help you do your job.
RANCID sounds like a negative name, until you learn that it stands for Really Awesome New Cisco config Differ. What that means is it monitors a router's or other device's configuration and maintains a history of any changes. And also despite the name RANCID supports many vendors' devices, including Juniper routers, HP switches, Redback NASs and many others.