What You Should Know About Licensing for Network Monitoring Solutions

Network monitoring systems are a must-have for organizations of all sizes. When evaluating alternative
solutions, focus is often placed on comparing features and ease of use, but understanding the total
cost of the alternatives is very important. The core licensing structure, whether it is device-based,
port- or interface-based, or measurement-based, can have a big impact on license costs up front and
over time, as well as on the administrative workload for maintaining the solution in production. This
ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES® (EMA™) paper reviews the essential components
of network monitoring tool costs, compares several licensing model approaches, and examines Ipswitch
WhatsUp Gold as an example of a solution that uses device-based licensing.