10 Free Network Analysis Tools, November 11, 2013 Network management can be a tall task without the right statistics and data about traffic flows, device configurations and user activities. The following utilities offer visibility into various aspects of network activity without breaking the bank. Utilizing these free tools gives network managers a better foothold for improving performance, spotting potential problems and nipping security incidents in the bud.
While log search and analysis tool Splunk is offered in a free version, its enterprise functionality doesn't come cheaply. Organizations that can't come up with the cash may be able to build out a similar approximation of features using Fluentd as a foundational open source log collector and chaining that together with ElasticSearch and Kibana, a pair of open source tools that offer search engine and Web UI functionality and which together with Fluentd can create a comprehensive way to collect data, analyze it and visualize it for free.