Every year a large number of utility tools to manage the network are launched. How do you select the right one? First determine the type of network you have and the number of IT assets connected to it. Use this checklist to determine the best network management software for your needs. Look for an established vendor that will continue to offer updates and technical support services in the future. You do not want to invest in something that will stop working next year.

Look for the uptime and downtime indicators. You expect to receive alerts through email and SMS. The tool must offer custom templates and customization. It must be compatible with your existing hardware and software assets. Latest solutions like mapping and topology discovery should be automatic. The software should get updated automatically as soon as an update becomes available. This feature requires that your computer with this software is connected to the Internet and you have given permission for the automatic update. Download the free trial version to see if this software is the right one for you.