How to monitor internet bandwidth
August 19, 2013 11:14 AM Subscribe
My company is considering moving our software into a cloud solution. I'd like to figure out a way to continually monitor available bandwidth (not usage), at defined intervals throughout the day.
posted by slogger to computers & internet (7 answers total)
Ideally, such a monitoring tool would be an application that would live on our server (Windows Small Business 2011), or a web-based service such as speedtest.net that could offer more comprehensive reporting. I would love it if I could get a report that was a simple graph plotting connection speed across hours, days and even weeks. I want this information to see 1) if we're receiving the amount of bandwidth we're paying for from our provider, 2) if there are any times throughout the day where we see a significant slowdown, and 3) to have some data to estimate how much bandwidth we'd need given our company size and projected usage of the cloud system. I have a modest budget for such a tool, but don't really have any skills to create a script that would repeated run a ping or traceroute or whatnot.
I've tried googling for such a tool, but I've only been getting results for monitory usage, and not just available bandwidth. I'm the unofficial (and untrained) IT guy at our company, and we have an unsupported environment aside from the hourly 3rd party vendor we hire from time to time. I thought I'd turn to the hivemind to help solve this problem before I start running up a bill with our consultants.