[mrtg] MRTG being "chatty"?

Kerry Cox kerry.cox at ksl.com
Thu Aug 8 15:46:33 MEST 2002

Greetings. I have been using MRTG for about 3 years now quite
successfully. It handles all our internal network monitoring as well as
the bandwidth use for over 11 other major companies who share our OC3
We just recently got a major contract to work with a large entity piping
bandwidth throughout the world through us via satellite. (I also am part
of Bonneville Satellite) I am looking to implement MRTG as a quick means
of measuring bandwidth use. 
However, this entity has some reservations regarding our use of MRTG and
states that it is too "chatty" for them. They recommend our using
something else. Just not MRTG.
My question is, is there some validity to this claim? Is MRTG less
"chatty" or less promiscuous in network use than some other network
monitoring product? They want us to only use HP OpenView, though having
never used it I am baffled that they would want something like that over
a free, Open Source solution. Also, I do not see how the two have
anything in common. I was under the impression that OpenView was more
like Big Brother and monitored systems and process uptime.
Is there any way to make MRTG less "chatty". Can anyone provide me with
a reasonable case to refute this claim?  Are there any alternatives?
I can argue with the management types, but they want me to back my
argument up that MRTG is the more reasonable solution. But if MRTG goes
through it would sure give MRTG some worldwide exposure. That's about
all I can say on that matter.


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