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Build a robust Network Operations Center to optimize monitoring and graphing of data using Packt’s new Cacti book

Cacti 0.8 Beginner’s Guide is a new book from Packt that will help readers to setup a Network Operations Center and utilize all the features of Cacti for maximum effectiveness. Written by Thomas Urban, the book is a practical guide that helps readers gain a solid understanding of the basics of Cacti, its plugin architecture, and automation concepts.

Cacti is an open source, web-based graphing tool designed as a frontend to RRDtool’s data storage and graphing functionality. Along with being able to maintain Graphs, Data Sources, and Round Robin Archives in a database, Cacti handles the data gathering. There is also SNMP support for those used to creating traffic graphs with MRTG. Using Cacti, operators can develop a robust event management system that can alert on just about anything they would like it to.

Cacti 0.8 Beginner’s Guide book starts off with the basics of installing and using Cacti, and advanced topics that will show how to customize and extend the core Cacti functionality. This book will help Network developers to set up Cacti on Windows and Linux, build custom plugins, use SNMP, SSH, and WMI to retrieve remote performance data and enable mobile access to their Cacti installation for their end users. It offers essential tutorials for creating advanced graphs and using plugins to create enterprise-class reports to show to customers and colleagues.

Further reading will help them create their own customized plugins and automation system to build a professional performance measurement system. The step by step instructions and hands on tutorials make it very easy for readers to gain a solid understanding of the basics of Cacti, its plugin architecture, and automation concepts. Overall, this book will help the reader implement and extend Cacti to monitor, display, and report the performance of their network exactly the way they want.

This book is ideal for network operators who want to use Cacti for implementing performance measurement for trending, troubleshooting, and reporting purposes. The reader is expected to have basic knowledge of network management and SNMP. To learn more about the book, please visit