ntop is a small, engineering-driven company, debt-free with low fixed costs, with many customers (most of which are individuals and small companies, but some key players in networking embed ntop’s software in their products), profitable in business for more than 10 years. ntop has a web-based network traffic monitoring application released under GPLv3. It is the new incarnation of the original ntop written in 1998, and now revamped in terms of performance, usability and features.

ntop wanted to collect real-time network traffic monitoring metrics and events to support ntopng, the new generation version of its network traffic probe “ntop” that monitors network usage. ntop users needed visibility into their networks to understand and control network traffic and health. So in ntopng, the company replaced an RRD database with the open source InfluxDB time series database to build web-based traffic analysis & flow collection and achieve network traffic and security monitoring in real-time.

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