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We performed a comparison between Amazon CloudWatch and Zabbix based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Cloud Monitoring Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Amazon CloudWatch vs. Zabbix report (Updated: September 2022).
633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Its ability to quickly inventory our resources, figure out interdependencies across them, and assemble a topology of your environment is brilliant. There is a price associated with it. Whenever you target a NetApp environment, it is included in the price but whenever you want to add different vendors, like VMware and Cisco, the price greatly spikes. Inventorization helps us a lot to visualize the environment.""Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time alerting on possible ransomware attacks and provides file security review. It helps us to see if something abnormal is happening on the system before it's too late."

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"Our team finds it overall quite useful.""Setting up this product was easy. I found data analytics as its most valuable feature.""I have found the memory metrics and the CPU metrics valuable.""We have found the pricing to be reasonable.""CloudWatch immediately hooks up and connects to the KPIs and all the metrics.""You can enable alarms and metrics, and it has robust integration with AWS services. You can also trigger events. For example, if the CPU utilization is above 80%, it can launch a new instance for you.""The solution is easy to use."

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"SNMP monitoring, source discovery, and alert triggering are most valuable.""It's a very reliable platform and we've never had any issues regarding the scalability or the stability of Zabbix.""I like being able to use proxy servers for different locations. The agents are pretty cool. They're easy to roll out. The standard out-of-the-box templates are also pretty easy to use. The integration with other learning products is also good. I have, in the past, used Slack, but we've integrated it with Microsoft Teams. We also use it for SMS with a service called Redcoat. It is very flexible. It does what I need it to do, and my manager is very happy because it doesn't cost anything. We are nearing 4,000 hosts inside Zabbix, and we've got another 6,000 access points to add to it. We've thrown everything at it, and it has managed to keep going. I am very impressed with the tool, and I'd shake their hand very hard if I got to say the compliments to the Zabbix team. They keep improving it and doing refreshes, which is one good thing about it. There is also online information as well as books that you can purchase if you're willing to read enough. There is a lot to pick up, but it is a pretty complete solution.""The initial setup was not complex.""Zabbix is very easy to implement.""The product is very stable.""The best thing about Zabbix is the integration and the APIs that are included are very fast""The solution is stable."

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Cons
"In a perfect world we would have something built, right out-of-the-box, that can identify what we call "noise," and reduce the amount of data. You're presented with so much data when you first start the data collectors. For example, it brings back a lot of change rates that happen just because of standard computing, like profile changes and that sort of thing. Being able to identify things like that and categorize them and strip it down—and it probably can do that, I just haven't gotten there yet—would be very beneficial.""Their pricing model needs improvement."

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"This product lacks some features: real-time data stream monitoring, application performance monitoring, mobile app monitoring, and live dashboards. Its workflows also need improvement.""For monitoring applications or for APM, CloudWatch has some limitations. You cannot monitor application performance from CloudWatch, and you have to go for a third-party tool.""I would like to monitor inbound and outbound transfer. I would also like to control the traffic for load balancing.""The configuration capabilities could be better.""It would be beneficial for CloudWatch to provide an API interface and some kind of custom configuration.""I do not know whether or not CloudWatch can be integrated with on-prem services.""We'd like the interface to be as easy as Datadog."

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"Zabbix isn't a great tool for cloud-specific monitoring - its connection to public clouds needs to be improved. Other areas for improvement would be the lack of dashboards and integrations.""It would be helpful if they translated the documentation to Cyrillic languages.""I am having difficulties connecting it to Grafana, as well as some of the other plugins like Kibana.""There are not too much documentation or manuals. We found the tutorials very easy to understand but do not go deep enough in the use of Zabbix. We need more manuals, proper use, documentation, etc.""Zabbix claims that there is an auto-discovery process but my team member was facing difficulty and was told that it's not really automatic, and there are some manual steps.""The documentation gets a bit messy between versions and is not too detailed, which is a bit painful for first-timers, especially when they run into issues.""There's a small module of APM, however, it is not an enhanced version. People usually ask for a full-fledged APM solution.""I would like to remotely connect to the computer, and Zabbix doesn't have this capability."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an understanding of that is the biggest thing."
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  • "Its pricing is reasonable. It is sometimes tricky, but it is reasonable as compared to others."
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  • "We are using the free, open-source version."
  • "It's an open-source solution that can be used free of charge."
  • "This solution is completely open-source, so it is quite affordable."
  • "Zabbix is free but if you use it in production then you have to pay for it."
  • "My manager is very happy because it doesn't cost anything."
  • "This is an open-source solution that can be used free of charge."
  • "We were searching for an open source solution and Zabbix fit the bill because it is free and open source under the GPL license."
  • "The solution is free. However, many open-sourced tools start out free but eventually start charging."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time… more »
    Top Answer:Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an… more »
    Top Answer:As I went through learning the querying, it could have been a little more intuitive. I'm still fresh into the system. In… more »
    Top Answer:The portability of the Datadog is much more flexible for us. The client does not need to have Amazon services for the… more »
    Top Answer:I'm an implementor, not a user. We are not a partner. I'm not sure which version of the solution is currently used, as… more »
    Top Answer:There is a problems page that shows us every warning or problem that occurs on our VMs globally. The map screen is also… more »
    Top Answer:I'm surprised that Ubuntu Linux has a paid license, even some supporting stuff included. We don't use the paid version… more »
    Top Answer:In terms of user-friendliness, large maps could be more interactive. We should be able to click on some areas and move… more »
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    Overview

    NetApp Cloud Insights is an infrastructure monitoring tool that gives you visibility into your complete infrastructure. With Cloud Insights, you can monitor, troubleshoot and optimize all your resources including your public clouds and your private data centers.

    Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring service for AWS cloud resources and the applications you run on AWS. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to collect and track metrics, collect and monitor log files, set alarms, and automatically react to changes in your AWS resources. Amazon CloudWatch can monitor AWS resources such as Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon DynamoDB tables, and Amazon RDS DB instances, as well as custom metrics generated by your applications and services, and any log files your applications generate. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to gain system-wide visibility into resource utilization, application performance, and operational health. You can use these insights to react and keep your application running smoothly.

    Zabbix is a free software tool traditionally used for monitoring your organization’s IT infrastructure, including networks, servers, virtual machines, and cloud services. Zabbix makes it possible for you to maintain control of your infrastructure by collecting any metric from any source. The solution also offers agentless monitoring, synthetic monitoring, custom collection methods, and data transformation.

    Zabbix offers:

    • Network monitoring
    • Server monitoring
    • Cloud monitoring
    • Application monitoring
    • Service monitoring

    Zabbix Features

    Zabbix has many valuable key features, including:

    Action Log, Anomaly Detection, Auditing, Automated Actions, Availability Reports, Capacity Planning, Custom Scripts, Custom Templates, Data Retrieval, Drill-Down Reports, Encryption, Event Correlation, History Data Analysis, Metric Collection, Multiple Authentication Methods, Multiple Severity Levels, Native WMI Support for Windows Agent, Network Discovery, Notifications, Root Cause Analysis, Trend Prediction, WMI Support, Web Services Widget-based Dashboards, Zero-Maintenance

    Zabbix Benefits

    There are several benefits to implementing Zabbix. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Flexible deployment options: Zabbix can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud to help you stay fully in control of your data.

    • Unlimited scalability: Zabbix is scalable to any infrastructure. It can easily scale for your personal home, or can scale for a large enterprise environment.

    • Ready-to-use templates: Zabbix comes with ready-to-use templates which makes it easy to integrate with systems you already use.

    • External vault: Zabbix enables you to keep your data secure and safe by providing an external vault storage option.

    • High availability: By using Zabbix’s high availability solution, you can negate the risk of data loss and gain 24/7 uptime.

    • Partner and vendor-backed: The solution is backed by 250+ global partners and multiple external vendors, giving you confidence in the solution.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Zabbix users.

    PeerSpot user Shibu B., Regional Manager/ Service Delivery at ASPL Info Services, says, "The solution is quite mature and very stable. The monitoring capabilities of the product are excellent.” He also adds, “The solution is very easy to scale and the product is open-source, meaning there aren't any licensing costs associated with it.”

    Julian L., Senior Specialist Critical Infrastructure at an educational organization, comments that the solution is “A complete solution that doesn't cost anything, does what I need it to do, and has easy-to-use templates and very good scalability.” He also mentions “The agents are pretty cool. They're easy to roll out. The standard out-of-the-box templates are also pretty easy to use. The integration with other learning products is also good.”

    Faycal N., CEO/Founder at Zen Networks, praises the product, mentioning, “Its overall flexibility is most valuable. When our customers have some custom applications that are not necessarily covered by the community or a standard monitoring tool, we use Zabbix to build our own modules with our own templates. This feature has been useful in using Zabbix for infrastructure and IT monitoring. It has also been useful for industrial equipment monitoring. Zabbix is very lightweight. It is efficient in terms of performance because it doesn't use a lot of resources."

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    Sample Customers
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    AirAsia, Airbnb, Aircel, APUS, Avazu, Casa & Video, Futbol Club Barcelona (FCBarcelona), National Taiwan University, redBus
    Bodybuilding.com, LLC., ITtelligent Consulting Services,Eltele AS, Total Server Solutions, LLC., ChinaNetCloud
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Media Company7%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm9%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Small Business33%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise32%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    Amazon CloudWatch vs. Zabbix
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon CloudWatch vs. Zabbix and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Amazon CloudWatch is ranked 13th in Cloud Monitoring Software with 7 reviews while Zabbix is ranked 1st in Cloud Monitoring Software with 44 reviews. Amazon CloudWatch is rated 7.8, while Zabbix is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Amazon CloudWatch writes "Instantaneous response when monitoring logs and KPIs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zabbix writes "Very mature, easy to scale, and free to use". Amazon CloudWatch is most compared with Datadog, Google Stackdriver, Nagios XI, SolarWinds NPM and LogicMonitor, whereas Zabbix is most compared with Nagios XI, Nagios Core, Centreon, Splunk and Datadog. See our Amazon CloudWatch vs. Zabbix report.

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