Cisco Data Center Network Manager vs Nagios XI comparison

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We performed a comparison between Cisco Data Center Network Manager and Nagios XI based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Network Monitoring Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Data Center Network Manager vs. Nagios XI Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"You can integrate all the networks into the software.""Data Center Network Manager is absolutely stable.""Fabric suite automation is a great feature."

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"Nagios is stable and it's easy to use the monitoring software, which is why we chose this product.""The solution is pretty stable.""It's great for monitoring IT services infrastructure.""The installation is no problem. I've installed Nagios several times.""It's a monitoring agent. It's designed to do one thing. Its most valuable feature is its monitoring.""Nagios allows us to configure any device so that we can send pager alerts when people don't have access to emails. It also allows us to schedule downtime and maintenance.""Nagios XI is stable.""The most valuable features of Nagios XI are you can customize it based on your use case and requirements. It is flexible and easy to integrate with our systems. You can customize the solution by adding additional features using code."

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Cons
"The visibility of applications is not great.""Could integrate better with VMware products.""Data Center Network Manager is a little complex because it includes a lot of hardware to be installed."

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"It is really difficult to integrate Nagios XI with another system to generate logs and alert our management of failures in security infrastructure.""We often need to develop custom plugins to get Nagios to work the way we want it to work because the features we need are not always available in Nagios.""The reporting structure could be more streamlined.""We'd like to see more integration capabilities.""The installation and monitoring need improvement.""The pricing has recently risen. I know they've changed what is covered under the license, however, it doesn't change the way we use it and adds nothing to our experience, and yet we now have to pay more.""The scalability of Nagios XI is scalable. However, it is not easy to do.""It can be quite difficult to know which drivers and agents to use when setting up."

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  • "On average, Data Center Network Manager's pricing isn't too costly unless you choose a premier license."
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  • "Nagios Core does not have any payment, but Nagios XI requires payment for the license."
  • "For our country in North Africa, it's expensive and we could purchase another solution for that price. But it's a reasonable price if we're speaking in international terms."
  • "Nagios XI is open source."
  • "Licensing costs are reasonable."
  • "It is good to contact experts for advice about what is the best solution for your specific infrastructure and enterprise."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Our primary use case of the solution is for automation. We're an airline so a lot of people buy from us. We are vendors and I'm an IT manager.
    Top Answer:It's great for monitoring IT services infrastructure.
    Top Answer:I don't deal with the licensing aspect of the product.
    Top Answer:It is a very good solution to monitoring infrastructure of IT services.
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    Also Known As
    Data Center Network Manager
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    Overview
    Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) is designed to help you efficiently implement, visualize, and manage Cisco Unified Fabric. It includes a comprehensive feature set, along with a customizable dashboard that provides enhanced visibility and automated fabric provisioning of dynamic data centers.

    Nagios XI provides monitoring of all mission-critical infrastructure components, including applications, services, operating systems, network protocols, systems metrics, and network infrastructure. Third-party add-ons provide tools for monitoring virtually all in-house and external applications, services, and systems.

    Nagios XI uses a powerful Core 4 monitoring engine that provides users with the highest levels of server monitoring performance. This high degree of performance enables nearly limitless scalability and monitoring powers.

    With Nagios XI, stakeholders can check up on their infrastructure status using the role-based web interface. Sophisticated dashboards enable access to monitoring information and third-party data. Administrators can easily set up permissions so users can only access the infrastructure they are authorized to view.

    Nagios XI Benefits and Features

    Some of the benefits and top features of using Nagios XI include:

    • Extensive IT infrastructure monitoring: Comprehensively monitor all of your organization’s infrastructure’s components. Hundreds of third-party add-ons let you monitor virtually any internal application, service, or system.

    • Proactivity: With built-in, automated trend analysis and capacity planning charts, organizations can plan infrastructure upgrades before legacy systems encounter unexpected issues. IT staff, business stakeholders, and end users are notified via email or SMS with details of the outage so they can begin handling the issue immediately.

    • Multiple integration options: Numerous available APIs allow seamless integration with in-house and third-party applications. Thousands of community-developed add-ons that extend monitoring and native alerting capabilities as well as custom interfaces are available, allowing you to customize Nagios XI to your company's needs.

    • Complete visibility: Get a single view of your entire IT operations network and business processes. The Nagios XI dashboards provide at-a-glance access to monitoring information and third-party data. Views give users quick access to the most useful information.

    • User-friendly interface: Customize the layout, design, and settings for each user’s GUI, providing clients and team members with the flexibility they need. Administrators can easily delegate control over monitoring configuration management, system settings, and more to end users and team members using the built-in web-based configuration interface. A configuration wizard guides users through the process of monitoring new devices, services, and applications without understanding complex monitoring concepts.

    • Configuration snapshots: Snapshots allow you to save and archive your most recent configurations. Later on, you can revert back to them whenever you like.

    • Advanced user management: Ensure a secure infrastructure environment by easily setting up and managing user accounts and assigning custom roles with just a few mouse clicks.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Nagios XI stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Several major ones are its integration options and monitoring abilities, as well as its alerting features.

    David P., a senior DevOps engineer at EML Payments Ltd, writes, “We use Nagios as a network discovery tool. We use Nagios to maintain our uptime statistics and to monitor our services. It has allowed us to be much more sophisticated in our monitoring and alerting.”

    An IT-OSS manager at a comms service provider notes, “Nagios XI has a custom API feature, and we can expose custom APIs for our integration. This is a great feature.”

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    Sample Customers
    Banco de Guayaquil, Cox Communications, Kuwait Petroleum Italia, Roper St. Francis, University of British Columbia
    Nagios has over one million users globally, including AOL, DHL, McAfee, MCI, MTV, Yahoo!, Universal, Toshiba, Sony, Siemens, and JPMorgan Chase.
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    Comms Service Provider38%
    Pharma/Biotech Company13%
    Insurance Company13%
    Transportation Company13%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider29%
    Manufacturing Company25%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Retailer8%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise34%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Data Center Network Manager vs. Nagios XI
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Data Center Network Manager vs. Nagios XI and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Cisco Data Center Network Manager is ranked 49th in Network Monitoring Software with 3 reviews while Nagios XI is ranked 8th in Network Monitoring Software with 13 reviews. Cisco Data Center Network Manager is rated 8.0, while Nagios XI is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Data Center Network Manager writes "Good network integration, but the visibility of applications could be better". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nagios XI writes "Easy to use and deploy with helpful technical support". Cisco Data Center Network Manager is most compared with Zabbix, ThousandEyes, PRTG Network Monitor, SCOM and Marvis Virtual Network Assistant, whereas Nagios XI is most compared with Zabbix, PRTG Network Monitor, Nagios Core, Centreon and SolarWinds NPM. See our Cisco Data Center Network Manager vs. Nagios XI report.

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