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Pros
"Centreon helps me detect where the problem is quickly. When we resolve a problem quickly, this lowers our overall costs.""In addition, the flexibility, customizability, and analytics of Centreon's dashboards are all very good. The dashboards help us see the whole network map, and that is quite valuable for us. In addition, the dashboards have helped to improve our visibility and ability to proactively ensure the right data is available at the right time... The flexibility has given us the ability to add in our own monitoring metrics and that has been quite interesting and very useful for us.""The dashboards are valuable because they ease troubleshooting and viewing. It becomes easier to locate the source of a problem... The dashboards make it easier to communicate with our clients. They don't want to see the alert console, they want to see a beautiful dashboard representing their network and their business and to watch it in case something is wrong in their environment.""The most valuable feature is that we can manually configure everything we need. After it comes inside the interface of Centreon, you can display it. Because the interface is quite user-friendly, you can manually configure the configuration very deeply, which is very pleasant and useful because you can monitor and see everything on your service list, dashboard, or MAP. The most useful feature for me is that you can create your own plugin and monitoring query.""We have the business activity monitoring, the map, and the MBI modules and they are all very good.""The customizable reports and dashboards are really flexible. We started this partnership with Centreon, when we were looking for a solution, because of the flexibility of the reporting. That's what we found to be most attractive in the solution. You can display the data as you want.""The single-pane view provides us a view of all of our network infrastructure, and it is one of the most important tools that we use to see the status of our customers' networks.""You can concentrate and orchestrate several other solutions from other vendors. You can consolidate those solutions all in one place, then maintain and monitor from that single point. This creates ease of use. It is a very powerful solution from this point of view."

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"The artificial intelligence and automatic detection system in Flowmon Solution are perfect for every, type of customer, such as government and commerce.""It is an open platform, so in terms of integration, we are quite happy. We can integrate it with other SNMP solutions. We can also integrate it with security solutions, such as a SIEM solution."

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"The deployment process is quick.""In terms of general network monitoring features, I find SolarWinds Network Device Monitor very flexible and comfortable to use. The software itself is extremely useful when it comes to monitoring how our data moves between different networks and environments.""This product proactively tells us about issues before the users notice.""I like the mapping that you could do and the dashboards were very pretty."

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Cons
"I would like them to improve their documentation. When I faced some issues, I was looking for more documentation on the Internet. There is official documentation on Centreon's website, which sometimes is useful. Sometimes it is not very useful, as you cannot find the information or enough examples of configuration. The answer for me was to contact the support, who helped me, but I was not able to find all the information by myself on Centreon's website. A Centreon community or blog would be helpful.""During the initial setup we faced some issues. Part of it was because we had to become more knowledgeable in the solution. There are some gray areas and if you don't know the product well you may have issues. Another part of it was some bugs that we came across, although that's part of every software solution in IT nowadays. But the initial setup could be easier.""Centreon is actually missing an easy way to create a trendline for the metrics. Actually it is possible to create it, but you need a good knowledge of math, Centreon, and RRD.""Currently, we have to go through all of the different templates and take a look at how the template is configured, and how specific parameters may change across different templates with different precedents, megatons, etc. It's a lot of work and involves trial and error. I wish they could simplify the process.""Improvements are needed in the area of cloud monitoring, as that's a newer feature.""I would like to see more plugins. That is something it needs. There is also room for improvement through dynamic thresholds, or self-discover thresholds. I would also like to see a discovery feature that could map the whole network environment and automatically suggest things.""Opening a ticket on the website of Centreon can be difficult for my colleague, but not for me because my English is good. However, my colleague doesn't speak English well, as our company is in Quebec and our first language is French."

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"If there was better visualization in Flowmon Solution it would be good.""It would be helpful to have more details about the monitoring of the infrastructure. It should have support for SNMP. This is something that is currently not there in the product."

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"Although I haven't explored all of the features available, I wouldn't mind if the software were made to be a bit more customizable.""The security could always be improved.""The security needs improvement, which is why we are moving away from Solar Winds. We have security concerns.""There is no mobile version of this product, and our team should be able to access it using a mobile device.""Integration with different tools, such as ServiceNow and Excel, can be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "If you need basic monitoring without dashboards, just monitoring, the plugins are very useful and really cheap. If you want a more complete solution with dashboards and reporting, the EMS solution is great and it is not that much more expensive. It's a good value. Really good."
  • "Centreon is always available to develop new plugins when needed. The most important thing is that their maintenance account yearly subscription fee includes the fact that they will maintain the new plugins that you requested them to deliver."
  • "The pricing works out well for us, given our environment and where we are."
  • "Centreon is better than Nagios XI in regards to cost and support response times, when you have a problem. If you have a problem, it costs money to contact the Nagios XI support."
  • "Their licensing model is really easy. You have one license and you have access to all the features, compared to other tools where you have to purchase add-ons."
  • "It is perfect and very cheap if you are a little company or startup. After that, it is quite expensive for a big company."
  • "I would like to see improvement in the licensing model. You can purchase X number of licenses, up to 1,000 devices or 1,000 instances. Your next batch is 2,000. But what if you only need, say, 1,200? The model could be changed a little bit."
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  • "It works with a permanent license, and then you can pay for the support. For the gold support, you need to pay yearly."
  • "The price of the solution could be better."
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  • "Well, we had a perpetual license and the renewal was $20 to $25,000."
  • "Thankfully, it doesn't take a lot of manpower to install and deploy."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The most valuable feature is that we can manually configure everything we need. After it comes inside the interface of… more »
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    We buy the Centreon solution and licenses for many projects and monitoring hosts. It is perfect and very cheap if you… more »
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    The solution’s customizable reports and dashboards for allowing management to see performance metrics is very well done… more »
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    It is an open platform, so in terms of integration, we are quite happy. We can integrate it with other SNMP solutions… more »
    Top Answer: 
    It works with a permanent license, and then you can pay for the support. For the gold support, you need to pay yearly.
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    It would be helpful to have more details about the monitoring of the infrastructure. It should have support for SNMP… more »
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    The security could always be improved. We would prefer if the support was faster in terms of response times.
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    Network Device Monitor
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    Overview
    The Centreon solution, based on a free to download Open Source Platform, monitors all critical IT Infrastructure and Applications with real-time dashboards, analytics and insightful alerts that prevent business-impacting downtimes. Since 2005, over 200,000 IT professionals from SMBs and Fortune 500 companies rely on Centreon to guarantee their organization operational performance.

    Flowmon is a professional tool for effective network troubleshooting, performance monitoring, capacity planning, encrypted traffic analysis and cloud monitoring. Instead of just the red/green infrastructure status, it helps NetOps teams to understand user experience while keeping the amount of data noise and analytical work to a minimum. Flowmon is a part of the Kemp product portfolio.

    Network Device Monitor is a free tool that makes it easy to monitor the real-time performance and health of a single device on your network with a desktop dashboard that alerts you when your device is in trouble.
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    Sample Customers
    Airbus, Bollore, BT, Canal Plus, Kuehne Nagel, Limagrain, LVMH, Oberthur Technologies, Orange, Darty, Addax Petroleum, Plastic Omnium, Auchan, Valeo, Saint Gobin, Clarins, Hugo Boss, JC Decaux, French Government (Defense, Justice, Environment, Agriculture), OptiComm, Thales, Zeiss.
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    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Wholesaler/Distributor6%
    Government5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company38%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government8%
    Non Profit4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Flowmon Solution vs. SolarWinds Network Device Monitor and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    565,304 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Flowmon Solution is ranked 72nd in Network Monitoring Software with 2 reviews while SolarWinds Network Device Monitor is ranked 44th in Network Monitoring Software with 5 reviews. Flowmon Solution is rated 8.0, while SolarWinds Network Device Monitor is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Flowmon Solution writes "An open platform with good integration, easy installation, and good stability and scalability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Network Device Monitor writes "Lets us monitor how our data moves around and supports us well with troubleshooting". Flowmon Solution is most compared with Cisco Stealthwatch, SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, LogRhythm NetMon, PRTG Network Monitor and Fortinet FortiSIEM, whereas SolarWinds Network Device Monitor is most compared with ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer, Auvik, StableNet and DX NetOps. See our Flowmon Solution vs. SolarWinds Network Device Monitor report.

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