Grafana vs Zabbix comparison

 

Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

Grafana
Ranking in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability
6th
Average Rating
8.0
Number of Reviews
39
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
Zabbix
Ranking in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability
10th
Average Rating
8.2
Number of Reviews
101
Ranking in other categories
Network Monitoring Software (1st), Server Monitoring (1st), IT Infrastructure Monitoring (1st), Cloud Monitoring Software (2nd)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability category, the mindshare of Grafana is 7.7%, up from 5.7% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Zabbix is 2.5%, up from 2.2% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability
Unique Categories:
No other categories found
Network Monitoring Software
14.7%
Server Monitoring
23.0%
 

Featured Reviews

JG
May 16, 2023
Helps to monitor the performance of serverless core, like, doctors and containers
We use Grafana as an APM solution to monitor the performance of our serverless core, like, doctors and containers Grafana is a very important tool or product that helps us receive information like alarms, performance, KPIs, and metrics. So Grafana is an important part of our business that helps…
Shibu Babuchandran - PeerSpot reviewer
Jul 29, 2022
Very mature, easy to scale, and free to use
Zabbix isn't very good at automation just yet. It's something we are working on. The extent of automation and the scripts that we have in ManageEngine are much more than what Zabbix gives out. For Zabbix, what we are doing is, we are creating scripts and trying to run them, however, that's not always the right way to frame it. It would be much better if there was a tool within the solution itself. The reporting is quite limited on the product. As an organization, what we did is we started utilizing a couple of connectors for the reporting. For example, we started using Power BI, and we started using Grafana. That's how we are enhancing our experience to the customers now. Zabbix doesn't give you a tool.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"Plugin: Connecting Grafana to multiple APIs of leading monitoring tools and alerting tools."
"Compatibility with Prometheus databases and the Spring Boot application make it the first choice when moving toward an SRE model."
"The dashboards are very easy to work with."
"The most valuable feature of Grafana is the ease to build dashboards from observability construction. Additionally, the page services and integration are good."
"​Grafana has improved our analysis capability to solve an issue, increasing the co-working between IT services and business services.​"
"Grafana's best features are live monitoring and alerts."
"Great capacity planning and the solution has a great GUI."
"It provides a graphical representation and it's clear to see what's happening."
"We are able to do problem determination on runaway processes."
"We are able to monitor our virtual infrastructure, virtual machines, windows servers, databases, and the network using a simple network management protocol. We are able to pull almost all the metrics that we want, receive notifications, and have them integrate with telegrams for certain devices that are critical, such as UPSs."
"The most valuable feature is the protocol to manage anything."
"We use it to monitor and manage our servers."
"The initial setup was very quick. The first time it was long because I didn't know it yet. I was only using Windows. The first time was very difficult because of the operating system."
"It is a great product. The SNMP protocol tracking feature is good. I really like how it tracks SNMP. The alerts are also great."
"It not only provides the preconfigured item monitoring feature, but it is also easy to configure custom items."
"Zabbix helps to save time."
 

Cons

"It can take a considerable amount of time to learn the graphs if a long duration is selected."
"Multiple dashboards combined into one dashboard has slowed things down for us."
"The formatting could be better."
"Lacks in-depth graphs and sufficient AI."
"The service dashboard is very hard and needs improvement."
"It would be helpful if they simplified the data source."
"One area for improvement in Grafana is that depending on your version, you have to pay for the features, making the license expensive. It would be great if the licensing model could be more flexible. In the next release of Grafana, I want cluster creation to be available, which would help in Grafana deployment and scaling. Currently, the scaling process for the solution is a bit complicated."
"Its interface could be more accessible."
"Implementing Zabbix is difficult. I've deployed many solutions over the years, and Zabbix is the hardest to implement. You have to do some development to get it to work with IBM, Micro Focus, or HP products."
"The product delivers false positives during reporting because of flapping. Other reasonably priced alternatives may have better performance."
"Its UI should be improved. They did some improvements in version 5, but it could benefit from some more work. Its integrations should also be improved. They've been active for one year, and they seem to have noticed that. It has new integrations, but it could benefit from more integrations. As far as I know, there is no model to push statistics, metrics, or events towards Zabbix. This type of API isn't yet there, whereas some other tools provide an API for this."
"We would like to monitor other touchpoints such as ATM machines. It would be great if it can provide monitoring of ATM machines. Compatibility with other products would also be great."
"The documentation could be improved."
"Zabbix can use better documentation and support for troubleshooting."
"The integration of the product is not so easy, especially when it comes to the application database."
"We would like to see the addition of automatic push functionality to this product. This would save time when monitoring our servers and networks as, at present, we have to manually install the Zabbix agent on any hardware to be monitored."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"We use the open-source version of Grafana."
"Since Grafana is an open-source solution, it is free of cost."
"​Grafana is free and open source.​"
"You need to purchase the solution's license for its commercial use."
"We are using the open-source license."
"I give the price an eight out of ten."
"My company uses the open-source version of Grafana, so it's free."
"I use the open source model so it is free."
"Its licensing is fair. It seems to be much cheaper than others."
"Zabbix is free but if you use it in production then you have to pay for it."
"Zabbix and Grafana are both open source products, we only needed to go to their website and download the application and we began to use them. The solutions are free."
"We were searching for an open source solution and Zabbix fit the bill because it is free and open source under the GPL license."
"It is free, which allows us to reduce costs."
"This solution is open-source and free to use."
"The tool's licensing costs are yearly."
"The solution is free. However, many open-sourced tools start out free but eventually start charging."
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Comparison Review

it_user174738 - PeerSpot reviewer
May 31, 2015
Nagios vs. Zabbix vs. PRTG vs. Spiceworks vs. Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor
I have researched a quite a few network monitoring tools which can be used for various monitoring purposes of not only the servers, but the intermediate routers as well. There are majorly three types of these softwares. Ones which are completely open-source, you can do almost anything you want…
 

Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Financial Services Firm
21%
Computer Software Company
15%
Manufacturing Company
10%
Retailer
6%
Educational Organization
36%
Computer Software Company
12%
Manufacturing Company
6%
Financial Services Firm
6%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Grafana?
The product's initial setup phase was very easy.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Grafana?
For me, Grafana is a cheap tool because I don't have to spend much time learning the product since it is a simple solution. I don't know if there are different paid versions of the product.
What needs improvement with Grafana?
It was pretty complicated to integrate the product into our workflow. We relied on templates we found on the GitHub open-source repositories. It is pretty hard to integrate Grafana and set it up ac...
What do you like most about Zabbix?
The template system in Zabbix is very beneficial as it saves time in configuration.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Zabbix?
Zabbix's licensing and pricing are good for our needs.
What needs improvement with Zabbix?
To improve Zabbix, adding more features to support the monitoring of modern workloads like containers would be beneficial. Many environments are shifting away from traditional setups to remote and ...
 

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