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Pros
"The value of Icinga is that it has hundreds of plugins, so it's really easy to monitor pretty much anything."

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"The best thing about Zabbix is the integration and the APIs that are included are very fast""Like other common Linux distributions, some of the most valuable features of this solution are the ease of use and deployment. It's simple and has a lot of packages and a lot of software.""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.""It has an intuitive UI with beautiful graphs and customizable maps.""It meets my organizational needs. It's pretty easy to use.""We have found that Zabbix is more easy to use than other applications.""The most valuable features in Zabbix are those that help us overcome bottlenecks in CPU usage, as well as reduce memory delay. I know that we have only reached the tip of the iceberg of what Zabbix's features can do for us, and we have not used all of them yet.""There is a problems page that shows us every warning or problem that occurs on our VMs globally. The map screen is also really useful because this is something that was missing. I don't know every other tool in the market. So, I don't know if this is a good point of only Zabbix, or other tools are also doing it, but from my point of view, this is the most useful page that I use, along with the problems page that efficiently lists the problem, recovery time, ending hours, starting hours, and so on."

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Cons
"In general, the product does not look good. However, it does what it is supposed to do. So, the improvements should focus on usability and UI."

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"When we have a problem, we have to do a lot of research to solve it.""The reports are not great and should be improved.""The user interface could be better.""My company wanted to do an exercise command to access IT from Cameroon. They wanted to access an FSS to a second host with second equipment that was on another coast but it is not possible on Zabbix to do it. They want to directly access from the front-end of Zabbix to access a prompt in Zabbix to an access terminal. In the front-end, there is no way to do that. That would be an important improvement.""I would like to see a more flexible mobile client, and better HA out of the box.""The stability could be better.""When using this solution in enterprise monitoring, you are able to see that there are some issues with equipment that could be causing a problem. Sometimes you want to make a root command that you do not want to be executed automatically. What we have tried to do is open an SSH session directly from the solution's interface but it is not possible.""It could be more stable."

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  • "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."
  • "Its licensing is fair. It seems to be much cheaper than others."
  • "It is open source. If you want to have a subscription or official support, you can pay for it. They have different plans, which are not that expensive. The plans are based on per monitoring server, not per monitored equipment. So, it is not at all expensive, and you can also live without the support if you want a cheaper option."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The value of Icinga is that it has hundreds of plugins, so it's really easy to monitor pretty much anything.
    Top Answer:The user experience – in terms of the usability of the application – could be improved. Another important thing is to work on a better tactical overview. Icinga should also be updated with the latest… more »
    Top Answer:There is less computing power needed for scaling.
    Top Answer:The solution is an open-source product. We are using that version and have yet to purchase a license, which we may do further down the line - maybe a year for now.
    Top Answer:The service module started with version six. There is room for improvement, due to the fact that this first step looks nice, yet it can be improved here for a better combination with the services and… more »
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    Icinga
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    Overview
    Icinga monitors infrastructures of all sizes with the integrated cluster system secured by SSL, Integrates with DevOps tools and uses an object based configuration or provision on users' monitoring code through the REST API. Icinga has a lightweight and extensible web interface to keep an eye on your environment and provides modules that extend the functionality of Icinga Web 2. Additionally, it offers a fully preconfigured monitoring stack or just add an external perspective.

    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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    Puppet Labs, Audi, Spacex, Debian, Snapdeal, McGill, RIPE Network Coordination Centre
    Bodybuilding.com, LLC., ITtelligent Consulting Services,Eltele AS, Total Server Solutions, LLC., ChinaNetCloud
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm9%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise33%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise31%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise59%
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    Icinga is ranked 43rd in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 1 review while Zabbix is ranked 2nd in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 41 reviews. Icinga is rated 7.0, while Zabbix is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Icinga writes "Huge spectrum of plugins enable the monitoring of different technologies but UI/UX could be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zabbix writes "Very mature, easy to scale, and free to use". Icinga is most compared with Nagios XI, Nagios Core, Centreon, PRTG Network Monitor and Checkmk, whereas Zabbix is most compared with Nagios XI, Nagios Core, Centreon, Splunk and Amazon CloudWatch.

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