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We performed a comparison between ITRS Geneos and Nagios Core 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 ITRS Geneos vs. Nagios Core Report (Updated: November 2022).
656,862 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"One of the best aspects of Geneos is that it has a broad scope and can cover a lot of use cases. You can write your own scripts to monitor really specific things. And the rules that you can put in place can be quite complex for the alerts.""The solution is used across the entire investment banking division, covering environments such as electronic trading, algo-trading, fixed income, FX, etc. It monitors that environment and enables a bank to significantly reduce down time. Although hard to measure, since implementation, we have probably seen some increased stability because of it and we have definitely seen teams a lot more aware of their environment. Consequently, we can be more proactive in challenging and improving previously undetected weaknesses.""The ability to completely tailor and customize what it's monitoring is one of its strongest points. A lot of other monitoring tools are good at certain things, but one of my colleagues described it as the “Swiss Army Knife” of monitoring tools. It can do anything you want.""The flexibility of the product is most valuable. It is highly customizable. If you put your mind to it and think of something you could do, there's a good possibility you can get it integrated within the console, if it's not readily available. The simplicity or ease of customization has been valuable.""The biggest benefit of Geneos is the fact that we can clearly see, if we have an alert, where that alert has come from. We can see the data around that alert and anything that might be relevant is also shown. We can very easily right-click and see why we've received that alert. That's the best part about it, that you've got all the data there with the alerting."

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"I like that it's very simple to install, easy to manage and deploy, and easy to use for monitoring.""The solution is quite efficient.""Nagios Core is stable.""The most valuable feature depends on the project. It's great if you need to check to ensure a service is running 24/7. I can use the full solution for free, and it's flexible. If I need to add a dashboard, I can integrate it with Nagios. Cloud synchronization is wonderful.""Nagios Core is very configurable. Whatever you want, you can do it.""The application performance monitoring feature is valuable.""Provides timely notifications.""It is fairly easy to set up, and we can monitor pretty much everything we want to."

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"Mobile phone integration is probably not as rich as it could be.""For the last year or two, I've been asking the vendor about the mobile app. This is something that probably everyone asks when they see the tool and they see how powerful it is. If there is any mobile app for this or if there is any way this tool can be more easily accessible other than having a big client installed, it would be great. I know you can build dashboards, et cetera, but there is no quick and easy way. I should be able to download an app, log in, and see my status. That will put this product above everything else out there. I believe it's on their roadmap.""The deployment method for upgrading is a bit tricky. It takes a little bit of manual effort. If that could be a bit more automated, it would help us a lot.""ITRS have started to make some major changes that we haven't taken on board yet, in the creation of dashboards and more visibility of the metrics that we collect. At the moment, that's something that's lacking, but I know they have addressed it. Still, it’s not that easy to create stuff to help with visibility and dashboarding in Geneos.""One area where there is room for improvement is the log file. I would like to be able to do a pre-run on the log files. When you are testing log files for regular expressions, it would be good to be able to do a quick check up front on that side of things before you release that into production."

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"I believe Nagios Core will need to provide an option for big data platforms in the future.""The UI is a little outdated and graphics could be displayed in a better way.""We're using the free version, which limits us in terms of the things that we can do. If we had the paid version, a lot of our issues would probably go away. For example, we can't isolate instances that are being built or updated with the production ones. When they're being built, on Nagios, they're showing in red. It'd be nice to be able to partition those off until they're all green, and then we can bring them into the environment. This is probably because we've got the free version and not the paid version. If we went for the paid version, it would probably allow us to do exactly what we want to or remove the restrictions that we have, but if we are able to isolate instances in the free version, it would make life much easier.""The dashboard and monitoring features could be improved.""The mapping is a little hard.""Bandwidth monitoring is the pain point for me because Nagios Core does not monitor bandwidth effectively like Cacti does.""Would benefit from aggregations if a particular server goes down.""Nagios Core can improve the graphical interface, it would make things a little easier."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is expensive. They have to look at the model around when we move to cloud and how that's going to work. The licensing cost does pay off because of the improvements in support to our business."
  • "When I first came in, their pricing was very high. ITRS had a high expectation of what their price should be based on perceived value. I think they have been realizing, more recently, that there are other competitors, so their pricing is a lot better. Licensing for on-premise is okay, however I feel there is quite some work to be done for cloud and containers. We're still working with them to try and work out what that pricing should look like."
  • "Given our spend and the amount of service we have in it, the pricing is quite reasonable."
  • "The pricing seems reasonable. We're happy enough with it."
  • "The pricing is fairly market-related. They have been very lenient because we have been working with them for so long. An example is that we're currently migrating some of our services to AWS, and they've given us a grace period for some of the things to help with the migration and not to grow additional costs while we are migrating, but it's still on par with the market."
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  • "Most the plugin features are free."
  • "We are using the free version."
  • "We are using the free version of Nagios Core."
  • "The enterprise version has technical support. The version we are using is free."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The biggest benefit of Geneos is the fact that we can clearly see, if we have an alert, where that alert has come from. We can see the data around that alert and anything that might be relevant is… more »
    Top Answer:It is expensive. They have to look at the model around when we move to cloud and how that's going to work. The licensing cost does pay off because of the improvements in support to our business.
    Top Answer:One area where there is room for improvement is the log file. I would like to be able to do a pre-run on the log files. When you are testing log files for regular expressions, it would be good to be… more »
    Top Answer:The application performance monitoring feature is valuable.
    Top Answer:When we look at pricing version eleven requires purchasing a license. With version seven no license was required since it was open source. When you upgraded to the licensed version only then did you… more »
    Top Answer:The initial setup process could be improved.
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    Overview

    ITRS Geneos is a real-time monitoring tool designed for managing increasingly complex, hybrid and interconnected IT estates.

    Built with financial services and trading organisations in mind, it collects a wide range of data relating to server performance, infrastructure, trading, connectivity and applications, and analyses it to provide relevant information and alerts in real time.

    Geneos can give full stack visibility across highly dynamic environments and presents all the information through a single pane of glass and its configurable and customisable dashboards provide end-to-end visibility to both technical and business users.

    For more information, please visit https://www.itrsgroup.com/products/geneos

    This is IT infrastructure monitoring's industry-standard, open-source core. Free without professional support services.

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    Sample Customers
    ITRS Geneos is used by over 170 financial institutions, including JPMorgan, HSBC, RBS, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. Clients range from investment banks to exchanges and brokers.
    Airbnb, Cisco, PayPal, FanDuel
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm97%
    Computer Software Company3%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm67%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Comms Service Provider4%
    Insurance Company2%
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    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Retailer17%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government11%
    Educational Organization8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business10%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise71%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise83%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Buyer's Guide
    ITRS Geneos vs. Nagios Core
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about ITRS Geneos vs. Nagios Core and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    656,862 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    ITRS Geneos is ranked 14th in Network Monitoring Software with 5 reviews while Nagios Core is ranked 10th in Network Monitoring Software with 12 reviews. ITRS Geneos is rated 8.6, while Nagios Core is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of ITRS Geneos writes "You can easily pull data together onto a screen to show business flow". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nagios Core writes "Well priced, lightweight and reliable". ITRS Geneos is most compared with Splunk, Dynatrace, AppDynamics and Datadog, whereas Nagios Core is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios XI, Centreon, Icinga and Zenoss Service Dynamics. See our ITRS Geneos vs. Nagios Core report.

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