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We performed a comparison between Nagios Core 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.
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Question: What is the biggest difference between Nagios Core and Nagios XI?
Answer: I installed it in my AWS and Google cloud computing environments. Following the documentation explicitly, logs all indicated successful results yet neither environment was able to open up the GUI to confirm it was functional. I opened a support case which I've done with almost every product I have ever installed and was informed that I needed to have a licensed product before support could answer my questions. I just finished a project where I installed crushftp and I had a similar problem and I hadn't purchased the product. They asked me for logs and supplied a solution in short order. I couldn't suggest the product with support like that as I've spent years apologizing for HP support that was almost nonexistent.
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"The solution is quite efficient.""The most valuable feature of Nagios Core is it allows us to develop and add as many plugins as we want.""The most valuable feature of Nagios Core is the ability to check the availability of the server for network connectivity. Additionally, the interface is good.""The application performance monitoring feature is valuable.""I like that it's very simple to install, easy to manage and deploy, and easy to use for monitoring.""It is fairly easy to set up, and we can monitor pretty much everything we want to.""Nagios Core is stable.""Provides timely notifications."

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"Nagios XI is stable.""The dashboard allows you to see what's going on in the overall system.""It's a monitoring agent. It's designed to do one thing. Its most valuable feature is its monitoring.""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.""I can monitor a software made in-house to software of bigger companies.""Nagios is a custom API manager, and we can expose custom APIs for our integration. This is a great feature.""The solution is pretty stable.""The installation is no problem. I've installed Nagios several times."

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"Nagios Core could improve by adding a user interface. If you want the user interface you have to use Nagios XI.""It would be nice if the company offered a sales or contract manager that was dedicated to our company so that we would have some sort of link to Nagios, and if we had issues or questions, we'd be able to contact them directly.""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.""I believe Nagios Core will need to provide an option for big data platforms in the future.""The initial setup process could be easier.""The mapping is a little hard.""I would like to see a sensor that shows the traffic of a user and what they're doing on the network.""The dashboard and monitoring features could be improved."

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"The reporting structure could be more streamlined.""I would like to be able to extend it to all of our data centers, whether they are in the cloud or not. It would be helpful if I could connect everywhere.""It is really difficult to integrate Nagios XI with another system to generate logs and alert our management of failures in security infrastructure.""We'd like to see more integration capabilities.""The way Nagios displays information isn't easy for a new user to understand. It's not intuitive enough. You need to read some tutorials or be trained to understand what it's displaying. Also, I think it needs more features to improve network visibility because there are some things you can't detect.""The technical support is variable - sometimes I get answers, but most of my tickets go unanswered.""It can be quite difficult to know which drivers and agents to use when setting up.""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."

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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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  • "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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    Answers from the Community
    Miriam Tover
    it_user1142991 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user1142991 (Senior Technical Consultant at Brillio)
    Real User

    Ultimately NagiosXI is the better solution than Core but shortlisting NagiosXI also definitely depends on the infra landscape, technology, network devices, and other scopes of activities in monitoring.

    The biggest difference I see between Nagios Core and XI is the user interface, reporting, and onboarding any element for monitoring, and that onboarding is much easier in NagiosXI than Core. Nagios Core is little complicated where you have to use console called Nconf or editing conf files in Linux needs more technical knowledge than using NagiosXI.

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

    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
    Airbnb, Cisco, PayPal, FanDuel
    Nagios has over one million users globally, including AOL, DHL, McAfee, MCI, MTV, Yahoo!, Universal, Toshiba, Sony, Siemens, and JPMorgan Chase.
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Educational Organization8%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Manufacturing Company25%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise34%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Nagios Core vs. Nagios XI
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Nagios Core vs. Nagios XI and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Nagios Core is ranked 10th in Network Monitoring Software with 12 reviews while Nagios XI is ranked 8th in Network Monitoring Software with 13 reviews. Nagios Core is rated 8.4, while Nagios XI is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Nagios Core writes "Well priced, lightweight and reliable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nagios XI writes "Easy to use and deploy with helpful technical support". Nagios Core is most compared with Zabbix, Centreon, Icinga, OP5 Monitor and PRTG Network Monitor, whereas Nagios XI is most compared with Zabbix, PRTG Network Monitor, Centreon, SolarWinds NPM and Icinga. See our Nagios Core vs. Nagios XI report.

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