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We performed a comparison between Nagios Core and Zabbix based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two IT Infrastructure Monitoring solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"The solution is quite efficient.""The application performance monitoring feature is valuable.""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.""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.""Nagios Core is very configurable. Whatever you want, you can do it.""Dashboard provides monitor of total assets.""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."

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"The overall functionality of Zabbix is very good. The monitoring of bank applications that Zabbix provides is great. The information is displayed on a dashboard that is easily viewed.""We detect problems before the customer does and before it actually happens using the predictive functions in Zabbix.""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.""There is less computing power needed for scaling.""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 solution is open-source, easy to manage, and user-friendly making it easy for anyone to use.""They've already added extra features, such as noise-canceling and facial recognition, which is great.""The product is very stable."

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Cons
"Would benefit from aggregations if a particular server goes down.""The dashboard and monitoring features could be improved.""The UI is a little outdated and graphics could be displayed in a better way.""The mapping is a little hard.""The initial setup process could be easier.""I would like to see a sensor that shows the traffic of a user and what they're doing on the network.""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.""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."

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"An area for improvement would be the ease of doing aggregation from the value or different devices.""I am having difficulties connecting it to Grafana, as well as some of the other plugins like Kibana.""In terms of user-friendliness, large maps could be more interactive. We should be able to click on some areas and move some objects. It would make it simpler to see things while analyzing some dedicated parameters.""One of the things we don't like is that Zabbix has a license structure with a price that is high compared to the competition. It's very high, for example, compared to something like Microsoft Teams.""The performance reporting could be improved.""Zabbix claims that there is an auto-discovery process but my team member was facing difficulty and was told that it's not really automatic, and there are some manual steps.""I think the reporting part of Zabbix can be improved in terms of more user-friendly graphics to display the collected data. Many simple users who don't know how to use Zabbix properly might get confused by the reporting, although at the same time it is very versatile for my company.""There are not too much documentation or manuals. We found the tutorials very easy to understand but do not go deep enough in the use of Zabbix. We need more manuals, proper use, documentation, etc."

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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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  • "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 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:There is less computing power needed for scaling.
    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 »
    Top Answer:I'd rate the solution a nine out of ten. The good thing is that it is easy to test. This is one of my favorite benefits and why I like open-source software. You can test it very well without signing… more »
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    Overview

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

    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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    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Retailer17%
    Manufacturing Company11%
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    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government11%
    Educational Organization8%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm9%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise31%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Buyer's Guide
    Nagios Core vs. Zabbix
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Nagios Core vs. Zabbix and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Nagios Core is ranked 9th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 12 reviews while Zabbix is ranked 2nd in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 41 reviews. Nagios Core is rated 8.4, while Zabbix is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Nagios Core writes "Well priced, lightweight and reliable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zabbix writes "Very mature, easy to scale, and free to use". Nagios Core is most compared with Nagios XI, Centreon, Icinga, OP5 Monitor and PRTG Network Monitor, whereas Zabbix is most compared with Nagios XI, Centreon, Splunk, PRTG Network Monitor and SolarWinds NPM. See our Nagios Core vs. Zabbix report.

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