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"In addition, the flexibility, customizability, and analytics of Centreon's dashboards are all very good. The dashboards help us see the whole network map, and that is quite valuable for us. In addition, the dashboards have helped to improve our visibility and ability to proactively ensure the right data is available at the right time... The flexibility has given us the ability to add in our own monitoring metrics and that has been quite interesting and very useful for us.""We have the business activity monitoring, the map, and the MBI modules and they are all very good.""The customizable reports and dashboards are really flexible. We started this partnership with Centreon, when we were looking for a solution, because of the flexibility of the reporting. That's what we found to be most attractive in the solution. You can display the data as you want.""The single-pane view provides us a view of all of our network infrastructure, and it is one of the most important tools that we use to see the status of our customers' networks.""You can concentrate and orchestrate several other solutions from other vendors. You can consolidate those solutions all in one place, then maintain and monitor from that single point. This creates ease of use. It is a very powerful solution from this point of view.""The most valuable feature is that we can manually configure everything we need. After it comes inside the interface of Centreon, you can display it. Because the interface is quite user-friendly, you can manually configure the configuration very deeply, which is very pleasant and useful because you can monitor and see everything on your service list, dashboard, or MAP. The most useful feature for me is that you can create your own plugin and monitoring query.""Centreon helps me detect where the problem is quickly. When we resolve a problem quickly, this lowers our overall costs.""The dashboards are valuable because they ease troubleshooting and viewing. It becomes easier to locate the source of a problem... The dashboards make it easier to communicate with our clients. They don't want to see the alert console, they want to see a beautiful dashboard representing their network and their business and to watch it in case something is wrong in their environment."

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"Dashboard provides monitor of total assets.""The solution is quite efficient.""The most valuable features are the reports and the way it generates the report in a graphical manner.""Nagios Core is stable.""Other products are good but from the configuration point of view Nagios is really very lightweight. The price is really good in my opinion. Another important thing is that my Nagios engine still works with Dual core 8GB ram for the last 10 years."

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"The solution is stable.""The most valuable feature is network traffic monitoring.""The solution is quite mature and very stable.""The product is very stable.""The most valuable feature is the monitoring of virtual machines.""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 basic setup is very easy.""It's a flexible solution."

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"Opening a ticket on the website of Centreon can be difficult for my colleague, but not for me because my English is good. However, my colleague doesn't speak English well, as our company is in Quebec and our first language is French.""During the initial setup we faced some issues. Part of it was because we had to become more knowledgeable in the solution. There are some gray areas and if you don't know the product well you may have issues. Another part of it was some bugs that we came across, although that's part of every software solution in IT nowadays. But the initial setup could be easier.""Centreon is actually missing an easy way to create a trendline for the metrics. Actually it is possible to create it, but you need a good knowledge of math, Centreon, and RRD.""I would like to see more plugins. That is something it needs. There is also room for improvement through dynamic thresholds, or self-discover thresholds. I would also like to see a discovery feature that could map the whole network environment and automatically suggest things.""Currently, we have to go through all of the different templates and take a look at how the template is configured, and how specific parameters may change across different templates with different precedents, megatons, etc. It's a lot of work and involves trial and error. I wish they could simplify the process.""I would like them to improve their documentation. When I faced some issues, I was looking for more documentation on the Internet. There is official documentation on Centreon's website, which sometimes is useful. Sometimes it is not very useful, as you cannot find the information or enough examples of configuration. The answer for me was to contact the support, who helped me, but I was not able to find all the information by myself on Centreon's website. A Centreon community or blog would be helpful.""Improvements are needed in the area of cloud monitoring, as that's a newer feature."

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"Bandwidth monitoring is the pain point for me because Nagios Core does not monitor bandwidth effectively like Cacti does.""The scalability needs improvement, it's not scalable at this time.""The dashboard and monitoring features could be improved.""Would benefit from aggregations if a particular server goes down.""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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"For us, the initial setup was complex""It could be more stable.""When we have a problem, we have to do a lot of research to solve it.""Having a more customizable interface and dashboard would be an improvement.""An area for improvement would be the ease of doing aggregation from the value or different devices.""Documentation terminology could be improved.""The documentation gets a bit messy between versions and is not too detailed, which is a bit painful for first-timers, especially when they run into issues.""I would like to remotely connect to the computer, and Zabbix doesn't have this capability."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "If you need basic monitoring without dashboards, just monitoring, the plugins are very useful and really cheap. If you want a more complete solution with dashboards and reporting, the EMS solution is great and it is not that much more expensive. It's a good value. Really good."
  • "Centreon is always available to develop new plugins when needed. The most important thing is that their maintenance account yearly subscription fee includes the fact that they will maintain the new plugins that you requested them to deliver."
  • "The pricing works out well for us, given our environment and where we are."
  • "Centreon is better than Nagios XI in regards to cost and support response times, when you have a problem. If you have a problem, it costs money to contact the Nagios XI support."
  • "Their licensing model is really easy. You have one license and you have access to all the features, compared to other tools where you have to purchase add-ons."
  • "It is perfect and very cheap if you are a little company or startup. After that, it is quite expensive for a big company."
  • "I would like to see improvement in the licensing model. You can purchase X number of licenses, up to 1,000 devices or 1,000 instances. Your next batch is 2,000. But what if you only need, say, 1,200? The model could be changed a little bit."
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  • "We are using the open-source, unpaid version."
  • "Most the plugin features are free."
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  • "I was using the free, Community Edition."
  • "We purchased Zabbix for a good price, including support"
  • "We are using the free, open-source version."
  • "It's an open-source solution that can be used free of charge."
  • "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."
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    The most valuable feature is that we can manually configure everything we need. After it comes inside the interface of… more »
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    We buy the Centreon solution and licenses for many projects and monitoring hosts. It is perfect and very cheap if you… more »
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    The solution’s customizable reports and dashboards for allowing management to see performance metrics is very well done… more »
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    Other products are good but from the configuration point of view Nagios is really very lightweight. The price is really… more »
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    In my opinion, the price is very competitive compared to other products. Just compare it with "SolarWinds, Check MK"… more »
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    Recommendation: 1 Provide a user friendly GUI to configure various hosts/services using a graphical frontend… more »
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    The most valuable feature is the protocol to manage anything.
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    This is an open-source solution that can be used free of charge. Support is something that you have to pay extra for.
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    An area for improvement would be the ease of doing aggregation from the value or different devices.
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    Overview
    The Centreon solution, based on a free to download Open Source Platform, monitors all critical IT Infrastructure and Applications with real-time dashboards, analytics and insightful alerts that prevent business-impacting downtimes. Since 2005, over 200,000 IT professionals from SMBs and Fortune 500 companies rely on Centreon to guarantee their organization operational performance.

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

    Zabbix is the ultimate enterprise-level software designed for real-time monitoring of millions of metrics collected from tens of thousands of servers, virtual machines and network devices. Zabbix is Open Source and comes at no cost.

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    Sample Customers
    Airbus, Bollore, BT, Canal Plus, Kuehne Nagel, Limagrain, LVMH, Oberthur Technologies, Orange, Darty, Addax Petroleum, Plastic Omnium, Auchan, Valeo, Saint Gobin, Clarins, Hugo Boss, JC Decaux, French Government (Defense, Justice, Environment, Agriculture), OptiComm, Thales, Zeiss.
    Airbnb, Cisco, PayPal, FanDuel
    Bodybuilding.com, LLC., ITtelligent Consulting Services,Eltele AS, Total Server Solutions, LLC., ChinaNetCloud
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Wholesaler/Distributor6%
    Government6%
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    Manufacturing Company15%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Retailer15%
    Computer Software Company15%
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    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Retailer7%
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    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise48%
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    Small Business49%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise29%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise50%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Nagios Core is ranked 15th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 5 reviews while Zabbix is ranked 1st in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 44 reviews. Nagios Core is rated 7.6, while Zabbix is rated 8.0. 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, OP5 Monitor, Icinga, Pandora FMS and PRTG Network Monitor, whereas Zabbix is most compared with Nagios XI, Splunk, SolarWinds NPM, PRTG Network Monitor and SCOM. See our Nagios Core vs. Zabbix report.

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