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"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.""Nagios XI is a simple monitoring tool with performance management.""It's a monitoring agent. It's designed to do one thing. Its most valuable feature is its monitoring.""The installation is no problem. I've installed Nagios several times.""The solution is pretty stable.""Nagios XI is stable.""I can monitor a phone on a desk to very big servers of any company.""The dashboard allows you to see what's going on in the overall system."

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"I have found the most valuable feature you can design your sniffer the way you want to.""The most valuable feature is the traffic gate, which shows which IPs are getting more bandwidth or traffic.""What's best about Wireshark is that it doesn't require installation. It supports cards and monitoring permissions and is sufficient for appending and capturing activities. You won't need to install other tools to use Wireshark, so this saves you time. You can capture packets at any time from your laptop through Wireshark.""The ability to decrypt traffic and the abundance of filters available are both valuable features.""Wireshark's best feature is that it's adaptive, which means it's the go-to tool for network-related developers.""It has a good syntax to put the commands in and get information out of.""It has good basic features.""It's easy to troubleshoot issues because there's a large online community."

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"We'd like to see more integration capabilities.""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.""We often need to develop custom plugins to get Nagios to work the way we want it to work because the features we need are not always available in Nagios.""It can be quite difficult to know which drivers and agents to use when setting up.""The installation and monitoring need improvement.""It is really difficult to integrate Nagios XI with another system to generate logs and alert our management of failures in security infrastructure.""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."

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"Wireshark gets stuck when it is a larger file.""This product needs to improve the UI.""Wireshark could be improved with a delay option when getting data automatically.""We would like the product to be developed so that it doesn't rely on internet access for installation. We would like to see all of the components required to be integrated into the installer.""The solution has a steep learning curve. There are so many filters and features that are frequently being updated, it takes research, experience and familiarity to be able to use them. It could be a lot more user-friendly.""Its user interface was a little less friendly. They can make its user interface a little bit more friendly. It is for technical people, and most of the technical people would be able to figure it out, but it would be good to improve its user interface. They can maybe build artificial intelligence into it. Currently, it takes a lot of manpower to analyze and dissect all the data.""Wireshark is similar to an OS defense tool, meaning that it runs on an OS such as Ubuntu and Fedora, but I'm unsure if it's compatible with Windows or if it's a straightforward process to run it on Windows. Right now, my team needs to run Wireshark from a dongle to use it, so it's an OS-dependable tool, and that's an area for improvement. I was unable to use Wireshark on Windows, and I couldn't capture it, as I'm unsure how to configure the wireless card into monitoring mode on Windows. The process was straightforward on Linux, but it wasn't the case on Windows OS. It seems Wireshark isn't compatible with all OS. For example, you can analyze the log, and you can analyze it on the Windows server, but you can't do a capture in Windows. Configuring Wireshark for Windows isn't as easy as configuring it for Linux.""A room for improvement in Wireshark is its ease of use for beginners. It could be better. Another room for improvement in the tool is for it to provide more details about the traffic load. At the moment, Wireshark is adequate for me, so there isn't anything I'd like added to it in its next version."

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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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  • "This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge."
  • "It is free."
  • "Wireshark is free software, so you don't have to pay any licensing fee. Individual people can use it and then donate to Wireshark."
  • "Wireshark is free software, so you can download it and use it for free with no licensing fees."
  • "I am using the free version of this solution."
  • "Wireshark is open-source and free of charge."
  • "We're using the free version of Wireshark."
  • "The solution is open source so is free."
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    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.
    Top Answer:The transmission and reception issues are valuable.
    Top Answer:Wireshark is an open-source product, so it's free to use.
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    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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    Nagios has over one million users globally, including AOL, DHL, McAfee, MCI, MTV, Yahoo!, Universal, Toshiba, Sony, Siemens, and JPMorgan Chase.
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    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Manufacturing Company25%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Educational Organization10%
    Company Size
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise34%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise37%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Nagios XI is ranked 8th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 13 reviews while Wireshark is ranked 2nd in Network Troubleshooting with 18 reviews. Nagios XI is rated 8.0, while Wireshark is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Nagios XI writes "Easy to use and deploy with helpful technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Wireshark writes "User-friendly with an easy setup and a nice interface". Nagios XI is most compared with Zabbix, PRTG Network Monitor, Nagios Core, Centreon and Nagios Fusion, whereas Wireshark is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, PRTG Network Monitor, Zabbix, Colasoft Capsa and Rapid7 Metasploit.

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