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Question: Which network monitoring tool is more customizable: Nagios or Zabbix?
Answer: I think that your best bet of the two is Nagios. I would also take a look a CA Nimsoft Monitor Freemium. This will have more OOTB functionality for you sir.
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Nagios XI vs. Zabbix
July 2022
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Pros
"It is good for giving an overview of the systems and for tracking long-term trends. It is handy for root cause analysis, e.g. it can eliminate whether storage is the cause of an issue.""Its ability to quickly inventory our resources, figure out interdependencies across them, and assemble a topology of your environment is brilliant. There is a price associated with it. Whenever you target a NetApp environment, it is included in the price but whenever you want to add different vendors, like VMware and Cisco, the price greatly spikes. Inventorization helps us a lot to visualize the environment.""Among the most valuable features are the queries and reporting that allow us to look at the utilization of resources, at how well the storage is performing, and to report on which resources are being used by which business units. We can track usage across the entire environment, across applications, business units, cost centers, etc.""Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time alerting on possible ransomware attacks and provides file security review. It helps us to see if something abnormal is happening on the system before it's too late."

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"I can monitor a phone on a desk to very big servers of any company.""Nagios is a custom API manager, and we can expose custom APIs for our integration. This is a great feature.""The dashboard allows you to see what's going on in the overall system.""I can monitor a software made in-house to software of bigger companies.""Nagios is stable and it's easy to use the monitoring software, which is why we chose this product.""The installation is no problem. I've installed Nagios several times.""Nagios allows us to configure any device so that we can send pager alerts when people don't have access to emails. It also allows us to schedule downtime and maintenance.""It's a monitoring agent. It's designed to do one thing. Its most valuable feature is its monitoring."

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"It is a great product. The SNMP protocol tracking feature is good. I really like how it tracks SNMP. The alerts are also great.""The solution is stable.""The product is very stable.""We have found that Zabbix is more easy to use than other applications.""The basic setup is very easy.""The initial setup was not complex.""The performance and bandwidth are valuable features.""The most valuable features in Zabbix are those that help us overcome bottlenecks in CPU usage, as well as reduce memory delay. I know that we have only reached the tip of the iceberg of what Zabbix's features can do for us, and we have not used all of them yet."

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Cons
"There is room for improving the creating and managing or modifying of reports. That is still a difficult task to do and requires knowledge beyond the storage itself. I would love to see reporting improved so that we can create reports by dragging and dropping pieces into a report form and publish a report that way.""When I did need support because I was having problems with the solution, the first or the second line just didn't understand it. They were providing this only on a software as a service basis. So, they were asking all the wrong questions.""Their pricing model needs improvement.""In a perfect world we would have something built, right out-of-the-box, that can identify what we call "noise," and reduce the amount of data. You're presented with so much data when you first start the data collectors. For example, it brings back a lot of change rates that happen just because of standard computing, like profile changes and that sort of thing. Being able to identify things like that and categorize them and strip it down—and it probably can do that, I just haven't gotten there yet—would be very beneficial."

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"The installation and monitoring need improvement.""Open-source software is usually not user-friendly.""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.""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.""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.""It is really difficult to integrate Nagios XI with another system to generate logs and alert our management of failures in security infrastructure.""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."

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"My company wanted to do an exercise command to access IT from Cameroon. They wanted to access an FSS to a second host with second equipment that was on another coast but it is not possible on Zabbix to do it. They want to directly access from the front-end of Zabbix to access a prompt in Zabbix to an access terminal. In the front-end, there is no way to do that. That would be an important improvement.""When using this solution in enterprise monitoring, you are able to see that there are some issues with equipment that could be causing a problem. Sometimes you want to make a root command that you do not want to be executed automatically. What we have tried to do is open an SSH session directly from the solution's interface but it is not possible.""An area for improvement would be the ease of doing aggregation from the value or different devices.""The user interface could be a bit better. They could update it a bit.""As far as improvements, sometimes I get a bit frustrated when I move from a previous version to a new one because some configuration has changed—I need to investigate the documentation to deal with some configuration. But it doesn't take much time, so it's okay.""The System Center Operations Manager can be improved.""Zabbix does not draw automatic mapping of the network, this is something they should add in the future. There is a lot of effort that is involved in tailoring some of the settings which could be made easier.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing model could be improved. We love that you can use it for free for looking at NetApp products. You only need licenses to look at non-NetApp products, but as soon as you do that, you start utilizing licenses that actually would have been free in the public. So, there is a bit of an anomaly in the licensing model."
  • "Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an understanding of that is the biggest thing."
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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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  • "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."
  • "We were searching for an open source solution and Zabbix fit the bill because it is free and open source under the GPL license."
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    Answers from the Community
    Avigail Sugarman
    it_user116742 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user116742 (Oracle Web Administrator at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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    ZABBIX ... of course :)
    We are working with this wonderful monitoring tool since 2008

    it_user90867 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user90867 (Owner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)
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    ZABBIX ... of course :)
    We have been working with this wonderful monitoring tool since 2007 (before we had used Nagios, Openview, Whatsup, Hobbitmon, etc) and until now we haven't seen any limitations in our projects.
    If you need to learn a little bit more about 'how to customize ZABBIX' you can search about:

    - ZABBIX UserParameters;
    - ZABBIX pluggable modules;
    - ZABBIX LLD;
    - ZABBIX API;

    I think this things will help a lot to know how to extend/customize ZABBIX.

    Luciano

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time… more »
    Top Answer:Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an… more »
    Top Answer:As I went through learning the querying, it could have been a little more intuitive. I'm still fresh into the system. In… more »
    Top Answer:Licensing costs are reasonable. It's approximately $6,000.00. It's good value for the money. There were no additional… more »
    Top Answer:It can be quite difficult to know which drivers and agents to use when setting up.
    Top Answer:There is a problems page that shows us every warning or problem that occurs on our VMs globally. The map screen is also… more »
    Top Answer:I'm surprised that Ubuntu Linux has a paid license, even some supporting stuff included. We don't use the paid version… more »
    Top Answer:In terms of user-friendliness, large maps could be more interactive. We should be able to click on some areas and move… more »
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    Overview

    NetApp Cloud Insights is an infrastructure monitoring tool that gives you visibility into your complete infrastructure. With Cloud Insights, you can monitor, troubleshoot and optimize all your resources including your public clouds and your private data centers.

    Nagios XI provides monitoring of all mission-critical infrastructure components including applications, services, operating systems, network protocols, systems metrics, and network infrastructure. Hundreds of third-party addons provide for monitoring of virtually all in-house and external applications, services, and systems.

    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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    Nagios has over one million users globally, including AOL, DHL, McAfee, MCI, MTV, Yahoo!, Universal, Toshiba, Sony, Siemens, and JPMorgan Chase.
    Bodybuilding.com, LLC., ITtelligent Consulting Services,Eltele AS, Total Server Solutions, LLC., ChinaNetCloud
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Government7%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company26%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Retailer9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise35%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise60%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise31%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    Nagios XI vs. Zabbix
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Nagios XI vs. Zabbix and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,600 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Nagios XI is ranked 8th in Cloud Monitoring Software with 11 reviews while Zabbix is ranked 1st in Cloud Monitoring Software with 47 reviews. Nagios XI is rated 7.8, while Zabbix is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Nagios XI writes "Easy to use and deploy with helpful technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zabbix writes "Very mature, easy to scale, and free to use". Nagios XI is most compared with PRTG Network Monitor, Nagios Core, Centreon, SolarWinds NPM and Icinga, whereas Zabbix is most compared with Nagios Core, Centreon, Splunk, PRTG Network Monitor and SolarWinds NPM. See our Nagios XI vs. Zabbix report.

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