Pandora FMS vs SolarWinds NPM comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Aug 14, 2023

Categories and Ranking

Juniper Mist Premium Analytics
Ranking in Network Monitoring Software
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Pandora FMS
Ranking in Network Monitoring Software
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Server Monitoring (12th), IT Infrastructure Monitoring (26th), Log Management (22nd), Cloud Monitoring Software (21st)
SolarWinds NPM
Ranking in Network Monitoring Software
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IT Infrastructure Monitoring (4th), Cloud Monitoring Software (6th)

Market share comparison

As of June 2024, in the Network Monitoring Software category, the market share of Juniper Mist Premium Analytics is 0.4% and it decreased by 34.8% compared to the previous year. The market share of Pandora FMS is 0.4% and it decreased by 68.6% compared to the previous year. The market share of SolarWinds NPM is 6.4% and it decreased by 19.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Shiva_Prasad - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 25, 2024
A cloud solution for warehousing with a troubleshooting feature
The initial setup is straightforward. It's based on user requirements. We also conduct heat mapping using a couple of tools. The only requirement is to understand the technical or configuration aspects from the user's end and then configure it. Mist takes no more than 15 to 20 minutes for a particular deployment. You need to understand the end user's environment and have a concrete plan on whether it's a greenfield installation or an existing one, considering the density and height. Based on that, we need to develop a passive heat map. Then, you need to discuss with the user to understand exactly what needs to be configured and what they require in their environment. Based on that, you can proceed with the installation. Additionally, you can perform post-installation heat mapping to ensure it matches the earlier heat map. I rate the initial setup an eight out of ten, where one is difficult, and ten is easy.
Aug 31, 2023
Single-point continuous supervision makes it efficient for detecting and solving problems
The free version capable of monitoring more than 10,000 nodes and covers (without limitations) a monitoring network, servers (based on agents or remotely) and applications. With complete functionalities of reports, alerts, integrations with third parties via API, etc. It creates its own architecture from 0, which allows it to scale perfectly in large environments. It has been possible to monitor an environment with more than 100,000 nodes without performance problems (of course, in the Enterprise version). We also highlight its integration with mobile devices, not only to access the console but also to monitor them thanks to its geolocation system. The only bad thing is that in the Community version that is completely free could expand the number of nodes to monitor, otherwise is a great tool.
Jul 19, 2022
Stable and scalable product for enterprise-level users
We use it for network monitoring, internet monitoring purpose and server monitoring purposes It allows me to see a summary of the network being monitored at a glance. SolarWinds dashboard is very fast. Also, their interface is very good, it looks very user-friendly. The time monitoring could be…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The single dashboard is a valuable feature."
"We can manage the entire system across the network and troubleshoot the pain points."
"The most valuable features are auto-discovery and automatic detection of the network topology and network monitoring."
"It is easy to create your own custom modules if you just know a little bit of scripting. If you have unique requirements, you can just make your own modules. You can even grab checks from other vendors. There are open-source checks for various things such as SMTP, etc. There is a long list of different ones from Nagios. You can just use them, and within seconds, you get yourself a check that is monitoring whatever you need. It is really flexible. I guess that's why they call it Pandora Flexible Monitoring System (FMS). It is reliable. It does the job, and it alerts. It is also surprisingly feature-rich. Our network guy just recently asked about a particular protocol to monitor the bandwidth on the network, which is not a common protocol. When I looked it up, and I found that they cover it. It is very mature for a not-so-known product."
"It provides us with proactive monitoring and is very easy to configure and maintain."
"The solution has good dashboards and graphics."
"You can configure several types of architecture for high availability or load balancing."
"What I value most about Pandora FMS is the simplicity of working with it."
"Pandora's architecture is interesting. It's open so you can easily extend and enhance it. It's simpler to customize Pandora compared to other solutions. It's also scalable enough to support large environments."
"This solution has screens that are easy to understand and provide a wealth of information."
"The initial setup is easy."
"I like that SolarWinds NPM is a strong tool for monitoring network devices, switches, and routers. It's also a user-friendly tool. My team also likes how scalable it is."
"Being able to easily, and quickly obtain disc space statistics from servers and determine how much was free or used on various volumes."
"The most valuable features are language support and technical support."
"The set up was very easy. We didn't have any problems with the setup. The deployment took less than an hour."
"There are a lot of options for customization of the dashboard, alerts, and reports."
"The solution is very user-friendly."
"It is very extensible with 'SWQL' and APIs to where we are beginning to integrate it with network automation."


"The Wi-Fi side needs improvement."
"The technical support needs improvement."
"Their support is good, but it is just online communication. It would be great to be able to just call someone and talk to them instead of always writing. It works well for me because I am a decent communicator in email, but some people might find it difficult to describe in a written fashion and communicate with them that way. There is a learning curve to the interface, but once you get used to it, it is actually very powerful. They have a lot of options, but people struggle with the interface. They've improved it though, and it is getting better. They need to keep improving the learning curve to help buy-in. I'm the guy that manages it, so I'm comfortable with it. They can refine the upgrade agents to be easier. They can also do more refinement in end-user usability because not everyone is strong technically, and people who aren't strong technically might be averse to the product, even though it has come a long way. It has a complete GUI and everything."
"In the future, we may have double the number of devices, and we do not want to have any issues with performance in the data display."
"We would like the real-time monitoring of an interface to be improved within this solution."
"I would like to have a dashboard with all assets displayed, with a quick hover-over status."
"When it comes to the definition of local Software Agents for the first time in the open-source version, it can become very tedious."
"It would be useful if Pandora FMS included an ISO image (or «software appliance») for each big company that leases virtual private machines (VPS), just like in AWS."
"The price for Pandora FMS is expensive."
"A nice feature in the next release would be an automation module to run workflow actions."
"The aesthetic widgets should be dynamic widgets, so the customization can be even more customizable."
"SolarWinds NPM could improve by adding the deepest inspection, performance networking, and IP address discovery."
"The integration with video apps could be better."
"SolarWinds NPM needs to increase its elements. One polling engine can only support 10,000 elements then it becomes slow. There are limitations even if you have the full SLX version license."
"The console could be more user-friendly. It would be better if SolarWinds updated the user interface."
"It has covered everything, so no improvement is required at their end. The only thing is the price."
"Fortigate firewalls are one example of a product that we are unable to monitor properly via SolarWinds NPM."
"Robustness of network element mapping tool could be better"

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The solution is expensive."
"My rule of thumb would be that if you need more than thirty agents, and you lack an automation tool such as Chef or Puppet, you will save a lot of time and money going to the Enterprise edition."
"Only one payment and it includes support, updates, new versions, and access to the complete library of plugins except for SAP and z/OS."
"In terms of money, the Enterprise version is the cheapest that I have found after a market study."
"The Open Source Community Edition is great to just explore the software, or use it on medium-sized infrastructures."
"They are very competitive on the pricing side. That's one reason why my manager keeps using it."
"The open-source version offers 100% functionality and the hardware requirements for a solution like this one are very modest."
"You get the license and it includes updates, new versions, and access to the complete library of modules."
"You have to pay for the number of agents and models that you are monitoring. I would rate the cost at three with one being the most expensive and five being the cheapest."
"We pay a yearly licensing fee."
"Quite highly priced"
"The licensing model is such that you can purchase only what you need; and then grow into the next level by paying only the difference in price and the associated maintenance costs."
"SolarWinds is expensive. That's why it's primarily banks using the solution. Small businesses can't afford it. Due to its pricing, most smaller enterprises like manufacturing companies are not interested. For example, we have a client who is also interested in traffic monitoring, but they are not purchasing SolarWinds because of the cost."
"There can be fees in addition to the licensing fees if you add on."
"The standard licensing fees are what we're paying. It's about $20,000 a year for all our licensing."
"The cost is based on the number of nodes, so it is expensive when you have a lot of them."
"The price is more expensive than some other products, such as ManageEngine."
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Comparison Review

it_user174738 - PeerSpot reviewer
May 31, 2015
Nagios vs. Zabbix vs. PRTG vs. Spiceworks vs. Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor
I have researched a quite a few network monitoring tools which can be used for various monitoring purposes of not only the servers, but the intermediate routers as well. There are majorly three types of these softwares. Ones which are completely open-source, you can do almost anything you want…

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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Juniper Mist Premium Analytics?
We can manage the entire system across the network and troubleshoot the pain points.
What do you like most about Pandora FMS?
Features I have found most valuable with Pandora are the personalized metrics and the simplicity of data.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Pandora FMS?
Pandora is reasonably priced, and the cost depends on the environment.
What needs improvement with Pandora FMS?
I would like for the solution to be faster and have a better tolerance between parallel servers for Pandora and Pest ...
What is the best network monitoring software for large enterprises?
It actually depends on the exact purpose or kind of devices (network devices, servers, something else). Some tools ar...
What is the best network monitoring software for large enterprises?
We are partners with SolarWinds and we sell a lot of Network management to large enterprises also because of scalabil...

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Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Network Bandwidth Analyzer



Sample Customers

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Rakuten, Prosegur, Repsol, Teléfonica, Allianz, Ottawa Hospital, Hughes
Microsoft, Federal Express, Hewlett-Packard, and MasterCard
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