Pandora FMS vs VMware vCenter comparison


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Pandora FMS
Ranking in Server Monitoring
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Network Monitoring Software (28th), IT Infrastructure Monitoring (25th), Log Management (22nd), Cloud Monitoring Software (21st)
VMware vCenter
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Featured Reviews

Gabriel Glusgold - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 9, 2023
Personalized metrics; simplicity of data
My primary use case for Pandora is monitoring This solution has helped us improve our organization by allowing us to create a lot of metrics on several platforms, including Windows, Linux, and Unix. We then use these Pandora metrics to create an interface. We then pass the interface off to the…
Feb 21, 2024
User-friendly interface with an ability to manage virtual infrastructure
The platform helps us create a full backup of the virtual machine for disaster recovery. We have setups in two locations, it ensures availability through a dedicated connection for information exchange. I recommend it to others for its ease, security, reliability, and stability. It offers various types of licenses. Additionally, the simplicity of administration efficiently manages both large and small environments. I advise others to learn and understand the configuration and maintenance process. It is suitable for organizations considering the deployment of virtual infrastructure on-premise, especially in the context of private cloud setups. I rate it a ten out of ten.

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


"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."
"The most valuable features are auto-discovery and automatic detection of the network topology and network monitoring."
"It allows me to quickly see the status of all of my printers, switches, computers, and virtual machines to determine if any system has fallen."
"This solution has screens that are easy to understand and provide a wealth of information."
"Pandora FMS provides us with a general report (graphical) about all of the connected devices, which helps with planning new stations and tracking them."
"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."
"It provides us with proactive monitoring and is very easy to configure and maintain."
"The solution is so lightweight that with only 4GB of ram, it allows keeping track of up to two hundred agents from a single console."
"The product's emphasis on high availability and DRS aligns with our priorities, making vCenter an integral component in our virtualized environment."
"It has significantly impacted our organization by facilitating troubleshooting and monitoring processes."
"We must create a VIN on each node. You want to make the VIN ten times if you have a thin host. We mostly create VMs, and the vCenter publishes the template on all hosts."
"The alerting mechanism is very good. VMware vCenter simplifies infrastructure management with its intuitive interface."
"The filtering capabilities also enhance scalability by optimizing resource allocation."
"The user-friendliness and stability are the product’s most valuable features."
"The initial setup is easy."
"The DRS, high availability and manageable switches are the most valuable features of VMware vCenter"


"I sincerely believe that Pandora needs new ideas for functionality closer to advanced device security monitoring."
"Pandora could deliver better analytics out of the box. You can work around these limitations with the help of other tools like Grafana. The shortcomings are mostly on the graphical side. The built-in report generators are a bit limited in some areas."
"We would like to see improvement in the mainframe integration that this solution is capable of."
"It would be helpful to include the generation of reports for times that the network was out of service."
"Improvements are needed for server and network discovery, including service-based discovery."
"I find that this software is resource heavy, and demands a lot of processing capacity."
"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."
"Third-party integration should be improved for some commonly used products."
"VMware vCenter is an expensive product. Its price needs improvement."
"We face some upgrade patch management issues."
"The technical support team could respond faster."
"There have been some ongoing conflicts since VMware was taken over by Broadcom."
"The product should improve its storage. It's not necessarily about needing more storage but improving how it handles technology. We believe there could be more effective ways to manage it in our user environment. It should also look into network management."
"Sometimes, vCenter management can be difficult if you forget the password. You can't change or recover the password easily. We then have to reinstall vCenter, which means reconfiguring everything. That's a challenge we've encountered."
"vCentre licensing cost is on the higher side as well."
"We have to buy more VMware products to leverage the centralized management."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"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."
"They are very competitive on the pricing side. That's one reason why my manager keeps using it."
"Pandora FMS is easy to implement and the pricing of licenses is competitive."
"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."
"In terms of money, the Enterprise version is the cheapest that I have found after a market study."
"Growing the solution or migrating to the Enterprise version is easy, and various plans are available."
"Only one payment and it includes support, updates, new versions, and access to the complete library of plugins except for SAP and z/OS."
"The Open Source Community Edition is great to just explore the software, or use it on medium-sized infrastructures."
"The product's three-year license package is inexpensive."
"For the healthcare industry, the price is considerably higher than the education industry."
"The pricing is significantly high."
"The platform is expensive."
"The tool used to be worth the money, but after Broadcom acquired it and changed the pricing structure to subscription-only, it became too expensive for us to continue using. Unfortunately, we haven't found any alternative solutions that meet our needs, so this is a significant drawback for us as we explore other options."
"The solution is expensive."
"On a scale from one to ten, where one is cheap and ten is expensive, I rate the solution's pricing a seven out of ten."
"The solution is pretty expensive for small businesses because there are few lower-scale VMware vCenter solutions."
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Questions from the Community

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 Control. In the next release, I'd like to see, when it comes to monitoring, the ...
What do you like most about VMware vCenter?
The filtering capabilities also enhance scalability by optimizing resource allocation.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for VMware vCenter?
The product is expensive. Earlier it costs around 50K dollars. They changed the license policy from perpetual to subscription.
What needs improvement with VMware vCenter?
The process of creating VLANs or any similar tasks requires following a specific procedure, which must be executed accurately to ensure successful deployment. That's the main concern.


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