Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive SummaryUpdated on Aug 14, 2023

Categories and Ranking

Juniper Mist Premium Analytics
Ranking in Network Monitoring Software
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No ranking in other categories
Pandora FMS
Ranking in Network Monitoring Software
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Ranking in other categories
Server Monitoring (12th), IT Infrastructure Monitoring (26th), Log Management (22nd), Cloud Monitoring Software (21st)
Ranking in Network Monitoring Software
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Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability (10th), Server Monitoring (1st), IT Infrastructure Monitoring (1st), Cloud Monitoring Software (2nd)

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 Zabbix is 12.5% and it increased by 4.9% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Network Monitoring Software
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Server Monitoring
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Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability

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.
May 14, 2019
Provided insight with respect to our IT services
Our primary use case is monitoring in a hybrid server environment, with Windows and Unix operating systems. Also, network devices with their interfaces.  We also make use of the following functionality: Determining relationships between network devices and servers Finding the root cause of the…
Sep 20, 2022
Very user friendly, but needs more documentation to help understand how to use the product
There are not too much documentation or manuals. We found the tutorials very easy to understand but do not go deep enough in the use of Zabbix. We need more manuals, proper use, documentation, etc. We would like to see some applications or plugins as bricks that we can use to construct applications to use with Zabbix. For example, we are starting using Zabbix with Grafana for presentations and apparently they match very easily but you need to put in a lot of work to get the final results. If you have some applications that you can add one to one, you can construct the project more quickly.

Quotes from Members

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


"We can manage the entire system across the network and troubleshoot the pain points."
"The single dashboard is a valuable feature."
"You can configure several types of architecture for high availability or load balancing."
"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."
"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."
"What I value most about Pandora FMS is the simplicity of working with it."
"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."
"Thanks to its flexibility, I have been able to adapt the tool to our servers and find out quickly how their console works."
"This product has allowed us to identify and correct certain issues that were affecting our solution."
"It not only provides the preconfigured item monitoring feature, but it is also easy to configure custom items."
"The template system in Zabbix is very beneficial as it saves time in configuration."
"I really enjoy network traffic triggers that allow us to check traffic threshold from ISP."
"Health and communication links availability."
"The calculations part is the most valuable."
"We use it to monitor and manage our servers."
"We detect problems before the customer does and before it actually happens using the predictive functions in Zabbix."
"The solution allows for good integration with other products."


"The Wi-Fi side needs improvement."
"The technical support needs improvement."
"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."
"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."
"I find that this software is resource heavy, and demands a lot of processing capacity."
"Pandora FMS is relatively new, and the interface with the older version crashes at times. We have several different operating systems, such as Linux and Windows, and Pandora does not run as well in these."
"We would like to see improvement in the mainframe integration that this solution is capable of."
"I think some improvements to the Android app would be good."
"Improvements are needed for server and network discovery, including service-based discovery."
"I sincerely believe that Pandora needs new ideas for functionality closer to advanced device security monitoring."
"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."
"The solution needs to add features for finding loopholes or problems and their root causes."
"There are areas of improvement. The database grows really fast. So, when you install Zabbix, you have to deal with some issues, like the database. We become pretty big very fast."
"Zabbix claims that there is an auto-discovery process but my team member was facing difficulty and was told that it's not really automatic, and there are some manual steps."
"Zabbix could improve when it comes to large-scale use cases. Additionally, the inventory could be better when connecting to other solutions, such as ServiceNow. There show to be better integration with other platforms and storage."
"In the next release, I'm hoping for features targeted towards larger users with more customizable options. Despite this, I think pre-canned reports that can be used straight out of the box would be beneficial rather than having to configure each report individually. Additionally, a deeper dive into software configurations on the machines would be useful, although I understand there may be challenges in implementing this due to scripting requirements. More documentation would also be appreciated."
"Zabbix technical support is sold separately."
"There are a lot of areas for improvement, specifically in the dashboards and reports functionalities."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The solution is expensive."
"In terms of money, the Enterprise version is the cheapest that I have found after a market study."
"The open-source version offers 100% functionality and the hardware requirements for a solution like this one are very modest."
"Growing the solution or migrating to the Enterprise version is easy, and various plans are available."
"Pandora FMS is easy to implement and the pricing of licenses is competitive."
"You get the license and it includes updates, new versions, and access to the complete library of modules."
"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."
"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."
"It's free software released under the GNU/GPL license."
"Zabbix is an open-source tool, and it's free to use."
"We were searching for an open source solution and Zabbix fit the bill because it is free and open source under the GPL license."
"Zabbix and Grafana are both open source products, we only needed to go to their website and download the application and we began to use them. The solutions are free."
"The tool's licensing is good."
"It is open source. If you want to have a subscription or official support, you can pay for it. They have different plans, which are not that expensive. The plans are based on per monitoring server, not per monitored equipment. So, it is not at all expensive, and you can also live without the support if you want a cheaper option."
"This solution is completely open-source, so it is quite affordable."
"The solution is free. However, many open-sourced tools start out free but eventually start charging."
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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 do you like most about Zabbix?
The template system in Zabbix is very beneficial as it saves time in configuration.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Zabbix?
Zabbix's licensing and pricing are good for our needs.
What needs improvement with Zabbix?
To improve Zabbix, adding more features to support the monitoring of modern workloads like containers would be benefi...



Sample Customers

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Rakuten, Prosegur, Repsol, Teléfonica, Allianz, Ottawa Hospital, Hughes
1. IBM 2. Dell 3. Cisco 4. HP 5. Oracle 6. Microsoft 7. Amazon 8. Google 9. Facebook 10. Twitter 11. LinkedIn 12. Netflix 13. Adobe 14. VMware 15. Salesforce 16. SAP 17. Intel 18. AT&T 19. Verizon 20. T-Mobile 21. Vodafone 22. Ericsson 23. Nokia 24. Siemens 25. General Electric 26. Honeywell 27. Philips 28. Sony 29. Samsung 30. LG 31. Panasonic 32. Toshiba
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