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Choosing a monitoring solution for cloud services: Azure Monitor vs PRTG Network Monitor

I'm working for an organization with ~1000 employees and I'm exploring the two monitoring solutions for cloud services: Azure Monitor and PRTG Network Monitor.

Please share your personal experience on the pros and the cons of each product. What would be your choice and why?


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So a couple of questions and considerations to help you make a good decision.

By "cloud services" do you mean multiple services running on one cloud (presumably Azure), or multiple services running on multiple clouds (perhaps Azure/AWS/GCP)? If there is any chance that you are, or are going to be a multi-cloud environment, you should not choose a monitoring solution from a cloud platform vendor.

What exactly do you need to monitor? Just the cloud platform itself and its services, the layer of software on top of the cloud (Spring, Kafka, OpenShift, Databases) that the applications rely upon, or all of this and the applications and microservices themselves? If you need to monitor the entire stack (and you should) then you should go with a vendor who has first class cloud infrastructure monitoring AND the ability to monitor your actual applications. Those vendors are Datadog, Dynatrace, New Relic, and IBM (Instana).

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Hi to all. On my view, the PRTG would be the better decisionт as external independent solution. In addition, based on my own experience, PRTG is a more flexible tool that can be quickly configured for any task

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Request you to kindly check out Infraon IMS tool. It is a comprehensive IT Infra monitoring tool covering core components like firewalls, routers, switches, servers, storage, applications, databases along with peripheral components like Access Points, IP Phones, IP Cameras etc. Cloud monitoring (AWS & Azure) and SD-WAN monitoring is also available. 

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Zabbix is an open-source monitoring software tool for diverse IT components, including networks, servers, virtual machines (VMs) and cloud services. Zabbix provides monitoring metrics, among others network utilization, CPU load and disk space consumption. Zabbix monitoring configuration can be done using XML based templates which contain elements to monitor. The software monitors operations on Linux, Hewlett Packard Unix (HP-UX), Mac OS X, Solaris and other operating systems (OSes); however, Windows monitoring is only possible through agents. Zabbix can use MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Oracle or IBM DB2 to store data. Its backend is written in C and the web frontend is written in PHP. Zabbix offers several monitoring options:

Simple checks can verify the availability and responsiveness of standard services such as SMTP or HTTP without installing any software on the monitored host.

A Zabbix agent can also be installed on UNIX and Windows hosts to monitor statistics such as CPU load, network utilization, disk space, etc.

As an alternative to installing an agent on hosts, Zabbix includes support for monitoring via SNMP, TCP and ICMP checks, as well as over IPMI, JMX, SSH, Telnet and using custom parameters. Zabbix supports a variety of near-real-time notification mechanisms, including XMPP.

Released under the terms of GNU General Public License version 2, Zabbix is free software.

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