Opsview Monitor Review

The most valuable feature for us is the flexible alert framework, which allows us to use a variety of alert methods, some custom to my employer.


Valuable Features

The most valuable feature for us is the flexible alert framework, which allows us to use a variety of alert methods, some custom to my employer. Also important to us is the ability to use the Nagios community to supply monitoring plugins for a wide variety of software and situations, freeing us from having to create them ourselves. Also, the API allows us to control Opsview as a part of other business processes.

Improvements to My Organization

Using the Opsview API, we can put a server in downtime programmatically as a part of our regular patching schedule, and even restore monitoring after the patching script has determined the target server is once again up and running.

Room for Improvement

In Opsview 4.6.3, there is no provision for making bulk changes to monitored servers via the GUI, though it is possible to custom-script bulk changes via the API. Some of this has been remedied in Opsview 5, released last Fall. I would also like to see the ability to export charts in graphic format, either PNG or JPG. Finally, the Keyword feature (renamed Hashtag in version 5) would be improved if it did not cascade from Service Check to Server and back--greater granularity would provide even more flexibility in assigning alerts to application owners.

Use of Solution

I've used it for 17 months.

Deployment Issues

No, we had no problems deploying either the server or the agents.

Stability Issues

No, we have had no stability issues.

Scalability Issues

We have not yet had to scale up our Opsview installation; it was sized to allow for significant growth in agents.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Our service representatives have been polite and responsive. My interaction with our other support staff has been very positive, informative and helpful. Opsview has a well informed, talented staff and discussions with them have led to useful insights. Using the earlier scale: 9.

Technical Support:

We have not had much reason to open support calls, but those few have been answered quickly and to our satisfaction. Using the earlier scale: 9.

Previous Solutions

We previously used ITM, and the primary reason for switching was cost savings, but the increased scope of monitoring by the base Opsview product and the larger number of supported OS's were also factors.

Initial Setup

The initial setup was straightforward. We found the installation guides provided on the Opsview website clear, and after some additional discussion of our plans with the Opsview staff, we established a master/slave high-availability configuration without any particular problem. We incorporated the Opsview Agent RPMs into our patching and new-server-build channels and populated our entire monitored-server base quickly and without problem.

Implementation Team

We implemented ourselves, because we believe that's a critical step in fully understanding a product.

ROI

It costs 1/10 as much as the product it replaced.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Opsview, though not the least expensive Nagios-based commercial monitoring product offers excellent value for performance which rivals expensive commercial products from the major IT vendors; it is well worth the money paid for it.

Other Solutions Considered

Yes, we evaluated a host of both major vendor and open-source based products, including ITM, BEA, NetIQ, Nagios XI, Groundwork Opensource and more than a dozen others.

Other Advice

Do it yourself. Opsview support staff, both incident support and technical liaisons are knowledgeable and responsive, but you will find the greatest utility in the long term by understanding Opsview internals and UI by doing the work yourself. The Opsview installation guides are well-written and provide trustworthy sizing information.

Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. The reviewer's company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: I received a gift card from the vendor for writing this review.
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