Pandora FMS Review

Provides helpful network insights, with good community support available in Spanish


What is our primary use case?

I use this solution for the testing of possible network monitoring scenarios. I have tried the solution but I am still in the testing phase, reading the documentation and training.

How has it helped my organization?

I have it installed in virtual machines and I simulate possible scenarios. In any organization, it is very important to have a notion of what happens in the network. This includes the monitoring of services, applications, and nodes.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features in this solution are:

  • Large Hispanic community
  • Self-detection system for host or terminals
  • System of alarms or notifications
  • SLA reporting and management system
  • Geolocation
  • Monitoring of virtual environments
  • Agents for different platforms
  • Administration by CLI
  • Intuitive interface

What needs improvement?

I find that this software is resource heavy, and demands a lot of processing capacity.  I would like to see it lightened. The somewhat long configuration means that the start of implementation may be slow.

    Nice features to see would be:

    • The possibility to make it work without agents.
    • It would be good if it had a long history of occurrences.
    • Notifications via hangouts or google chat.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    One year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    According to what I have seen, this solution is stable, but I have still tried it in small scenarios so I cannot give an opinion about large environments.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I notice that it is quite scalable.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I've only talked to the community.

    If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

    I have used OpenNMS and Zabbix. I switched to Pandora because it is more intuitive and there is more documentation in Spanish.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial configuration was simple, without anything special.

    What about the implementation team?

    The deployment was handled internally.

    What was our ROI?

    I work in support and I handle several projects of telephony and VoIP. In this capacity, I need to have insight into my network environments.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    It is a personal issue, everyone has different needs.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    In choosing this solution I evaluated prices, platforms, the alert management system, alarm system, and reports.

    What other advice do I have?

    I like this solution a lot because it has a very large Hispanic community and the platform looks very friendly. Given the need for organizations to monitor their networks, I find Pandora to be very useful.

    Overall, I really like the solution and I will continue training. My advice is to make more documentation available in Spanish.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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