Most Helpful Review
Find out what your peers are saying about CA Performance Management vs. Pandora FMS and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
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The fact that I can use custom MIB files to customize my sensors for the things that are not there as a default is a good feature.
It is a central solution in terms of how to actually use it. It has a very easy dashboard. Everything is concise. We are able to create custom sensors. For different parts of the business, we have many products across many environments, and it works for everything.
The most valuable feature is the ability to span multiple technologies and multiple vendors.
We can see trends for a lot of different things, such as hard drive space and bandwidth usage. We can see and plan for the future by knowing, "We're sort of at 75% capacity now. In three months time, we know we're going to be up to 90%,so we need to plan ahead for it, getting upgrades booked in place." Since things like this take time and effort, it's handy to see trends into the future of where our company is going.
The solution provides us with needed feedback on our IT infrastructure. It gives us really good quality of service when it comes to monitoring of available space and available resources. It allows us to preempt issues before they become a problem for the business.
It is easy to use and intuitive, which is really important. It does what it says on the box by giving you a visual of the state of what is going on at any one time.
It is pretty simple to use, which is always a good thing. It's been very reliable in updating us if any issues crop up.
We use the remote probes a lot for our branch offices. Instead of deploying the full instance of PRTG, we'll put a remote probe out there. This simplifies the whole deployment for us.
One feature I like about CA Performance Management is the certification of the devices.
The capability where not only the traditional SNMP information is captured but also the netflow data; who is consuming the data on the WAN, and voice-related information, is helpful. The voice quality makes it very easy for first- and second-line operators to see where the issue is, and who is impacted.
The ability to very quickly and graphically navigate around, being able to zoom in to a timeframe, apply it to all the other panels... are all very intuitive.
I can get it to run a report showing, for instance, what root drives are in the critical range in terms of being full, like 90 percent full, and disseminate that information to the other areas of the organization.
The feature that is inherent to its core, of being able to graphically represent a trend and status, is nice.
You can create intelligent alerts so you have enough time to replace the router or interface before it's full. The same is applicable for CBQoS channels.
It is the gathering of the whole performance data in our environment and our network environment, for us and our customers.
You can have thousands of devices inside and hundreds of thousands of interphases without a problem.
What I value most about Pandora FMS is the simplicity of working with it.
We are able to control our business with this all-in-one monitoring tool.
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.
Pandora FMS provides us with a general report (graphical) about all of the connected devices, which helps with planning new stations and tracking them.
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.
The official forum is active enough to answer most of the high-end technical questions that you may have.
This solution has screens that are easy to understand and provide a wealth of information.
I have an issue with DFS, distributed file services... there isn't one by default. Taking into account the difference between DFS and DFSR as well would be great.
With custom sensors, there is a lot of work which needs to be done in the background, just for it to be tailor-made for the specific thing that we are actually monitoring. We take a lot of time with the custom sensors. I would like to see the customer sensor be more robust and a bit more varied.
The dashboarding definitely needs improvement.
The only sort of limitation is the actual probes. So, if you don't have enough probes on there, you can over flip them and cause the WMI sensors and SNMP sensors to sort of overload. Sometimes, they might timeout for a minute, but they do come back.
The desktop app is the one area where it do with some improvement. From a user's perspective, I would like to be able to get more out of the desktop app as opposed to where we are now with it.
While the desktop app is good, they could slightly improve it. We would like it to be a single pane of glass. At the moment, you can only see certain portions of information. You have to scroll through to make it more granular. We want them to develop the desktop app to be more user-friendly.
Once you start going above 5000 sensors, things do start to get a bit shaky. There are some best practice out there that you will need to adopt and be aware of.
We would like more cloud native sensors for AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, etc. A lot of businesses are moving in that direction, so having something where we can pull performance stats out of these cloud services would be great for us.
This solution is not very scalable.
It could be a little easier to integrate new metrics.
This may be available by now but for server space, when it comes to the disk file system, I'd like to see that graphically represented, or the trend, rather than what I'm seeing now.
The quantity of views which are tied to specific metric families is too high. Also, the problem is the view doesn't tell you which metric family it uses, so you don't know why you don't see data.
For CA PM, there should be a way of easily migrating the reports coming from eHealth going to CA Performance Center, since CA PC is replacing eHealth.
It needs role-based administration.
Product has issue collecting IP SLA data.
Install is done as root, which is a security no-no, and the database IO requirements were not stated correctly, which lead to a year of instability.
The price for Pandora FMS is expensive.
Third-party integration should be improved for some commonly used products.
This solution requires proper training to get 100% out of it.
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.
When it comes to the definition of local Software Agents for the first time in the open-source version, it can become very tedious.
I sincerely believe that Pandora needs new ideas for functionality closer to advanced device security monitoring.
Pandora FMS is an overall great monitoring solution, but it does not have a community that is as large as Zabbix or Nagios.
I would like to have a dashboard with all assets displayed, with a quick hover-over status.
Pricing and Cost Advice
At the moment I'm only using 500 sensors. I pay yearly, so it's a cost that's easily swallowed.
We used a product called SolarWinds in the past, and its cost was high. Whereas, PRTG came in at a third of SolarWind's cost.
Cost was a factor when selecting this solution, but it just did everything we wanted it to do.
Our licensing costs are 10,000 euros over three years.
We have an unlimited perpetual license, so we just pay support costs and it can scale throughout the organization.
We looked at PRTG and SolarWinds. From a cost side perspective, compared to PRTG, and from what you get back from it, PRTG was sort of a hands down the winner.
While I am not the person who deals with pricing, I would say that we pay around 1000 pounds a year.
It is about £4,500 for the first year, then about another 15 to 20 percent annually after that. So, we are looking at about £1000 running costs a year. When you think about how much an outage costs per minute, it's negligible.
I like the licensing model because it's device-based.
They should provide more scalable licensing for the product.
Do your homework and know how many devices you will be managing out of the gate. Be sure to project what your growth will be each year.
We were looking at other vendors in the marketplace for NetFlow, and CA just beat everybody else in price, cost, and the size to implement.
The Open Source Community Edition is great to just explore the software, or use it on medium-sized infrastructures.
Growing the solution or migrating to the Enterprise version is easy, and various plans are available.
The open-source version offers 100% functionality and the hardware requirements for a solution like this one are very modest.
In terms of money, the Enterprise version is the cheapest that I have found after a market study.
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 get the license and it includes updates, new versions, and access to the complete library of modules.
Pandora FMS is easy to implement and the pricing of licenses is competitive.
Only one payment and it includes support, updates, new versions, and access to the complete library of plugins except for SAP and z/OS.
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|Paessler AG||CA (A Broadcom Company)||Artica Soluciones Tecnologicas|
|PRTG Network Monitor runs on a Windows machine within your network, collecting various statistics from the machines, software, and devices which you designate. PRTG comes with an easy-to-use web interface with point-and-click configuration. You can easily share data from it with non-technical colleagues and customers, including via live graphs and custom reports. This will let you plan for network expansion, see what applications are using most of your connection, and make sure that no one is hogging the entire network just to torrent videos.|
CA Performance Management is a comprehensive and highly scalable network performance monitoring and analytics platform. It was built to meet the unique demands of big data and modern networks architectures, including highly dynamic and complex hybrid cloud and software-defined networks (SDN).
The platform is design to reduce complexity inherent in modern networks built across numerous technology stacks through advanced network performance monitoring and relationship mapping for improved operational assurance.
Combined with CA Virtual Network Assurance, the platform extends operator visibility through advanced discovery and network performance monitoring of highly sensitive cloud and multi-layered SDN networks and service chains.
Pandora FMS Enterprise is the perfect on-premise monitoring software for companies with at least 100 devices.
Stop wasting your time and resources on complex and silo'd monitoring systems that are poorly integrated.
It’s an all-in-one package offering modern and flexible IT monitoring, replacing the need for multiple, difficult-to-integrate, and more costly monitoring systems.
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