Most Helpful Review
Find out what your peers are saying about CA UIM (DX Infrastructure Manager) 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.
It gives us visibility inside applications. It helps us to dig down and find the root cause of any issue within the network.
It is easy to implement but requires good planning.
It is reliable when it comes to monitoring.
The benefit is easy installation. Thus, the model approach of the product and out-of-the-box probes, which deliver direct value.
You can integrate clouds, hybrid infrastructure, and on-premise infrastructure into one product.
It is the foundation for our monitoring solution.
Having all of our information within one tool set; our alerts, our monitors, and the things that our operations team needs to function.
It reduced cycles for a lot of quick out-of-the-box functionality. It also allowed us to get away from being stuck in SNMP, VTP V2, based off of agent deployment.
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.
There is also room for improvement in the reporting. It is not really good enough, according to our customers. So what we now usually do is use Power BI to get them the kinds of reports they want.
Reporting capability can be improved especially when it comes to availability.
We want to see more investment in the UI and the dashboard.
How we can get more native information from CA's solutions.
They need to continue to advance the filter capabilities, and provide more input fields.
I would like to see auditability. We've built our own audit functionality to ensure that every CI has the desired model configuration applied to it. And we run that on a daily basis. If that became part of the product, I think it might be a little bit less intensive in terms of resource, because we're doing it with scripts.
It is a little complex to use versus other softwares.
The biggest feature that I've been hoping they would enhance on is inventory management: things like adding/removing nodes.
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.
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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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Also Known As
|PRTG||CA Nimsoft Monitor, CA UIM, DX Infrastructure Manager|
|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 UIM provides a single, unified platform that allows you to monitor your entire IT environment, both inside and outside the data center. It offers the ease-of-use and simplicity associated with point IT monitoring tools, featuring a unique powerful architecture with a lightweight footprint. At the same time, it delivers enterprise scalability and multi-tenancy that power some of the most complex infrastructures.
Pandora FMS Enterprise is the perfect on-premise monitoring software for companies with at least 100 devices.
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