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Unlimited Insight Into Multiple Infrastructures And You Can Customize It With Basic Scripting Skills
Find out what your peers are saying about CA Unified Infrastructure Management vs. Nagios XI and other solutions. Updated: March 2019.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
The most important feature is that it permits us to receive alarms if there is an incident within the infrastructure. The feature I love the most is the reporting feature, the MBI (Monitoring Business Intelligence) which permits us to send advanced reports to our customers in PDF format or in Doc format. We also deploy Centreon Map which gives our customers intuitive views of their information system.
We are alerted on service impacts and not when something is down. We have saved a lot of time on non-business-hours intervention.
What I like most about Centreon is that it is very flexible and customizable, based on the user and/or business needs. Centreon is very flexible when it comes to monitoring parameters. We can use scripts found on the internet or scripts created by our infra/apps team. Also, the data visualization features are very simple and straightforward, yet very informative.
I find the product's scalability to be one of the most valuable features since it allows us to add unlimited devices for monitoring and to set up additional polling servers without additional license cost or downtime in our monitoring.
The product is available in ISO image format, ready for deployment. Centreon also has a comprehensive guide and documentation that are simple and easy to follow.
What we like about it is that, whereas with Nagios, by design, if you have five or six data centers, you have to open five or six web pages to see what's going on, In Centreon, this is all included in one page, a single site, one dashboard. You don't have to jump from one specific dashboard to the other.
I really like the filtering capabilities of it. You can easily tell what's critical next to what's okay, the state of the services. It's very easy to get the whole picture quickly.
E-mail alert notifications are valuable.
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.
Easy admin functionality. You can quickly do all the admin functionality without reducing cycles.
I can monitor a phone on a desk to very big servers of any company.
I can monitor a software made in-house to software of bigger companies.
BPI: It allows defining peripherals to map business criticality for efficient monitoring, as required.
Nagios XI helped me to draw the network and check for system failures.
The ability to set up templates and groups of checks, as well as customize the checks themselves.
Since this is an open source technology, if we are capable of writing the plugins in any scripting language, this product allows us to monitor anything we want.
You want to monitor a specific metric that nobody else has? You can do it even with the most basic of scripting skills, and you can always share it with the vast community of Nagios Exchange.
Though I downplayed the administrative NCC GUI, this is by far the strongest aspect of the Nagios XI product.
I would like to see a better UI, one which is more responsive.
The most important issue is the capability to interconnect with other systems. It already exists for some of them. For example, the Stream Connector is something we use to populate data in another system. This kind of facility for connecting should exist for all products that it makes sense to have connected to a monitoring solution.
Centreon needs to improve the granularity of the data as well as the graphical data. It would also be better to if there was improvement to the filtering/grouping system as well as the creation of views.
The Home view could be improved by adding customization functions that allow users to change the size of the widgets for a more uniform layout.
Centreon technical support is only available during Central European business hours. When it comes to critical business solutions, there should be a 24/7 hotline that customers can rely on.
There are improvements that they need to make to their API. When we're using different systems and we want to disable monitoring for a specific server, we still can't do that through the API. That's something that's lacking.
This solution lacks service monitoring in the cloud.
It is necessary to improve service monitoring of database services in the free version.
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.
It needs a little bit more functionality in the Admin Console.
The product uses the backend as Perl and could be modified to a more lightweight solution like what's being offered by other vendors.
The Configuration Wizard needs improvement, because not all vendors are present.
Improve the documentation, examples, and best practices, therefore users can understand how to do things.
Nagios XI can improve its GUI for users with a new look.
The PNP4Nagios plugin not working easily with XI is an issue for me, because some open source monitoring plugins do not work out of the box. But in the end, you learn to live with it.
The product could be optimized to improve the administrative user experience via the Nagios Core Configuration (NCC) GUI module.
The reporting part should be made simpler. While we can obtain all the reports we need, we always have to create work-arounds to get them.
Pricing and Cost Advice
The solution is very effective, despite the low price.
Open-source solutions like this can be very cost effective for an organization looking for a product that they can quickly implement, as there is no initial cost and there are no license renewal fees. However, it is important to take into consideration some of the related costs that may come along as needed, such as training, support, and product enhancements.
I think Centreon's pricing is fair, especially given the criticality of our system. They were cheaper than the other solutions. The licensing terms were pretty straightforward. I believe it was based on the number of hosts.
The pricing is acceptable.
They only sell four hour slots for support, so if you have just one question, then you need to pay for four hours. Or, you need to wait until you have enough questions to fill those four hours. They are not flexible in this.
For more complex tasks, we use prepaid support days and ask Centreon to come onsite.
Centreon is an open source product. Thus, there is no need for licensing.
It's quite expensive when you use the Enterprise version, but if you compare it to other providers, it's more like a middle-of-the-line product. It's always good to have a price that is lower, but I would say the price is okay because we get very good support and if we have any other issues we can always contact them. There has never been a time when I didn't get help from them.
Reasonable setup cost and licensing prices.
The license cost depends on the number of probes and robots.
The product-price ratio is better than other brands such as Fortinet or SonicWall.
It is good to contact experts for advice about what is the best solution for your specific infrastructure and enterprise.
For the cost of the commercial product and support, and taking into account the open source characteristics of it, I believe it is difficult to a better value.
You can grow into the higher-priced scale as they learn how to utilize the features for Nagios XI.
The pricing is really cost efficient. The licensing is perpetual and can be renewed very easily.
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Also Known As
|CA Nimsoft Monitor, CA UIM|
|The Centreon solution, based on a free to download Open Source Platform, monitors all critical IT Infrastructure and Applications with real-time dashboards, analytics and insightful alerts that prevent business-impacting downtimes. Since 2005, over 200,000 IT professionals from SMBs and Fortune 500 companies rely on Centreon to guarantee their organization operational performance.|
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.
Nagios XI provides monitoring of all mission-critical infrastructure components including applications, services, operating systems, network protocols, systems metrics, and network infrastructure. Hundreds of third-party addons provide for monitoring of virtually all in-house and external applications, services, and systems.
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