We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It is good for giving an overview of the systems and for tracking long-term trends. It is handy for root cause analysis, e.g. it can eliminate whether storage is the cause of an issue."
"Among the most valuable features are the queries and reporting that allow us to look at the utilization of resources, at how well the storage is performing, and to report on which resources are being used by which business units. We can track usage across the entire environment, across applications, business units, cost centers, etc."
"Its ability to quickly inventory our resources, figure out interdependencies across them, and assemble a topology of your environment is brilliant. There is a price associated with it. Whenever you target a NetApp environment, it is included in the price but whenever you want to add different vendors, like VMware and Cisco, the price greatly spikes. Inventorization helps us a lot to visualize the environment."
"Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time alerting on possible ransomware attacks and provides file security review. It helps us to see if something abnormal is happening on the system before it's too late."
"The features that I have found most valuable are its graphs - if I need any statistics, in Kubernetes or Kong level or VPN level, I can quickly get the reports."
"The most valuable feature is the multi-cloud integration, where there is support for both GCP and AWS."
"Provides visibility into the performance uptime."
"Google's technical support is very good."
"The most valuable feature is the support for monitoring Cisco switches."
"The implementation process is very straightforward."
"The most valuable feature is the alert and alarm monitoring."
"The best thing about Zabbix is the integration and the APIs that are included are very fast"
"The integration capabilities and APIs are the best part."
"Zabbix is both stable and scalable."
"The flexible licensing model is one of the solution's most valuable aspects. It really allows for great flexibility for companies."
"The most valuable feature is monitoring."
"When I did need support because I was having problems with the solution, the first or the second line just didn't understand it. They were providing this only on a software as a service basis. So, they were asking all the wrong questions."
"There is room for improving the creating and managing or modifying of reports. That is still a difficult task to do and requires knowledge beyond the storage itself. I would love to see reporting improved so that we can create reports by dragging and dropping pieces into a report form and publish a report that way."
"Their pricing model needs improvement."
"In a perfect world we would have something built, right out-of-the-box, that can identify what we call "noise," and reduce the amount of data. You're presented with so much data when you first start the data collectors. For example, it brings back a lot of change rates that happen just because of standard computing, like profile changes and that sort of thing. Being able to identify things like that and categorize them and strip it down—and it probably can do that, I just haven't gotten there yet—would be very beneficial."
"If I want to track any round-trip or breakdowns of my response times, I'm not able to get it. My request goes through various levels of the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and comes back to my client machine. Suppose that my request has taken 10 seconds overall, so if I want to break it down, to see where the delay is happening within my architecture, I am not able to find that out using Stackdriver."
"It is difficult to estimate in advance how much something is going to cost."
"Lacking sufficient operations documentation."
"While we are satisfied with the overall performance, in certain cases we must add additional metrics and additional tools like Grafana and Dynatrace."
"The main problem with Zabbix is that you have to spend time writing templates for all of the products that you have."
"The server monitoring could be better."
"If Zabbix had a better dashboard then it would be nice."
"The only improvement I would suggest, revolves around its AI and ML capabilities."
"For us, the initial setup was complex"
"The documentation could be improved."
"Having a more customizable interface and dashboard would be an improvement."
"I would like to remotely connect to the computer, and Zabbix doesn't have this capability."
"The licensing model could be improved. We love that you can use it for free for looking at NetApp products. You only need licenses to look at non-NetApp products, but as soon as you do that, you start utilizing licenses that actually would have been free in the public. So, there is a bit of an anomaly in the licensing model."
"Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an understanding of that is the biggest thing."
"The cost of using Stackdriver depends on usage."
"The cost could be lower."
"I was using the free, Community Edition."
"We purchased Zabbix for a good price, including support"
"We are using the free, open-source version."
"It's an open-source solution that can be used free of charge."
"This solution is completely open-source, so it is quite affordable."
"Zabbix is free but if you use it in production then you have to pay for it."
"My manager is very happy because it doesn't cost anything."
"This is an open-source solution that can be used free of charge."
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NetApp Cloud Insights is an infrastructure monitoring tool that gives you visibility into your complete infrastructure. With Cloud Insights, you can monitor, troubleshoot and optimize all your resources including your public clouds and your private data centers.
Google Stackdriver provides powerful monitoring, logging, and diagnostics. It equips you with insight into the health, performance, and availability of cloud-powered applications, enabling you to find and fix issues faster. It is natively integrated with Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, and popular open source packages. Stackdriver provides a wide variety of metrics, dashboards, alerting, log management, reporting, and tracing capabilities.
Zabbix is the ultimate enterprise-level software designed for real-time monitoring of millions of metrics collected from tens of thousands of servers, virtual machines and network devices. Zabbix is Open Source and comes at no cost.
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Google Stackdriver is ranked 15th in Cloud Monitoring Software with 4 reviews while Zabbix is ranked 1st in Cloud Monitoring Software with 37 reviews. Google Stackdriver is rated 8.0, while Zabbix is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Google Stackdriver writes "Provides visibility into the performance uptime and the overall health of our cloud applications". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zabbix writes "Very mature, easy to scale, and free to use". Google Stackdriver is most compared with ELK Logstash, Datadog, AWS X-Ray, Splunk and New Relic APM, whereas Zabbix is most compared with Nagios XI, Centreon, Splunk, SolarWinds NPM and Nagios Core. See our Google Stackdriver vs. Zabbix report.
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