Most Helpful Review
If a connection is broken or disrupted, then the remote server will obtain a view of your environment and server...
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I can't point to one valuable feature. All of Centreon is good.
It is decentralized, which is better, because you can reduce the load from a single system. Also, you get a better view because it's more independent. Then, for the management, it's nice because they have one central system. With that, they can manage all the other systems, as well. This means they don't have to configure each system by system. They can configure it from one single interface.
We use the remote server functionality on some customer sites, because you can see an independent view and are not dependent on a single connection. If you have branch offices or bigger office outside your headquarters, you can use remote servers because if the connection is broken or disrupted, then remote server will obtain a view of your environment and server availability. This is a good point against using other solutions. Because with other solutions, you don't have this feature. Then, you will be blind if you have this type of a situation.
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.
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.
We could literally swap out a piece of hardware, slide one back into the chassis, and immediately - about three reboots later - it was identical. We didn't have to worry about configuring it, we didn't have to spend any time getting anything into place. It came back and it healed the environment almost immediately.
Comprehensive dashboard, ease of use are key features.
Broad range of tools to create executive and operations dashboards.
Gives the business interfaces to view real-time pictures of IT business services.
It gives us a view of all our servers, which we did not have before in real-time.
The stability is very good. I have never had an issue with it over the three years that I have been using it.
Deploys faster new virtual services.
The template management makes the deployment of the firmware updates much faster.
The features I've found the most useful are the plug-ins, the fact that you can connect almost everything to it. That's very useful.
An excellent solution that is easy and intuitive to implement.
The most valuable feature is its support for different types of devices, where it can use all of the equipment that you need.
The most valuable feature is the dashboard, where I can have a single screen that provides a summary for hundreds of servers.
This is a very good solution and it is simple to use, for any company.
The most valuable feature is the monitoring of processes.
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.
There is room for improvement in the area of artificial intelligence. The product gives us a lot of information, but it's only information. We want the product to do more auto-remediation.
I would like to see an improvement of the communication with big data systems, because Centreon is a monitoring system. In our point of view, Centreon should be a part of a source for a big data system, not a big data system itself. So, it should be easier to add data from the Centreon system to a big data system. For example, it should be able to teach machine learning.
Centreon supports officially 10,000 services per poller. That is not much for larger customers, because this limit is reached very quickly. We use it with three times the limit without any problems, but Centreon says, "Okay, we are only supporting it with 10,000 services." We are aware that increasing the limit has different impacts because they need to support it. However, for most customers, it would be be very good if they could increase the limit of services.
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.
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.
Sometimes the interface can be a little confusing, sometimes the error messages can be very cryptic, as far as what's actually going on.
The main problem that we run into, as far as stability goes, is when something loses its profile. Sometimes it requires jumping through a number of "hoops" to really get it back.
I would like to see them expand into other cloud platforms, non-HPE platforms.
I think HPE could make more user-friendly interfaces, exclude Java and move to an HTML5 platform, make more detailed documentation, and lower the price.
I have to chop it up into smaller parts, because I have an installation in Europe and it covers the whole world. That is not so good. They need to be more localized, so I am going to chop it up into smaller bits.
I had some minor difficulties with upgrading, but the solution still works fine.
Use it, but do not think it is going into the clouds, because it is not. There is room for improvement.
There was a feature called HPE cloud manager, but now it is owned by Micro Focus. HPE should make a cloud optimizer again.
There's room for improvement in the visibility, and in the ability to extract information. Stuff like this should be more simple.
They need more documentation for the plugins.
I would like to see more customization in the network map because it is a bit tricky to use it.
I would like a much easier GUI so that I can delete events and logs, which will free up a lot of space.
I would like to see support for notification via SMS.
The interface could be more user-friendly.
Pricing and Cost Advice
The pricing starts at around 5000 euro. However, this depends on: Your environment, the size of your host, how many hosts you have, how many remote pollers you have, and if you want to use the Monitoring Business Intelligence or Centreon MAP functionalities.
You purchase a package. You have a support contract (there is also a platinum support contract) and it is per module. That means you have to pay, e.g., for the MBI module or the BAM module. Or, if you want to save a lot of money, you can pay for IMP, which is the complete package.
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.
The solution is very effective, despite the low price.
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.
HPE could lower the price.
Use it. It is free.
I am happy with the price.
HPE had some other solutions, but they were actually quite expensive to buy. So, when OneView came along, it was kind of reasonable in terms of price for licenses, etc.
The pricing is high with separate licensing for the product and support.
The licensing fees for this solution are approximately $3,000 USD per year.
This solution is very expensive, at approximately $5,000 USD when I purchased it, which is why I haven't upgraded my version in several years.
We are using the free version of this solution.
It is good to contact experts for advice about what is the best solution for your specific infrastructure and enterprise.
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|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.|
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