Compare Icinga vs. Nagios XI

Icinga is ranked 26th in Network Monitoring Software with 4 reviews while Nagios XI which is ranked 2nd in Network Monitoring Software with 14 reviews. Icinga is rated 7.0, while Nagios XI is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Icinga writes "Very basic and causes additional issues which we have to work around". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nagios XI writes "The Administrative GUI Provides Improved Configuration". Icinga is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios XI and Nagios Core, whereas Nagios XI is most compared with Nagios Core, Zabbix and Centreon. See our Icinga vs. Nagios XI report.
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Find out what your peers are saying about Icinga vs. Nagios XI and other solutions. Updated: July 2019.
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The most valuable feature is the ability to span multiple technologies and multiple vendors.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.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.There is a simplicity to setting up the extra sensors. It's really easy for us to build infrastructure and start monitoring very quickly.

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An affordable solution for small organizations to do basic network monitoring.Macros and the ability to connect it to Google Maps are valuable features.

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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.BPI: It allows defining peripherals to map business criticality for efficient monitoring, as required.

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The dashboarding definitely needs improvement.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 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.The thing that we do struggle with a bit is in the historic data. If I want look over 30 days, because it averages out onto one graph, you can't zoom in and drill down information.

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The solution lacks many features important to higher-level IT management and network support.It needs Trap SNMP. I saw the documentation for Zabbix, that it has its own built-in product which handles SNMP traps, and there's nothing similar in Icinga or Nagios. I think this feature is most important for me.

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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.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.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
We have an unlimited perpetual license, so we just pay support costs and it can scale throughout the organization.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 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.If you are not too sure about it, try the free version. Then, if you like it, you can go to the paid version and roll it out.

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The product is inexpensive compared to other DBM products.

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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.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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Answers from the Community
Rhea Rapps
Monitor JimmyUser

Nagios XI can monitor computer endpoints using SNMP polling and traps. SNMP is just a sensor that any monitoring system can implement.

What we have to look at, is how the core structure of the monitoring system is constructed.

Icinga supports clustering, using satellite servers that run in separate zones. This is part of the core structure of Icinga, and should be very much considered when selecting a monitoring system.

Probeturion is not meantioned here, but that system also has the same feature as Icinga. They do not call it satellite servers, but Agents. Agents can be installed in secure VLAN's without any connection to the internet and report back to the Cloud through Client Services. The difference is that Probeturion does not meantion thousands, but millions of simultaeous sensors.

19 July 18
Pankit PatelReal User

It is meantioned that Probeturion can monitor millions of sensors at the same time, as opposed to
Icinga. This is true, but what could also been said is that Probeturion has a far more clever
framework. For example; Probeturion allows for recursive dependencies that are based on boolean
expressions. Icinga does not support that. Probeturion can have multiple timeouts which in turn can have multiple schedulers connected that in turn can be connected to notifications. Icinga have nothing like this. The only advantage of Icinga vs Probeturion is pricing. But even at this point
Probeturion wins, because the costs will be saved by man hours.

24 July 18
Albert GillUser

My apologies, I have not worked with Icinga, ever, and Nagios only briefly – too briefly to offer an opinion. I am, personally speaking, now a Netscout man and I am sure that Netscout could and would provide a solution to your question that would knock his socks off, blow his hair back and put a big old smile on his/her face. ☺

20 July 18

I would recommend Nagios XI as your network server monitoring tool.

19 July 18
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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.Icinga monitors infrastructures of all sizes with the integrated cluster system secured by SSL, Integrates with DevOps tools and uses an object based configuration or provision on users' monitoring code through the REST API. Icinga has a lightweight and extensible web interface to keep an eye on your environment and provides modules that extend the functionality of Icinga Web 2. Additionally, it offers a fully preconfigured monitoring stack or just add an external perspective.

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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