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Find out what your peers are saying about Nagios Core vs. Spiceworks and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"We have the business activity monitoring, the map, and the MBI modules and they are all very good.""The single-pane view provides us a view of all of our network infrastructure, and it is one of the most important tools that we use to see the status of our customers' networks.""You can concentrate and orchestrate several other solutions from other vendors. You can consolidate those solutions all in one place, then maintain and monitor from that single point. This creates ease of use. It is a very powerful solution from this point of view.""The dashboards are valuable because they ease troubleshooting and viewing. It becomes easier to locate the source of a problem... The dashboards make it easier to communicate with our clients. They don't want to see the alert console, they want to see a beautiful dashboard representing their network and their business and to watch it in case something is wrong in their environment.""The customizable reports and dashboards are really flexible. We started this partnership with Centreon, when we were looking for a solution, because of the flexibility of the reporting. That's what we found to be most attractive in the solution. You can display the data as you want.""Centreon helps me detect where the problem is quickly. When we resolve a problem quickly, this lowers our overall costs."

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"The solution is quite efficient.""Other products are good but from the configuration point of view Nagios is really very lightweight. The price is really good in my opinion. Another important thing is that my Nagios engine still works with Dual core 8GB ram for the last 10 years.""The most valuable features are the reports and the way it generates the report in a graphical manner."

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"The nice thing about Spiceworks is always it's free. Monitoring of printers for low toner. Finding machines that have low memory or low hard disk space.""It lets us know whether devices are getting out of date and tracked warranties. Spiceworks also gave me visibility in terms of what software was installed on each device and its status.""It shows the users that are currently logged in, which is not something that Active Directory by default will ever let you know up front.""The most valuable features are the inventory and personalization.""Spiceworks is generic and free."

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Cons
"Centreon is actually missing an easy way to create a trendline for the metrics. Actually it is possible to create it, but you need a good knowledge of math, Centreon, and RRD.""Improvements are needed in the area of cloud monitoring, as that's a newer feature.""Opening a ticket on the website of Centreon can be difficult for my colleague, but not for me because my English is good. However, my colleague doesn't speak English well, as our company is in Quebec and our first language is French.""Currently, we have to go through all of the different templates and take a look at how the template is configured, and how specific parameters may change across different templates with different precedents, megatons, etc. It's a lot of work and involves trial and error. I wish they could simplify the process.""I would like to see more plugins. That is something it needs. There is also room for improvement through dynamic thresholds, or self-discover thresholds. I would also like to see a discovery feature that could map the whole network environment and automatically suggest things.""During the initial setup we faced some issues. Part of it was because we had to become more knowledgeable in the solution. There are some gray areas and if you don't know the product well you may have issues. Another part of it was some bugs that we came across, although that's part of every software solution in IT nowadays. But the initial setup could be easier."

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"Bandwidth monitoring is the pain point for me because Nagios Core does not monitor bandwidth effectively like Cacti does.""It would be nice if the company offered a sales or contract manager that was dedicated to our company so that we would have some sort of link to Nagios, and if we had issues or questions, we'd be able to contact them directly.""The scalability needs improvement, it's not scalable at this time."

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"There are a lot of disadvantages to Spiceworks because it's not an agent-based solution.""The network mapping could be improved. Putting together an actual bonafide network map would be really nice.""Since Spiceworks is a free tool, it's not very scriptable or customizable.""Having an integrated asset management tool, where I can plug in things that are offline, would be good.""Once a device was recognized on the network, Spiceworks never got rid of it even after you took it off the network. You had to go in and manually remove it."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Their licensing model is really easy. You have one license and you have access to all the features, compared to other tools where you have to purchase add-ons.""The pricing works out well for us, given our environment and where we are.""Centreon is better than Nagios XI in regards to cost and support response times, when you have a problem. If you have a problem, it costs money to contact the Nagios XI support.""Centreon is always available to develop new plugins when needed. The most important thing is that their maintenance account yearly subscription fee includes the fact that they will maintain the new plugins that you requested them to deliver.""If you need basic monitoring without dashboards, just monitoring, the plugins are very useful and really cheap. If you want a more complete solution with dashboards and reporting, the EMS solution is great and it is not that much more expensive. It's a good value. Really good."

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"We are using the open-source, unpaid version."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The customizable reports and dashboards are really flexible. We started this partnership with Centreon, when we were… more »
Top Answer: Their licensing model is really easy. You have one license and you have access to all the features, compared to other… more »
Top Answer: There is room for improvement in the basic reporting. They provide reporting in PDF files but you cannot modify these… more »
Top Answer: Other products are good but from the configuration point of view Nagios is really very lightweight. The price is really… more »
Top Answer: In my opinion, the price is very competitive compared to other products. Just compare it with "SolarWinds, Check MK"… more »
Top Answer: Recommendation: 1 Provide a user friendly GUI to configure various hosts/services using a graphical frontend… more »
Top Answer: Spiceworks is generic and free.
Top Answer: Since Spiceworks is a free tool, it's not very scriptable or customizable.
Top Answer: We're using Spiceworks mainly for infrastructure monitoring.
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Overview
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.

This is IT infrastructure monitoring's industry-standard, open-source core. Free without professional support services.

From network inventory and network monitoring to help desk software, and mobile device management (MDM) to cloud services detection, Spiceworks helps you manage everything about your IT workday from one easy place.
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Sample Customers
Airbus, Bollore, BT, Canal Plus, Kuehne Nagel, Limagrain, LVMH, Oberthur Technologies, Orange, Darty, Addax Petroleum, Plastic Omnium, Auchan, Valeo, Saint Gobin, Clarins, Hugo Boss, JC Decaux, French Government (Defense, Justice, Environment, Agriculture), OptiComm, Thales, Zeiss.
Airbnb, Cisco, PayPal, FanDuel
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Symantec, Webroot, EMC, Pertino
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government5%
Wholesaler/Distributor4%
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Retailer18%
Financial Services Firm18%
Transportation Company9%
Construction Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider31%
Computer Software Company23%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Manufacturing Company14%
Construction Company7%
Educational Organization7%
Transportation Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government9%
Educational Organization6%
Company Size
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Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise36%
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Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business49%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise21%
Find out what your peers are saying about Nagios Core vs. Spiceworks and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
553,954 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Nagios Core is ranked 15th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 3 reviews while Spiceworks is ranked 18th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 5 reviews. Nagios Core is rated 8.0, while Spiceworks is rated 6.8. The top reviewer of Nagios Core writes "Well priced, lightweight and reliable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Spiceworks writes "Has good policy enforcement but the network mapping could be improved". Nagios Core is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios XI, Pandora FMS, OP5 Monitor and PRTG Network Monitor, whereas Spiceworks is most compared with Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM, JIRA Service Management, ServiceNow and Datadog. See our Nagios Core vs. Spiceworks report.

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