Compare Nagios Core vs. Zabbix

Nagios Core is ranked 17th in Network Monitoring Software with 6 reviews while Zabbix is ranked 1st in Network Monitoring Software with 11 reviews. Nagios Core is rated 8.2, while Zabbix is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Nagios Core writes "Improves memory and disc space usage, but is not user friendly". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zabbix writes "Reasonable network monitoring which works okay if you don't mind the glitches". Nagios Core is most compared with Nagios XI, Zabbix and Centreon, whereas Zabbix is most compared with Centreon, Icinga and Nagios XI. See our Nagios Core vs. Zabbix report.
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Find out what your peers are saying about Nagios Core vs. Zabbix and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
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The fact that I can use custom MIB files to customize my sensors for the things that are not there as a default is a good feature.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.The most valuable feature is the ability to span multiple technologies and multiple vendors.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.

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The most valuable feature is the performance parameters of the system.I like the way the solution sends alerts and how it keeps on escalating them.Nagios monitors our servers, so we know if anything goes wrong and can solve the problem before it happens.It has made the life of the network operations staff more proactive in managing the resources of the infrastructure. It prevents disasters long before they can take place.Key features include the GUI interface, its notification capabilities, and the real-time reporting.

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We detect problems before the customer does and before it actually happens using the predictive functions in Zabbix.Simple network monitoring that is easy to install and manage.Zabbix can use old data to current data to set the threshold. We can use previous data to set the threshold.We use it to monitor and manage our servers.Every new asset placed in the environment can be automatically detected, predicting human failures.It can send messages to our ticketing system.It has good graphs of what is going on within the operating system.​We are able to do problem determination on runaway processes.

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I have an issue with DFS, distributed file services... there isn't one by default. Taking into account the difference between DFS and DFSR as well would be great.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 dashboarding definitely needs improvement.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.

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The core version is no match for the XI version.I would like to see more training videos.It's not that easy to install the product itself. Also, the UI is a bit hard for regular users to navigate through.It is a bit slow due to latency.Making it a little easier to configure and set up from the start would help. There are multiple layers that you have to wade through to be able to set it up, to do it the right way, and to get it to do what you want it to do.

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I would like to see a more flexible mobile client, and better HA out of the box.The product delivers false positives during reporting because of flapping. Other reasonably priced alternatives may have better performance.I want Zabbix to improve the UX/UI. Zabbix doesn't use a JavaScript chart for images, and I want them to improve this.Correlation of events would be a wonderful addition.​I would like to better be able to monitor Oracle processes.​

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Pricing and Cost Advice
At the moment I'm only using 500 sensors. I pay yearly, so it's a cost that's easily swallowed.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 have an unlimited perpetual license, so we just pay support costs and it can scale throughout the organization.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.

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Lessening the price point would be an improvement.Nagios Core is free to use.The Nagios Core (PNP4Nagios + Core) is free and can be setup by Netadmin within a few hours. The only additional cost is the cloud server.We have saved a lot of time, money, and effort in reducing disaster times, which is owed to Nagios quick alerting.It's free.

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It is free, which allows us to reduce costs.It is worth every cent to pay or even study to do your own installation.

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Overview
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.

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

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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Sample Customers
Jameson Bank, Sidnix, RungeICT, MedicalAnimal, Truck-lite, GamingGrids, The Covell Group, Forsythn County Schools, NetMass, Musgrove Park Hospital, Lanes Health, Columbia Southern University, Vodafone, Intrust Bank
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Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider13%
Construction Company9%
Leisure / Travel Company4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company32%
Comms Service Provider14%
Media Company7%
Government6%
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Financial Services Firm22%
Manufacturing Company11%
Construction Company11%
University11%
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Software R&D Company30%
Comms Service Provider13%
Retailer9%
Manufacturing Company8%
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Financial Services Firm18%
University9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Software R&D Company9%
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Software R&D Company29%
Comms Service Provider16%
Media Company7%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
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Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise38%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise60%
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Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise50%
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Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise39%
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Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise66%
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