Compare Nagios XI vs. Zabbix

Nagios XI is ranked 2nd in Network Monitoring Software with 14 reviews while Zabbix which is ranked 1st in Network Monitoring Software with 16 reviews. Nagios XI is rated 8.4, while Zabbix is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Nagios XI writes "The Administrative GUI Provides Improved Configuration". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zabbix writes "Reasonable network monitoring which works okay if you don't mind the glitches". Nagios XI is most compared with Nagios Core, Zabbix and Centreon, whereas Zabbix is most compared with Centreon, Nagios XI and Icinga. See our Nagios XI vs. Zabbix report.
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Find out what your peers are saying about Nagios XI vs. Zabbix 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 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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Simple network monitoring that is easy to install and manage.We have two important servers. One server is an educational server. The second server is an enterprise server which we need to support about 24,000 clients. We needed these servers to operate very well. We needed to prevent the servers from crashing. Zabbix helped us in this way.Working on OS level features helps us do real analyses to determine conditions.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.​

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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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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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The product delivers false positives during reporting because of flapping. Other reasonably priced alternatives may have better performance.The Zabbix dashboard is somewhat complicated. I like to use this product to monitor the network. I like to have a dashboard to monitor our situation and the correctness of other routers.Adding a mapping subsystem would be helpful.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.​Look and feel.

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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 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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It is free, which allows us to reduce costs.It is worth every cent to pay or even study to do your own installation.We’re using the free version, which covers all our current needs.

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Answers from the Community
Anonymous User
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I'd prefer Zabbix over Nagios. Zabbix is much more less complex than Nagios. The major difference is Nagios requires you to update config files for pretty much everything and Zabbix leverages their GUI to do most work. Other than that, they both are very respected for monitoring and it depends on personal comfort and needs.

30 July 18
Network/Security Administrator at a tech services companyReal User

Zabbix is more complex and poorly documented IMO. That's because they want you to pay an arm and a leg for paid support. There is enough there for you to figure out on your own but when we used it 2 yrs ago we were forced to use an older snapshot ISO for Windows. The latest and greatest was only available for Unix.

Nagios. Too pricey in my opinion.

Consider instead. Spiceworks if you don't want to pay a lot of money and are willing to do customizations.

Also, Google any of these:
Nagios vs. Zabbix
Nagios vs. Spieceworks
Zabbix vs. Spikeworks

Exmple:

http://kkovacs.eu/zabbix-vs-nagios

However, you will see a widely varying set of reviews and you will need to vet it. There can be a multitude of issues your network/LAN present to each product.

Personally, whatever you choose you must decide if you will customize/support it or if you need 3rd party. If you are a savvy developer you should choose the most customizable one.

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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.

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.

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 BankNagios has over one million users globally, including AOL, DHL, McAfee, MCI, MTV, Yahoo!, Universal, Toshiba, Sony, Siemens, and JPMorgan Chase.Bodybuilding.com, LLC., ITtelligent Consulting Services,Eltele AS, Total Server Solutions, LLC., ChinaNetCloud
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Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider13%
Construction Company9%
Government4%
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Financial Services Firm14%
Comms Service Provider9%
Pharma/Biotech Company9%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
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Manufacturing Company21%
Financial Services Firm14%
Comms Service Provider14%
Hospitality Company7%
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Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company16%
Retailer7%
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Financial Services Firm17%
University17%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
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Comms Service Provider20%
K 12 Educational Company Or School12%
Financial Services Firm12%
University11%
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