Nagios XI vs. Zabbix

As of April 2019, Nagios XI is ranked 2nd in Network Monitoring Software with 9 reviews vs Zabbix which is ranked 1st in Network Monitoring Software with 23 reviews. The top reviewer of Nagios XI writes "The Administrative GUI Provides Improved Configuration". The top reviewer of Zabbix writes "My extended experience with Zabbix or how to cook toasts". Nagios XI is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios Core and Centreon. Zabbix is most compared with Nagios XI, Centreon 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: March 2019.
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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.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.What we like about it is that, whereas with Nagios, by design, if you have five or six data centers, you have to open five or six web pages to see what's going on, In Centreon, this is all included in one page, a single site, one dashboard. You don't have to jump from one specific dashboard to the other.I really like the filtering capabilities of it. You can easily tell what's critical next to what's okay, the state of the services. It's very easy to get the whole picture quickly.E-mail alert notifications are valuable.

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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.Nagios XI helped me to draw the network and check for system failures.The ability to set up templates and groups of checks, as well as customize the checks themselves.Since this is an open source technology, if we are capable of writing the plugins in any scripting language, this product allows us to monitor anything we want.You want to monitor a specific metric that nobody else has? You can do it even with the most basic of scripting skills, and you can always share it with the vast community of Nagios Exchange.Though I downplayed the administrative NCC GUI, this is by far the strongest aspect of the Nagios XI product.

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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.​We are able to do problem determination on runaway processes.

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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.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.There are improvements that they need to make to their API. When we're using different systems and we want to disable monitoring for a specific server, we still can't do that through the API. That's something that's lacking.This solution lacks service monitoring in the cloud.It is necessary to improve service monitoring of database services in the free version.

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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.Nagios XI can improve its GUI for users with a new look.The PNP4Nagios plugin not working easily with XI is an issue for me, because some open source monitoring plugins do not work out of the box. But in the end, you learn to live with it.The product could be optimized to improve the administrative user experience via the Nagios Core Configuration (NCC) GUI module.The reporting part should be made simpler. While we can obtain all the reports we need, we always have to create work-arounds to get them.

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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.The dashboard and the graph section could be a little bit more professional.We had some scalability issues with a large number of nodes.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The solution is very effective, despite the low price.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.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.Centreon is an open source product. Thus, there is no need for licensing.It's quite expensive when you use the Enterprise version, but if you compare it to other providers, it's more like a middle-of-the-line product. It's always good to have a price that is lower, but I would say the price is okay because we get very good support and if we have any other issues we can always contact them. There has never been a time when I didn't get help from them.

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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.There are no licenses.It's free software released under the GNU/GPL license.The product is an open source and free solution.It is a true open-source solution, so there are no licensing costs.It’s free of cost.

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Answers from the Community
Anonymous User

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


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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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.

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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