Pieter Van BlommesteinManager, Principle Systems Engineer and team lead at BCX
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Auvik automatically updates network topology. Since it automatically updates the topology, we proactively know what is happening in a country or our branch offices. It also alerts us if there is a topology change, e.g., if it discovers anything new in that country. So, it has reduced the number of failures in our operations. We went from being reactive to proactive. So, we are no longer reacting to what is happening and others are doing. This has saved us about two to three hours a day. We used to spend two to three hours every morning checking the firewall and router logs for malicious behavior."
"It monitors and continuously tests everything that is of importance to you and your users. It could be everything from monitoring disk space to CPU usage to memory. It could include determining if the response time in your e-commerce platform is quick enough, or whether you have too many bounces from some of the pages on your website. You want to monitor anything that could cost you money or time or resources. You can do that with this system. It's very flexible."
"The API makes it pretty easy to integrate with any system."
"This solution allows us to standardize all of the reports for monitoring the network, so it helps a lot for auditing purposes."
"This solution satisfies all of the requirements that we need for our Windows-based systems, so if you are using the Windows platform then this is an easy solution."
"It takes a lot of the headache out of managing your data centers and software in other places."
"The most valuable features for us are the monitoring, the health explorer, and the console."
"This solution helps our application teams by allowing them to drill further into issues and perform a root cause analysis."
"This solution saves us a lot of work because it reduces the effort that is required in order to start monitoring."
"This is a product that does more generally than any of the competing solutions."
"The solution is scalable. If you want to monitor more you have to buy more licenses, but you can add on. We don't plan to increase usage."
"They need to improve the reporting system. They still don't have a proper reporting system in Auvik. They have built a dashboard in Power BI using APIs, but they should build some sort of report within Auvik itself. If Auvik fixes the reporting or comes up with a good reporting module, it will change the game."
"IT environments today are in constant flux. This is driven by the newer cloud technologies such as Kubernetes and Docker, etc. The whole Nagios-based monitoring system that OP5 is created on top of, is based on a host-service model. There is a need for a strategy on what to do with more dynamic environments. There is some cool stuff going on in that direction."
"The user interface is not what we are used to these days, and should be improved."
"I would like to see more standard libraries for the market solutions, out of the box, that you don't need to do a lot of work on."
"I would like to see better support for monitoring Unix-based systems."
"On-prem network monitoring is something that could be improved drastically."
"The console feature is very poor, and it would be very good for us if this were improved."
"The end-user components, including the dashboards, the administration console, and the web console, need to be improved."
"All of the areas of reporting are very bad and need to be improved."
"It lacks certain details that other products do better, like granular access and better application monitoring."
"Of course, price is always an issue with Microsoft and could be improved."
"Compared to other products, Auvik's pricing is more feasible since you get all its features. You pay for licenses on a per network device basis. It monitors hypervisors, but does not bill for that. There are no additional costs, which is something that I like."
"OP5 has a very low price as a solution, compared to many other solutions out there."
"Our licensing fees are approximately $30 per user, per month."
"If you have a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, then this is part of the agreement."
"It is more expensive than the competition."
"SCOM is part of the System Center suite and I am satisfied with the pricing."
"We have an enterprise agreement that includes this product as part of it."
"The pricing is good, and it's part of their system center suite."
"We have to pay for a license and the price is fine for us."
"We have an EA with Microsoft, and it comes as part of the EA."
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Auvik is cloud-based software that simplifies and automates network monitoring and management to give you complete network visibility and control.
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OP5 Monitor - The Complete Monitoring Solution
A flexible and highly scalable monitoring solution for all sizes of environments. Use just one product to monitor your IT environment regardless of location, whether on-premise, in dynamic environments, public cloud or a hybrid between these.
New technologies add extra layers and complexity to the IT estate by creating a Hybrid IT environment of both static and dynamic environments, that can be difficult to monitor efficiently. ITRS OP5 Monitor gives firms a view of their entire IT-estate through a single pane of glass, allowing them to consolidate monitoring tools and cut down costs.
OP5 Monitor is ranked 28th in Network Monitoring Software with 2 reviews while SCOM is ranked 7th in Network Monitoring Software with 20 reviews. OP5 Monitor is rated 9.0, while SCOM is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of OP5 Monitor writes "Implements automated tests of all the things you are responsible for as an IT operations manager". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SCOM writes "Best all-around, multi-features single interface, cross-platform monitoring solution for complex environment groupings". OP5 Monitor is most compared with Nagios Core, Centreon, Nagios XI and ITRS Geneos, whereas SCOM is most compared with Zabbix, Dynatrace, Nagios XI, PRTG Network Monitor and BMC TrueSight Operations Management. See our OP5 Monitor vs. SCOM report.
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