We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time alerting on possible ransomware attacks and provides file security review. It helps us to see if something abnormal is happening on the system before it's too late."
"It is good for giving an overview of the systems and for tracking long-term trends. It is handy for root cause analysis, e.g. it can eliminate whether storage is the cause of an issue."
"Its ability to quickly inventory our resources, figure out interdependencies across them, and assemble a topology of your environment is brilliant. There is a price associated with it. Whenever you target a NetApp environment, it is included in the price but whenever you want to add different vendors, like VMware and Cisco, the price greatly spikes. Inventorization helps us a lot to visualize the environment."
"Among the most valuable features are the queries and reporting that allow us to look at the utilization of resources, at how well the storage is performing, and to report on which resources are being used by which business units. We can track usage across the entire environment, across applications, business units, cost centers, etc."
"The solution is open-source, easy to manage, and user-friendly making it easy for anyone to use."
"It's a very reliable platform and we've never had any issues regarding the scalability or the stability of Zabbix."
"The initial setup was very quick. The first time it was long because I didn't know it yet. I was only using Windows. The first time was very difficult because of the operating system."
"The flexibility of this solution is amazing."
"It has an intuitive UI with beautiful graphs and customizable maps."
"The flexible licensing model is one of the solution's most valuable aspects. It really allows for great flexibility for companies."
"Zabbix is very easy to implement."
"The most valuable feature is service assurance."
"They have also accommodated many state-of-the-art technologies like Docker and ZooKeeper."
"The product offers good documentation that helps with initial training."
"Their pricing model needs improvement."
"There is room for improving the creating and managing or modifying of reports. That is still a difficult task to do and requires knowledge beyond the storage itself. I would love to see reporting improved so that we can create reports by dragging and dropping pieces into a report form and publish a report that way."
"In a perfect world we would have something built, right out-of-the-box, that can identify what we call "noise," and reduce the amount of data. You're presented with so much data when you first start the data collectors. For example, it brings back a lot of change rates that happen just because of standard computing, like profile changes and that sort of thing. Being able to identify things like that and categorize them and strip it down—and it probably can do that, I just haven't gotten there yet—would be very beneficial."
"When I did need support because I was having problems with the solution, the first or the second line just didn't understand it. They were providing this only on a software as a service basis. So, they were asking all the wrong questions."
"Documentation terminology could be improved."
"We would like to monitor other touchpoints such as ATM machines. It would be great if it can provide monitoring of ATM machines. Compatibility with other products would also be great."
"I would like to see a more flexible mobile client, and better HA out of the box."
"I would like to remotely connect to the computer, and Zabbix doesn't have this capability."
"If you want to use all of the features then you have to pay a licensing fee."
"I think the reporting part of Zabbix can be improved in terms of more user-friendly graphics to display the collected data. Many simple users who don't know how to use Zabbix properly might get confused by the reporting, although at the same time it is very versatile for my company."
"Zabbix does not draw automatic mapping of the network, this is something they should add in the future. There is a lot of effort that is involved in tailoring some of the settings which could be made easier."
"There's a small module of APM, however, it is not an enhanced version. People usually ask for a full-fledged APM solution."
"It would be ideal if the product offered sound alerts."
"There is room for improvement with the administrative part. They introduced Control Center to manage things in Zenoss 5. The services that Zenoss provides remained the same, but the administrative part, since they introduced Docker, etc., has become a little complex"
"Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an understanding of that is the biggest thing."
"The licensing model could be improved. We love that you can use it for free for looking at NetApp products. You only need licenses to look at non-NetApp products, but as soon as you do that, you start utilizing licenses that actually would have been free in the public. So, there is a bit of an anomaly in the licensing model."
"We purchased Zabbix for a good price, including support"
"It is open source. If you want to have a subscription or official support, you can pay for it. They have different plans, which are not that expensive. The plans are based on per monitoring server, not per monitored equipment. So, it is not at all expensive, and you can also live without the support if you want a cheaper option."
"It is reasonable."
"It is worth every cent to pay or even study to do your own installation."
"The solution is free. However, many open-sourced tools start out free but eventually start charging."
"There is a license required for this solution and we pay annually for our license."
"I was using the free, Community Edition."
"The solution is free to use but they offer support as a paid service. If you can go read the manuals and do the fine-tuning based on your needs, you do not need to pay anything and you will have a full solution."
"It is very cost-effective compared to the tools I worked with in the past. The company is gaining a lot with respect to the cost factor. It provides agentless monitoring and in a very cheap way."
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Zabbix is ranked 1st in Network Monitoring Software with 39 reviews while Zenoss Service Dynamics is ranked 19th in Network Monitoring Software with 2 reviews. Zabbix is rated 8.0, while Zenoss Service Dynamics is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of Zabbix writes "Very mature, easy to scale, and free to use". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zenoss Service Dynamics writes "Good user experience with an easy initial setup and good documentation". Zabbix is most compared with Nagios XI, Centreon, Splunk, Nagios Core and WhatsUp Gold, whereas Zenoss Service Dynamics is most compared with DX Spectrum, Nagios XI, SevOne Network Data Platform, SCOM and ManageEngine IT360. See our Zabbix vs. Zenoss Service Dynamics report.
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