Pandora FMS Pros and Cons

Pandora FMS Pros

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Marc Charbonneau
Systems Analyst at a university with 501-1,000 employees
It is easy to create your own custom modules if you just know a little bit of scripting. If you have unique requirements, you can just make your own modules. You can even grab checks from other vendors. There are open-source checks for various things such as SMTP, etc. There is a long list of different ones from Nagios. You can just use them, and within seconds, you get yourself a check that is monitoring whatever you need. It is really flexible. I guess that's why they call it Pandora Flexible Monitoring System (FMS). It is reliable. It does the job, and it alerts. It is also surprisingly feature-rich. Our network guy just recently asked about a particular protocol to monitor the bandwidth on the network, which is not a common protocol. When I looked it up, and I found that they cover it. It is very mature for a not-so-known product.
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Alexandre Pérez Jorge
User
What I value most about Pandora FMS is the simplicity of working with it.
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reviewer1141848
User
The official forum is active enough to answer most of the high-end technical questions that you may have.
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Jimmy Olano
Developer at KS7000
Pandora FMS provides us with a general report (graphical) about all of the connected devices, which helps with planning new stations and tracking them.
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Carlos Nunes
Telecomunicações at GoContact
I like this solution a lot because it has a very large Hispanic community and the platform looks very friendly.
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Luis (Abe) Ibrahim Delgado Pláter
User
The solution is so lightweight that with only 4GB of ram, it allows keeping track of up to two hundred agents from a single console.
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JaJavi
Network Manager at Adora Walau
Thanks to its flexibility, I have been able to adapt the tool to our servers and find out quickly how their console works.
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m.angel
User at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
It allows me to quickly see the status of all of my printers, switches, computers, and virtual machines to determine if any system has fallen.
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Olin S.
Director of Information Security and Technology at a healthcare company with 11-50 employees
This solution has screens that are easy to understand and provide a wealth of information.
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Juan Manuel Gonzalez
Services Desk Manager at Asociacion Peravia de Ahorros y Prestamos
The most valuable features are auto-discovery and automatic detection of the network topology and network monitoring.
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Pandora FMS Cons

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Marc Charbonneau
Systems Analyst at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Their support is good, but it is just online communication. It would be great to be able to just call someone and talk to them instead of always writing. It works well for me because I am a decent communicator in email, but some people might find it difficult to describe in a written fashion and communicate with them that way. There is a learning curve to the interface, but once you get used to it, it is actually very powerful. They have a lot of options, but people struggle with the interface. They've improved it though, and it is getting better. They need to keep improving the learning curve to help buy-in. I'm the guy that manages it, so I'm comfortable with it. They can refine the upgrade agents to be easier. They can also do more refinement in end-user usability because not everyone is strong technically, and people who aren't strong technically might be averse to the product, even though it has come a long way. It has a complete GUI and everything.
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Alexandre Pérez Jorge
User
The price for Pandora FMS is expensive.
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reviewer1141848
User
Pandora FMS is an overall great monitoring solution, but it does not have a community that is as large as Zabbix or Nagios.
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Jimmy Olano
Developer at KS7000
It would be useful if Pandora FMS included an ISO image (or «software appliance») for each big company that leases virtual private machines (VPS), just like in AWS.
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Carlos Nunes
Telecomunicações at GoContact
I find that this software is resource heavy, and demands a lot of processing capacity.
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Luis (Abe) Ibrahim Delgado Pláter
User
When it comes to the definition of local Software Agents for the first time in the open-source version, it can become very tedious.
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JaJavi
Network Manager at Adora Walau
I sincerely believe that Pandora needs new ideas for functionality closer to advanced device security monitoring.
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m.angel
User at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
This solution requires proper training to get 100% out of it.
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Olin S.
Director of Information Security and Technology at a healthcare company with 11-50 employees
I would like to have a dashboard with all assets displayed, with a quick hover-over status.
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Juan Manuel Gonzalez
Services Desk Manager at Asociacion Peravia de Ahorros y Prestamos
It would be helpful to include the generation of reports for times that the network was out of service.
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Learn what your peers think about Pandora FMS. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: May 2021.
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