Pandora FMS Room for Improvement
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 if you're 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 works well. They've made changes so it is getting better. They can refine the upgrade of 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.View full review »
The free version capable of monitoring more than 10,000 nodes and covers (without limitations) a monitoring network, servers (based on agents or remotely) and applications. With complete functionalities of reports, alerts, integrations with third parties via API, etc.
It creates its own architecture from 0, which allows it to scale perfectly in large environments. It has been possible to monitor an environment with more than 100,000 nodes without performance problems (of course, in the Enterprise version).
We also highlight its integration with mobile devices, not only to access the console but also to monitor them thanks to its geolocation system.
The only bad thing is that in the Community version that is completely free could expand the number of nodes to monitor, otherwise is a great tool
Pandora FMS is currently very focused on monitoring so they have left out the issue of cloud deployment. After discussing it with support and in the forums, I have seen that they are working on improving their cloud side, and with the Discovery feature, which is still limited, I'm sure they will accomplish a lot more in the future.View full review »
I find that this software is resource heavy, and demands a lot of processing capacity. I would like to see it lightened. The somewhat long configuration means that the start of implementation may be slow.
Nice features to see would be:
- The possibility to make it work without agents.
- It would be good if it had a long history of occurrences.
- Notifications via hangouts or google chat.
When it comes to the definition of local Software Agents for the first time in the open-source version, it can become very tedious. However, when using the Enterprise Version, we will be allowed to centralize the administration and deployment from the web console.View full review »
What could you say on this subject? I sincerely believe that Pandora needs new ideas for functionality closer to advanced device security monitoring.
In its versions for Linux, in the beginning, it can be somewhat complicated to configure and implement. The Windows version is easier to configure but less stable in my opinion.
This solution requires proper training to get 100% out of it.
The life cycle seems to be very short, but you get what you pay for.View full review »
Better support for custom themes would be greatly appreciated. I would like to have a dashboard with all assets displayed, with a quick hover-over status. Think "at-a-glance" style view of all assets on one page. This would make it easy for data center admins to get an overall picture.View full review »
It would be helpful to include the generation of reports for times that the network was out of service. Such a report should include the name of the network, the start time of the fault, the end time of the fault, and the total time out of service.View full review »