Pandora FMS Valuable Features

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 bit of scripting. If you have unique requirements, you can just make your own modules. 

You can also use checks from other vendors. There are open-source checks for hundreds of metrics. 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 seems mature for a not-so-known product.

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Alexandre Pérez Jorge

What I value most about Pandora FMS is the simplicity of working with it.

The speed of locating problems and to be able to solve them quickly, so that it affects our client's network infrastructure as little as possible, is very valuable.

Thanks to Pandora FMS we have everything unified in the same point and it is highly efficient.

This software is used to monitor several elements in the network, for example, it can detect if a network interface has been down, if it has received a defacement attack in unaweb, it alerts if there has been a memory loss in any application server; among its characteristics it allows to interact with other applications or platforms in the web and it can also send SMS if a system fails or alert about changes of an application in the web.Pandora FMS can collect information from any operating system, using specific agents for each platform, which collect data and send them to the server. Specific agents are used for GNU/Linux, AIX, Solaris, and Windows 2000, XP, 7, 2003 and 2008. Among its characteristics you can monitor services over TCP/IP protocol, without installing agents, you can also monitor network systems such as load balancers, routers, switches, operating systems, applications or printers. Pandora FMS also supports WMI to communicate directly with Windows systems remotely and SNMP to collect data orecibir can supervise the resources of devices such as processor load, disk use and RAM memory, analyzes the processes that are running in the system, in general can receive information from anything that can be collected automatically.

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We use the alert system a lot, with several actions per configured alert. These include actions like sending a Pushover notification, email, or even start a new EC2 instance.

The good thing about this system is the flexibility that provides. There's really no new technology that Pandora can't integrate with.

The SLA reports are just outstanding. It provides a clear vision about the KPIs and its evolution in time.

The official forum is active enough to answer most of the high-end technical questions that you may have. Besides, the documentation is really extensive and provides a lot of examples.

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Jimmy Olano
Developer at KS7000

Enterprise version is for big business (100 devices or more); we use Community version (GNU General Public License) , both versions let us make own "details", always under our responsibility. Another valuable feature is standards for monitoring, where discrete values in generic situations can be applied to anything with very different needs.

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Carlos Nunes
Telecomunicações at GoContact

The most valuable features in this solution are:

  • Large Hispanic community
  • Self-detection system for host or terminals
  • System of alarms or notifications
  • SLA reporting and management system
  • Geolocation
  • Monitoring of virtual environments
  • Agents for different platforms
  • Administration by CLI
  • Intuitive interface
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Luis (Abe) Ibrahim Delgado Pláter

The most valuable features of this solution are the WMI integration for the agents, being able to execute personalized scripts, and the default implementation of Tentacle to keep the data transfer secure between agents and servers.

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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Network Manager at Adora Walau

The features that I find most valuable are:

  • Flexible network administration
  • Monitors service availability and response times
  • Graphics system, exportable to PDF
  • Integrated remote access through eHorus
  • Complex and modular architecture
  • Includes logistical support
  • Strives to improve and make the user console much more usable and simple 

Each of these points I think represents the keys as to why this software works in my jewelry stores. It gives me greater control over all of the devices, the best performance, and I can interpret the data easily and much faster. The results are excellent. 

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User at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

This solution is able to fulfill any task of monitoring and control of hosts in an outstanding way.

It has a really complete Wiki and documentation, where they explain from the purpose to the configuration and use of its immense number of functions.

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

Easy installation of the Windows-based agent has made reporting foolproof. This solution has screens that are easy to understand and provide a wealth of information. Inventory tracking and auditing have become much easier to visualize. Ability to integrate with other software is very helpful, as well.

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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. In our institution, it is most important that our network is stable because otherwise, we cannot provide services.

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IT Consultant at Duosis

The most valuable feature is the single monitoring solution. We are able to control our business with this all-in-one monitoring tool.

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