Grafana vs. Nagios Core

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Grafana
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Grafana is a data visualization tool developed by Grafana Labs in New York. It is available open source, managed (Grafana Cloud), or via an enterprise edition with enhanced features. Grafana has pluggable data source model and comes bundled with support for popular time series databases like Graphite. It also has built-in support for cloud monitoring vendors like Amazon Cloudwatch, Microsoft Azure and SQL databases like MySQL. Grafana can combine data from many places into a single dashboard.
$0
Nagios Core
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Nagios provides monitoring of all mission-critical infrastructure components. Multiple APIs and community-build add-ons enable integration and monitoring with in-house and third-party applications for optimized scaling.N/A
Pricing
GrafanaNagios Core
Editions & Modules
Grafana Cloud - Pro
$8
per month up to 1 active user
Grafana Cloud - Free
Free
10k metrics + 50GB logs + 50GB traces up to 3 active users
Grafana Cloud - Advanced
Volume Discounts
custom data usage custom active users
Grafana - Enterprise Stack
Custom Pricing
Single License
Free
Single License
Free
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
GrafanaNagios Core
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
GrafanaNagios Core
Considered Both Products
Grafana
Chose Grafana
Grafana blows Nagios out of the water when it comes to customization. The ability to feed almost any data source makes it very versatile and the cost is great.
Nagios Core
Chose Nagios Core
Nagios Core can do literally anything you need it to thanks to the amazing developer community and their ability to program custom addons. Need to monitor servers all over the world.The main advantage of Nagios Core is that it allows you to be aware of the status of each host …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
GrafanaNagios Core
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Grafana
8.0
4 Ratings
5% below category average
Nagios Core
-
Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports7.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable dashboards10.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates7.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Grafana
8.2
3 Ratings
2% above category average
Nagios Core
-
Ratings
Drill-down analysis8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Formatting capabilities8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Grafana
9.2
3 Ratings
10% above category average
Nagios Core
-
Ratings
Publish to Web9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to PDF9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Versioning9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers10.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Grafana
7.5
3 Ratings
9% below category average
Nagios Core
-
Ratings
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)7.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Predictive Analytics7.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
GrafanaNagios Core
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(4 ratings)
8.5
(44 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.9
(3 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
4.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.7
(9 ratings)
User Testimonials
GrafanaNagios Core
Likelihood to Recommend
Grafana Labs
Grafana is a one stop solution for all application monitoring needs. In our organisation, we use nodeJs. We run it using pm2. Since we didn't use Grafana it was hard for us to know if an app has stopped working unless we find it ourselves because our other app components were failing, or someone called us up and told about the situation. We were already using Grafana for monitoring our Ubuntu servers, but we hadn't had set it up for our app monitoring. Somehow we decided to monitor our nodeJs app with Grafana. It's a really good decision we made. We used Grafana nodeJs module "prom-client" for our node app which brought us relief from app failing situations. Since we have implemented Grafana for our Node app, it has helped us to monitor every health aspect of our node app. Now we have set up alerts based on heap-memory, so when heap memory goes beyond a set threshold we get notified and take the right steps ultimately saving our app from crashing and of course from losing business and reputation.
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Nagios Enterprises
Nagios monitoring is well suited for any mission critical application that requires per/second (or minute) monitoring. This would probably include even a shuttle launch. As Nagios was built around Linux, most (85%) plugins are Linux based, therefore its more suitable for a Linux environment.
As Nagios (and dependent components) requires complex configurations & compilations, an experienced Linux engineer would be needed to install all relevant components.
Any company that has hundreds (or thousands) of servers & services to monitor would require a stable monitoring solution like Nagios. I have seen Nagios used in extremely mediocre ways, but the core power lies when its fully configured with all remaining open-source components (i.e. MySQL, Grafana, NRDP etc). Nagios in the hands of an experienced Linux engineer can transform the organizations monitoring by taking preventative measures before a disaster strikes.
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Pros
Grafana Labs
  • It visualizes metrics very well coming from any well known data source.
  • It sends alerts to collaboration channels when a threshold is breeched.
  • Graphs and dashboards are portable (Graph-as-a-Code).
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Nagios Enterprises
  • Monitoring of services is one of the biggest benefits for our company. Being able to respond in a timely fashion keeps business smooth.
  • Hardware and device monitoring are easy to set up with proper parameters.
  • Notification to key staff to be able to respond quickly makes issues go away faster.
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Cons
Grafana Labs
  • Functions to customize values
  • Improved user experience
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Nagios Enterprises
  • Nagios could use core improvements in HA, though, Nagios itself recommends monitoring itself with just another Nagios installation, which has worked fine for us. Given its stability, and this work-around, a minor need.
  • Nagios could also use improvements, feature wise, to the web gui. There is a lot in Nagios XI which I felt were almost excluded intentionally from the core project. Given the core functionality, a minor need. We have moved admin facing alerts to appear as though they originate from a different service to make interacting with alerts more practical.
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Likelihood to Renew
Grafana Labs
No answers on this topic
Nagios Enterprises
We're currently looking to combine a bunch of our network montioring solutions into a single platform. Running multiple unique solutions for monitoring, data collection, compliance reporting etc has become a lot to manage.
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Usability
Grafana Labs
No answers on this topic
Nagios Enterprises
The Nagios UI is in need of a complete overhaul. Nice graphics and trendy fonts are easy on the eyes, but the menu system is dated, the lack of built in graphing support is confusing, and the learning curve for a new user is too steep.
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Support Rating
Grafana Labs
No answers on this topic
Nagios Enterprises
I haven't had to use support very often, but when I have, it has been effective in helping to accomplish our goals. Since Nagios has been very popular for a long time, there is also a very large user base from which to learn from and help you get your questions answered.
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Alternatives Considered
Grafana Labs
Grafana has a direct plugin to Icinga monitoring solution and allowed for easy configuration for us. At the time of implementation, other services did not have such an integration. As we already had a very customized and heavily introduced monitoring solution in place, we needed settings that could plug into the system quickly and efficiently. This was the case with Grafana and allowed us to have all the integrations we needed with services such as Icinga
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Nagios Enterprises
Because we get all we required in Nagios [Core] and for npm, we have to do lots of configuration as it is not as easy as Comair to Nagios [Core]. On npm UI, there is lots of data, so we are not able to track exact data for analysis, which is why we use Nagios [Core].
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Return on Investment
Grafana Labs
  • Helps us to keep our application and server up all time
  • Dashboards are easy to share with others
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Nagios Enterprises
  • With it being a free tool, there is no cost associated with it, so it's very valuable to an organization to get something that is so great and widely used for free.
  • You can set up as many alerts as you want without incurring any fees.
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