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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds ipMonitor

SolarWinds ipMonitor is well suited in situation where customer do not wants to hold the responsibility of underlying monitoring infrastructure management such as Servers, Database, website and their high availability. And of course when you need Network, Servers, Services fault and performance monitoring. When you have specialized network monitoring requirement such as Configuration backup, netflow traffic analysis then this is not the right tool.
Rekha Yadav | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

From my stand point, [Zabbix is] very well suited for small and medium enterprises. The main benefit it is also it's worst quality: It is free / open source.You don't have costs to implement and to use it, but in the other hand you don't have a professional support or SLAs to rely on. In case you base your monitoring of critical systems on Zabbix and it has an issue, you need to appeal to the community and it can take a long time to have an answer or have your issue fixed.For these reasons I think it cant be the foundation of a monitoring process on large enterprises, but you can use it as a complement to have more flexibility.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

SolarWinds ipMonitor
8.2
Zabbix
Automated network device discovery
SolarWinds ipMonitor
8.5
Zabbix
Network monitoring
SolarWinds ipMonitor
8.9
Zabbix
Alerts
SolarWinds ipMonitor
8.5
Zabbix
Network mapping
SolarWinds ipMonitor
8.1
Zabbix
Customizable reports
SolarWinds ipMonitor
7.2
Zabbix

Pros

SolarWinds ipMonitor

  • ipMonitor is well suited to use SNMP sources to monitor up states and usage such as network interfaces
  • ipMonitor does a great job of measuring bandwidth usage and delivering a long term 'picture' of usage
  • ipMonitor has an exceptional interface that is easy to use and simple to navigate
Mike Maner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

  • Collecting hardware data - CPU, Memory, Network, and Disk Metrics are collected and reported on.
  • Flexible design - It is very easy to build out even very large environments via the templating system. You can also start where you are - network monitoring, server monitoring, etc. and then build it out from there as time and resources permit.
  • Provides a "plugin architecture" (via XML templates) to allow end users to extend it to monitor all kinds of equipment, software, or other metrics that are not already added into the software already.
  • Very complete documentation. Almost every aspect of Zabbix has been documented and reported on.
  • Cost - Zabbix is FOSS software and always free. Support is reasonably priced and readily available.
Thomas Higgins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SolarWinds ipMonitor

  • SolarWinds ipMonitor tool is good for small to medium-size applications but it has some drawbacks for large and busy applications on busy servers.
  • [It] may not able to provide accurate results for applications or servers which work on high loads and busy environments.
  • In our Organization it has been observed on the Clustered environment with always-on technology, and iPMonitor cannot pinpoint the network traffic and performance which servers were switched between the servers. While switching between Active node to passive node in a clustered environment, it cannot pinpoint application web servers issues.
Srinivas Reddy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

  • In a busy Zabbix environment, it can easily overwhelm the underlying database. Plan on having SSDs and a significant server infrastructure to keep up with more than a hundred hosts.
  • Building out Zabbix metrics that suit your environment can be very time consuming. When choosing a monitoring platform like Zabbix, expect a steep learning curve and to invest significant resources to make the tool valuable.
  • This is less important than it has been in the past, but current versions of Zabbix still do not handle IPMI checks of hardware very well. We needed to write our own wrapper for IPMI checks rather than using the built in IPMI poller.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds ipMonitor

SolarWinds ipMonitor 8.2
Based on 1 answer
I have very few pieces of software, that are specific to IT and IT services, that just work. Honestly, I don't need the support as it never breaks, but I believe in rewarding vendors that make valuable products
Mike Maner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

Zabbix 10.0
Based on 2 answers
It is free. It didn't cost anything to implement (other than my time and the cost incurred for it) and it is filling a badly needed gap in our IT infrastructure. Support is available if we have issues and can be done annually or paid for on a per incident basis as needed. Expansion, updates, and all other future lifecycle activities are likewise free of cost, so as long as someone is able to implement/maintain the software (and the OSS project is maintained) then I imagine the company will never leave it.
Thomas Higgins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

SolarWinds ipMonitor

SolarWinds ipMonitor 8.1
Based on 8 answers
SolarWinds ipMonitor is a perfectly decent network mapper and performance metric gatherer, but it is held back by the UI, which can be hard to navigate once you have more than a couple dozen assets in there. It is fairly priced, but it also sometimes takes a really long time before results come in.
Dylan Eikelenboom | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

SolarWinds ipMonitor

SolarWinds ipMonitor 8.6
Based on 10 answers
Although I had not much support ticket with ipMonitor support team but I can share my overall experience with SolarWinds products and support team. I am working with SolarWinds support team since last 7 years and in last 2-3 years I have seen a significant improvement in knowledge documentation which is helping end users to troubleshoot problems by themselves. Apart from this SolarWinds phone call based support is very nice as tickets and emails might take some time but a direct phone call can get your job done quickly comparatively.
Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

Zabbix 5.6
Based on 4 answers
The setup is the most time-consuming portion of using zabbix. It takes a lot of effort to shape it into a usable format and even then it can get very messy. It's not exactly intuitive and as mentioned the UI seems a bit antiquated. If I was to roll out a monitoring solution from scratch, I'd probably look for alternatives which are easier to use and maintain.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

SolarWinds ipMonitor

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zabbix

Zabbix 6.0
Based on 1 answer
We are a mainly Windows environment, so it would be useful if we could have used Active Directory to deploy agents. As of version 4.2, Zabbix has announced a new agent MSI file to allow exactly that. Unfortunately, we didn't have that option.Also, for Linux and MAC deployments, there is no simple way to deploy that. Using remote scripts you may be able to create something, but most places will opt for either SNMP (agentless) or manual installation of agents to add to Zabbix. A way of deploying agents via discovery would go a long way to helping in the adoption of the tool.
Thomas Higgins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

SolarWinds ipMonitor

We have run Zabbix in the past and while it is a great and very flexible tool (much more than SolarWinds), it is also an Open Source tool that depends heavily on the community. When it comes to more complex environments and global implementations with business critical applications, we could not rely on the community to support us.SolarWinds is a leader on monitoring industry and has a great support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

I personally prefer Zabbix over any other monitoring software that I have ever tried. Zabbix is so customizable that if there is a feature I need, I can easily implement it. I can then add that feature to a template in no time and have it applied to hundreds, or even thousands, of other servers. The performance of Zabbix and its ability to use proxy servers to gather data and report back to a primary node is also rather unique in my experience. Zabbix, being self-hosted, rather than a cloud solution, also prevents latency or routing issues from generating false alerts.
Eric O'Callaghan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SolarWinds ipMonitor

  • We currently use an outside service to monitor critical network nodes. We will do away with that service shortly.
  • We no longer have to wait to hear from our users if there is a network device down. We will be proactively alerted and we can begin to remediate immediately helping to limit downtime.
  • After initial setup and some tweaking, it requires little to no time to maintain.
Paul Cheng | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

  • Zabbix has become my go-to solution for information gathering on our hardware. It's very easy to create reports and graphs outlining any specific metric I'm asked to provide.
  • Zabbix's alerting and script firing has made monitoring utilization on our network a breeze, while their alerting system allows me to fire off a different level of alert by the specific consecutive objects in an alert status. With time, I've been able to eliminate most end device alerts while just shooting off an alert for the problem at the root of an issue.
  • Zabbix is easy enough to use at the user level to be handed to non-tech savvy people with minimal training.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

SolarWinds ipMonitor

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SolarWinds ipMonitor Editions & Modules

Edition
ipMonitor -2500 Monitors$57701
ipMonitor - 1000 Monitors$26201
ipMonitor - 500 Monitors$15701
  1. installation
Additional Pricing Details

Zabbix

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Zabbix Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds ipMonitor
8.0
Zabbix
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds ipMonitor
8.2
Zabbix
10.0

Usability

SolarWinds ipMonitor
8.1
Zabbix

Support Rating

SolarWinds ipMonitor
8.6
Zabbix
5.6

Implementation Rating

SolarWinds ipMonitor
Zabbix
6.0

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