Nagios Core vs. ScienceLogic SL1

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Nagios Core
Score 8.1 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
ScienceLogic SL1
Score 8.4 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
ScienceLogic is a system and application monitoring and performance management platform. ScienceLogic collects and aggregates data across and IT ecosystems and contextualizes it for actionable insights with the SL1 product offering.N/A
Pricing
Nagios CoreScienceLogic SL1
Editions & Modules
Single License
Free
Single License
Free
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Nagios CoreScienceLogic SL1
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional DetailsScienceLogic SL1 offers four tiers: SL1 Advanced – Application Health, Automated Troubleshooting and Remediation Workflows SL1 Base – Infrastructure Monitoring, Topology & Event Correlation SL1 Premium – AI/ML-driven Analytics, Low-Code Automated Workflow Authoring SL1 Standard – Infrastructure Monitoring – with Agents, Business Services, Incident Automation, CMDB Synchronization, Behavioral Correlation To get pricing for each tier, please contact the vendor.
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Community Pulse
Nagios CoreScienceLogic SL1
Considered Both Products
Nagios Core
Chose Nagios Core
Unlike SL1 and IBM NOI, you do not need to buy licenses or pay for support. You can begin deployment immediately. You don't need to purchase expensive equipment or study confusing manufacturer's manuals. Zabbix can also be used freely, but it is not so common and you may need …
ScienceLogic SL1
Chose ScienceLogic SL1
ScienceLogic SL1 more cloud-oriented than Nagios. Product support is also very important for corporate users.
IBM Tivoli Monitoring is a relatively expensive solution that requires dedicated professional support and complex infrastructure.
Dynatrace is good for performance …
Chose ScienceLogic SL1
Quick deployment, easy administration, customization flexibity, AIOPS capabilities like anomaly detections, Correlations etc.. are good and quick support on tech issues
Chose ScienceLogic SL1
SL1 stands apart from the others, imo, in their workflow automation capabilities. Giving customers a Python snippet environment to develop customer-coded diagnostic and remediation solutions stands out for us. Some of the other products I've looked at provide similar …
Chose ScienceLogic SL1
ScienceLogic exceeded in both price and capabilities across all of these competitors.
Chose ScienceLogic SL1
ScienceLogic SL1 was the only option for WYSIWYG dashboards when we selected them in 2009 and noticeably cheaper. Other vendors are now catching up and ScienceLogic is starting to price themselves out of their market segment.
Chose ScienceLogic SL1
Zenoss didn't offer the flexible scaling that ScienceLogic offered. This was a huge need for us. Additionally, ScienceLogic is able to do more and go more in-depth overall. When comparing ScienceLogic to Nagios the word "simplicity" jumps out. Though Nagios was scalable, it was …
Chose ScienceLogic SL1
Nagios has a simple interface which can be used for a handful of devices, but not the entire networking infrastructure. Whereas ScienceLogic can be used to monitor the entire infrastructure to quite a high level, so that we can make sure that the infra is highly available and …
Chose ScienceLogic SL1
ScienceLogic allows for agent-less monitoring of systems, unlike others that require an agent to be installed on systems. While SciLo does have an agent, it is an optional feature that is useful for a small part of our hosting and management offerings. AWS monitoring …
Chose ScienceLogic SL1
It's just better in all aspects!
Chose ScienceLogic SL1
It allows a much easier configuration compared to Nagios. It is a polling system instead of a agent based system like traverse. I can not recall why PTRG, MRTG, and Zabbix were not used. It does allow a easy generation of new monitoring compared to all the systems.
Chose ScienceLogic SL1
CA Unified Infrastructure Management is a much more complicated product than ScienceLogic. It requires a dedicated tools team to maintain and administer it. Most implementations of ScienceLogic would only require one or two really knowledgeable people. UIM is more easily …
Chose ScienceLogic SL1
It seemed to have the largest amount of support and integration points.
Chose ScienceLogic SL1
  • Nagios. Difficult to configure properly. Not able to add custom tests easily. Performance graphs aren't included without additional tools that require nasty configuration.
  • Zabbix. Reasonably easy to install, but non-intuitive in parts. Does not allow simple addition of custom …
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Features
Nagios CoreScienceLogic SL1
AIOps Features
Comparison of AIOps Features features of Product A and Product B
Nagios Core
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Ratings
ScienceLogic SL1
6.9
8 Ratings
8% above category average
Monitoring and Alerting00 Ratings7.78 Ratings
Performance Analytics00 Ratings6.78 Ratings
Incident Management00 Ratings7.48 Ratings
Service Desk Integration00 Ratings7.48 Ratings
Root Cause Analysis00 Ratings6.28 Ratings
Capacity Planning Tool00 Ratings7.08 Ratings
Configuration and Change Management00 Ratings6.48 Ratings
Automated Remediation00 Ratings6.98 Ratings
Collaboration and Communication00 Ratings7.38 Ratings
Threat Intelligence00 Ratings5.88 Ratings
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Enterprises
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User Ratings
Nagios CoreScienceLogic SL1
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(44 ratings)
8.1
(212 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(3 ratings)
9.3
(21 ratings)
Usability
4.0
(1 ratings)
9.5
(14 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.9
(13 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(13 ratings)
Support Rating
7.7
(9 ratings)
6.2
(19 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(6 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(83 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(7 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.7
(15 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(6 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(5 ratings)
User Testimonials
Nagios CoreScienceLogic SL1
Likelihood to Recommend
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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ScienceLogic
Appropriate if you are setting up a monitoring suite in new Infrastructure Environment. Definitely NOT suited for Migration Projects. ScienceLogic SL1 cannot cater to a lot of monitoring requirements which already would have been configured in old monitoring suite. Plus, limited support for customizations and having to go to "Feature Requests" route makes in extremely complicated.
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Pros
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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ScienceLogic
  • Best overall coverage of montioring different technologies.
  • Easy to use in any environment
  • Customizable being able to generate your own reports, dashboards, DA's, RBA's, etc.
  • Have very good out of the box integrations with other monitoring solutions such as ServiceNow
  • Always improving and regularly releasing new versions and upgrades to the system/DA's.
  • Interactive community
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Cons
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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ScienceLogic
  • More freedom to create custom dashboards as on the previous versions we could do much more
  • The Performance TAB windows is too small and cannot be resized or maximized when looking at reports for "Overview", "File System" and any of those items.
  • There are not enough widgets to create stunning dashboard in AP2
  • The reporting feauture is a very untouched area.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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ScienceLogic
It is simply because of all the best possible autonomy solutions it is providing and getting better day by day. Using AI and Devops along with handy automation, The monitoring and Management of devices becomes much easier and the way it is growing in all the aspects is one the best reasons too. Evolution of the SL1 platform in the autonomy monitoring and management is quite appreciable.
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Usability
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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ScienceLogic
The core functions are there.
The complexity is due to the complexity of the space.
The score is based on comfort (I no longer notice the legacy UI) and the promise that I see in the 8.12 Unified UI (a vast improvement).
It is also based on the fact that with 8.12, you can now do everything in the new UI but you still have the legacy UI as a fallback (which should now be unnecessary for new installations)
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Reliability and Availability
Nagios Enterprises
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ScienceLogic
Science Logic SL1 provides the option of Distributed deployment where multiple instances of each appliance can be deployed to manage the load and availability. SL1 provides a High Availability feature for Database Servers and Data Collection. If one of the Data Collectors in the collector group fails, it will automatically redistribute the devices from the failed Data Collector among the other Data Collectors in the Collector Group. The high availability feature for the Database server ensures that SL1 performs failover automatically to another server without causing the outage to the application.
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Performance
Nagios Enterprises
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ScienceLogic
The performance is entirely dependent on the complexity of the environment/network being used to host the platform. Outside of those factors, the platform runs very efficiently and quickly out of the box. We have integrations with other platforms and neither seem to take a hit from our moderate API usage. Any issues with performance would be experienced by choices made in infrastructure or complexity of things built by the customer to display in the GUI (overly complicated and cluttered dashboards for example)
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Support Rating
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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ScienceLogic
So far, it's good as part of my overall experience, except for a couple of use cases. The support team is well knowledgeable, has technical sound, and is efficient. When support escalates to engineering, the issue gets stuck and takes months to resolve.
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In-Person Training
Nagios Enterprises
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ScienceLogic
It was good, Do the online training first and understand it and you will get the most out of the in-person training that way.This also takes you to an advanced level which is very good and the training as been overhauled once again along with new product coming in such as Zebruim / Skylair, worth going through again if it a while back that you first did this.
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Online Training
Nagios Enterprises
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ScienceLogic
There are a lot of educational materials and courses on the SL1 training site (Litmos university). However the recording quality is sometimes not very good - screen resolution is low. There is a lack of professional rather than user-oriented documents and there are mistakes in documentation and education is not well structured.
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Implementation Rating
Nagios Enterprises
No answers on this topic
ScienceLogic
As first time developers, getting to grips with powerpack development using SNMP, Powershell and Python etc, was not helped by poor and badly organised online documentation. In many cases, we had to look at existing powerpacks and try to work out what it was doing and why - not always with much success. Even after receiving expert level training, the development of some powerpacks would not have been possible without access to the SL1 support staff.
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Alternatives Considered
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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ScienceLogic
Science logic SL1 is so user friendly and it's really easy to navigate between function. I would recommend Sciene logic SL1 to all of them who are looking for really useful monitoring tool and expecting easy way of managing it.
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Scalability
Nagios Enterprises
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ScienceLogic
Our deployment model is vastly different from product expectations. Our global / internal monitoring foot print is 8 production stacks in dual data centers with 50% collection capacity allocated to each data center with minimal numbers of collection groups. General Collection is our default collection group. Special Collection is for monitoring our ASA and other hardware that cannot be polled by a large number of IP addresses, so this collection group is usually 2 collectors). Because most of our stacks are in different physical data centers, we cannot use the provided HA solution. We have to use the DR solution (DRBD + CNAMEs). We routinely test power in our data centers (yearly). Because we have to use DR, we have a hand-touch to flip nodes and change the DNS CNAME half of the times when there is an outage (by design). When the outage is planned, we do this ahead of the outage so that we don't care that the Secondary has dropped away from the Primary. Hopefully, we'll be able to find a way to meet our constraints and improve our resiliency and reduce our hand-touch in future releases. For now, this works for us and our complexity. (I hear that the HA option is sweet. I just can't consume that.)
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Return on Investment
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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ScienceLogic
  • We are still evolving with the tool so can't really comment on the actual RoI but the features provided does adds up the customer expectations.
  • Global manager usage gives us the holistic view of separate SL1 infrastructures
  • Power flow helps to use some pre built Autometas which helps saves lot of time and effort
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ScreenShots

ScienceLogic SL1 Screenshots

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