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Score 8.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Nagios Core

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.
Shawn Brito | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

N-Central would be most appropriate in a situation where an experienced admin would like a product that is as customizable as possible. The products allows for a lot of customization, but would be less appropriate in a situation where a less experienced admin is looking for a product that requires less set up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Remote Administration

Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
8.0
Screen sharing
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
8.4
File transfer
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
8.7
Instant message
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
7.9
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
7.0
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
5.9
Over-the-Internet remote session
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
8.7
Initiate remote control from mobile
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
8.4
Remote management of servers & workstations
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
9.2
Remote Active Directory® management
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
7.5
Centralized management dashboard
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
8.0
Session record
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
8.0
Annotations
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
7.8
Monitoring and Alerts
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
8.1
Multi-platform remote control
Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
8.0

Pros

Nagios Core

  • 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.
Eric Krueger | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

  • Remote tasks - entry-level techs can run basic tasks without physically touching a piece of equipment.
  • Remote support - remote controlling user devices is easy and saves a lot of time with having to initiate a remote session.
  • Management of devices, particularly patch management and anti-virus management - you can automatically approve and deploy patches and schedule automatic AV scans.
Nicolas Poague | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Nagios Core

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

  • It is a large piece of software and does take some time to get set-up and configured.
  • Limitations with some basic monitoring like site down/internet down and server state make it difficult to have accurate monitoring information.
  • Reports and reporting are minimal, not very customizable and not pretty.
Robert Guy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Nagios Core

Nagios Core 9.9
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

SolarWinds N-central 8.6
Based on 2 answers
Overall we have liked our solar winds experience, however, as our company has grown to support larger enterprises, this product does not have the functionality that our teams need in order to fully support them. The lack of granularity with backups and lack of ability to support nutanix environments is slowly drawing us into the use of other tools.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Nagios Core

Nagios Core 4.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

SolarWinds N-central 8.3
Based on 3 answers
The user interface is fairly straight forward, with logic groupings for objects. I did not deploy this software, but am one of the daily administrators. Once you get the correct agent package (Which can be a challenge) the integration into AD is not bad. The UI could be more customized, but that may have been a design choice.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Nagios Core

Nagios Core 8.0
Based on 9 answers
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.
Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

SolarWinds N-central 8.3
Based on 8 answers
Every time we have reached out to SolarWinds they are quick to respond, even offering support chat 24/7. Their support team is great and works with you to find solutions to issues. They have taken items we had issues with before and used those to create updates so that the issue is handled better in the future.
chris maddox | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Nagios Core

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds N-central

SolarWinds N-central 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Make sure if you your using a vm you follow the instructions for provisioning to the letter or it will be starting from square one
Howard Magnes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Nagios Core

I have been using Nagios for 10+ years, so I am very familiar with it. The learning curve with SolarWinds was more difficult for me to pick up than Nagios and it wasn't as easy (at first) to duplicate, edit, etc. in SolarWinds. I genuinely think Nagios is a great product for many reasons, one of which is the unbeatable price.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

SolarWinds N-central is on the more unique side of tools because it can do so many things, and do most of them quite well. For patching, it is much easier to use than SCCM. In terms of monitoring, it is not great out of the box and requires tweaking to take full advantage. Since it is agent-based, any time an agent fails to check in, it means that that device is effectively no longer being managed. It can take a great deal of effort to maintain and remediate agent issues.
It is a great tool to manage small to medium-sized environments, but would struggle to cover all the angles required in a larger enterprise setting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Nagios Core

  • Much better network device performance metrics allowing to troubleshoot and do before/after changes comparisons
  • Has helped us to integrate with our Service Management tool (through other 3rd party tools)
  • Important part of our overall network health dashboard providing granular details at the device level (not end-to-end performance)
  • Cost is very convenient
Manuel Ayala | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds N-central

  • Allows the service desk to quickly connect to computers and troubleshoot issues in less time
  • Minimizes user downtime by allowing installs to run in the background
  • Allows for management of updates and the ability to let the user postpone the update if needed
Ashley Babiarz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Nagios Core

General

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

SolarWinds N-central

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Nagios Core
8.6
SolarWinds N-central
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

Nagios Core
9.9
SolarWinds N-central
8.6

Usability

Nagios Core
4.0
SolarWinds N-central
8.3

Support Rating

Nagios Core
8.0
SolarWinds N-central
8.3

Implementation Rating

Nagios Core
SolarWinds N-central
8.0

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