Nagios Core vs. SolarWinds Network Automation Manager (NAM)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Nagios Core
Score 8.0 out of 10
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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
SolarWinds Network Automation Manager (NAM)
Score 8.5 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Automation Manager is designed to scale to environments of all sizes while providing comprehensive performance, traffic, WAN, and switch port monitoring, automated change and configuration, and IP address management in a single, unified software solution. Key differentiators: Customizable, single-pane-of-glass network monitoring software Topology- and dependency-aware intelligent alerts Real-time config change…N/A
Pricing
Nagios CoreSolarWinds Network Automation Manager (NAM)
Editions & Modules
Single License
Free
Single License
Free
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Nagios CoreSolarWinds Network Automation Manager (NAM)
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional DetailsSolarWinds professional support is included to help customers on active maintenance 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We can help you get back up and running when issues occur to keep your systems meeting your needs. Ask your account manager for more information about SolarWinds Premier Support offerings.
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Community Pulse
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User Ratings
Nagios CoreSolarWinds Network Automation Manager (NAM)
Likelihood to Recommend
7.7
(42 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
4.0
(1 ratings)
-
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Support Rating
7.7
(9 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Nagios CoreSolarWinds Network Automation Manager (NAM)
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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SolarWinds
Well Suited Areas - 1. Network Fault and Performance Monitoring 2. Network Devices Configuration Backup and Configuration Push 3. Netflow Analysis 4. Call Quality Monitoring for Cisco and Avaya 5. Users Ports Management 6. DSN/DHCP Monitoring 7. Alerting and Integration Not Well Suited - 1. Predictive Intelligence based Alerting or data analysis 2. REST API Based Monitoring. 3. SD-WAN Monitoring
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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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SolarWinds
  • Fault and Performance Monitoring
  • Devices Configuration Backup
  • IP Address Management
  • Voice Infrastructure Monitoring
  • Users Ports monitoring
  • Netflow Traffic Utilization
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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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SolarWinds
  • Support for more call infra provider vendors
  • Cloud Network Monitoring
  • Event Management
  • Predictive Intelligence using AIOps and ML
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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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SolarWinds
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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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SolarWinds
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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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SolarWinds
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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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SolarWinds
Well Solarwinds is placed much ahead of these products because of the following reasons - One single tool which can perform Fault, Performance Monitoring, Network Bandwidth Utilization, Devices configuration backup, IP Address Management, NetPath, Voice Infra Monitoring, Traps and Syslog Logging, Alerting's, Users Ports Monitoring, Rpeorting etc and hence this make Solarwinds a complete solutions. Whereas other products Like Microfocus requires multiple modules and installation is not easy. LogicMonitor on the other side is well competing (Specially SD-WAN Monitoring) with Solarwinds but it still lacks Devices Configuration Push feature, IP Address Management, NetPath, Users Port Monitoring etc.
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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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SolarWinds
  • Our Network Health has improved with Proactive Monitoring
  • Cost reduction on additional products like PowerBI for Reporting
  • Service Now Integration was easy enough and hence less efforts and cost
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