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Score 7.4 out of 100

SolarWinds NPM

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Feature Set Ratings

    Network Performance Monitoring

    Nagios Core

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    SolarWinds NPM

    81%
    SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) ranks higher in 10/10 features

    Automated network device discovery

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    209 Ratings

    Network monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    231 Ratings

    Baseline threshold calculation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    201 Ratings

    Alerts

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    228 Ratings

    Network capacity planning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    188 Ratings

    Packet capture analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    130 Ratings

    Network mapping

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    190 Ratings

    Customizable reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    212 Ratings

    Wireless infrastructure monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    152 Ratings

    Hardware health monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    215 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Nagios Core is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
    • SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    7.5

    Nagios Core

    75%
    42 Ratings
    8.9

    SolarWinds NPM

    89%
    237 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.9

    Nagios Core

    99%
    3 Ratings
    9.0

    SolarWinds NPM

    90%
    24 Ratings

    Usability

    4.0

    Nagios Core

    40%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    SolarWinds NPM

    91%
    19 Ratings

    Availability

    Nagios Core

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    SolarWinds NPM

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    Nagios Core

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.5

    SolarWinds NPM

    55%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.7

    Nagios Core

    77%
    18 Ratings
    7.1

    SolarWinds NPM

    71%
    42 Ratings

    Online Training

    Nagios Core

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.4

    SolarWinds NPM

    64%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    Nagios Core

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3

    SolarWinds NPM

    73%
    16 Ratings

    Configurability

    Nagios Core

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    SolarWinds NPM

    91%
    1 Rating

    Ease of integration

    Nagios Core

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3

    SolarWinds NPM

    73%
    1 Rating

    Product Scalability

    Nagios Core

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3

    SolarWinds NPM

    73%
    1 Rating

    Vendor post-sale

    Nagios Core

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    SolarWinds NPM

    82%
    1 Rating

    Vendor pre-sale

    Nagios Core

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3

    SolarWinds NPM

    73%
    1 Rating

    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

    Solarwinds NPM is well suited for medium to large networks, it may be a bit heavy for the SOHO environment as most of the tools and reports are designed for monitoring KPIs which may not be critical for a small shop. NPM can handle large networks with several sites and mixed technologies ranging from networks, server systems, storage devices and SLA reporting.
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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

    • Out of the Monitoring of almost all Network Devices.
    • Build custom pollers to monitor which is not supported out of the box.
    • Further you can alert on these custom metrics and Out of the box metrics.
    • It provides you great dashboards, Reports features.
    • You can integrate it with any MoM layer tools either using its API or sending out traps.
    • Out of the box Integration with Service Now ITSM Tool.
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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

    • The software upgrade process is a little hairy and has caused me trouble on occasion.
    • The server that it needs to run is a bit of a resource hog along with the SQL server.
    • Some additional features like the network map are a bit clunky compared to some other products that we use.
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    Pricing Details

    Nagios Core

    Starting Price

    $0

    Editions & Modules

    Nagios Core editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Single LicenseFree1
    Single LicenseFree2

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    SolarWinds NPM

    Starting Price

    $0 Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    SolarWinds NPM editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    NPM$1,5831

    Footnotes

    1. Starting Price

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    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

    The entire IT staff relies on NPM in its daily operations. It would be impossible for us to maintain our level of service without it. If SolarWinds gets to proud of their product and begins to over charge for it, we would be forced to reconsider and use a different product. But as it stands it is worth the price to renew it.
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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

    SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is quite an extensive product, covering all our bases and requirements. There are a lot of customizable options and features which you can work with for their alerting which is really useful. I haven't found anything yet which I thought SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) could do, but it actually couldn't so overall it works nicely and does the job.
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    Reliability and Availability

    Nagios Enterprises

    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds

    Has never failed me
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    Performance

    Nagios Enterprises

    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds

    Pages load slow, especially the bettors map. Could be that my server is old.
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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

    In all of the times that we called support, someone at SolarWinds had the answer for us in a timely manner. Through thwack and other internet searching, we have been able to resolve all of our issues that arose to our satisfaction. The support staff have always been knowledgeable of their products or had a fellow support staff member to rely on to get the needed answers.
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    Online Training

    Nagios Enterprises

    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds

    Would like an in person course
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    Implementation Rating

    Nagios Enterprises

    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds

    Make sure your inventory is accurate. Stand up some virtual machines for testing prior to installation. Make sure your database and its credentials are setup. Think about things you want to monitor that may not be obvious - UPS units, Door hardware, PBX systems, Fabric Channel switches, firewalls, routers, switches. Try to setup SNMP on these devices and have an IP that you will assign to the new server. If you do that it will go well.
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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

    We selected SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor because of the capabilities of the product versus the price. The tools also work well with their other products and support is fairly good. We have never had a problem when we needed to make a call.
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    Scalability

    Nagios Enterprises

    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds

    From the direction and information I have been given it is very flexible and scalelable
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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

    • SolarWinds allows us to proactively address hardware issues before they impact the business. We recently had a server that was experiencing issues sporadically and we were able to use the data from SolarWinds to track down and correct the issue before it tanked the server.
    • SolarWinds gives our IT department some piece of mind knowing that they'll be alerted of any issues real time.
    • We can use SolarWinds data to justify needed to replace or upgrade certain equipment that is key to our core business.
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