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Score 7.4 out of 100
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Attribute Ratings

  • Nagios Core is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew
  • SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

7.5

Nagios Core

75%
42 Ratings
9.4

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

94%
7 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.9

Nagios Core

99%
3 Ratings
8.0

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

80%
1 Rating

Usability

4.0

Nagios Core

40%
1 Rating
9.0

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

7.7

Nagios Core

77%
18 Ratings
8.0

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

80%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Nagios Core

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

80%
3 Ratings

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 Storage Resource Monitor is well suited when you have several storage from different vendors and you need a single point of view of all of them. Also, when you need more details of how your applications use the storage and get more detailed information like usage, IOPS, and other metrics that can help you to do fast troubleshooting or do track of the data flow.
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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

  • Unmasks storage performance metrics and gives a common dashboard for monitoring.
  • A simple, intuitive interface for adding supported storage frames.
  • Lineage -- "The guest OS is connected to the virtual host and the virtual host is connected to the ... wait, what LUN is that?!?" #SOLVED.
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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

  • Most of the metrics are fairly high level
  • No visibility into virtual disks (you need Virtualization Monitor for that)
  • Not much granularity in hardware health
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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 Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    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

    It has helped me prove that we need more storage as well as faster storage to management
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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

    Easy to set up and start. Out of the box alerts which you can tweak to your needs. Easy to use interfaces as well
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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

    Do not have to contact support for issues often and when i do it is fast to get response and resolve my issues
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    Implementation Rating

    Nagios Enterprises

    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds

    Easy to use set up wizard went off without a hitch.
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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

    SRM is a standout against all of the competitors really. If you own Orion, then this is a must-have module to integrate, especially with DPA, if you also have the module. Out of the box, it is a fantastic product. Whereas a product like Nagios requires development work to get it even remotely close to SRM. PRTG is cluttered and messy and OpsManager functionality isn't even on the same level.
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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

    • With SRM we have proactively monitored devices to stay ahead of data growth
    • SRM makes monitoring of internal asset condition much easier
    • SRM make monitoring of live statistics much easier.
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