Nagios Core vs. Watchman Monitoring

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
Watchman Monitoring
Score 10.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Watchman Monitoring is a read-only IT Alerting, hardware monitoring, & high-availability beacon reporting SaaS designed for resale by IT professionals looking to provide proactive support to their offerings. The Watchman Monitoring Client has a single focus: to detect and report issues.
$79
Up to 25 Devices
Pricing
Nagios CoreWatchman Monitoring
Editions & Modules
Single License
Free
Single License
Free
Watchman Monitoring
$79.00
Up to 25 Devices
Watchman Monitoring
$79.00
Up to 25 Devices
Watchman Monitoring
$199.00
Up to 1500 Devices
Watchman Monitoring
$199.00
Up to 1500 Devices
Watchman Monitoring
$299.00
Over 1500 Devices
Watchman Monitoring
$299.00
Over 1500 Devices
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Nagios CoreWatchman Monitoring
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Nagios CoreWatchman Monitoring
Top Pros
Top Cons

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Features
Nagios CoreWatchman Monitoring
Monitoring Tasks
Comparison of Monitoring Tasks features of Product A and Product B
Nagios Core
-
Ratings
Watchman Monitoring
9.7
1 Ratings
20% above category average
Remote monitoring00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Multi-device monitoring00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Automated alerts and notifications00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Management Tasks
Comparison of Management Tasks features of Product A and Product B
Nagios Core
-
Ratings
Watchman Monitoring
7.0
1 Ratings
5% below category average
Software and hardware inventory00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Reporting
Comparison of Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Nagios Core
-
Ratings
Watchman Monitoring
7.5
1 Ratings
1% below category average
Customizable reporting00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Risk analysis00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Nagios CoreWatchman Monitoring
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(44 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
4.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.7
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Nagios CoreWatchman Monitoring
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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Watchman Monitoring
If you are in IT consulting or manage any fleet of computers, both Mac and PC (and yes Linux) - you should have this installed. It will be able to provide you the information needed to repair computers and avoid productivity loss by users.
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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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Watchman Monitoring
  • Super easy to deploy.
  • Integrates well with ZenDesk and YourComputerInventory.com.
  • Website is very clear and email to manage.
  • Support is awesome.
  • Super lightweight package.
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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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Watchman Monitoring
  • Would like to see non-computer deployment agent - such as Synology.
  • Since it's mainly reporting, this isn't necessary improvement, but it would be good if it can receive data - so in case we can't ping a machine, maybe use Watchman as a backdoor - but that would go against it's main principles.
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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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Watchman Monitoring
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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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Watchman Monitoring
No answers on this topic
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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Watchman Monitoring
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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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Watchman Monitoring
No answers on this topic
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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Watchman Monitoring
  • I've been using it since the day it came out - there have so many times where a machine has had an error reported by Watchman that we've been able to save the client before something terrible happened.
  • The ROI is there - you can easily resell this product to your clients, or wrap it into your product offering.
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ScreenShots

Watchman Monitoring Screenshots

Screenshot of Provide Proactive Support. Watchman Monitoring’s white-labeled cross-platform monitoring & read-only IT alerting solutions help IT professionals avoid downtime, reduce time spent troubleshooting computers, increase recurring revenue, better manage support tickets, and to provide proactive support to their clients.