Nagios Core vs. Zenoss

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Nagios Core
Score 8.0 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
Zenoss
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
The Zenoss Cloud from Zenoss in Austin, Texas is an infrastructure monitoring and cloud operation analytics platform.N/A
Pricing
Nagios CoreZenoss
Editions & Modules
Single License
Free
Single License
Free
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Nagios CoreZenoss
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Nagios CoreZenoss
Considered Both Products
Nagios Core
Chose Nagios Core
We chose Nagios Core over Zabbix and Zenoss because it was easier to get up and running and configure than the other two products. They required network scanning for assets and then required you to enter every little detail about the host. With Nagios Core, we just entered our …
Chose Nagios Core
Nagios and these other applications stack up well, but configuring nagios is still by hand for the most part.
Zenoss

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Nagios CoreZenoss
Small Businesses
Veeam ONE
Veeam ONE
Score 8.5 out of 10
Veeam ONE
Veeam ONE
Score 8.5 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
IBM Instana
IBM Instana
Score 8.9 out of 10
IBM Instana
IBM Instana
Score 8.9 out of 10
Enterprises
IBM Instana
IBM Instana
Score 8.9 out of 10
IBM Instana
IBM Instana
Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
Nagios CoreZenoss
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(44 ratings)
8.8
(5 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 CoreZenoss
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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Zenoss
Overall I would say that we have been very happy with Zenoss. It has been a great server monitoring tool. There are certain aspects that we would like to expand into, such as Capacity Planning, Network Performance Monitoring, and log analysis. We have coupled Zenoss logs with Splunk for external log management, but would like to start using some of the built-in analysis tools.
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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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Zenoss
  • Monitoring Windows, Unix/Linux, Infra apps, storage, virtualization, converge infra etc..
  • Integrate with other monitoring tools and receive events for aggregation and correlation
  • Integration with ITSM( SNOW) for auto ticket creation
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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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Zenoss
  • Hard to troubleshot and fix the issue.
  • More development for monitoring storage systems.
  • Load balancing on Zenoss instance.
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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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Zenoss
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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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Zenoss
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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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Zenoss
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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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Zenoss
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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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Zenoss
  • Our ROI was excellent, but the company has also implemented other tools that compete with Zenoss.
  • Zenoss has a long history of excellence in monitoring and alerting
  • Overall observability is easier to manage due to our comfort with the tool set
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