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Likelihood to Recommend

Nagios

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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WhatsUp Gold

It's best suited for large/multinational organisations with complex networks with limited qualified personnel across every location. However, I wouldn't recommend it for a small organisation with a very simple network architecture.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

Nagios
WhatsUp Gold
7.4
Automated network device discovery
Nagios
WhatsUp Gold
8.6
Network monitoring
Nagios
WhatsUp Gold
8.3
Alerts
Nagios
WhatsUp Gold
8.3
Network capacity planning
Nagios
WhatsUp Gold
6.6
Packet capture analysis
Nagios
WhatsUp Gold
5.9
Network mapping
Nagios
WhatsUp Gold
7.4
Customizable reports
Nagios
WhatsUp Gold
7.1
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Nagios
WhatsUp Gold
5.4
Hardware health monitoring
Nagios
WhatsUp Gold
8.7

Pros

Nagios

  • Nagios has never crashed, so it is rock solid stable.
  • Standardization in the plugins makes it easy to rely on them.
  • The web interface is simple enough anyone can work in it. So, sharing the monitored results are relatively easy too.
  • Really, when compared to most other monitoring solutions, Nagios feels less flashy, and does less for you. It's strengths are in its configuration flexibility and that its rock solid daemon.
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WhatsUp Gold

  • The user experience with the new interface.
  • The ease of setting up active monitoring. Network Discovery.
  • Performance monitor and traffic monitoring.
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Cons

Nagios

  • After a certain number of hosts, Nagios tends to reach its limits in term of performance.
  • Unlike concurrent tools, Nagios needs to install an agent on each server you monitor, which complexes the way to get vthe first results or the way you maintain agent versions.
  • Compared to concurrent tools, configuration can be tricky when you are new to the tool.
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WhatsUp Gold

  • Training is needed to use WhatsUp Gold to its full potential.
  • A network inventory would be a nice feature to have without having to pay extra
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Likelihood to Renew

Nagios

Nagios 9.6
Based on 3 answers
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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WhatsUp Gold

No score
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Usability

Nagios

Nagios 4.0
Based on 1 answer
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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WhatsUp Gold

No score
No answers yet
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Support

Nagios

Nagios 3.0
Based on 1 answer
It's good and they are able to answer our questions that we have
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WhatsUp Gold

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Nagios

We selected Nagios because of economic constraints with a tool completely free, nor to have a stable product that has reached a stable state since years. . We wanted an extensible product based on number of plugins and a product that can grab datas from many infrastructure products on the market
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WhatsUp Gold

WhatsUp Gold was much easier to install and setup. I ran into many issues installing Spiceworks, and had such a learning curve. I'm not an expert in Linux and that is the platform that it installed on. I'm very comfortable in a Windows environment, and Whatsup Gold installs on a Windows computer.
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Return on Investment

Nagios

  • Affordable tool available for free to cover infrastructure supervision scope
  • Dynamic alerting to become proactive for user support, before incident management process is fed
  • Scalable tools that helps to progressively have a service dependencies approach
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WhatsUp Gold

  • Alerts IT team members when things go down after regular business hours. IT team is able to fix the issue before users arrive the next day.
  • Saves on system downtime and lost productivity
  • Remote monitoring means less staff hours spent checking for potential problems.
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Pricing Details

Nagios

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

WhatsUp Gold

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details
Unique TotalView ‘flexi-license’ leads the industry in flexibility and value. WhatsUp Gold 2017 BasicView: starting at $1,755

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