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Score 6.6 out of 100

SolarWinds NPM

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Likelihood to Recommend

Nagios XI

Nagios XI is suitable for inexpensive and very detailed monitoring of the physical hosts and VMs. Both Windows and Linux. This would require configuring 2-3 ways of monitoring for the same set of hosts and some time spent to fine tune the configurations. It may also be used for SQL and Apache front-ends such as Tomcat, Glassfish, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM works well for us as we are a relatively small shop with a limited number of servers/interfaces to monitor. If you were a larger shop the licensing for SolarWinds would get very expensive because they license it per "node" or item you want to monitor. If you want to monitor hardware and network on a single device, that's 2 nodes
Matthew Harper | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
8.5
Automated network device discovery
Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
8.8
Network monitoring
Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
9.5
Baseline threshold calculation
Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
8.5
Alerts
Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
9.4
Network capacity planning
Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
7.9
Packet capture analysis
Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
7.9
Network mapping
Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
7.8
Customizable reports
Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
8.5
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
7.8
Hardware health monitoring
Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
8.9

Pros

Nagios XI

  • Nagios XI has an exclusive feature of bulk modification of attributes that help in monitoring the same set on monitoring modules on a newly set up environment.
  • It allows you to monitor many network devices, such as switches, routers, servers, and is helping to monitor network performance and track traffic on the network interface.
  • The audit trails feature allows us to scrutinize the modification or setup.
Eduin Zuloaga | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NPM

  • Using SNMP to automatically discover my network devices, while collecting the network information to produce a detailed network inventory.
  • The automatic discovery of the connection between L2 and L3 devices.
  • Using NetPath across the hybrid clouds is a time saver and pinpoints where to focus resources to fix issues.
JAMEY TITONE | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Nagios XI

  • Robust, but visually old interface. Requires a lot of work to become presentable.
  • Small selection of dashlets to construct new views.
  • No MS Azure monitoring ability, nothing for “as service,” very limited Amazon cloud monitoring abilities.
  • Questionable price politics (could make it a lot less for developing markets to actually increase use of the product and R&D budgets).
  • No report designers nor the ability to create new reports. No changes in this area for years.
  • Overall lack of new developments, making this product more and more outdated.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NPM

  • The map editor select rectangle needs to be improved on as when you drag it it can get out of control.
  • Need a more intuitive way to configure interfaces between nodes in map editor.
  • Acknowledging and erasing node warnings should be more intuitive.
Brian Rafferty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Nagios XI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 9.2
Based on 22 answers
Low maintenance cost and great support on problems and issues. SolarWinds has been used here for over 10 years and we are able to have minimal down time and has been solid on monitoring and alerting on our network setup. They are constantly adding new and improving the product and making it better to use all around.
Bill Rieger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Nagios XI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 8.5
Based on 10 answers
It's easy to use at first. But, when you would either like to go technical OR trying to add a custom monitor the ease of use goes out the door and requires a lot of time to learn its SDK / Back-end tools.Way too much emphasis on user to user support via their Thwack site. Skimping on support cost much? It's slightly disheartening to get better support from other customers then from the "success center" or calling support. Really hurts the ease of use for the product, because its fine until things don't work out of the box, then it gets frustratingly difficult.
Greg Richards | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Nagios XI

Nagios XI 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Nagios XI support has plans to offer the following features:
  • Access to knowledgeable IT professionals – including support staff and developers.
  • Access to customer-only tutorials, documentation, and content in the Nagios Library.
  • Access to customer-only boards on our support forum for expedited assistance.
  • Access to customer-only email support for fast, confidential assistance.
  • Discounts on future license purchases.
Eduin Zuloaga | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 8.6
Based on 34 answers
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.
Jim Arendt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Nagios XI

Nagios XI is better supported vs SolarWinds, needs less manual administration work vs Datadog and a lot less expensive for a long as you are willing to compromise on the look and some functionalities. Moreover, SolarWinds database design prevents one from storing any meaningful data for an extended period of time (creating averages of the averages of the averages), where Nagios could be set for keeping years of detailed information without large storage or the overutilized DB engine. In both Datadog and SolarWinds trials we could not get answers to many of our questions, configure working solutions out of the box by using the inline documentation. Nagios XI does not have limitations, offers such as AppOptics impose on the customers (making it very expensive and absolutely not a real life product). Overall, Nagios XI is a great tool, requiring a lot of R&D “yesterday” to make it beat all the competition on all fronts. That is assuming you have an extensive knowledge in the many areas of IT (thus knowing what should be monitored and how to interpret the data).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NPM

Other products I've used (Spiceworks, Mikrotik's The Dude) are good at their jobs but ultimately don't have the scalability of NPM or the more advanced network visibility features that make NPM so great. Other products (like Spiceworks especially) are also built as several products shoved into one -- an asset management platform, ticketing system, a network monitor, etc. -- and can be slow in performance or limited in their potential as a result.
Ted Sadler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Nagios XI

  • Reduction of at least 10% of false alarms.
  • Increased network traffic by 5%.
Eduin Zuloaga | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NPM

  • We have not yet determined how to calculate ROI from NPM. It's definitely saved us lots of IT Ops time, and threshold-based warnings save us from downtime.
  • It's a stress reducer for IT Operations, once they feel confident in the monitoring solution and implementation.
  • Intelligent alerting helps us effectively categorize alerts as P1 or not, preventing unnecessary off-hours calls.
Matthew A. Osmond | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Nagios XI

General

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

SolarWinds NPM

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Nagios XI
8.5
SolarWinds NPM
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
9.2

Usability

Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
8.5

Reliability and Availability

Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
8.2

Performance

Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
5.5

Support Rating

Nagios XI
9.0
SolarWinds NPM
8.6

Online Training

Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
6.4

Implementation Rating

Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
7.3

Scalability

Nagios XI
SolarWinds NPM
7.3

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