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Attribute Ratings

  • SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Zabbix is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.3

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

83%
12 Ratings
8.5

Zabbix

85%
21 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Zabbix

100%
2 Ratings

Usability

8.2

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

82%
1 Rating

Zabbix

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.2

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

82%
1 Rating
5.7

Zabbix

57%
8 Ratings

Implementation Rating

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

N/A
0 Ratings
6.0

Zabbix

60%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds

I have found the toolset especially useful for scanning subnets to discover devices, and for setting up temporary real-time monitors when we are troubleshooting or setting up new connections. The most useful aspect has been the ability to apply the tools to help troubleshoot and pinpoint intermittent issues. More general tools like Orion often do not have the granularity to detect issues like intermittent packet loss which are especially impactful to applications like Voice. The toolset gives us another level of capability to dig into issues.
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Zabbix

Zabbix is very well suited for infrastructure monitoring i.e. the underlying host servers, basically, compute nodes. However, it has limited FM & PM capabilities for the workloads, i.e., the virtual machines (VMs). Zabbix has an easy-to-use GUI which can be explored easily & provides good filtering of the data.
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Pros

SolarWinds

  • Various monitoring
  • Stores history
  • Suggests indices
  • Helps to find the SQL query text
  • Helps to see what machines/users the bad queries are coming from
  • Shows current blocking session
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Zabbix

  • Collecting hardware data - CPU, Memory, Network, and Disk Metrics are collected and reported on.
  • Flexible design - It is very easy to build out even very large environments via the templating system. You can also start where you are - network monitoring, server monitoring, etc. and then build it out from there as time and resources permit.
  • Provides a "plugin architecture" (via XML templates) to allow end users to extend it to monitor all kinds of equipment, software, or other metrics that are not already added into the software already.
  • Very complete documentation. Almost every aspect of Zabbix has been documented and reported on.
  • Cost - Zabbix is FOSS software and always free. Support is reasonably priced and readily available.
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Cons

SolarWinds

  • Its one of the more expensive solutions
  • Quite difficult to understand as a beginner
  • Name has been tarnished due to the password leak
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Zabbix

  • In a busy Zabbix environment, it can easily overwhelm the underlying database. Plan on having SSDs and a significant server infrastructure to keep up with more than a hundred hosts.
  • Building out Zabbix metrics that suit your environment can be very time consuming. When choosing a monitoring platform like Zabbix, expect a steep learning curve and to invest significant resources to make the tool valuable.
  • This is less important than it has been in the past, but current versions of Zabbix still do not handle IPMI checks of hardware very well. We needed to write our own wrapper for IPMI checks rather than using the built in IPMI poller.
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Pricing Details

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

Starting Price

$1,585 Per Instance

Editions & Modules

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
One Time Price15851

Footnotes

  1. Per Instance

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Zabbix

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Zabbix editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    SolarWinds

    No answers on this topic

    Zabbix

    It is free. It didn't cost anything to implement (other than my time and the cost incurred for it) and it is filling a badly needed gap in our IT infrastructure. Support is available if we have issues and can be done annually or paid for on a per incident basis as needed. Expansion, updates, and all other future lifecycle activities are likewise free of cost, so as long as someone is able to implement/maintain the software (and the OSS project is maintained) then I imagine the company will never leave it.
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    Usability

    SolarWinds

    Very easy to use and intuitive. Just be careful with the WAN Killer...it does what it says.
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    Zabbix

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    SolarWinds

    Our organization uses it regularly. It is reliable, and we keep finding new uses for it
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    Zabbix

    The setup is the most time-consuming portion of using zabbix. It takes a lot of effort to shape it into a usable format and even then it can get very messy. It's not exactly intuitive and as mentioned the UI seems a bit antiquated. If I was to roll out a monitoring solution from scratch, I'd probably look for alternatives which are easier to use and maintain.
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    Implementation Rating

    SolarWinds

    No answers on this topic

    Zabbix

    We are a mainly Windows environment, so it would be useful if we could have used Active Directory to deploy agents. As of version 4.2, Zabbix has announced a new agent MSI file to allow exactly that. Unfortunately, we didn't have that option. Also, for Linux and MAC deployments, there is no simple way to deploy that. Using remote scripts you may be able to create something, but most places will opt for either SNMP (agentless) or manual installation of agents to add to Zabbix. A way of deploying agents via discovery would go a long way to helping in the adoption of the tool.
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    Alternatives Considered

    SolarWinds

    I haven't compared any tools similar to SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset. This might be because I'm pretty biased when it comes to monitoring, and reporting solutions. I've found that SolarWinds provides the biggest bang for the buck in my opinion. I'm sure there are other solutions on the market that compete, but I haven't tried any of them because I've been very satisfied with SolarWinds.
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    Zabbix

    We're using the Solarwinds suite as our global monitoring standard, but it is very complex and its licensing model makes it difficult to monitor a wide range of technologies. So, we're using Zabbix as a complement on our monitoring process. Zabbix is a way more flexible and has free integrations to a wide range of technologies. It is also more 'user friendly' and easy to manage.
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    Return on Investment

    SolarWinds

    • Spend less time downloading free buggy tools
    • All the tools in one spot, so you don't have to look around for tools
    • Get to the solution sooner
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    Zabbix

    • Zabbix simply makes it easier to identify, and subsequently resolve problems quickly
    • Zabbix gives one web page to look at to see a list of all on-going issue in a single place
    • Zabbix can automate response to alerts. For example, Zabbix allows you the customization to take a monitored server out of production rotation if it is identified as unhealthy
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