Nagios Core

Nagios Core

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Nagios Core


What is Nagios Core?

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.
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What is Nagios Core?

Nagios provides monitoring of all mission-critical infrastructure components including applications, services, operating systems, network protocols, systems metrics, and network infrastructure. Multiple APIs provide for simple integration with in-house and third-party applications. Thousands of community-developed add-ons extend monitoring and native alerting functionality. Third-party add-ons are available for monitoring in-house applications, services, and systems.

The vendor says Nagios is the industry standard In IT Infrastructure Monitoring. The vendor says the powerful Nagios Core 4 monitoring engine provides a high level of performance, and that its high-efficiency worker processes allow for scalability and monitoring effectiveness. It is designed to provide a central view of a company's entire IT operations network and business processes. Multi-user access to web interface allows stakeholders to view relevant infrastructure status. User-specific views ensures clients only see the infrastructure components they’re authorized for.

Nagios Core Features

  • Supported: Advanced Graphs & Visualizations
  • Supported: Performance & Capacity Planning Graphs
  • Supported: Configuration Wizards
  • Supported: Advanced Infrastructure Management
  • Supported: Configuration Snapshot Archive
  • Supported: Advanced User Management
  • Supported: Service-Level Agreement (SLA) Reports
  • Supported: Extendable Architecture

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Nagios Core Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, Italian, Russian, German, French, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Polish

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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.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 7.7.

The most common users of Nagios Core are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Nagios is being used to monitor and report on the utilization of some of our network hardware. It's primary use is restricted to our IT department, with a couple of additional users. We use it to monitor switch status, and mated with MRTG Nagios gives us bandwidth detail on a per port basis.
  • Up/Down Alerting.
  • Monitoring of supported applications (SQL, Exchange, etc).
  • Upon an alert, Nagios' ability to fire off scripts allows us to either fix problems automatically or gather data about an issue as soon as it happens.
  • Support for third party applications and hardware relies heavily on open source community driven plugins. Deploying new platforms to Nagios can be a bit of a job because of this, often plugins are unpolished, undocumented or outright broken. You have to be willing to spend some time tweaking to make this worth while.
  • The Nagios UI is not the best. Even with the new update, it's still quite evident that it's an updated version of an old system. While it's hard to re-arrange a tool like this, there comes a time when a UI overhaul is just what you have to do.
  • Nagios was quite obviously built to focus on alerting and event management. Attempting to use it also as a data collection tool can be frustrating and require a lot of plugins.
Nagios is primarily an open source technology. It's very well suited for environments that either work on a restricted budget and require a solution that can be customized heavily to fit. I would not recommend it to anyone with a limited time frame, tech skills, or someone looking for a canned monitoring or data collecting solution.
  • I know when I've got an outage before the phone rings. We often have dispatched techs and are working to resolve our issues long before our customers notice.
  • Nagios allows us to plan for future bottlenecks, there is very little reason to ever be surprised by a utilization issue.
  • Nagios has cost us heavily in man hours to get running and comfortable. However cost on back of man hours is better than live environment outages any day.
We selected Nagios because of the size of its community. We've used some of the others in the field over the past few years, Nagios had the best features out of the box coupled with it's following made it an easy selection.
Network Administrator Systems Administrator Phone Administrator NOC Crew Tier 1 and 2 support
Our systems admin handles the support of the Nagios platform, and we have an inhouse coder that works to make downloaded plugins fit our needs and when required writes custom code.
  • Up/Down Alerting
  • Resource Management
  • Uptime calculation
  • Resource Utilization predictions
  • By following strings of alerts as a failure happens we can easily identify the location of an outage and in moments get an idea of services effected.
  • We're really hoping to see Nagios catch up to some of our competitors in reporting and data collection.
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.
  • Price
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  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
Price is always a concern, however when dealing with network monitoring and alerting, functionality needs to be at the top of the list. Nagios is a stable platform, with fantastic redundancy options. Nagios is at the top of their game.
With all the monitoring systems we evaluated, I don't think I spent enough time focused on importing data and customizing alerts. Instead of loading a couple of machines and doing some simple testing, I would have loaded our whole environment and attempted to use the solution in a real world scenario for a month. There have been a lot of customization related questions that came out after installation that could have been answered in the evaluation period.
  • Monitoring a supported platform is extremely easy to set up.
  • Setting up email alerting works exactly as it should.
  • Finding possible solutions in the community plugins is easy, however sometimes the configuration isn't so well documented.
  • Configuration in Nagios relies heavily on text files.
  • Graphing data is not supported out of the box, it requires additional plugins that can be complex to integrate.
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.
Score 3 out of 10
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Verified User
I have used Nagios for over 10 years. It has been a great tool to monitor and react to emergencies and is flexible and easy to implement. Nagios allows us to connect to each of our servers and connect to all the services, ports, metrics, etc., for each server we have.
  • Trusted
  • Easy to implement
  • Many plugins already written
  • Archaic
  • Dated UI
  • Quirky
Nagios is great if you're just learning about monitoring and want something that has been used for years. I have installed it in almost every company that I have worked for and it has been a great portal to the health and well being of our systems. At this point it is archaic software and there are better ways to implement monitoring (Sensu, Zabbix, Datadog, etc).
  • Open sourced, so it's free.
  • Ugly UI so not something to show an executive team.
  • Great for understanding overall system health.
Nagios was the best in the past and why I chose it for many of the companies I've worked for. Also, coming in to a company, there is almost always a Nagios server installed and since everyone knows the software it's easy to write plugins for it. But, in 2015, Nagios is a dinosaur and needs to be replaced with better, more scalable solutions.
The uptime of servers is essential to all parts of the business. Allowing everyone to see the uptime and accessibility of the infrastructure allows them to see how our servers are running. Everyone from support to IT to operations to business analysts are allowed a view to our Nagios installation.
Users will need to know linux, a command line interface editing tool (vi, emacs, pico, etc) and how to correctly edit conf files. It is rather quick and easy to do. For more dynamic work the conf files will need to be setup correctly, which can be tedious but worth it.
  • Monitoring server status
  • Dynamic data checking
  • Dashboard view of server status.
  • Can alert on anything with custom written alerts
  • Can send data to other products (cacti, graphite, etc)
  • n/A
  • Continue to deploy to new servers
  • Build out new environments
  • Find new ways to send data to other products.
Nagios is awesome yet antiquated and we plan to use other products that are free and open source that will do the same thing.
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The features of Nagios are ever expanding and allow users to see a full view of their infrastructure. Nagios has been around for YEARS now and many people within the industry have used and implemented it on their servers. It is easy to find employees that have used it in the past.
Well, now that their our so many other companies and products out there doing the same thing as Nagios, we would probably go with an open source product. We would probably go with sensu and then connect that to Pagerduty or VictorOps to do alerting. We would also send data on to our Graphite/Grafana infrastructure to anaylze the data.
We don't believe it is worth the extra money.
It's good and they are able to answer our questions that we have.
We were having an issue with creating a new configuration for a server that didn't have any plugins. I was able to reach out to Nagios Enterprises and get successfully configure the check to do what we needed it to do. Their support was very informed and ultimately fixed my problem.
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