Icinga is what you need, even if you don't want to admit it.
March 18, 2019

Icinga is what you need, even if you don't want to admit it.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Icinga

Icinga is our core monitoring platform for all non-Windows systems. However, our Windows group is actively looking to abandon their current platform and implement it for their systems as well.
  • The price tag is right. Monitoring systems are only as good as the time you put into them, so why start with a huge buy-in before dumping man hours in also?
  • Despite some older styled interfaces, the dashboard is easy to manage and understand.
  • Scalability is excellent.
  • Icinga is a monitoring solution only. It doesn't generate PHB graphs, but everyone seems to expect it to.
  • Configuration can be confusing and difficult. For non-unix people the learning curve is very intimidating.
  • Icinga is free, but costs in initial setup manhours. This can be surprising, but it's still cheaper than other products.
  • The setup and maintenance requires a fairly adept sysadmin.
The best of commercial products is nearly as good at cross platform monitoring as Icinga, and all of them are expensive.
Icinga or its predecessor Nagios seems to be a tool every SysAdmin has had to work with. It's ruggedly simplistic, and utilitarian, but it works, and it's free. I wouldn't call it perfectly fitted to any one type of system, but it's better suited to more than any other system. It'll just work, and if it doesn't, you can make it work with the same difficulty of the initial setup.