We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The single-pane view provides us a view of all of our network infrastructure, and it is one of the most important tools that we use to see the status of our customers' networks."
"The customizable reports and dashboards are really flexible. We started this partnership with Centreon, when we were looking for a solution, because of the flexibility of the reporting. That's what we found to be most attractive in the solution. You can display the data as you want."
"The dashboards are valuable because they ease troubleshooting and viewing. It becomes easier to locate the source of a problem... The dashboards make it easier to communicate with our clients. They don't want to see the alert console, they want to see a beautiful dashboard representing their network and their business and to watch it in case something is wrong in their environment."
"Centreon helps me detect where the problem is quickly. When we resolve a problem quickly, this lowers our overall costs."
"You can concentrate and orchestrate several other solutions from other vendors. You can consolidate those solutions all in one place, then maintain and monitor from that single point. This creates ease of use. It is a very powerful solution from this point of view."
"We have the business activity monitoring, the map, and the MBI modules and they are all very good."
"I like Business iQ the most, so far. It has great analytics configurations and I can get real-time updates. We have eCommerce releases every week. So the one use case that I use Business iQ is to compare before and after release performance using AppDynamics."
"The auto-discovery of the logs is the most valuable feature. It requires minimal configuration, we just need to set up on once and it automatically detects through the code."
"This solution gives us quite good insights that we might otherwise overlook, or it might take a really long time to debug those issues."
"The reporting functionality will give you any report you want."
"The most valuable features are flexibility and management."
"I can quickly manage the provisioned servers."
"The flexibility and the ease in which the features can be expanded are the solution's most valuable aspects."
"Ease of management is certainly the most valuable feature in this product."
"Cisco UCS Manager is overall a good package because it gives a GUI interface and a CLI."
"Technical support has been good so far. We haven't had any issues with them. We're satisfied with the level of service they provide our company."
"Opening a ticket on the website of Centreon can be difficult for my colleague, but not for me because my English is good. However, my colleague doesn't speak English well, as our company is in Quebec and our first language is French."
"Improvements are needed in the area of cloud monitoring, as that's a newer feature."
"Currently, we have to go through all of the different templates and take a look at how the template is configured, and how specific parameters may change across different templates with different precedents, megatons, etc. It's a lot of work and involves trial and error. I wish they could simplify the process."
"I would like to see more plugins. That is something it needs. There is also room for improvement through dynamic thresholds, or self-discover thresholds. I would also like to see a discovery feature that could map the whole network environment and automatically suggest things."
"Centreon is actually missing an easy way to create a trendline for the metrics. Actually it is possible to create it, but you need a good knowledge of math, Centreon, and RRD."
"During the initial setup we faced some issues. Part of it was because we had to become more knowledgeable in the solution. There are some gray areas and if you don't know the product well you may have issues. Another part of it was some bugs that we came across, although that's part of every software solution in IT nowadays. But the initial setup could be easier."
"In the next release, I would like to see the configuration of the data and more support for new applications. It should support new languages."
"I would like the ability to choose from some pre-defined dashboards and reports because as it is now, you have to define them separately for each implementation."
"The one thing that I find it difficult in using AppDynamics is, for any new user, it's not easy for him or her to configure the transactions in AppDynamics because the UI is pretty complex. The configuration is pretty complex for a new, fresh user. They can make the UI simpler, that'll be very helpful for anyone to configure their website in AppDynamics."
"Upgrading the firmware is a difficult procedure."
"The automation within the solution needs to be simplified."
"We have three data centers and if we could manage all three data centers using one interface, it would be great."
"I would like to see Cisco UCS optionally work as a hyper-converged system because right now, it only operates as a converged system."
"Cisco UCS Manager is not a scalable solution because once you have 160 blades, it cannot be expanded more."
"The interface and the way it is constructed is very complex. They should work to simplify it. It's quite difficult for somebody who doesn't know the product very well. Users should be able to get proficient with it faster. There's definitely room for improvement there."
"Its user interface can be improved. It can be more user-friendly."
"Centreon is better than Nagios XI in regards to cost and support response times, when you have a problem. If you have a problem, it costs money to contact the Nagios XI support."
"The pricing works out well for us, given our environment and where we are."
"If you need basic monitoring without dashboards, just monitoring, the plugins are very useful and really cheap. If you want a more complete solution with dashboards and reporting, the EMS solution is great and it is not that much more expensive. It's a good value. Really good."
"Their licensing model is really easy. You have one license and you have access to all the features, compared to other tools where you have to purchase add-ons."
"Centreon is always available to develop new plugins when needed. The most important thing is that their maintenance account yearly subscription fee includes the fact that they will maintain the new plugins that you requested them to deliver."
"My understanding is that the price of this solution is quite high, compared to other products."
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AppDynamics Server Monitoring is ranked 33rd in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 3 reviews while Cisco UCS Manager is ranked 13th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 7 reviews. AppDynamics Server Monitoring is rated 8.0, while Cisco UCS Manager is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of AppDynamics Server Monitoring writes "Predictive notifications are on target but there should be better regional support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco UCS Manager writes "Easy to manage and has high availability ". AppDynamics Server Monitoring is most compared with ITRS Geneos, Zabbix, Datadog, vRealize Network Insight and Cisco Intersight, whereas Cisco UCS Manager is most compared with Cisco Intersight, Nutanix Prism, HPE OneView, Zabbix and WhatsUp Gold. See our AppDynamics Server Monitoring vs. Cisco UCS Manager report.
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