We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"We have the business activity monitoring, the map, and the MBI modules and they are all very good."
"Centreon helps me detect where the problem is quickly. When we resolve a problem quickly, this lowers our overall costs."
"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."
"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."
"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 flexibility and the ease in which the features can be expanded are the solution's most valuable aspects."
"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."
"Cisco UCS Manager is overall a good package because it gives a GUI interface and a CLI."
"Ease of management is certainly the most valuable feature in this product."
"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."
"Duplication and compression work for data in a hybrid solution."
"The features that I have found most valuable are its storage flexibility, linear scalability, and perhaps ease of use and powerful support."
"By using virtualization, we are saving on the cost of hardware."
"The pricing is very good if you compare it to other competitors."
"Simplicity of use."
"The storage management is one of the best."
"Nutanix Prism is very fast compared to VMware and whatever you need to do, you can do it quickly."
"Everything has been valuable, without a doubt the server is self-managed with Prism in an efficient way, it solves possible logical errors to maintain production without interruptions, it's great."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Improvements are needed in the area of cloud monitoring, as that's a newer feature."
"I would like to see Cisco UCS optionally work as a hyper-converged system because right now, it only operates as a converged system."
"We have three data centers and if we could manage all three data centers using one interface, it would be great."
"Its user interface can be improved. It can be more user-friendly."
"The automation within the solution needs to be simplified."
"Cisco UCS Manager is not a scalable solution because once you have 160 blades, it cannot be expanded more."
"Upgrading the firmware is a difficult procedure."
"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."
"I think that the Nutanix Prism Pro the terms it uses, it's not very user-friendly."
"It would be ideal if there was more of a community around the solution so that it would be easier to learn things about the solution from other users."
"The life cycle management or LCM feature is the most complicated. It takes really long and is unpredictable for our use cases. They should provide more detailed information about the kind of LCM to go for, various errors, and different kinds of tasks. For analytics for certain configurations, we require more details with the report. Sometimes, not all elements are present for support, management, and configuration. For troubleshooting, it would be very easy and useful if we can analyze log files directly from Prism, that is, not from the command line but directly from Prism."
"The solution could be a bit more user-friendly. The dashboard and configuration should be much easier to use."
"I would like to have some cluster management tools included."
"The price could be improved."
"Each era every year, new economies arise and ways to develop the platform to improve both the interface with the end-user and to make the main load more flexible to the specialized user of the platform."
"I would like to see the capability to use FC SAN storage."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"A lot of my customers complain about the price of renewals, so I think that this can be improved."
"Nutanix Prism is priced better than some of the competing solutions."
"Compared to VMware, the price of this solution is great."
"This product is cheaper than using VMware."
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Cisco UCS Manager is ranked 13th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 7 reviews while Nutanix Prism is ranked 4th in Virtualization Management Tools with 16 reviews. Cisco UCS Manager is rated 8.2, while Nutanix Prism is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco UCS Manager writes "Easy to manage and has high availability ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nutanix Prism writes "Simple to upgrade, no downtime, and the performance flow charts are excellent". Cisco UCS Manager is most compared with Cisco Intersight, HPE OneView, Zabbix, WhatsUp Gold and Zenoss Service Dynamics, whereas Nutanix Prism is most compared with Zabbix, Nutanix Prism Pro, HPE OneView, VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) and VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront. See our Cisco UCS Manager vs. Nutanix Prism report.
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