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"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.""Centreon helps me detect where the problem is quickly. When we resolve a problem quickly, this lowers our overall costs.""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.""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.""We have the business activity monitoring, the map, and the MBI modules and they are all very good."

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"The solution is quite efficient.""Other products are good but from the configuration point of view Nagios is really very lightweight. The price is really good in my opinion. Another important thing is that my Nagios engine still works with Dual core 8GB ram for the last 10 years.""The most valuable features are the reports and the way it generates the report in a graphical manner."

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"It is easy to create your own custom modules if you just know a little bit of scripting. If you have unique requirements, you can just make your own modules. You can even grab checks from other vendors. There are open-source checks for various things such as SMTP, etc. There is a long list of different ones from Nagios. You can just use them, and within seconds, you get yourself a check that is monitoring whatever you need. It is really flexible. I guess that's why they call it Pandora Flexible Monitoring System (FMS). It is reliable. It does the job, and it alerts. It is also surprisingly feature-rich. Our network guy just recently asked about a particular protocol to monitor the bandwidth on the network, which is not a common protocol. When I looked it up, and I found that they cover it. It is very mature for a not-so-known product.""What I value most about Pandora FMS is the simplicity of working with it."

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Cons
"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.""Improvements are needed in the area of cloud monitoring, as that's a newer feature.""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.""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."

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"Bandwidth monitoring is the pain point for me because Nagios Core does not monitor bandwidth effectively like Cacti does.""The scalability needs improvement, it's not scalable at this time.""It would be nice if the company offered a sales or contract manager that was dedicated to our company so that we would have some sort of link to Nagios, and if we had issues or questions, we'd be able to contact them directly."

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"Their support is good, but it is just online communication. It would be great to be able to just call someone and talk to them instead of always writing. It works well for me because I am a decent communicator in email, but some people might find it difficult to describe in a written fashion and communicate with them that way. There is a learning curve to the interface, but once you get used to it, it is actually very powerful. They have a lot of options, but people struggle with the interface. They've improved it though, and it is getting better. They need to keep improving the learning curve to help buy-in. I'm the guy that manages it, so I'm comfortable with it. They can refine the upgrade agents to be easier. They can also do more refinement in end-user usability because not everyone is strong technically, and people who aren't strong technically might be averse to the product, even though it has come a long way. It has a complete GUI and everything.""The price for Pandora FMS is expensive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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 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.""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.""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."

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"We are using the open-source, unpaid version."

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"They are very competitive on the pricing side. That's one reason why my manager keeps using it."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The customizable reports and dashboards are really flexible. We started this partnership with Centreon, when we were… more »
Top Answer: Their licensing model is really easy. You have one license and you have access to all the features, compared to other… more »
Top Answer: There is room for improvement in the basic reporting. They provide reporting in PDF files but you cannot modify these… more »
Top Answer: Other products are good but from the configuration point of view Nagios is really very lightweight. The price is really… more »
Top Answer: In my opinion, the price is very competitive compared to other products. Just compare it with "SolarWinds, Check MK"… more »
Top Answer: Recommendation: 1 Provide a user friendly GUI to configure various hosts/services using a graphical frontend… more »
Top Answer: It is easy to create your own custom modules if you just know a little bit of scripting. If you have unique… more »
Top Answer: They are very competitive on the pricing side. That's one reason why my manager keeps using it.
Top Answer: Their support is good, but it is just online communication. It would be great to be able to just call someone and talk… more »
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Overview
The Centreon solution, based on a free to download Open Source Platform, monitors all critical IT Infrastructure and Applications with real-time dashboards, analytics and insightful alerts that prevent business-impacting downtimes. Since 2005, over 200,000 IT professionals from SMBs and Fortune 500 companies rely on Centreon to guarantee their organization operational performance.

This is IT infrastructure monitoring's industry-standard, open-source core. Free without professional support services.

Pandora FMS Enterprise is the perfect on-premise monitoring software for companies with at least 100 devices. 

Stop wasting your time and resources on complex and silo'd monitoring systems that are poorly integrated.

It’s an all-in-one package offering modern and flexible IT monitoring, replacing the need for multiple, difficult-to-integrate, and more costly monitoring systems.

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Airbus, Bollore, BT, Canal Plus, Kuehne Nagel, Limagrain, LVMH, Oberthur Technologies, Orange, Darty, Addax Petroleum, Plastic Omnium, Auchan, Valeo, Saint Gobin, Clarins, Hugo Boss, JC Decaux, French Government (Defense, Justice, Environment, Agriculture), OptiComm, Thales, Zeiss.
Airbnb, Cisco, PayPal, FanDuel
Rakuten, Prosegur, Repsol, Teléfonica, Allianz, Ottawa Hospital, Hughes
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Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government5%
Wholesaler/Distributor4%
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Retailer18%
Financial Services Firm18%
Transportation Company9%
Construction Company9%
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Comms Service Provider31%
Computer Software Company23%
Government8%
Educational Organization5%
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Computer Software Company33%
Healthcare Company22%
Engineering Company11%
Manufacturing Company11%
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Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise36%
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Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business82%
Midsize Enterprise18%
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Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise9%
Find out what your peers are saying about Nagios Core vs. Pandora FMS and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,382 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Nagios Core is ranked 18th in Network Monitoring Software with 3 reviews while Pandora FMS is ranked 20th in Network Monitoring Software with 2 reviews. Nagios Core is rated 8.0, while Pandora FMS is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Nagios Core writes "Well priced, lightweight and reliable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pandora FMS writes "Super stable, very flexible, feature-rich, competitive price, and does the job". Nagios Core is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios XI, OP5 Monitor, Icinga and SCOM, whereas Pandora FMS is most compared with Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM, PRTG Network Monitor, Datadog and Icinga. See our Nagios Core vs. Pandora FMS report.

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