We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It is good for giving an overview of the systems and for tracking long-term trends. It is handy for root cause analysis, e.g. it can eliminate whether storage is the cause of an issue."
"Among the most valuable features are the queries and reporting that allow us to look at the utilization of resources, at how well the storage is performing, and to report on which resources are being used by which business units. We can track usage across the entire environment, across applications, business units, cost centers, etc."
"Its ability to quickly inventory our resources, figure out interdependencies across them, and assemble a topology of your environment is brilliant. There is a price associated with it. Whenever you target a NetApp environment, it is included in the price but whenever you want to add different vendors, like VMware and Cisco, the price greatly spikes. Inventorization helps us a lot to visualize the environment."
"Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time alerting on possible ransomware attacks and provides file security review. It helps us to see if something abnormal is happening on the system before it's too late."
"The most valuable features are auto-discovery and automatic detection of the network topology and network monitoring."
"What I value most about Pandora FMS is the simplicity of working with it."
"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."
"The most valuable feature is the support for monitoring Cisco switches."
"The implementation process is very straightforward."
"The most valuable feature is the alert and alarm monitoring."
"The best thing about Zabbix is the integration and the APIs that are included are very fast"
"The integration capabilities and APIs are the best part."
"Zabbix is both stable and scalable."
"The flexible licensing model is one of the solution's most valuable aspects. It really allows for great flexibility for companies."
"The most valuable feature is monitoring."
"When I did need support because I was having problems with the solution, the first or the second line just didn't understand it. They were providing this only on a software as a service basis. So, they were asking all the wrong questions."
"There is room for improving the creating and managing or modifying of reports. That is still a difficult task to do and requires knowledge beyond the storage itself. I would love to see reporting improved so that we can create reports by dragging and dropping pieces into a report form and publish a report that way."
"Their pricing model needs improvement."
"In a perfect world we would have something built, right out-of-the-box, that can identify what we call "noise," and reduce the amount of data. You're presented with so much data when you first start the data collectors. For example, it brings back a lot of change rates that happen just because of standard computing, like profile changes and that sort of thing. Being able to identify things like that and categorize them and strip it down—and it probably can do that, I just haven't gotten there yet—would be very beneficial."
"It would be helpful to include the generation of reports for times that the network was out of service."
"The price for Pandora FMS is expensive."
"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 main problem with Zabbix is that you have to spend time writing templates for all of the products that you have."
"The server monitoring could be better."
"If Zabbix had a better dashboard then it would be nice."
"The only improvement I would suggest, revolves around its AI and ML capabilities."
"For us, the initial setup was complex"
"The documentation could be improved."
"Having a more customizable interface and dashboard would be an improvement."
"I would like to remotely connect to the computer, and Zabbix doesn't have this capability."
"The licensing model could be improved. We love that you can use it for free for looking at NetApp products. You only need licenses to look at non-NetApp products, but as soon as you do that, you start utilizing licenses that actually would have been free in the public. So, there is a bit of an anomaly in the licensing model."
"Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an understanding of that is the biggest thing."
"They are very competitive on the pricing side. That's one reason why my manager keeps using it."
"I was using the free, Community Edition."
"We purchased Zabbix for a good price, including support"
"We are using the free, open-source version."
"It's an open-source solution that can be used free of charge."
"This solution is completely open-source, so it is quite affordable."
"Zabbix is free but if you use it in production then you have to pay for it."
"My manager is very happy because it doesn't cost anything."
"This is an open-source solution that can be used free of charge."
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Pandora FMS is ranked 13th in Cloud Monitoring Software with 3 reviews while Zabbix is ranked 1st in Cloud Monitoring Software with 38 reviews. Pandora FMS is rated 9.4, while Zabbix is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Pandora FMS writes "Super stable, very flexible, feature-rich, competitive price, and does the job". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zabbix writes "Very mature, easy to scale, and free to use". Pandora FMS is most compared with Nagios Core, SolarWinds NPM, Centreon, PRTG Network Monitor and Icinga, whereas Zabbix is most compared with Nagios XI, Centreon, Splunk, SolarWinds NPM and Datadog. See our Pandora FMS vs. Zabbix report.
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