We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The alerting and usage tracking notifications on disk space capacity, network and processor utilization."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the alerts."
"Being able to easily, and quickly obtain disc space statistics from servers and determine how much was free or used on various volumes."
"The interface is user-friendly, making it easy to use."
"The product is lightweight in terms of memory use, requiring only 10 megabytes or less."
"The initial setup was straightforward. We deployed the solution from new and completed the upgrades."
"It's a very good tool and a very stable tool."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the monitoring capabilities."
"During my testing, the features that I like the most are that it can be integrated with my system, and it provides me with reports of all of my servers."
"The most valuable feature is the support for monitoring Cisco switches."
"Zabbix is very easy to implement."
"The solution is quite mature and very stable."
"It has an intuitive UI with beautiful graphs and customizable maps."
"The solution is open-source, easy to manage, and user-friendly making it easy for anyone to use."
"The flexibility of this solution is amazing."
"The product is very stable."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The interface could be made more user-friendly."
"The only thing that can be improved is to continually add to the existing capabilities of the product."
"SolarWinds needs to be improved such that it is on par with the leading products in the market."
"It is difficult for stakeholders to translate technical requirements, which results in difficulties selecting a platform or implementing a solution."
"They have had a rather large security breach in the past. It's cost some companies customers."
"It would be good to have high security."
"The integration needs to be improved."
"It would be nice if SolarWinds added some technical protocols like Modbus. The market needs a simple solution for monitoring a technical device."
"The stability could be better."
"If you want to use all of the features then you have to pay a licensing fee."
"There are not too much documentation or manuals. We found the tutorials very easy to understand but do not go deep enough in the use of Zabbix. We need more manuals, proper use, documentation, etc."
"The only improvement I would suggest, revolves around its AI and ML capabilities."
"Its UI needs to be improved a little bit more so that an end-user is also able to handle it. I can handle it, but others should also be able to handle it in a better way. It becomes complex when we are growing and need to add proxies. We need more scalability features and documentation for different use cases. A lot of articles are available, but they need to be in proper documentation. For example, when you have thousands of servers that have to be monitored in different regions of the world, there should be some kind of documentation to describe how you can create proxies and add them. Sometimes, when you are using the database, it can get overloaded. When the network is growing, the number of transactions becomes very high, and the database gets overloaded. There should be information about how to reduce the load on the MySQL database, which is what Zabbix is using. The market is growing a lot, and it should be enhanced for a lot more things. We are currently bringing enhancements at our end for different use cases. For example, when dockerization is going on, how can we check the logs inside the Dockers. We should also be able to monitor and check the number of logins and add features such as SSO login and two-factor authentication as a protocol. These are the security features and concerns that we have to deal with. Currently, we are developing modules to add features to Zabbix, but they should also work on these features."
"Zabbix does not draw automatic mapping of the network, this is something they should add in the future. There is a lot of effort that is involved in tailoring some of the settings which could be made easier."
"The APM monitoring has room for improvement, although I hear that the new 5.2 version has some improvements in that area, and I'd like to give that a go. I would like to see a few more templates out there for different styles of monitoring. I use the Grafana interface for reporting. I would also like it to have an out-of-the-box ability to email reports. You can create reports, but to be able to email those reports would be really helpful. I've got users who are not interested in logging in and generating a report. They want it all pre-canned and sent to an email address. It would also be really handy if we could pin certain reports up onto platforms such as Teams or SharePoint. A GUI for the proxy server would be cool to have for debugging purposes and for the support teams to have a look at, but I don't know whether that's really feasible to do. I get enough from the log files themselves."
"Implementation is always tailored to the customer and the kind of information we need from the client to carry it out can make them very uncomfortable. Sometimes the clients are not ready to share it."
"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."
"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."
"It is not an expensive product."
"It's expensive and there are costs in addition to the standard licensing."
"There are a lot of sub-products and it just continued to increase the price."
"It is too expensive."
"The NPM component of the system costs approximately $1,000 USD per year."
"We have a multi-year license for the use of this solution. There are additional costs for recourses in the environment."
"The licensing is based on the number of nodes, interfaces, and volumes."
"It is relatively inexpensive compared to other products in the same category."
"The solution is free. However, many open-sourced tools start out free but eventually start charging."
"This solution is completely open-source, so it is quite affordable."
"We were searching for an open source solution and Zabbix fit the bill because it is free and open source under the GPL license."
"There is no license but we need to pay for support."
"It is open source. If you want to have a subscription or official support, you can pay for it. They have different plans, which are not that expensive. The plans are based on per monitoring server, not per monitored equipment. So, it is not at all expensive, and you can also live without the support if you want a cheaper option."
"My manager is very happy because it doesn't cost anything."
"Its licensing is fair. It seems to be much cheaper than others."
"It is worth every cent to pay or even study to do your own installation."
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SolarWinds NPM is ranked 3rd in Cloud Monitoring Software with 28 reviews while Zabbix is ranked 1st in Cloud Monitoring Software with 39 reviews. SolarWinds NPM is rated 7.8, while Zabbix is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "Make monitoring key performance factors in your enterprise customized and effective". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zabbix writes "Very mature, easy to scale, and free to use". SolarWinds NPM is most compared with ManageEngine OpManager, LogicMonitor, PRTG Network Monitor, WhatsUp Gold and Wireshark, whereas Zabbix is most compared with Nagios XI, Centreon, Splunk, Nagios Core and PRTG Network Monitor. See our SolarWinds NPM vs. Zabbix report.
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