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We do also use Nagios and its fine. In fact probably does a lot more than we use it for!
I'm interested though in the previous post about SMS? I am looking for a way to send SMS Text messages directly from the Nagios server through a directly attached SIM card/phone. All the ways I've looked at involve third parties. Is this similar to what you have set up and if so do you have any useful info on it! Thanks
zabbix is soundly great!
we use is it to monitor our 5000+ Linux/Freebsd/Solaris.
With zabbix, you can store nearly all data in your DB, and query it at any time you want.
I think nagios pay more attention on the net architecture, while zabbix is emphasized on OS itself.
to be frank, both zabbix and nagios are not so easy to config, and both will be OK if you pay much attention.
- easy to install
- easy to configure:
-- receive SNMP traps
-- do SNMP polling for custom OIDs
-- when event comes, check some condition and
-- execute external script (with passing some parameters to it)
- it is desirable to have some easy to use internal storage system (for example, to keep device passwords and pass them to external script foregoing)
With the comming of Zabbix 1.6, I personally believe that Zabbix scales well and is very much comparable to nagios. Its ability to provide cool cacti type graphs which are zoomable adds a plus.
However, I havent come accross anyone with a well season, enterprise-type install, or anyone who has tried and tested it thoroughly (as the case with nagios), so I guess it might be tricky being a first enterprise adopter.
One other thing though, the developer, Alexei Vladishev, is a very helpful person and well able to anser some of the technical questions.
we are evaluating both programms and until today we haven't made a decision.
In my opinion zabbix is more comfortable than nagios. Zabbix is also able to handle snmp traps amd the mew 1.6 version includes a dashboard. The configuration isn't as easy as it should be for a beginner but also nagios isn't easy stuff.