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Old 08-12-2004, 02:43 PM   #1
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nagios vs zabbix

Does anyone have an opinion on which would be better for monitoring production linux and solaris systems (disk/cpu/memory/load, etc..)
Old 08-13-2004, 10:53 AM   #2
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nagios is great, you can monitor EVERYTHING, a little tricky to get going though (EXTREMLY VERBOSE config files) as for zabbix, never heard of it! sorry
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We use Nagios, it seems good. We've built SMS and Jabber gateway for it to send alert messages.
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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
Old 08-18-2004, 09:00 PM   #5
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We bought a Wavecom GSM MODEM, and use gsmlib which you can find at to access the MODEM.
Old 08-19-2004, 03:33 AM   #6
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Thanks! I'll start looking in that direction

Old 08-20-2004, 03:26 AM   #7
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I higly recommend Nagios, its true that nagios requiers some work to get it going, but once configured its excellent in monitoring.
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anybody care to revisit this issue now that zabbix is much more mature? I'm getting sick and tired of nagios file-based config vs zabbix mysql.
Old 04-24-2007, 02:56 PM   #9
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We are currently using zenoss. It was fairly easy to get running and does everything we need it to do. Give it a look
Old 04-25-2007, 02:36 AM   #10
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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.
Old 01-15-2008, 02:04 AM   #11
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Please, give me an advice!

My requirements:

- 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)

Nagios or Zabbix?
Old 10-07-2008, 06:59 AM   #12
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Cool nagios vs zabbix

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.

My wishlist
- Ldap authentication
- snmp traps
- dashboard
- easy config
- easy customisation (own/bespoke checks)
- Good petrfomance

What do you say, can zabbix offer all these??

Those who have run it PLEASE COME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Old 10-07-2008, 09:22 AM   #13
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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.

If you want to get support you should have a look at groundworks (

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Don't use either and go with OpenNMS.
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And why we should use openNMS?


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