When presenting our open-source IT Monitoring solution we’re often asked about how we position ourselves against Nagios®.

After all, we started as a company in 2005 by developing an open-source web interface to the then-leading solution that did so much to democratize IT Monitoring. And although we forked Nagios® seven years ago to improve on its performance and scalability and never looked back, we made sure we’d maintain compatibility with its plugin mechanism, a key asset to ease metrics collection in a vast variety of IT environment.

We’ve moved a long way since then, we have written our own comprehensive library of robust open-source plugins and developed a complete suite of monitoring software, so maybe we should share some information about where we stand on the subject.

Our open-source IT Monitoring solution is called Centreon. The open-source part of Nagios® is called Nagios Core. Both are free of charge for an unlimited usage. Let’s compare the two using a feature table based on their web site information:

Nagios Core

Centreon

Complete Infrastructure Monitoring

x

x

Hundreds of Free Addons

x

x

Open Source Monitoring Engine

x

x

Forum Support

x

x

Available as Source Install Script

x

CentOS RedHat v6/7 RPM

x

Scalability

x

Pre-Configured Virtual Machine

x

Quickstart Guides

x

Web Configuration UI (CCM)

x

Performance Graphing (PNP)

x

SNMP Trap Support

x

Database Backend

x

Integrated UI

x

Dashboards

x

User-Specific Customization

x

Audit Logging

x

 

We developed Centreon to be a complete, comprehensive, easy-to-use open-source IT Monitoring platform: download and install the ISO or OVA image and you’re ready to go, with dashboards made of multiple widgets to view and share the real-time availability and performance of your IT infrastructure and applications. Whatever the number of host to monitor, and whether they’re all in a single site or spreaded in a massively distributed environment…

Which doesn’t mean you can’t go further and plan for a more ambitious monitoring solution: we also offer the Centreon Enterprise Monitoring System software suite (Centreon EMS) to that avail. But this has already been the subject of numerous blog posts.

I hope this post clarifies our positioning, but please contact us for a more detailed information.

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