Top 5 Nagios Replacement Must Haves


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Are you currently searching for an alternative to Nagios? Here are a few "must haves" of any server monitoring solution you choose.

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Top 5 Nagios Replacement Must Haves

  1. 1. Top 5 Nagios Replacement Must Haves
  2. 2. What Makes a Good Alternative to Nagios?  Nagios has been a critical “getting started” monitoring system  A large user base has voiced many Nagios likes, dislikes, for its strengths and weaknesses  Five distinct needs are driving migrations from Nagios 1. Better User Interface 2. Easier Deployment, Maintenance, & Integrations 3. Improved Analytics, Alerting, Reporting, & Historical Data 4. Mobile Apps 5. Reduced Hardware Costs
  3. 3. #1 Better User Interface  The Nagios UI designed to be a basic, utilitarian console  Supports lowest common denominator of monitoring  Most operations teams responsible for service levels and uptime have specific needs  A more modern UI, purpose-built for cloud monitoring  Typical “uh-oh” events trigger Nagios replacement search  An outage occurred and Nagios limitations hung you out to dry  Original Nagios developer left the company – now what?  Your business has matured to the point you need a monitoring solution you can count on – one that is fully supported and was professionally engineered with a UI to match. 1 The 5 key impacts analyze IDC’s key 2013 predictions and analyze the resulting impact on IT management
  4. 4. #2 Easier Deployment, Maintenance, & Integrations  Nagios has been a DIY dream and a cool hobby shop project  But you must have the time and inclination to manage your own management system  Installation and customization time  Usually measured in days or weeks, not minutes or seconds.  “It's going to take you a long time to get used to setting up Nagios to begin with…”  Ongoing maintenance costs and integration pain  Developer takes ownership of ongoing maintenance, customization, and integrations  For example, Puppet, Chef, HipChat, GitHub, PagerDuty, Campfire, Twitter DM integrations are possible, with work
  5. 5. #3 Improved Analytics, Alerting, Reporting, & Historical Data  What does it take to make your monitoring job easier?  Features that automate and simplify the troubleshooting process: auto-trending, system and app health, alerts when you have a problem, and historical analytics  Context: the essential cloud monitoring weapon  Allows you to look back in time determine what else was going on at the same time  How easy is it to determine were other systems in the same AWS region or availability zone having problems?  What about other similar systems in the same cluster?  What’s happening with the related instances supporting the same application?  Nagios not designed for automation and simplification  Doesn’t automate the tagging, presentation, alerting, and reporting that’s required to simplify and accelerate the troubleshooting process.
  6. 6. #4 Mobile Apps  Lack of a full-featured Nagios mobile app can be a non-starter  Push-based, native iOS app or native Android app is a must-have for most devops  A few mobile solutions for Nagios do exist  Lack the requisite depth and flexibility for everyday  The more you customize Nagios, harder it is to get mobile support
  7. 7. #5 Reduced Hardware Cost  Problem #1: dedicating a Nagios cloud server instance inside AWS, etc.  Monitoring your own cloud infrastructure with your own cloud infrastructure is dangerous  Taking on risks that monitoring is designed to reduce  Problem #2: paying for the instance plus managing the software, too  Problem #3: no resilience to network accessibility or local outages  Would need to build in redundancy across zones and regions  Problem #4: no customer experience or real user monitoring view available that looks from the outside back in.
  8. 8. How Do I Learn More? 1. Check out this detailed comparison cheat-sheet table: 2. Try out CopperEgg for free and compare to Nagios  Start an unlimited 14-day trial 3. Visit CopperEgg to learn more: