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Nagios vs NetData: What are the differences?

Nagios: Complete monitoring and alerting for servers, switches, applications, and services. Nagios is a host/service/network monitoring program written in C and released under the GNU General Public License; NetData: Real-time performance monitoring, done right!. Netdata is distributed, real-time, performance and health monitoring for systems and applications. It is a highly optimized monitoring agent you install on all your systems and containers.

Nagios and NetData belong to "Monitoring Tools" category of the tech stack.

"It just works" is the top reason why over 49 developers like Nagios, while over 8 developers mention "Free" as the leading cause for choosing NetData.

Nagios and NetData are both open source tools. It seems that NetData with 39.4K GitHub stars and 3.48K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Nagios with 60 GitHub stars and 36 GitHub forks.

Uber Technologies, Dropbox, and 9GAG are some of the popular companies that use Nagios, whereas NetData is used by Augmedix, Kistriver, and Veaver Inc.. Nagios has a broader approval, being mentioned in 177 company stacks & 40 developers stacks; compared to NetData, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

Decisions about Nagios and Netdata
Matthias Fleschütz
Teamlead IT at NanoTemper Technologies · | 2 upvotes · 89.4K views
  • free open source
  • modern interface and architecture
  • large community
  • extendable I knew Nagios for decades but it was really outdated (by its architecture) at some point. That's why Icinga started first as a fork, not with Icinga2 it is completely built from scratch but backward-compatible with Nagios plugins. Now it has reached a state with which I am confident.
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Pros of Nagios
Pros of Netdata
  • 53
    It just works
  • 28
    The standard
  • 12
  • 8
    The Most flexible monitoring system
  • 1
    Huge stack of free checks/plugins to choose from
  • 16
  • 12
    Easy setup
  • 10
    Graphs are interactive
  • 8
    Well maintained on github
  • 7
    Montiors datasbases
  • 6
    Monitors nginx, redis, logs
  • 3
    Can submit metrics to Time Series databases
  • 2
    Open source
  • 2
    Netdata is also a statsd server
  • 1
  • 1
    Written in C
  • 0
    Easy Alert Setop

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What is Nagios?

Nagios is a host/service/network monitoring program written in C and released under the GNU General Public License.

What is Netdata?

Netdata democratizes monitoring, empowering IT teams to know more about their infrastructure, enabling them to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues, collaborate to solve problems, and make data-driven decisions to move business forward.

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