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NetData vs Zabbix: What are the differences?

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; Zabbix: Track, record, alert and visualize performance and availability of IT resources. Zabbix is a mature and effortless enterprise-class open source monitoring solution for network monitoring and application monitoring of millions of metrics.

NetData and Zabbix can be categorized as "Monitoring" tools.

NetData and Zabbix are both open source tools. NetData with 39K GitHub stars and 3.44K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Zabbix with 493 GitHub stars and 182 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Zabbix has a broader approval, being mentioned in 46 company stacks & 23 developers stacks; compared to NetData, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.

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My team is divided on using Centreon or Zabbix for enterprise monitoring and alert automation. Can someone let us know which one is better? There is one more tool called Datadog that we are using for cloud assets. Of course, Datadog presents us with huge bills. So we want to have a comparative study. Suggestions and advice are welcome. Thanks!

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Geoffrey Timmerman
Systems Engineer at Simac · | 6 upvotes · 188.4K views
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Zabbix
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I work at Volvo Car Corporation as a consultant Project Manager. We have deployed Zabbix in all of our factories for factory monitoring because after thorough investigation we saw that Zabbix supports the wide variety of Operating Systems, hardware peripherals and devices a Car Manufacturer has.

No other tool had the same amount of support onboard for our production environment and we didn't want to end up using a different tool again for several areas. That is the major strong point about Zabbix and it's free of course. Another strong point is the documentation which is widely available; Zabbix Youtube channel with tutorial video's, Zabbix share which holds free templates, the Zabbix online documentation and the Zabbix forum also helped us out quite a bit. Deployment is quite easy since it uses templates, so almost all configuration can be done on server side.

To conclude, we are really pleased with the tool so far, it helped us detect several causes of issues that were a pain to solve in the past.

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Centreon

Centreon is part of the Nagios ecosystem, meaning there is a huge number of resources you may find around in the community (plugins, skills, addons). Zabbix monitoring paradigms are totally different from Centreon. Centreon plugins have some kind of intelligence when they are launched, where Zabbix monitoring rules are configured centrally with the raw data collected. Testing both will help you understand :) Users used to say Centreon may be faster for setup and deployment. And in the end, both are full of monitoring features. Centreon has out of the box a full catalog of probes from cloud to the edge https://www.centreon.com/en/plugins-pack-list/ As soon as you have defined your monitoring policies and template, you can deploy it fast through command line API or REST API. Centreon plays well in the ITSM, Automation, AIOps spaces with many connectors for Prometheus, ServiceNow, GLPI, Ansible, Chef, Splunk, ... The polling server mode is one of the differentiators with Centreon. You set up remote server(s) and chose btw multiple information-exchange mechanisms. Powerful and resilient for remote, VPN, DMZ, satellite networks. Centreon is a good value for price to do a data collection (availability, performance, fault) on a wide range of technologies (physical, legacy, cloud). There are pro support and enterprise version with dashboards and reporting. IT Central Station gathers many user feedback you can rely on both Centreon & Zabbix https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/centreon-reviews  

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muutech
at Muutech Monitoring Solutions, S.L. · | 3 upvotes · 187.5K views
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Zabbix

We highly recommend Zabbix. We have used it to build our own monitoring product (available on cloud -like datadog- or on premise with support) because of its flexibility and extendability. It can be easily integrated with the powerful dashboarding and data aggregation of Grafana, so it is perfect. All configuration is done via web and templates, so it scales well and can be distributed via proxies. I think there also more companies providing consultancy in Zabbix (like ours) than Centreon and community is much wider. Also Zabbix roadmap and focus (compatibility with Elasticsearch, Prometheus, TimescaleDB) is really really good.

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Kamon
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Hi Vivek, what's your stack? If huge monitoring bills are your concern and if you’re using a number of JVM languages, or mostly Scala / Akka, and would like “one tool to monitor them all”, Kamon might be the friendliest choice to go for.

Kamon APM’s major benefit is it comes with a built-in dashboard for the most important metrics to monitor, taking the pain of figuring out what to monitor and building your own dashboards for weeks out of the monitoring.

https://kamon.io/apm/

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Pros of Netdata
Pros of Zabbix
  • 16
    Free
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    Easy setup
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    Graphs are interactive
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    Well maintained on github
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    Montiors datasbases
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    Monitors nginx, redis, logs
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    Can submit metrics to Time Series databases
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    Open source
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    Netdata is also a statsd server
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    Written in C
  • 1
    GPLv3
  • 0
    Easy Alert Setop
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    Hoa
  • 16
    Free
  • 7
    Alerts
  • 5
    Service/node/network discovery
  • 4
    Templates
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    Base metrics from the box
  • 3
    Multi-dashboards
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    SMS/Email/Messenger alerts
  • 2
    Supports Graphs ans screens
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    Support proxies (for monitoring remote branches)
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    Grafana plugin available
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    API available for creating own apps
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    Templates free available (Zabbix Share)
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    Works with multiple databases
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    Supports large variety of Operating Systems
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    Supports multiple protocols/agents
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    Complete Logs Report
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    Advanced integrations
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    Supports JMX (Java, Tomcat, Jboss, ...)
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    Perform website checking (response time, loading, ...)

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Cons of Netdata
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      The UI is in PHP
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      Puppet module is sluggish

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    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.

    What is Zabbix?

    Zabbix is a mature and effortless enterprise-class open source monitoring solution for network monitoring and application monitoring of millions of metrics.

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    Prometheus is a systems and service monitoring system. It collects metrics from configured targets at given intervals, evaluates rule expressions, displays the results, and can trigger alerts if some condition is observed to be true.
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    Nagios is a host/service/network monitoring program written in C and released under the GNU General Public License.
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