6 reasons why you should move from Nagios to OP5

6 reasons why you should move from Nagios to OP5

Many System Administrators are very comfortable with the software they “grew up with”. Maybe you played around with an Open Source Solution until you learned it well enough to become hooked. You start to think change is bad. But change is coming, and it is a question of when. This might be what you’re thinking when you move from Nagios to OP5. You are bailing on your Open Source Monitoring Software that you know so well because of pressure from your CIO who wants a more business secure solution. You ask yourself two things:


From Nagios to OP5

Job security after the change?

Since you know Nagios or whatever free software you are using so well, is the company looking to replace you? Do you need a software that scales, is ready for the future and has Support and Professional Services? Maybe you are the one who is leaving? Is the fear from the CIO legitimate? Maybe Support and Professional Services are just good business? Will “Remote Management” be the thing that kills your time thieves?


What about the community?

You might be relying a lot on the community for answers and for APIs that you need. What will you do without the connections? (Both APIs and people.)


OP5 is here to put your mind at ease

OP5 Monitor is a Commercial Open Source Monitoring tool that gives you the best of two worlds:

  1. Your boss will think that now, when the Support and Professional Services is in place you are interchangeable. But we don’t know your system like you do. Because you know your infrastructure, and you know it well. You know the servers and your network. Or maybe you don’t? Then you definitely need us and our teams. However, we need you to tell us what to monitor and why. And as we have mentioned before, when you can monitor almost everything, start with the most important. Servers going down is always bad.
  2. We give you the community and the APIs since we used to be based on Nagios (but now on the Naemon Monitoring Suite). This means that you get the community and the APIs. You also get some extra nice things to have like Grafana and ESLog on a fixed price if you or your boss find the need. And yes, Remote Management is your friend.


The 6 reasons why you should move from Nagios to OP5

  1. Your time:
  • More and new demands for monitoring.
  • Ease of use in change management.
  • Configuration changes in Nagios is time consuming work.
  • “I’m the only Nagios guy” (not always a good thing…).
  1. SLAs Reports and Dashboards. More people wants to utilize different output data:
  • Business Service Management.
  • SLA Reports, Availability Reports.
  • Top Alarm Producers Reports.
  • Highly customizable Personal Dashboards.
  • Scheduled Reports.
  • Fully Nagios Plugin Compatible.
  1. Automation:
  • Save resources and money by automating the most simple, recurring tasks, in a better way than before.
  • Improved support for the agile business, hence take away the often cumbersome and long lead times in traditional IT operations.
  • Integrating monitoring with other IT operation tools requires good APIs.
  • Better Network Automation.
  1. Scalability:

Will it scale? Something that Managers, regardless of industry ask themselves. OP5 Monitor stands out in this regard, when comparing to competitors. According to Cisco, there will be 50 billion connected devices in 2020 and Gartner says; 26 billion IoT devices in use worldwide by 2020. If only 20% of IoT hits Enterprise IT, it will grow fourfold on top of the general IP growth.

  1. Unified Monitoring:

Why have five monitoring tools when you can have one? OP5 can take logs, traps, agent based data and performance data from a lot of different devices from your distributed datacenters and your IT infrastructure. There’s is no reason why your boss should not get the full picture.

  1. We know Nagios well:

OP5 has +10 years’ engagement and active commitment to Nagios core development, +90% of the code for Nagios version 4 (which the Naemon Monitoring Suite is based on) was committed by OP5 development and we are a previous global Nagios support partner.

We also have a free version. Try out OP5 Monitor to the max for 30 days and then play around with 20 hosts.

by Markus Blomberg 31 August