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Zabbix is a network management system created by Alexei Vladishev. It is designed to monitor and track the status of various network services, servers, and other network hardware.

It uses MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite or Oracle to store data. Its backend is written in C and the web frontend is written in PHP. Zabbix offers several monitoring options. Simple checks can verify the availability and responsiveness of standard services such as SMTP or HTTP without installing any software on the monitored host. A Zabbix agent can also be installed on UNIX and Windows hosts to monitor statistics such as CPU load, network utilization, disk space, etc. As an alternative to installing an agent on hosts, Zabbix includes support for monitoring via SNMP, TCP and ICMP checks, IPMI and custom parameters. Zabbix supports a variety of real-time notification mechanisms, including XMPP.


Icinga is an enterprise grade open source monitoring system which keeps watch over a network and any conceivable network resource, notifies the user of errors and recoveries, and generates performance data for reporting. Scalable and extensible, Icinga can monitor complex, large environments across dispersed locations. In a nutshell, Icinga allows you to:

Monitor – any network and all its resources

  • Network services: SMTP, POP3, HTTP, SNMP, NNTP, PING, etc.
  • Host resources: CPU load, disk utilization, system logs, etc
  • Server components: Switches, routers, temperature and humidity sensors, etc

Notify –when issues arise and are resolved

  • Through any channel (Email, SMS, phone call, etc)
  • Escalate alerts to other users or communication channels
  • Fine tune notification settings (accounting for dependencies between hosts & services)

Report – on performance and plan ahead

  • Capacity utilization to plan for growth
  • Chart graphs with addons like PNP or Grapher

Based on proven, enterprise-class Open Source components, XI is the result of several projects we’ve undertaken to meet a variety of client requirements.  Designed for scalability and flexibility, XI is designed to make problematic IT monitoring tasks simple, while retaining the powerful attributes of its enterprise-class foundation blocks.

Nagios XI is an enterprise-class monitoring and alerting solution that provides organizations with extended insight of their IT infrastructure before problems affect critical business processes.  Nagios XI provides organizations with many benefits

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