Nagios XI out of the box review

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As I eluded to yesterday, I was finally able to get a good install of Nagios XI running on a VM within my “enterprise” (ha).  I’ve been playing around with it a little bit and I like how much “coolness” is there simply out of the box.  What I don’t like about it is that the cheapest version of XI is a staggering $1,295 for 50 nodes.  This product is geared towards true enterprises (i.e. corporations with much larger budgets than mine), which is not to be unexpected.  I knew going in from previous research that XI came at a cost.  I did, however, admittedly get sucked in by the “free download” they offered and thought “hey, maybe they have a free/cheap “hobbyist” version of this”, which is what necessitated my download and eval in the first place.

Once I got the product installed and logged into it, the first thing I did was to configure and run an “auto-discover” job, the name of which should make it pretty obvious what it’s doing — going out and probing your network for devices.  Once it completes that, it presents you with a screen with it’s findings, and you are free to label, name, tweak, or otherwise change anything and everything it shows you.  Once you do that and save your configuration, the product begins to monitor your network and can alert you via notification of anything that “goes bump in the night”.

When I came downstairs this morning, I was made aware of three devices that were “down”.  I clicked on the down devices link and it quickly told me that the three devices involved were my iPad, a smart TV, and my son’s XboxOne.

The product apparently has a robust ability to accept various plugins that serve to increase it’s functionality and usefulness, but I’ve decided against putting the effort into that for two reasons – first, the product has a 60 day trial key, after which I have to pony up that $1,295 or delete it (any guess as to which path I’ll be taking?); and secondly, when I inquired as to the possible availability of some sort of more inexpensive “hobbyist” version of XI, the response I received was rather snarky and rude (my interpretation, and the only one that counts).  So I’m not too sure I’d do business with them even if I could.  After all, if I have $1300 to spend, that opens the door to a lot more possibilities than just Nagios, right?

So, I’ll mess around with it for the next couple months and, if I discover anything I consider to be groundbreaking, I’ll report on it here.  After that, it’ll get switched off and I’ll likely embark on installing the free version (called Nagios, not NagiosXI).

Here’s a couple screen shots of the network maps in case you’re interested:

First, the “network status map” – note the 3 devices that are reported down as I noted above.

And, they also have a “hypermap”.