Organizations that are considering adopting Nagios to monitor servers and devices may want to consider Nagios alternatives like a new installation of Icinga 2.
- Icinga 2 can use the broad array of common Nagios monitoring plugins, whether they run on the monitoring server or on the local client.
- The Icinga Web 2 interface is more flexible and extensible than the basic grid interface provided by Nagios.
- The rewrite of Nagios (Icinga 1) significantly improved the efficiency of the monitoring code, and in the redesign we know as Icinga 2 this has been retained as a key design principle.
However, the true advantages of Icinga 2 are deeper than these obvious benefits.
For example, of Icinga 2 is designed to be object-oriented from top to bottom. Also, a rich configuration language allows expression of complex configurations in a minimal amount of text, allowing monitoring configurations to be written quickly and concisely. Combined, these two architectural features allow allow the creation of a large number of monitoring data points in a small amount of time.
Finally, the clustering and zone monitoring abilities of Icinga 2 yield not only high availability at several different levels, but also allows the architect to create a distributed hierarchy of monitoring systems where checks are run local to regions of the network and only the results are relayed back to the masters. In very large implementations this removes many burdens from the masters, which can spend more time on recording, display and notification.
Monitoring is an important part of the management of every company’s network, and installing a new monitoring system can be a major investment of time and effort. When evaluating Icinga 2 versus other monitoring systems keep these architectural advantage in mind.
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