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Check_MK review by Michael F.
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"The best monitoring solution we could found at the market."

What do you like best?

check_mk is a very intuitive, easy to use and easy to setup monitoring system. It scales perfect vertically and also horizontal. it provides already a huge amount of monitoring functionalities for a lot of environments and it is quite simple extensible with own functionalities. Beside state based monitoring it has also a complete solution to integrate event based monitoring. With the Business Intelligence we are able to picture our mission critical processes in monitoring and able to simulate the impact of outages to the business.

What do you dislike?

The design of the front-end is a bit vintage style and in our highly distributed implementation it is somewhat slow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

check_mk is a must have for monitoring of IT. Try it out you will have a quick success.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We deliver in a sequenced order in short interval parts to our customers (JIT/JIS). The IT systems are crucial in the supply chain. With check_mk we are able to alert an issue with this IT systems before it becomes a problem for the delivery process. check_mk is used in a highly distributed way at over 300 sites with one central configuration platform which allow us to quickly implement new monitoring solutions and standards.

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Check_MK review by Robert S.
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"A complete IT systems monitoring suite"

What do you like best?

The automatic service discovery (agent and SNMP based) detects nearly all necessary checks for a host.

The web GUI makes it easy to use and the API provides automation, but still text config files are there and no database is required. Convenient for users of all experience levels.

More than 1700 builtin checks varying from basic system information to hardware vendor specific items like fans, power supplies and environment sensors.

A framework that is easily extended with plugins for the check engine and web GUI written in Python.

Customized views, dashboards, graphs, bookmarks, reports show the information that is needed.

Distributed monitoring makes it easy to monitor across the whole world or just two data centers.

What do you dislike?

There is realy not much I do not like about Check_MK

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start with the raw edition where already more than 1700 checks are available. Switch to the enterprise edition for more features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Check_MK is a fast and easy to setup monitoring solution for small, medium and large businesses. It can scale up to 100.000s of service checks.

What Application Performance Monitoring (APM) solution do you use?

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Check_MK review by Adam G.
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"A monitoring underdog"

What do you like best?

Check_MK has done a really amazing job at making the information you need easily accessible and with good readability. As we have used many monitoring systems over the years, both before check_mk and after, we always value the ability to access information and understand what we are seeing. Many monitoring system that focus on the visualization of data seem to over do it and while it may be fancy it is still complicated. In the reverse of that several just don't have good simplistic visualization of date and that makes it hard to narrow down and find out what is going on.

What do you dislike?

the event console that gathers snmp traps and email alarming from systems is a bit segregated from the main screens and can take time to make rules and get it all tuned and integrated into the main part of the polling based system.

Also the lack of a

Recommendations to others considering the product

Once you learn how the "host tags" and the "host and service parameters" configuration interact then things will really start to click. Just dive in and really start adding host and spend some time in it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to quickly narrow down which host is causing the root issue by utilizing the parent relationship has allowed us to spend less time tracking that down. Also using the host and service event history allows us to provide exact outage time frames to our upper management as well as to other companies as we troubleshoot issue. Being able to store performance data for long periods of time and monitor several thousand services all while maintaining stellar performance is key. All and all this system has out performed and simplified monitoring for our company far greater than any other system we have used.

Check_MK review by Michael M.
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"Good scaling monitoring solution, easy to configure and administrate"

What do you like best?

Check_MK is easy to configure but also really flexible for all kinds of special requirements. Be it notification through SMS, special hardware for which you can easily write new checks or simply generating various views to analyse problems. The developers really know what they are doing and providing quick and helpful support.

What do you dislike?

The new design of their website is just plain generic. Yet another copy & paste HTML5 site, which is in my opinion a big step back compared to the old unique design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just try it! It's really easy to setup and test. The RAW edition is open source, so if you have a little spare time available just test it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Check_MK to monitor networks of a multitude of customers and can get valuable information out of it, which otherwise would be really time consuming.

Check_MK review by Marius P.
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"Best in-class IT monitoring"

What do you like best?

Check_MK in just a few minutes after being installed will provide you with deep insight and visibility into your systems and applications. Auto-discovery of services is a time saving feature that gets you up and running very quickly.

What do you dislike?

Nothing to dislike really. The product delivers on its promise and is a focused IT monitoring product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check_MK is a pragmatic product for IT monitoring (systems and applications). It is quick to set-up, configure and requires little overhead in operating/maintenance. If you need relevant information from your systems and network such as capacity planning, trending/historical information as well as fault-management, then definitely give Check_mk a try.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visibility into our systems and applications: specifically we are able to budget accordingly for new hardware since we know precisely the patterns of usage. The benefits are far reaching as we have reduced costs and gained efficiencies with our systems and applications that previously were not possible. Just by looking at the trends you can get a glance of the direction you are heading in and this is valuable information when doing any kind of capacity planning.

Check_MK review by Oliver B.
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"Fast integration and high quality overview of the IT with CHeck_MK"

What do you like best?

- High amount of standard checks and the possibility to group them for the different requirements (Helpdesk, Application Teams, Management Views) allows a fast first time integration in new IT environments with a great level finetuning in a second step.

- We use the Availability and Performance SLA reporting.

- Granular rule based configuration and user roles let us adapt currently every aspect. We use both manual and API based configuration and information extraction to other tools.

- The upgrade and patching procedures are very comfortable and seamless for the production. The automatic agent distribution is saving much time and avoids using further tools like external packaging.

What do you dislike?

- The graphical views for the management reporting and customer dashboards could be bit more "fancy" (for the technical reporting there are no complaints).

- When a discovery of the components of system is running there is no progress bar (only on discovery of environments) and system looks like it is get stuck.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As the product has check based licensing you should think about which checks are really required for the tasks to fulfill.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Good Reporting to provide SLA reports for performance and availability

- Direct integration into the IT Service Management System (ServiceNow) allows fast assignment of engineering resources to problems.

Check_MK review by Rolf A.
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"Enterprise grade monitoring as it should be"

What do you like best?

- Very fast and easy implementation

- Incredible low costs

- Very close communication with and fast feedback from the company behind Check_MK

- Almost complete API set for all automations need for an enterprise sized infrastructure

- Highly customisable, flexible and extensible by several plugin mechanisms

- A vast set of monitors already shipped with the product

- A very secure architecture

- A limit footprint on the monitored servers and devices

- No Java, no application server needed to run the product

- Much more, you have to experience Check_MK

What do you dislike?

To cut a long story short: to my and all of my customers opinions there is nothing to criticise.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are unsure start with the free Community Edition of Check_MK and use it for a while. Later switch to the Enterprise Edition. You may as well call Mathias Kettner GmbH or a partner for a customised in-house training and after five days you are well trained and your monitoring infrastructure is set up and ready for usage.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- component based state monitoring:

-- all kind of servers (real, virtual; Windows, Linux, AIX, Solaris, ESX, AS400...)

-- all kind of network devices and appliances

-- full stack

- component based event monitoring

- monitoring of business processes by using the Check_MK business intelligence

- alarming via e-mails, ticketing tools, umbrella managers, SMS etc.

Check_MK review by Administrator
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"Perfect monitoring for heterogenous IT environments"

What do you like best?

The best thing about check_mk is its ability to monitor all sorts of operating systems, appliances and applications in one central place. Combined with custom checks and performance data we are using it for monitoring as well as capacity management. The compatability to nagios and it's huge plugin repository made migration from classical nagios to check_mk very easy. We have been using check_mk for 5 years and are not planning to change that in the future.

What do you dislike?

The menu structure is unintuitive in some cases and the Web API does not make use of HTTP response codes (You get a 200 even if the call fails). The Agent output is not encrypted by default.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are still using Nagios it is time for a change.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring complex heterogeneous IT environments and capacit management.

Check_MK review by Administrator
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"A very agile monitoring solution"

What do you like best?

The whole Check_MK environment has a very mature, stable foundation of supported checks and performance counters. Yet it grows almost on a daily basis. Support for new systems is being implemented very often and if you are willing to request it yourself, you can have it included in the core distribution in very little time. This agility really has no match among the larger competitors.

What do you dislike?

The Web-GUI could use a facelift, but this is already in the pipeline for the next version as I hear.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fully automated monitoring, alerting and performance-management for > 5000 server/network systems. It was easily integrated in the existing infrastructure (cmdb, user-authentication, alerting-infrastructure).

Check_MK review by David K.
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"Great monitoring platform"

What do you like best?

- Low cost, excellent value

- Great monitoring feature set

- Broad range of monitoring plugins for a broad range of monitored systems

- Small system footprint; product is slim and performant

- Excellent scalability

- Quickly implemented

- Manufacturer support provided directly by experts

- Manufacturer is dedicated to his product

- Manufacturer is driven by what is helping his customers

What do you dislike?

- Some product features are not yet fully documented

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Improve stability and performance of the monitored environments

- Happy users

Check_MK review by Administrator
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"Fantastic experience"

What do you like best?

My favorite part of the software is the automatic discovery. This allows us to add hundreds of servers at a time without having to manage each of them separately.

What do you dislike?

The UI could use an update but I hear this will be in one of the next major updates.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've discovered network and hardware issues that we didn't know we had, purely because auto discovery found a service we didn't think to add with our old monitoring software.

Check_MK review by Thomas M.
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"Powerful tool with great support"

What do you like best?

Check_MK gives us all we need to monitor our server landscape. It's very stable and we did not notice major problems. It comes with a lot of useful graphs displaying current and historical data. It provides a business intelligence like feature, notofications, an event console and much more

What do you dislike?

Sometimes one might lose overview as the menus are quite "crowded"

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fast detection of problems in the server landscape

Check_MK review by User
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"Best IT"

What do you like best?

The ease of use to moniter multiple systems at once without having to leave the office. It also works on your monitor if you use it vertically. It also makes it super easy to detect outages!

What do you dislike?

The layout could use an update and change the colors a little bit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Perfect for a 3+ year business with multiple offices!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

System issues and detecting outages without leaving the room.

Check_MK review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Good overall"

What do you like best?

fast and easy implementation , Offers a free open source version that packs the same checks as the enterprise version

What do you dislike?

The available documentation on the website is sometimes outdated or incomplete

Recommendations to others considering the product

A very good IT-Systems monitoring suite. highly Recommend

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

to monitor all sorts of operating systems, appliances and applications in one central place

Check_MK review by User
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"Chronos"

What do you like best?

Fit the projects. Getting to learn it more and utilize it in more projects

What do you dislike?

Need more additional training in order to ge very effective.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Time issue

Check_MK review by Administrator in Internet
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"Good alternative to plain Nagios"

What do you like best?

Easy configuration, nice overviews and build in checks

What do you dislike?

The UI looks a little old fashioned, overall product UX needs an overhaul

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mostly monitoring servers

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