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What is Checkmk?

Checkmk is a comprehensive IT monitoring system that enables system administrators, IT managers, and DevOps teams to identify issues across their entire IT infrastructure (servers, applications, networks, storage, databases) and act quickly to resolve them. More than 2,000 commercial customers and many more open source users worldwide use Checkmk daily to ensure high availability and performance. Key product features: • Service state monitoring with 1,900+ checks 'out of the box' • Log and event-based monitoring • Metrics, dynamic graphing, and long-term storage • Comprehensive reporting incl. availability and SLAs • Flexible notifications and automated alert handling • Monitoring of business processes and complex systems • Hardware and software inventory • Graphical, rule-based configuration and automated service discovery Broad set of unique benefits: Ultra-scalable • Distributed set-ups of several hundred sites or several thousand retail stores • Millions of services in one monitoring • Very low use of CPU resources • Superior memory performance for live data due to RAM storage • Highly optimized I/O performance, • Very short measurement intervals of up to 1s One of the shortest set-up times and lowest operations efforts in the industry • One integrated system, fully packaged, and ready in a few minutes • High degree of automation enables very broad monitoring scope • Automation of agent threshold configuration, installation, and updating • Automatic creation of configuration files • Unique rule-based configuration to drastically reduce manual configuration Very low Total Cost of Ownership • Low consulting and operations cost due to fast installation and automation • Low monitoring hardware needs due to low CPU usage Various other benefits exists, e.g. • Support for 5+ Server operating systems • Many options to realize ‘High Availability’, including own appliance • Future proof incl. monitoring of Docker, Kubernetes, AWS, and Azure Customers include: Airbus, Bosch, Continental, Zalando, Swisscom, Deutsche Telekom, DB Schenker, The Linde Group, BT Group, Marketo, Groupon, and Hortonworks.

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German, English
Product Description

Helping you stay up and running from simple to the most complex environments


Seller Details
Seller
tribe29
Company Website
Year Founded
2013
HQ Location
Munich, Alemania
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
44 employees on LinkedIn®

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systeemprogrammeur
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

updates are very easy to implement, intitive GUI, performance is very good, rule-based parameterisation is top Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

In the past the documentation was poor, but over the years it is advancinging. Today some parts are very well documented (even instruction videos) , other things poor. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Before we used nagios. Because of lack of time, we only used basic functionality : the most of all the hosts was only pinged.

Monitor more was perfectly possible but very time consuming to achieve.

By using CMK, on unix and windows hosts a lot of checks are automatically monitorred.

Before, we had a awful lot of scripts that send messages to people when a problem occured.

By changing such a script to a local check which does not send emails but send its results to Check_MK, you have one central point where you can see what is checked, who was notified when, escalate problems to other notification manners like slack, sms.

Network devices are monitorred by using snmp and this gives you.

We try to monitor as much as devices possible, not to get notifications from every device but to have a central point where you can see the impact of e.g. a network problem. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Within our Smart Cities projects, we work with multiple components such as City Platforms, Databases, Servers, etc. All these resources can be easily monitored with Check-mk, indicating system failures to act quickly. It is based on Nagios, being even more powerful. Lets you customize notifications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Perhaps there are more powerful alternatives with payment tools, but within free and open software, which is an essential requirement in many of our projects, Check-mk is a very powerful tool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Check-mk is a Nagios-based software, so it has its power and also some additions. Our recommendation is to try it out, as it is open source and to pilot test it. Its use in production is impeccable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Check-mk allows us to have all our resources monitored without having to check it manually. This brings peace of mind to our staff, as well as to the client who is fully informed of all incidents that may occur during the project. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Supervisor Global Monitoring Architecture
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Systems Engineer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Linux Consultant
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is realy not much I do not like about Check_MK Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Director Of Technology
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

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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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AR
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are still using Nagios it is time for a change. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Monitoring complex heterogeneous IT environments and capacit management. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Innovation & Research Director
Information Technology and Services
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing to dislike really. The product delivers on its promise and is a focused IT monitoring product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Head of Service Delivery Getronics Germany
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Manager
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

To cut a long story short: to my and all of my customers opinions there is nothing to criticise. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

- Some product features are not yet fully documented Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

- Improve stability and performance of the monitored environments

- Happy users Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AA
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Product Owner
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes one might lose overview as the menus are quite "crowded" Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Fast detection of problems in the server landscape Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
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! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The layout could use an update and change the colors a little bit. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Perfect for a 3+ year business with multiple offices! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

System issues and detecting outages without leaving the room. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The UI could use an update but I hear this will be in one of the next major updates. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

fast and easy implementation , Offers a free open source version that packs the same checks as the enterprise version Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The available documentation on the website is sometimes outdated or incomplete Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

A very good IT-Systems monitoring suite. highly Recommend Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What 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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy configuration, nice overviews and build in checks Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The UI looks a little old fashioned, overall product UX needs an overhaul Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Mostly monitoring servers Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UR
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Fit the projects. Getting to learn it more and utilize it in more projects Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Need more additional training in order to ge very effective. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Time issue Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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