If you have a website or network, it is helpful if you can figure out any problems as soon as it happens. There are several open source and free tools to monitor servers or networks so as to find a solution as quickly as possible in handling the issue. But here, we will only make a review of the types of applications that exist. They are present with the name of Nagios vs. Kaktus. For applications that better, more efficient, and more in demand will be discussed on the article below.
Nagios vs Splunk is the latest one and this seems be the third one of Nagios’ review. Nagios is a system and network monitoring application that was created by Ethan Galstad (http://nagios.org). Keep an eye on Nagios host and service that has been established, giving a warning if things deteriorate, and notify when the situation improves. The perks that you can get from installing Nagios service monitor is a network like SMTP, POP3, HTTP, PING, Oracle, and others. Design a simple plugin which can allow users to more easily use the examination of services, and service checks in the form of parallel check. Notifications when problems occur on the service or host and get a resolution can be done via email or user-defined method and have a rotation of log files automatically. And comes with an informative web interface to view the status of the network, the sequence of problems and notifications, log files, and much more. Nagios is “industry standard in IT infrastructure monitoring”. At least that’s what it says on their website. Nagios is indeed a bit complicated to install and configure, but the wealth of features unmatched by the tool on the market and intended for a network administrator who experienced IT.
Cacti is one of open source application which is a solution of a complete network graphing are designed to exploit the capabilities of the RRDTool functions as storage data and making graphs. Cacti provides rapid data collection, the advanced chart patterns, multiple data acquisition methods, and user management features. Everything is packaged in an intuitive, easy to use interface understandable to a local area network to a complex network with hundreds of devices. By using our Cacti can monitor traffic flow on a server. Cacti is a frontend application from RRDTool which store information into a MySQL database and create charts based on that information. The process of data capture (via SNMP or scripts) to the graphing is done using the PHP programming language. In addition Cacti is itself a monitoring software that leverages the usefulness of RRDtool (http://www.rrdtool.org/) as a graphing software/recorder in the benthic graphics with many advantages over its predecessors (i.e. monitoring software MRTG). Before starting the installation of the application this Cacti, you should first install the web server and the database server, then snmp and snmpd and rrdtool.
|- Nagios does not provide any useful graphs, but more on that later||- Cacti is focused on graphs|
|- Nagios tends to be configured with config files so hopefully you script the translation of your inventory in that format||- Cacti tends to be configured through the GUI manually|
|- Nagios world gives you access to tons of well tested plugins to monitor almost anything under the sun||- Cacti also has plugins, but not nearly as many|
Have you tried to pick up your option for the choice Nagios vs Cacti? They are two different platforms. In fact, Cacti is useful for monitoring SNMP devices like switches and routers. On the other had, Nagios is an old relative to platforms like SolarWinds, Zabbix, SpiceWorks, and other requirements. Furthermore, Nagios can have additional plugins – such as RRDTool for graphing, a core feature of Cacti – to extend functionality.