New Relic vs Nagios

New Relic and Nagios are two options available today to help you monitor your applications performance. As software applications evolved to be more complex, robust and distributed in nature, you will also need more reliable software to ensure your apps is available anytime, anywhere on any device. If you are curious about those two, read our article below.

In this article, we are going to give you information about;
– What is New Relic and Nagios
– What New Relic and Nagios can offer to you
– New Relic vs Nagios

About New Relic
New Relic is one of the most popular companies in the APM industry; it was founded in 2008 and quickly grown into product that is relied by thousands of its customers to deliver insight of their software performance. Aside from APM, which is the company flagship product, they also offer New Relic Infrastructure to help you get the precise picture of your dynamically changing systems.

New Relic Browser to provide you with full visibility into your browser-side application performance, New Relic Mobile to help you manage and optimize your iOS and Android applications, New Relic Synthetics to stimulate behaviors and catch problems before your customers do, and New Relic Insights to help you analyze the business impacts of your software performance. If you are interested on similar product, read our article on New Relic vs Splunk here.

New Relic Features
New Relic APM supports 7 languages, such as Ruby, PHP, Java, .NET, Python, Node.js, and Go. Once you run the agent, the software wills automatically picks up function related information in your application, records any problems and report it back to you using the New Relic app interface. Its ability in synthetic monitoring is also good, because it support four types of monitors; ping monitor, simple browser, scripted browser, and API test. If you are using New Relic Insight, you may also customize your dashboards to shows the exact combination you want. When there are problems, New Relic will alert you using Apdex scores; if you are not already familiar with what an Apdex scores in terms of your application, you may need sometimes to get used to it.

About Nagios
Nagios or commonly known as Nagios Core is an open source computer software application, which is capable of monitoring systems, networks, and infrastructure. This software offers their users monitoring function and alerting services for servers, switches, applications and services. Thus, the user will know when there is something wrong going on and when problems get resolved. Nagios currently offers various products, such as Nagios XI, which is the main product, Nagios Log Server, Nagios Fusion, and Network Analyzer. In this article, we are going to focus on the Nagios XI.

Nagios Features
Nagios XI users can view and customize dashboards in their web browser, which used to monitor and manage network devices. This software is capable of performing active or passive checks, service checks, monitoring applications, collecting various type of information, network protocols and many others, you may also add a third party addons to enhance the monitoring scope of Nagios XI. The reporting service of Nagios XI can be customized to reports all sorts of events based and user defines filter. When there are notifications, the software can notify the user using either Email or SMS, the user also can customize the notifications. Instead only used by one admin, Nagios XI can be used for departmental, because it is capable of integrating with LDAP and defining different access level and views for different users.

Both of New Relic and Nagios are equally great and their price may vary depends on your need. Both of them offer good monitoring services, but if you are not familiar with Apdex, you may need some times to get used to it if you are picking New Relic. In the availability, New Relic can be used in Standalone, On premise, cloud and SaaS, while at the other hand Nagios can only be used in Standalone and On premise. Many people also stated that the way Nagios displays information is not as good as its rival.

New Relic vs Nagios

New RelicNagios
- Can be used in standalone, cloud, on premise, and SaaS- Can be used in standalone,and on premises
- Offer better visualization compared to Nagios- Less interesting visualizations
- The Essential version start at $75/month- The Standard version start at $1.995/year

All in all, the decision is all yours to make. Both of them are great options, but you may also want to take their price into consideration, before picking which one to use.

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