In the case of Pandora FMS, the remote control cost is based on the number of devices, independently of the number of users or active sessions there are. Requirements Comparison After analyzing both possibilities, and the different concepts they represent, some differences are particularly noticeable: Solarwinds is totally modular. Installation Pandora FMS comes with all the necessary components out-of-the-box to launch integrated monitoring.
Some of these components come deactivated by default for performance motives, but are easily activated. On the other hand, SolarWinds is made up of various products that must be separately installed. The second difference is in the area of compatibility: Installing either solution is simple. In just a few minutes the software is ready to go. On the part of Solarwinds,.
How user-friendly are they? Once you log on to either one of the systems you have total access to the tools. Apart from the design component, you can see clearly the basic differences. The Pandora FMS interface is cleaner and more intuitive, featuring dynamic menus sorted into convenient subsections. It also tells you where you are in the dashboard at all times, via a green check mark in the corresponding menu.
Solarwinds, for its part, presents an interface with a large amount of default information. Solarwinds, for its part, displays a lot more information right from the first screen, with a default appearance loaded with dashboards, graphs, charts and information-bearing elements, giving a good account of its power to present data. Furthermore, practically all tasks and configurations are executable through detailed wizards. The final choice will depend on your own preferences: One useful detail of the Pandora FMS dashboard is the ease of orientation within the different menus: Technologies Both tools support remote monitoring as well as agent-based monitoring on Windows and Linux.
As far as agent-based monitoring goes, Solarwinds has an advantage: NET framework version , and so on, making a troubleshooting manual all but mandatory.
Once the agents are installed, both solutions centralize management via their respective web consoles. Pandora FMS comes with a powerful software agent, whose function is based not only on plugins but also on individual checks, as well as permitting the deployment of software thanks to its archive collection , proactive execution of scripts and self-healing commands.
Apart from being lighter, the biggest advantage of Pandora FMS agents is their flexibility, which allows an administrator to individually carry out any kind of check in the form of a command or a script, as well as to add new community plugins developed in any language in order to perform more complex checks and extend the capacities of the tool still more.
Both offer distinct monitoring engines which act as proxies, redirecting the information before finally consulting a single database. In this respect both solutions have done their homework, being highly adaptable, and able to operate in diverse technological environments.
Each solution has its own way of managing the data history of the monitored systems in order to optimize performance and maintain the data in the best way possible. The default values permit the storage of detailed data for a seven-day period, hourly data for a day period, and daily data for days. According to these configurable default values, you can access reports with complete data for a week, or reports with hourly data for three weeks, and daily data reports for a period of up to the previous 11 months the 12th month corresponds to the present and will contain more detail.
This data is stored for each individual check carried out by the tool, and maintenance is automatic, and on a regular basis. Pandora FMS is different in this feature , as it stores all data for a period of up to a year, thanks to a double database system: The real-time database stores all information for 45 days by default and afterward transfers it to the historical database, where it is stored at the same level of detail.
Pandora FMS enables you to get detailed reports, and for longer, without affecting performance. Maintenance, as with Solarwinds, is performed automatically and on a regular basis. However, its potential is immeasurable, and thanks to its flexibility, allows the user to achieve similar, or even superior, results when compared to Solarwinds. Both tools feature mapping utilities allowing the user to create custom maps, which can be used in dashboards to present information quickly and intuitively on a large monitor or screen, either for a team of operators or an operations manager in order to, for example, see the result of nightly backups or regional sales.
Using Pandora FMS it is possible to display this kind of real-time information, giving the edge in terms of flexibility.