We deliver in a sequenced order in short interval parts to our customer (JIT/JIS). The IT systems are crucial in the supply chain to the customer. 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.
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.
The design of the front-end is a bit vintage style and is in hour highly distributed implementation somehow slow.
With Check_MK we have visibility and insight into the systems and applications that power our business. We know the lifecycle and usage patterns of our systems thanks to Check_MK and this is really a powerful feature when making important business decisions regarding these systems. We do not have to do guess work, it is a matter of pulling up the right view or generating the report and looking at the details.
We have gained agility and gained operations performances by using Check_MK. In time it has showed to us usage patterns we were not aware of from that helped us fine-tune and optimise thereby reducing complexity/costs or both, it has provided us with instant fault-management and helped identify issues before they become critical as well as historical and trending information that help us budget and plan.
The software is very pragmatic and provides instant results. With Check_MK you get a solution that is focused on providing the absolute best in monitoring without getting bogged down into maintaining the solution or constantly tuning to keep it running.
There is nothing that comes to mind. The product does a wonderful job for what it is intended.
- 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.
- 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
To cut a long story short: to my and all of my customers opinions there is nothing to criticise.
We are monitoring IT infrastructure from UPSs over servers, hypervisors, network, SAN and NAS storage up to the operating systems and databases as well as SAP for over 80 customers with Check MK and have made excellent experiences with the tool, the technical support and also the user community.
Automates many formerly cumbersome tasks like the discovery of hosts and services (both agent based and snmp or proprietary APIs)
Offers a free open source version that packs the same checks as the enterprise version. 1700 checks for free is pretty sweet.
The whole system is extremely lightweight, 4 CPUs and 4 GB memory are more than enough for medium sized environments (~200-300 hosts).
Since it's open source you can always extend the system or look into the code to find out what it does on the most detailed level.
The available documentation on the website is sometimes outdated or incomplete (they are however aware of this and have made it a priority for 2019)
Overall the application looks good. Not so much of a learning curve if you’re moving away from Nagios like I am.
Best bang for your buck. Constantly updated to include new features, enhancements, bug and security fixes. Active community that is very helpful.
Documentation and examples are lacking though it does look like they are trying to catch up. Conferences only seem to be in Europe.
Monitoring complex heterogeneous IT environments and capacit management.
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.
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.
We scraped old nagios and HP solutions and use check_mk for everything related to monitoring since 4 years. Never looked back.
Avoids most of the headaches you get with the heavyweight solutions, that spend most of the time pumping monitoring data through a classical SQL database. Monitors eveything from network equipment, Power supply, Hardware, OS, virtualisation technology, databases, storage systems, backup and even modern stacks like docker. Also helps with automated SLA reports und software/hardware inventory. Great value for your money, there is also a community edition for tight budgets.
Because of increasing increasing popularity development of new sometimes lags behind.
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).
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.
The Web-GUI could use a facelift, but this is already in the pipeline for the next version as I hear.
Check_MK is a phenomenal monitoring program that is constantly improving while remaining flexible enough for customizing to perfectly fit your unique monitoring needs. With the ability to write your own custom plugins in Python there is truly nothing that can't be monitored according to your specification. The fact that it can do all this on a single core, 4GB of RAM Virtual Machine is mind-blowing.
Check_MK makes it very easy monitor your environment regardless of how large you scale it. By organizing you network into logical groups (folders) you can easily create a set of monitoring parameters (thresholds, alert rules, services to monitor, etc.) and any systems added to that folder automatically get those parameters applied. Need to change the CPU alert threshold for 5000 servers? Piece of cake; simply make the change on the folder and you're all set.
Additionally, Auto-discovery just works incredibly well at finding hosts and enumerating the services on your network hosts so that out of the box you have a pretty good idea of the overall health of network.
Up until version 1.5.0 the UI looked dated and navigation was counter intuitive at first. With version 1.5.0 they have overhauled the UI and it looks much better, but it could still use same layout changes to make it easier to understand and use.
The service auto-discovery with the Check_MK agent and via SNMP. No need to configure every item that should be monitored manually.
The easy usable Web-GUI that also comes with an API for automation. But still everything is in configuration files that can be viewed and edited.
Views, dashboards, bookmarks, custom graphs and graph collections that can be customized.
Over 1700 builtin checks.
A framework where plugins can be integrated easily to extend functionality of the check engine and the web application.
There is really not much I do no like about Check_MK.
- Improve stability and performance of the monitored environments
- Happy users
- 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
- Some product features are not yet fully documented
We have only good experiences with Check_MK. We use it in large environment without any issues. We like the huge community of Check_MK.
The distributed setup in large scale environments. The easy install and configuration via Web Interface. Interfacing to other products like Grafana or i-Doit. Powerfull API for automation.
The Rule based configuration is powerful very fast.
There are too many options to configure Check_MK.
I've been administrating check_mk for more than 3 years now. I honestly don't know better monitoring solution for huge number of servers. This thing scales insanely, notifications are customizable and there are integrations for every tool we use - slack, pagerduty, mail...
They have monitoring agent plugins for almost everything you need.
Notifications, scalability, integrations
User interface, Historical data browsing is quite bad (there is a solution for that though)
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
Sometimes one might lose overview as the menus are quite "crowded"
I started in 2016 with checkmk RAW, with no ideas for monitoring. af´ter 3 Years our checkmk is still in RAW but we are monitoring about 400 hosts and 12000 services and it works fine.
The easy Way to monitor the network and other hosts
nothing at the moment. Maybe the new theme is a little bit strange :)
SLA / IT-Service Reporting
Autodiscovery and check aggregation
autodiscovery for hosts from VCenter or Consul
The flexibility and the fine tuning possibilities
The difficulty to get into it. The user manual online is not complete.
It's free, so that's great. You will sink more time into it to get it running as you like compared to other slicker monitoring programs, it's up to you if that's a fair trade off.
Lots of features and customization, very affordable
Overwhelming amount of options that aren't that well organized or explained, tricky to manage services and hosts