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Market Guide for Open-Source and Freeware Monitoring Tools

by Jonah Kowall  |  May 21, 2014  |  2 Comments

Wanted to give a heads up that we’ve updated a note which was published about 18 months ago around open source and freeware monitoring tools.

Clients only link:

Market Guide for Open-Source and Freeware Monitoring Tools

The document covers basic information on the following technologies:

Minisuites : Ipswitch, ManageEngine, Solarwinds

Free Monitoring from Artica ST (Pandora FMS), GroundWork, Icinga, op5, Opsview, Paessler, SevOne, Spiceworks, Splunk, Torch (Graylog2), VMTubro, XpoLog, Zabbix, Zenoss

SaaS monitoring from AppDynamics, AppFirst, Boundary, Datadog, GFI Software, Loggly, New Relic, ScaleXtreme (Citrix now), Splunk, and Sumo Logic

Changes from late 2012 until today:

Vendors Added

Since writing our previous research on how to leverage free and low-cost server, network and storage monitoring tools, we’ve seen the following changes in the market:

  • AppDynamics — Lite offering provides always-on monitoring, where the previous product was only functional during use
  • Artica ST — Pandora FMS, open-source offering
  • Icinga — Open-source offering
  • Loggly — Relaunched offering targeted at a wider user community
  • Torch — Graylog2, a new offering
  • XpoLog — Free offering for log analysis

Vendors Removed

Compared with our earlier research about free and low-cost server, network and storage monitoring, we removed vendors that, unless otherwise noted, left this market:

  • Correlsense — Low-cost offering
  • Jinspired — Lack of adoption across Gartner client base
  • Net Optics — Lack of adoption across Gartner client base
  • Quest Software (now part of Dell Software) — Low-cost offering
  • VMware — Low-cost offering lacked Gartner client adoption, but the solution is being retooled and better integrated with the VMware vCenter Operations Manager offering.

Sorry I forgot to include a few vendors and solutions in the note which will be in the next revision:

  • CA Nimsoft Monitor Snap is a freemium offering covering server monitoring for up to 30 servers without cost. They launched the offering about 7 months ago and have had over 2500 installations of the product!

Category: apm  it-operations  logfile  monitoring  saas  

Jonah Kowall
Research Vice President
3.5 years with Gartner
20 years IT industry

Jonah Kowall is a research Vice President in Gartner's IT Operations Research group. He focuses on application performance monitoring (APM), Unified Monitoring, Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD), Infrastructure Performance Monitoring (IPM), IT Operations Analytics (ITOA), and general application and infrastructure availability and performance monitoring technologies. Read Full Bio


Thoughts on Market Guide for Open-Source and Freeware Monitoring Tools


  1. Olivier JAN says:

    Could you please consider adding checkmy.ws in the SaaS monitoring vendors ?



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