Mathias Kettner GmbH

Check_MK


4.5 / 5
13 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Companies of all sizes as well as governmental institutions, often with multiple data centers and very large scale set-ups, who need Infrastructure and Application Monitoring


Average Ratings

13 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $600.00/year
  • Pricing Details
    Pricing is per service, i.e. per monitored metric, such as CPU utilization
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Mathias Kettner GmbH
  • mathias-kettner.de/
  • Founded 2007
  • Germany

About Check_MK

Check_MK: a leading IT monitoring system for on-premise and cloud infrastructure and application monitoring (servers, networks, storage, databases, and more) that enables admins, IT managers, and DevOps teams to identify and resolve issues across their entire IT infrastructure quickly. More than 1500 commercial customers and many more open source users use Check_MK daily to ensure high availability and performance. Available in 3 editions: Raw (open source), Enterprise, and Managed Services.


Check_MK Features

  • Bandwidth Monitoring
  • Baseline Manager
  • Diagnostic Tools
  • Internet Usage Monitoring
  • IP Address Monitoring
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Resource Management
  • Server Monitoring
  • SLA Monitoring
  • Uptime Monitoring
  • Web Traffic Reporting

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Best in-class IT Monitoring software

Jan 12, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 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.

Cons: There is nothing that comes to mind. The product does a wonderful job for what it is intended.

Overall: 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.

Enterprise grade monitoring as it should be

Jan 06, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - 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

Cons: To cut a long story short: to my and all of my customers opinions there is nothing to criticise.

Overall: - 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.

Complete monitoring for IT infrastructure of any size

Jan 15, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 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.

Cons: 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: 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.

Monitoring has never been better

Jan 14, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 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.

Cons: Because of increasing increasing popularity development of new sometimes lags behind.

Overall: We scraped old nagios and HP solutions and use check_mk for everything related to monitoring since 4 years. Never looked back.

Monitoring that fits right into your existing infrastructure

Jan 10, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 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.

Cons: The Web-GUI could use a facelift, but this is already in the pipeline for the next version as I hear.

Overall: 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).

Lightweight monitoring program that packs a serious punch

Dec 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 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.

Cons: 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.

Overall: 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.

A very good IT-Systems monitoring suite

Dec 14, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 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.

Cons: There is really not much I do no like about Check_MK.

Great monitoring platform

Jan 16, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: - 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

Cons: - Some product features are not yet fully documented

Overall: - Improve stability and performance of the monitored environments

- Happy users

Capterra loader

Most powerful monitoring solution

Dec 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: 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.

Cons: There are too many options to configure Check_MK.

Overall: 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.

Solid monitoring platform

Jan 15, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Notifications, scalability, integrations

Cons: User interface, Historical data browsing is quite bad (there is a solution for that though)

Overall: 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.

Powerful tool with great support

Feb 18, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: 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

Cons: Sometimes one might lose overview as the menus are quite "crowded"

Easy to use monitoring solution

Jan 15, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Autodiscovery and check aggregation

Availability monitoring

Cons: autodiscovery for hosts from VCenter or Consul

Overall: Availability monitoring

SLA / IT-Service Reporting

Best Budget monitoring software, but you get what you pay for

Jan 30, 2019
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Lots of features and customization, very affordable

Cons: Overwhelming amount of options that aren't that well organized or explained, tricky to manage services and hosts

Overall: 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.