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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

Product Details

Checkmk: 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 Checkmk daily to ensure high availability and performance. Available in 3 editions: Raw (open source), Enterprise, and Managed Services.

Contact Details

tribe29 GmbH

https://checkmk.de

Founded in 2007

Located in Germany

The Main Dashboard
The Main Dashboard
The Main Dashboard
List of host services
Monitoring metrics
Hard/Software inventory
Notification setup

Starting Price

  • $600.00/year
  • Pricing is per service, i.e. per monitored metric, such as CPU utilization

Platform

  • Installed - Mac
  • Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Installed - Windows
  • Mobile - iOS Native
  • Mobile - Android Native

Training

  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation

Support

  • Business Hours
  • Online

Checkmk Features

Bandwidth Monitoring
Baseline Manager
Dashboard
IP Address Monitoring
Internet Usage Monitoring
Network Diagnosis
Network Resource Management
SLA Monitoring
Server Monitoring
Uptime Monitoring
Web Traffic Reporting
Access Control
Billing & Provisioning
Capacity Analytics
Cost Management
Demand Monitoring
Multi-Cloud Management
Performance Analytics
SLA Management
Supply Monitoring
Workflow Approval
Capacity Monitoring
Compliance Management
Event Logs
Hardware Inventory
IT Budgeting
License Management
Patch Management
Remote Access
Scheduling
Software Inventory
User Activity Monitoring
Application Development
Big Data Analytics
Configuration Management
Connectivity Management
Data Collection
Data Management
Device Management
Performance Management
Prototyping
Visualization
Archiving
Audit Trails
Compliance Reporting
Consolidation
Data Visualization
Event Logs
Network Logs
Remediation
Syslogs
Thresholds
Web Logs
CPU Monitoring
Credential Management
Database Servers
Email Monitoring
Event Logs
History Tracking
Patch Management
Scheduling
User Activity Monitoring
Virtual Machine Monitoring
Alerts/Notifications
Availability Testing
Event Logs
FTP Monitoring
Mail Server Monitoring
Maintenance Scheduling
Performance Metrics
Real Time Monitoring
Transaction Monitoring
Uptime Reporting

Checkmk Reviews

Overall
4.5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4.5/5

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Michael F.
Supervisor Global Monitoring Architecture
Automotive, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 8, 2019

“Best monitoring solution you can find on the market.”

OverallWe 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.
Proscheck_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.
ConsThe design of the front-end is a bit vintage style and is in hour highly distributed implementation somehow slow.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 8, 2019
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Marius P.
CEO & Founder
Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 12, 2019

“Best in-class IT Monitoring software”

OverallWith 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.
ProsThe 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.
ConsThere is nothing that comes to mind. The product does a wonderful job for what it is intended.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 12, 2019
Rolf A.
Manager
Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 6, 2019

“Enterprise grade monitoring as it should be”

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.
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
ConsTo cut a long story short: to my and all of my customers opinions there is nothing to criticise.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 6, 2019
Gerd S.
Teamlead Monitoring
Information Technology and Services, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 15, 2019

“Complete monitoring for IT infrastructure of any size”

OverallWe 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.
ProsAutomates 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.
ConsThe available documentation on the website is sometimes outdated or incomplete (they are however aware of this and have made it a priority for 2019)
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 15, 2019
Felix S.
IT-Administrator
Research, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 27, 2019

“Perfect monitoring for heterogenous IT environments”

OverallMonitoring complex heterogeneous IT environments and capacit management.
ProsThe 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.
ConsThe 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 27, 2019
Roland S.
Head of Datacenter Ops
Health, Wellness and Fitness, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 14, 2019

“Monitoring has never been better”

OverallWe scraped old nagios and HP solutions and use check_mk for everything related to monitoring since 4 years. Never looked back.
ProsAvoids 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.
ConsBecause of increasing increasing popularity development of new sometimes lags behind.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 14, 2019
Wolfgang G.
Service Manager
Automotive, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 10, 2019

“Monitoring that fits right into your existing infrastructure”

OverallFully automated monitoring, alerting and performance-management for > 5000 server/network systems. It was easily integrated in the existing infrastructure (cmdb, user-authentication, alerting-infrastructure).
ProsThe 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.
ConsThe Web-GUI could use a facelift, but this is already in the pipeline for the next version as I hear.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 10, 2019
Matt C.
Systems Engineer
Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 17, 2018

“Lightweight monitoring program that packs a serious punch”

OverallCheck_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.
ProsCheck_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.
ConsUp 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 17, 2018
Robert S.
Senior Linux Consultant
Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 14, 2018

“A very good IT-Systems monitoring suite”

ProsThe 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.
ConsThere is really not much I do no like about Check_MK.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 14, 2018
David K.
Software Engineer
Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 16, 2019

“Great monitoring platform”

Overall- Improve stability and performance of the monitored environments - Happy users
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
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 16, 2019
Peter P.
online engineer
Entertainment, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 15, 2019

“Solid monitoring platform”

OverallI'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.
ProsNotifications, scalability, integrations
ConsUser interface, Historical data browsing is quite bad (there is a solution for that though)
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 15, 2019
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Christian M.
Senior Consultant
Computer & Network Security, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 17, 2018

“Most powerful monitoring solution”

OverallWe have only good experiences with Check_MK. We use it in large environment without any issues. We like the huge community of Check_MK.
ProsThe 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.
ConsThere are too many options to configure Check_MK.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 17, 2018
Thomas M.
Product Owner
Information Technology and Services, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 18, 2019

“Powerful tool with great support”

ProsCheck_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
ConsSometimes one might lose overview as the menus are quite "crowded"
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 18, 2019
Gernot S.
IT -Admin
Automotive, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 2, 2019

“Perfect Tool for Monitoring”

OverallI 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.
ProsThe easy Way to monitor the network and other hosts
Consnothing at the moment. Maybe the new theme is a little bit strange :)
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 2, 2019
Sascha B.
Systemadministrator
Insurance, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 15, 2019

“Easy to use monitoring solution”

OverallAvailability monitoring SLA / IT-Service Reporting
ProsAutodiscovery and check aggregation Availability monitoring
Consautodiscovery for hosts from VCenter or Consul
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 15, 2019
Christian K.
Administrator
Hospital & Health Care, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 29, 2019

“Top monitoring SW”

ProsThe flexibility and the fine tuning possibilities
ConsThe difficulty to get into it. The user manual online is not complete.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 29, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Consumer Goods, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 30, 2019

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

OverallIt'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.
ProsLots of features and customization, very affordable
ConsOverwhelming amount of options that aren't that well organized or explained, tricky to manage services and hosts
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 30, 2019