Checkmk

Checkmk

by tribe29

Who Uses Checkmk?

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

What Is Checkmk?

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 1800 commercial customers and many more open source users use Checkmk daily to ensure high availability and performance. Available in 4 editions: Raw(open-source), Free, Standard and Managed Services.

Checkmk Details

tribe29

https://checkmk.de

Founded 2007

Checkmk Pricing Overview

Checkmk has a free version and offers a free trial. Checkmk paid version starts at US$600.00.

Starting Price

US$600.00

Pricing Details

Pricing is per service, i.e. per monitored metric, such as CPU utilization

Free Version

Yes

Free Trial

Yes

Deployment

Cloud, SaaS, Web

Training

In Person

Live Online

Documentation

Support

Business Hours

Online

Checkmk Features

Cloud Management Software
Access Control
Billing & Provisioning
Capacity Analytics
Cost Management
Demand Monitoring
Multi-Cloud Management
Performance Analytics
SLA Management
Supply Monitoring
Workflow Approval
Access Controls/Permissions
Capacity Management
Compliance Management
Inventory Management
Issue Auditing
License Management
Maintenance Scheduling
Patch Management
Remote Access/Control
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
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
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

Showing 5 of 30 reviews

Overall
4.7/5
Ease of Use
4.1/5
Customer Service
4.4/5
Features
4.7/5
Value for Money
4.9/5
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
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    3/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 08/03/2019

"Best monitoring solution you can find on the market."

Comments: 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.

Pros: 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.

Cons: The design of the front-end is a bit vintage style and is in hour highly distributed implementation somehow slow.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 08/03/2019
Max C.
Network Design Consultant
Higher Education, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 26/05/2020

"Check_MK as a single pane of glass"

Comments: Providing infrastructure monitoring to everyone involved in IT provision, whatever their level of technical knowledge. I did the initial deployment, and then sold the product to the rest of the team managing the infrastructure. I found it easy to set up, and to import an initial set of hosts, and fairly simple to explain to others.

Pros: We are using the Raw Edition, monitoring over 7000 services on nearly 400 hosts. Although we have another product for monitoring switches and routers, we have integrated status updates from that product into the Check_MK view, so we have a single pane of glass. Almost every aspect of the software can be configured through a web page. It's relatively easy to extend and even modify the supplied checks, and if you do, you don't prevent future upgrades, because the upgrade process supports merging of modifications. The agents are read-only, so inherently more secure, and pretty simple to install. The BI feature enables us to provide monitoring of the business services people actually use, as well as the underlying infrastructure. When there are failures, you can drill down to see which component actually failed, and when. The automatic generation of graphs makes it easy to do trend analysis.

Cons: I didn't find it easy to understand the way to use tags. The difference between maintenance windows on hosts and those on services is also not obvious, and similarly acknowledgements on hosts and on services. But these are minor issues.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 26/05/2020
Verified Reviewer
Service Desk Engineer
Consumer Goods, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
  • Overall Rating
    3/5
  • Ease of Use
    3/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    3/5
  • Value for Money
    4/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    7/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 30/01/2019

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

Comments: 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.

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

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 30/01/2019
Constantin L.
Teamleiter IT-Services
Hospital & Health Care, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    4/5
  • Ease of Use
    3/5
  • Features & Functionality
    4/5
  • Customer Support
    4/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 29/03/2020

"Outstanding Customize, Scale & Performance vs. easy of use"

Comments: We use Check_MK to 24x7 monitor our IT-Infrastructure from bare metal devices, the network, to our apllications which are hosted onpremis and in the cloud. The monitoring is very stable and performant. We use aswell the BI features to build dependency trees to make the availablility of single applications/IT-Services visible for all our users and the management. In that case we make use of the API to integrate those numbers in our Intranet and existing Management dashboards.
We picked Check_MK because we liked the many integration possibilties and becase it scales.

Pros: We liked the thousend of customizing possibilities to build the monitoring for our needs.
Another plus is that CMK comes with a lot of checks for different devices included so you can monitor the most things right away.
The new Business Intelligence "module" and the Reporting features is awesome :-)
There is a free & paid version available, so you can start free and upgrade if you need more features.
The new and automatically generated Network Topology is very nice

Cons: - Finding the correct ruleset to tune the values for a check is sometimes not that easy :-)
- Handling in general and the UI could be more intuitive/easier
- Troubleshooting is sometimes not easy, and requieres you to be aware of the commandline of cmk and the correct paths to check the logs. (What about a cool Log overview directly in the Web UI? And a log bundle collector to report issues in the forum/support.)

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 29/03/2020
Verified Reviewer
Systems Engineer III
Logistics & Supply Chain, 5,001-10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    3/5
  • Features & Functionality
    4/5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 22/10/2019

"Excellent product that lacks in documentation and examples"

Comments: Overall the application looks good. Not so much of a learning curve if you’re moving away from Nagios like I am.

Pros: Best bang for your buck. Constantly updated to include new features, enhancements, bug and security fixes. Active community that is very helpful.

Cons: Documentation and examples are lacking though it does look like they are trying to catch up. Conferences only seem to be in Europe.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 22/10/2019