Check_MK

Check_MK

Infrastructure & application monitoring software

4.8/5 (17 reviews)

Check_MK Overview

Checkmk is an all-in-one IT monitoring system that helps SysAdmins and DevOps teams identify and resolve issues across their entire IT infrastructure—from simple to the most complex environments. Users are able to effectively monitor applications, servers, and networks to ensure they stay up and running through features such as state-based monitoring, log- and event-based monitoring, graphing and analytics, a customizable GUI, reporting, business intelligence, hardware and software inventory, notifications, and more.

With Checkmk’s integrated software package, users can manage state-based monitoring with 1,700 quality controlled 'smart plugins' to collect data from all kinds of hard- and software, quickly identify problems in the IT environment, and drill down with a single click. Users can also monitor logs for the analysis of error messages and forward events to trigger scripts or notifications. Tools for graphing and analytics allow users to analyze time-series metrics over long time horizons and compare metrics across multiple graphs at a glance. Checkmk's customizable GUI allows for custom dashboards among users and groups, a customized side menu, and more.

Real-time reporting features enable users to review the history of states in one click over any desirable timeframe, as well as generate branded PDF reports. Tools for business intelligence enable users to monitor business processes by mapping dependencies of their application into a single view, as well as see availability, simulate worst-case scenarios in real time, and more. Checkmk sends out notifications to the responsible team quickly via email, SMS or 3rd party tools such as Slack, PagerDuty and VictorOps, and allows users to handle alerts centrally in distributed environments.

Pricing

Starting from
€600,00/year
Pricing options
Free Trial
Open Source
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Canada, Europe, Germany, United States

Supported Languages

English, German

Check_MK Reviews

Overall rating
4.8/5
94% positive reviews
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Michael F.

Best monitoring solution you can find on the market.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/03/08
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Marius P.

Best in-class IT Monitoring software

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/01/12
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Rolf A.

Enterprise grade monitoring as it should be

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/01/06
Review Source: Capterra

- 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

Cons

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

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Gerd S.

Complete monitoring for IT infrastructure of any size

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/01/15
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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)

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Felix S.

Perfect monitoring for heterogenous IT environments

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/02/27
Review Source: Capterra

Monitoring complex heterogeneous IT environments and capacit management.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10

Check_MK Pricing

Starting from
€600,00/year
Pricing options
Free Trial
Open Source
Subscription
Value for money

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

Raw edition: free forever
Enterprise edition: from €600 per year
Managed services: from €1080 per year

Check_MK Features

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Monitoring
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Reporting & Statistics

  • Access Control
  • Activity Tracking
  • Application Integration
  • Auditing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Projections
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • SSL Security
  • Third Party Integration
  • Workflow Management

Additional information for Check_MK

Key features of Check_MK

  • Capacity Monitoring
  • Configuration Management
  • Dashboard
  • Data Collection
  • Database Servers
  • Email Monitoring
  • Event Logs
  • Hardware Inventory
  • History Tracking
  • Mail Server Monitoring
  • Maintenance Scheduling
  • Patch Management
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • SLA Management
  • Software Inventory
  • Uptime Monitoring
  • Visualization
  • Web Traffic Reporting

Benefits

• Checkmk's scalability allows users to monitor millions of services from one server with minimal required hardware investments.

• Ensure peak performance for your server infrastructure and reduce preventable outages, late nights or weekend emergencies with Checkmk's scalable server monitoring for all environments.

• Get an overview over a group or all monitored hosts via the main dashboard. Create new dashboards using Checkmk's graphical editor.

• Checkmk provides flexibility through its large collection of 1,700+ plug-ins. Monitor various server types such as mail, web, database, application, FTP, and more.

• With centralized asset management, you can automatically discover and manage hardware and software asset information on all servers and workstations monitored.

Check_MK FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Check_MK.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Check_MK offer?

Check_MK offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: €600,00/year

Pricing model: Open Source, Subscription

Free Trial: Available

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

Raw edition: free forever
Enterprise edition: from €600 per year
Managed services: from €1080 per year

Q. What are the main features of Check_MK?

Check_MK offers the following features:

  • Capacity Monitoring
  • Configuration Management
  • Dashboard
  • Data Collection
  • Database Servers
  • Email Monitoring
  • Event Logs
  • Hardware Inventory
  • History Tracking
  • Mail Server Monitoring
  • Maintenance Scheduling
  • Patch Management
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • SLA Management
  • Software Inventory
  • Uptime Monitoring
  • Visualization
  • Web Traffic Reporting

Q. Who are the typical users of Check_MK?

Check_MK has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Check_MK support?

Check_MK supports the following languages:

English, German

Q. What type of pricing plans does Check_MK offer?

Check_MK has the following pricing plans:

Open Source, Subscription

Q. Does Check_MK support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Check_MK supports

Q. What other apps does Check_MK integrate with?

Check_MK integrates with the following applications:

JIRA Software, PagerDuty, ServiceNow, Slack, VictorOps

Q. What level of support does Check_MK offer?

Check_MK offers the following support options:

FAQs, Online Support, Phone Support