Saturday, 24 August 2013

What is Nagios ?

Nagios is a host and network service monitoring tool designed to run under the Linux operating system to inform of the network problems as and when these occur by use of a monitoring daemon. The daemon runs intermittently to check on hosts and services by the network administrator as specified using external "plugins" and sends notifications out to the administrative contacts through various messaging systems like email, instant message, SMS, etc. The Nagios also works under most UNIX/LINUX variants.

The Nagios is maintained by Ethan Galstad who is it’s creator and lead developer. The Nagios is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License Version 2 as published by the Free Software Foundation.

With Nagios you can:

  • Monitor your entire IT infrastructure
  • Spot problems before they occur
  • Know immediately when problems arise
  • Share availability data with stakeholders
  • Detect security breaches
  • Plan and budget for IT upgrades
  • Reduce downtime and business losses

Nagios Overview

Nagios is a powerful monitoring system that enables organizations to identify and resolve IT infrastructure problems before they affect critical business processes.

Designed with scalability and flexibility in mind, Nagios gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your organization's business processes won't be affected by unknown outages.

Nagios is a powerful tool that provides you with instant awareness of your organization's mission-critical IT infrastructure. Nagios allows you to detect and repair problems and mitigate future issues before they affect end-users and customers.

What Nagios Provides:

By using Nagios, you can:

  • Plan for infrastructure upgrades before outdated systems cause failures 
  • Respond to issues at the first sign of a problem
  • Automatically fix problems when they are detected 
  • Coordinate technical team responses
  • Ensure your organization's SLAs are being met
  • Ensure IT infrastructure outages have a minimal effect on your organization's bottom line
  • Monitor your entire infrastructure and business processes


How It Works


IT staff configure Nagios to monitor critical IT infrastructure components, including system metrics, network protocols, applications, services, servers, and network infrastructure.


Nagios sends alerts when critical infrastructure components fail and recover, providing administrators with notice of important events. Alerts can be delivered via email, SMS, or custom script.


IT staff can acknowledge alerts and begin resolving outages and investigating security alerts immediately. Alerts can be escalated to different groups if alerts are not acknowledged in a timely manner.


Reports provide a historical record of outages, events, notifications, and alert response for later review. Availability reports help ensure your SLAs are being met.


Scheduled downtime prevents alerts during scheduled maintenance and upgrade windows.


Trending and capacity planning graphs and reports allow you to identify necessary infrastructure upgrades before failures occur.

1 comment:

  1. They have a commercial version now too that is good for people unfamiliar with linux. It is all web based and came in a pre-built virtual machine.