Check_MK Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Check_MK

Infrastructure & application monitoring software

4.72/5 (18 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.
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Pricing

Starting from
€600/year
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Markets

United States, Canada, Europe, Germany

Supported languages

English, German
Check_MK screenshot: View real-time dashboards, customizable for each user or groupCheck_MK screenshot: Analysis of time-series metrics in interactive and dynamic HTML5 graphsCheck_MK screenshot: View hosts and services overviews that enable fast drill downsCheck_MK screenshot: Identify the inventory of all hard- and software installed on devices and systemsCheck_MK screenshot: Comprehensive, rule-based notifications to fulfill complex requirements regarding time periods, service levels, and more

Check_MK reviews

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Michael Frank

Best monitoring solution you can find on the market.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 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: 10/10

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Marius Pana

Best in-class IT Monitoring software

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 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: 10/10

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Rolf Assenmacher

Enterprise grade monitoring as it should be

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 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: 10/10

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Gerd Stolz

Complete monitoring for IT infrastructure of any size

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 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: 10/10

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Anonymous

Excellent product that lacks in documentation and examples

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-10-22
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Check_MK pricing

Starting from
€600/year
Pricing options
Free
Free trial
Open source
Subscription
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Pricing is per service, i.e. per monitored metric, such as CPU utilization.

Raw Edition: free forever
Enterprise - Free Edition: limited to monitoring max. 10 hosts.
Enterprise - Standard Edition: from €600 per year
Enterprise - Managed Services Edition: from €1080 per year

Check_MK features

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

Access Control (108 other apps)
Activity Tracking (85 other apps)
Application Integration (73 other apps)
Auditing (92 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (79 other apps)
Data Import/Export (109 other apps)
Data Visualization (73 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (95 other apps)
Real Time Data (88 other apps)
Real Time Reporting (73 other apps)
SSL Security (76 other apps)
Third Party Integration (148 other apps)
Workflow Management (99 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
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Additional information for Check_MK

Key features of Check_MK

  • Agent Deployment
  • Application Monitoring
  • Auto-discovery
  • Availability Testing
  • Bandwidth Monitoring
  • Billing & Provisioning
  • Business Intelligence
  • CPU Monitoring
  • Capacity Analytics
  • Cloud Monitoring
  • Connectivity Management
  • Container Monitoring
  • Cost Management
  • Customizable GUI
  • Dashboards
  • Data Management
  • Demand Monitoring
  • Device Management
  • Environment Monitoring
  • Event-Based Notifications
  • FTP Monitoring
  • Graphing and Analytics
  • Hardware and Software Inventory
  • High-Performace Core
  • License Management
  • Multi-Cloud Management
  • Network Diagnosis
  • Network Logs
  • Network Monitoring
  • Notifications and Alert Handler
  • Performance Analytics
  • Reporting
  • Rule-based Configuration
  • SLA Monitoring
  • Server Monitoring
  • Supply Monitoring
  • Syslogs
  • Thresholds
  • Uptime Reporting
  • Virtual Machine Monitoring
  • Web Logs
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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.