Checkmk Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Checkmk

Infrastructure & application monitoring software

4.67/5 (30 reviews)

Checkmk overview

What is Checkmk?

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 1,900 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
Pricing options
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Subscription
Free trial
Open source
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Devices

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany

Supported languages

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

Checkmk user 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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Max Caines

Check_MK as a single pane of glass

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-05-26
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

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

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-01-30
Review Source: Capterra

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

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Constantin Lotz

Outstanding Customize, Scale & Performance vs. easy of use

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-03-29
Review Source: Capterra

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.)

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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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Checkmk pricing

Starting from
€600/year
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
Free trial
Open source
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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

Checkmk features

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

Access Control (176 other apps)
Activity Tracking (127 other apps)
Auditing (122 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (111 other apps)
Compliance Management (132 other apps)
Data Import/Export (170 other apps)
Data Visualization (128 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (127 other apps)
Real Time Data (120 other apps)
Search Functionality (120 other apps)
Third Party Integration (237 other apps)
User Management (110 other apps)
Workflow Management (140 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 Checkmk

Key features of Checkmk

  • 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
  • Dynamic Host Configuration
  • 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
  • State-based monitoring
  • Supply Monitoring
  • Syslogs
  • Thresholds
  • Uptime Reporting
  • Virtual Machine Monitoring
  • Web Logs
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Benefits

• Scalable monitoring with a distributed architecture: Checkmk allows users to monitor millions of services from one server with minimal required hardware investments.
• Maximize time to value: Fully automated monitoring through APIs, auto-discovery, and auto-configuration of plug-ins to save precious operator time. Low Total cost of Ownership (TCO) due to fair prices, broad automation, small footprint and fast deployment
• Reduce incidents: Ensure peak performance for your infrastructure and reduce preventable outages, late nights or weekend emergencies with Checkmk's scalable server monitoring for all environments.
• Data visualization in modern customizable dashboards: Get an overview over a group or all monitored hosts via the main dashboard. Create new dashboards using Checkmk's graphical editor.
• Suitable for modern environments: Monitor Docker and Kubernetes to assure the best performance. Checkmk is also able to bridge the gap between DevOps and Ops teams via Checkmk-Prometheus integration
• Checkmk provides flexibility through its large collection of 1,900+ plug-ins. Monitor various server types such as mail, web, database, application, FTP, and more.
• Enterprise-ready: Checkmk integrates with major ITOM/ITSM tools for seamless workflows, supports business leaders by modeling business process health and comes with secure data protection mechanisms. High availability is also assured with Checkmk's virtual and physical appliances.
• Advanced analytics to predict trends and resource utilization: Checkmk comes with a forecasting ability, so that you can plan ahead and predict future behavior based on historic data. This can also help you to perform capacity management on your IT systems.
• With centralized asset management, you can automatically discover and manage hardware and software asset information on all servers and workstations monitored.