Check_MK and OMD
Check_MK is an Open-Source-Project devoted to IT-Monitoring. What began a few years ago as a simple addon for Nagios has now been developed into a comprehensive software for which numerous modules have been developed in which Nagios is only a core. Via a Setup-Script, Check_MK can be integrated into any existing Nagios system. Check_MK has been developed exclusively by Mathias Kettner GmbH.
The Open Monitoring Distribution (OMD) is a another Open-Source-Project founded by Mathias Kettner, with a number of further Nagios Experts as members. The task of OMD is to integrate Check_MK, Nagios and many other modules into a complete system that is easily installed and updated, and among other functions allows the operation of multiple instances on a single server.
The Check_MK Monitoring System is a complete IT monitoring solution based on Check_MK and OMD. In comparison to OMD it is extended by further modules and optimised for professional applications. The system can be obtained by participating in a Subscription, which also includes the possibility of professional support from the developer.
The Check_MK Appliance is currently under development and is expected to be officially available in the Spring of 2014. This will be a complete monitoring device based on the Check_MK Monitoring System. It will available in 19" or DIN-rail designs.
This will allow four different possibilities for a Check_MK installation.
- Manual Installation: Nagios or Icinga is installed by downloading and compiling the source codes or packets provided by your Linuxdistribution. Desired extensions such as PNP4Nagios or NagVis may be obtained in the same way. By a correct configuration of paths, permissions and other settings you make sure that all components work together. Afterwards you download the source codes of Check_MK and install Check_MK with its Setup-Script.
- Utilisation of the OMD-Packages from omdistro.org.
- Utilisation of the Check_MK Monitoring Systems package which we make available under a subscription.
- The Check_MK Appliance (from Spring 2014)
The following table will help you to select your optimal solution:
|2. Packages from|
|3. Packages from our subscription||4. Check_MK|
|a) Installation and update|
|Complete installation via DEB/RPM,|
no third-party software required
|Native package for all supported Linux-Distributions||X||/|
|Simple software-update, including rollback contingency||X||X||X|
|Utilisation of the latest stable versions of Check_MK||X||X||X||X|
|Utilisation of innovation, development and patch versions||X||X||X|
|Internationally-standardised software platform||X||X||X|
|Multiple Monitoring-Instances on a single server||X||X||X|
|Multiple versions installed in parallel||X||X||X|
|Upgrade to Subscription version possible||X||/||/|
|Typical total installation time|
(excluding operating system)
|2-5 days||15 Minutes||15 Minutes||/|
|b) Features of the current Innovations-Version, additional functions|
|Integrated Monitoring of VMware ESX||X||X||X|
|Integrated Monitoring of SAP R/3||X||X||X|
|Graphical editing of Business-Intelligence-Modules||X||X||X|
|High performance and low latency via Check_MK Micro Core||X||X|
|User Interface optionally in German||X||X|
|Complete operating system administration via Web-GUI||X|
|Maintenance of versions and instances via Web-GUI||X|
|Community-support via mailing lists and/or Forums||X||X||X||X|
|Professional support by the developer||X||X|
|Customer-tailored software extensions possible in the official version||X||X|
|Prices||free||free||from 600,- €||not yet fixed|
All prices excluding Mehrwertsteuer (VAT/Sales Tax).