Cacti -vs- mrtg
howie at thingy.com
Tue Nov 7 08:20:39 UTC 2006
Jeff Mohler wrote:
> I can use MRTG, and have MRTG do what I want it to do.
> Id like to try cacti, but..am I alone in finding that it's a PITA?
> Im not trying to be negative, just looking for a reality check.
> I like the simplicity of mrtg, but I like the "go back in time" of
> cacti to view performance data.
> If its just a matter of a package that's not ready for Joe Public
> (thats me)..Id accept that. :)
I think it's more that there's more than one kind of Joe Public. If you
want to present your graphs to your customers/users, or a subset to
different users, or apply the same set of graphs to a number of
different hosts, or make custom rrdtool graphs (stacks, additional graph
elements), then Cacti will let you do that. If you just want a quick &
dirty tool that's easy to configure for your handful of hosts, then MRTG
is just the job.
We use both where I work, with Cacti for the bulk-graphing and customer
facing stuff, and some MRTG where I just knocked up a quick perl script
to measure something. Cacti has quite a nice plugin system, and
importable templates from other users that you might be able to use to
save yourself some time. I find getting my own templates working in
Cacti to be a PITA too, though.
<shamelessplug>It also has some useful plugins, including a couple of my
own. The main one of those being PHP Network Weathermap
(http://wotsit.thingy.com/haj/cacti/) which will work with both MRTG and
Cacti, to produce graphical overviews of your network.</shamelessplug>
Bear in mind there are also other tools out there in the MRTG/Cacti
space: DVG, NRG, Hermes, Cricket... rrdtool.org has a list of many. Most
are geared towards folks running 100s-1000s of graphs, that I have seen,
and may not be your kind of thing, as a result.
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