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Observium vs. Cacti v2

Recently, I have setup an observium server for our office. After about two weeks of operation, here's what I think of them-

Observium Pros:Has thousands of templates.Auto discovers which templates are applicable for a hostComparatively better interface Cons:Comparatively more processor intensive.Does not work without DNS (/etc/hosts tuning is helpful)Adding users and controlling view can be trickyThe bandwidth graph of cacti is betterI could not find any "zoom" feature for the graphs Cacti Pros:Very good for bandwidth graphs.Very good for user portals and controlling user views.Easily customizable graph trees Cons:No auto discovery featureAdding new templates can be tricky, very tricky.Needs 64 bit counters for bandwidth graphs over 100 Mbps. Learnt it the hard way.