Another reason is much better problem determination. Very often what the users report as a failure is far from the root cause of the problem, such as an email system is down due to the LDAP service not working correctly. If you define dependencies between hosts correctly, then Nagios will point out that the POP3 e-mail server is assumed to be "not working" because the LDAP service that it depends upon has a problem. Nagios will start checking the e-mail server as soon as the problem with LDAP has been resolved.
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