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We performed a comparison between Nagios Core and PRTG Network Monitor based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two IT Infrastructure Monitoring solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Nagios Core vs. PRTG Network Monitor Report (Updated: November 2022).
656,474 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The most valuable feature of Nagios Core is it allows us to develop and add as many plugins as we want.""I like that it's very simple to install, easy to manage and deploy, and easy to use for monitoring.""It is fairly easy to set up, and we can monitor pretty much everything we want to.""The most valuable feature depends on the project. It's great if you need to check to ensure a service is running 24/7. I can use the full solution for free, and it's flexible. If I need to add a dashboard, I can integrate it with Nagios. Cloud synchronization is wonderful.""Provides timely notifications.""Nagios Core is stable.""The solution is quite efficient.""Dashboard provides monitor of total assets."

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"I found PRTG Network Monitor very useful for troubleshooting and monitoring the utilization of either the network or server.""We have asked questions of their technical support and they have a very good response time.""The initial setup was easy. We didn't have any issues with the process and everything rolled out smoothly.""Stable and scalable network monitoring tool. Installation is simple and straightforward.""It is user-friendly. It is easy to set up health checks within PRTG and use scans. It is like a self-service tool, and anyone can configure their own settings within PRTG.""The most valuable feature of PRTG Network Monitor is its ease of use.""What I've found most valuable is the custom sensor, which allows you to write scripts or code to monitor a specific metric in your environment.""The most valuable feature of this solution is being able to see things graphically."

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Cons
"The mapping is a little hard.""Nagios Core could improve by adding a user interface. If you want the user interface you have to use Nagios XI.""I would like to see a sensor that shows the traffic of a user and what they're doing on the network.""It would be nice if the company offered a sales or contract manager that was dedicated to our company so that we would have some sort of link to Nagios, and if we had issues or questions, we'd be able to contact them directly.""Would benefit from aggregations if a particular server goes down.""The initial setup process could be easier.""The UI is a little outdated and graphics could be displayed in a better way.""The dashboard and monitoring features could be improved."

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"Its price can be better. Its price is a problem for us because it is in dollars, and there is a high conversion rate. In terms of new features, it can have BGP monitoring. It should also have a dashboard and maps editor.""In our organization, we encounter performance issues with our PRTG probe service. I saw documentation from the vendor or Paessler mentioning that there are limitations for WMI sensors. Other than that, we are okay with PRTG.""I know we're going to move to Docker applications and I understand that PRTG does some monitoring regarding this. I do not know if it is complete. If it's not yet complete, it's something they should consider improving.""Integration into service management ticketing systems could be better. They should simplify the integration into big service management platforms like ServiceNow, Remedy, and Cherwell. They're really into monitoring, but they don't do any self-resolution. It would be better if the company moved more into the AIOps space so that you could actually kick off some remedies. I know that you can execute some commands from the tool, but you need to develop those all yourself. It would be really handy if they had some auto-remedy scripts that they could develop on top.""When using PRTG Network Monitor it is beneficial if you have prior experience with it, the user interface could improve.""The licensing policy needs more flexibility.""This solution is a good product so far, but I haven't been using it long enough to know how it could be improved.""The product could be improved by being cross-platform friendly."

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  • "Most the plugin features are free."
  • "We are using the free version."
  • "We are using the free version of Nagios Core."
  • "The enterprise version has technical support. The version we are using is free."
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  • "It is expensive."
  • "It's an annual license that is based on the number of endpoints that we're tracking and using."
  • "All monitoring system is close to the same pricing scheme."
  • "The price is pretty comparable."
  • "The pricing is okay and it is cheaper than some competing products."
  • "We are using the basic PRTG that we can download for free. For now, we only need to monitor less than 100 devices. For more than 100 devices, we would need to buy a license. PRTG is much cheaper than SolarWinds."
  • "We have an unlimited license for this solution."
  • "I'm paying something like €1000 per year for the maintenance. I've got unlimited sensors."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The application performance monitoring feature is valuable.
    Top Answer:When we look at pricing version eleven requires purchasing a license. With version seven no license was required since it was open source. When you upgraded to the licensed version only then did you… more »
    Top Answer:The initial setup process could be improved.
    Top Answer:PRTG network monitor is one of the best tool i have ever used for the monitoring. It have auto discovery option. it avoid the configuring the device in PRTG. It automatically discover the device and… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of PRTG Network Monitor is the dashboards. We can check to see the resources and the uptime.
    Top Answer:We are mostly using PRTG Network Monitor for monitoring servers, and switches. For example, we monitor uptime on critical resources.
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    Overview

    This is IT infrastructure monitoring's industry-standard, open-source core. Free without professional support services.

    PRTG Network Monitor runs on a Windows machine within your network, collecting various statistics from the machines, software, and devices which you designate. PRTG comes with an easy-to-use web interface with point-and-click configuration. You can easily share data from it with non-technical colleagues and customers, including via live graphs and custom reports. This will let you plan for network expansion, see what applications are using most of your connection, and make sure that no one is hogging the entire network just to torrent videos.

    To monitor a large IT environment, it's important to be able to scale PRTG up. Paessler PRTG Enterprise Monitor includes all the proven capabilities of PRTG Network Monitor, which are enhanced by exclusive ITOps Board for a service-oriented, central overview of multiple PRTG servers.

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    With PRTG Network Monitor you can identify and solve potential issues before it affects anyone. Download a free 30-day trial today and experience the benefits of 24-hour IT Infrastructure Monitoring.

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    Airbnb, Cisco, PayPal, FanDuel
    Jameson Bank, Sidnix, RungeICT, MedicalAnimal, Truck-lite, GamingGrids, The Covell Group, Forsythn County Schools, NetMass, Musgrove Park Hospital, Lanes Health, Columbia Southern University, Vodafone, Intrust Bank
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    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Retailer17%
    Manufacturing Company11%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government11%
    Educational Organization8%
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    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Construction Company10%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government10%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Midsize Enterprise16%
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    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise33%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Buyer's Guide
    Nagios Core vs. PRTG Network Monitor
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Nagios Core vs. PRTG Network Monitor and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    656,474 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Nagios Core is ranked 9th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 12 reviews while PRTG Network Monitor is ranked 6th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 43 reviews. Nagios Core is rated 8.4, while PRTG Network Monitor is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Nagios Core writes "Well priced, lightweight and reliable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of PRTG Network Monitor writes "Good even for beginners, and cost-wise, it isn't that expensive, but its sensors and web GUI need improvement". Nagios Core is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios XI, Centreon, Icinga and Pandora FMS, whereas PRTG Network Monitor is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios XI, SolarWinds NPM, Centreon and ManageEngine OpManager. See our Nagios Core vs. PRTG Network Monitor report.

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