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

Find out in this report how the two Network Monitoring Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The most valuable features of Plixer Scrutinizer are its ease of use, accessibility, and UI.""We didn't experience any bugs.""One of the most valuable features of Plixer Scrutinizer is the reporting, particularly how easy it is to drill down into the reports. Another valuable feature of the solution is its overall visibility. It's great. I also liked Plixer Scrutinizer in terms of deployment time and that it's very simple to set up. Once you get the appliance set up and connected, the customer starts to see results immediately, versus other solutions where that could take a while.""One feature I found most valuable in Plixer Scrutinizer is the very extensive reporting. Reporting is very flexible, though sometimes you need a little bit of support from Plixer Scrutinizer to create custom-made reporting in a very short time. Reporting is a very strong feature of the product."

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"The installation is not that complex.""The most valuable feature of this solution is being able to see things graphically.""The most valuable feature of PRTG Network Monitor is real-time monitoring.""Network Discovery is a feature that our customers like a lot.""It is able to satisfy all our requirements in terms of email notifications and specific errors on the devices.""It is very flexible, and we can monitor many aspects of IT as well as ERP and CRM services. It has a very powerful interface and APIs for customization.""It is a very stable solution. There are no bugs, glitches and we have not experienced any crashing.""The solution is scalable."

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Cons
"Though Plixer Scrutinizer has network detection and response, it's an area that needs just a little more rounding out. Another room for improvement in the solution is its lack of SaaS offering which some customers were looking for. My company deals in small to medium businesses, mid-market, and some customers wanted the SaaS feature which Plixer Scrutinizer doesn't offer. What I'd like to see in the next release of the solution is for it to have a SaaS offering because my company also deals with educational spaces and smaller businesses that just don't have the staff that can implement this. If there's either a managed service or SaaS-based offering to just make it a little easier for those types of customers, it would be a great addition to Plixer Scrutinizer.""We couldn't get it set up properly.""There was a price lift because previously the product was privately owned, and now there is some external capital in the organization, so pricing could be lower, though, for Plixer Scrutinizer, there is almost no competition at this price point.""From what I understand it is that the solution is not very scalable in a high volume traffic environment with a large number of flows."

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"The licensing policy needs more flexibility.""I would like to have a VM version that can be installed on a cloud such as Azure. We're using Azure, and we're eliminating on-premise servers. It would be helpful to have a PRTG version that can be installed on the Azure cloud.""We need something that is more predictive. We would prefer if it wasn't a solution that was corrective and instead offered predictive insights so that we can handle problems before they even occur.""The inventory of the device should be improved.""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.""Users need to buy the more expensive licenses if they expect to be able to scale.""Their penetration within the market could be much better. If their pricing was lower, even though it's reasonable now, it might help them achieve this.""Other monitoring tools that I have used are easier to use."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Currently, the license for Plixer Scrutinizer is subscription-based and at a yearly fee. The price would depend on the amount of traffic you pull in. For example, there are several blocks from a 10K flow, a 40K flow, and a 100K flow, and based on the number of devices that you receive the flows from, that's the license, and it is not a per-interface pricing model, so that is a very strong, very competitive pricing feature of Plixer Scrutinizer. Licensing for the product is also not based on the number of storage, compared to some competing products that are priced based on the amount of storage you need, particularly based on the retention and the amount of data. Plixer Scrutinizer licensing is based on the device, and it's more in the direction of $10,000 because, with just $1,000, you don't have anything."
  • "The licensing cost for Plixer Scrutinizer is in the middle. It's not the cheapest, but it's not the most expensive. Its licensing model is based on how many exporters, how many devices export information to the system. Plixer Scrutinizer has different modules you could add such as the security module which would cost extra."
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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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    Overview

    The Scrutinizer incident response system leverages network traffic analytics to provide active monitoring, visualization, and reporting of network and security incidents. The system quickly delivers the rich forensic data needed by IT professionals to support fast and efficient incident response.

    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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    Sample Customers
    Oxford Networks, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, UltiSat, Wipro, West Aurora School District 129, SUNY Geneseo College, Bloomington Public Schools, First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Kitsap Credit Union, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Houston Texas, Carilion Clinic, Banner Health, IDEXX Laboratories, Phibro Animal Health Corporation, Goodwill Industries, Parmalat, Armstrong Coal Company, Flybe, James Walker
    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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    Buyer's Guide
    PRTG Network Monitor vs. Plixer Scrutinizer
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about PRTG Network Monitor vs. Plixer Scrutinizer and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Plixer Scrutinizer is ranked 36th in Network Monitoring Software with 4 reviews while PRTG Network Monitor is ranked 6th in Network Monitoring Software with 43 reviews. Plixer Scrutinizer is rated 7.4, while PRTG Network Monitor is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Plixer Scrutinizer writes "Reporting is extensive, flexible, and can be custom-made in just a short time". 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". Plixer Scrutinizer is most compared with SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, Darktrace, Cisco Secure Network Analytics, Vectra AI and Kentik, whereas PRTG Network Monitor is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios XI, SolarWinds NPM, Centreon and SCOM. See our PRTG Network Monitor vs. Plixer Scrutinizer report.

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