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We performed a comparison between PRTG Network Monitor and SCOM 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.

To learn more, read our detailed PRTG Network Monitor vs. SCOM report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The most valuable feature of PRTG Network Monitor is real-time monitoring.""The bandwidth monitoring is a very attractive feature, it can tell you the bandwidth utilization while it is attempting to connect to the host for feedback.""There was only one feature I liked about PRTG Network Monitor a lot, and that was bandwidth monitoring, though, in the newer versions of the tool, that feature is now a bit lacking. Pricing for PRTG Network Monitor is also not as expensive. It's a good tool, even for beginners.""The most valuable feature of this solution is being able to see things graphically.""PRTG is simple to manage. First, you can create a template for a device, then apply it to hundreds of similar devices. That's a great advantage.""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.""The up-to-date graphs and the history are very good.""The most valuable feature of PRTG Network Monitor is the dashboards. We can check to see the resources and the uptime."

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"It's easy to use.""I like the historical reporting of observer metrics.""Being able to make and customize management packs and send out notifications is very valuable.""It discovers the components automatically, which is a fantastic thing. The discovery works in an automatic way, and it has a dynamic way of discovering the components, assets, and applications. It doesn't require any manual intervention.""We have found the scalability capabilities to be okay.""SCOM's most valuable features are the network path feature, reporting, and integration with business intelligence.""They have great integration with the active directory.""It is very good at monitoring Microsoft Server."

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Cons
"The technical support could respond a little bit quicker.""PRTG Network Monitor could improve the price.""PRTG Network Monitor can improve by having better integration with devices.""The solution could be better and faster when it comes to performance.""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.""PRTG Network Monitor can improve Layer 2 and Layer 3 network maps and the GUI more user-friendly. Additionally, they should bundle the features so I can monitor everything on one particular device.""The technical support service should be improved.""PRTG Network Monitor could improve by having descriptions for the tab usages. The dashboards or interface could be easier to understand."

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"We didn't know the solution enough, and therefore, it took a while to set everything up correctly. There was a learning curve.""System Center just provided upgrade and update features for Windows clients, and Windows systems, and did not support Linux, Android, or iOS, and other operating systems. They need to provide better integration with other operating systems if they don't already.""The configurations could be better. There are multiple tests where you can do something, but they can be a trigger as well. The overriding methodologies are not that easy. The configurations are difficult. The configuration and thorough day-to-day operations to get them to the level you want takes some time. It's very difficult.""Third-party tools have had to be created to make SCOM management pack creation more efficient and effective. However, this weighs down the application as it just adds a resource requirement, which is ballooning the size of the necessary storage and all that for essentially substandard components.""SCOM's feature that notifies us when a server is down is not present in recent updates, which has weakened the product.""I would like to see them improve their network monitoring.""There could be more integration of SIM in the solution.""The solution should be more user-friendly and offer a better user interface."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "We have an enterprise agreement that includes this product as part of it."
  • "The pricing is good, and it's part of their system center suite."
  • "We have to pay for a license and the price is fine for us."
  • "We have an EA with Microsoft, and it comes as part of the EA."
  • "Our Enterprise Agreement includes the price."
  • "SCOM is very cheap because it's included in the license for the System Center suite, which is around $8,400 per CAL."
  • "I don't know the exact cost because it's managed by our sales team, but Microsoft is on the higher side."
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    Questions from the Community
    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:There was only one feature I liked about PRTG Network Monitor a lot, and that was bandwidth monitoring, though, in the newer versions of the tool, that feature is now a bit lacking. Pricing for… more »
    Top Answer:PRTG Network Monitor is not that expensive, so I like it cost-wise. There's no additional cost apart from the standard licensing fees. On a scale of one to five, with one being the cheapest and five… more »
    Top Answer:The monitoring features are the most valuable. We have seen a major benefit from that so far.
    Top Answer:I don't know the exact cost because it's managed by our sales team, but Microsoft is on the higher side.
    Top Answer:There could be more integration of SIM in the solution.
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    Also Known As
    PRTG
    System Center Operations Manager, SCOM 2012
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    Overview

    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.

    SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) is a cross-platform data center monitoring and reporting tool that checks the status of various objects defined within the environment, such as server hardware, system services, etc. The solution allows data center administrators to deploy, configure, manage, and monitor the operations, services, devices and applications of multiple enterprise IT systems via a single pane of glass. It is suitable for businesses of all sizes.

    SCOM Features

    SCOM has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Application monitoring
    • Database monitoring
    • Threshold alerts
    • IT Asset Discovery
    • Predictive capabilities
    • Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
    • Application performance management console
    • Server availability and performance monitoring
    • Collaboration tools
    • Virtualization monitoring
    • Patch management
    • Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
    • Application dependency mapping and thresholding

    SCOM Benefits

    There are several benefits to implementing SCOM. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Management and monitoring of Windows as well as Unix/Linux platforms
    • Remotely connect to Windows machines and perform administrative tasks from the console itself
    • Custom dashboard creation to help monitor the datacenter with ease
    • Agent based monitoring
    • Integrates well with other Microsoft products
    • Easy to use and reliable

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the SCOM solution.

    A Manager at a financial services firm says, “The feature I like most about SCOM is that it is easy-to-use. I find it very user-friendly. I also like the knowledge base which it has. You can find the resolution to questions or issues directly within the SCOM itself. It will alert you with a recommendation of what you need to do at the same time. This sort of self-diagnosis or prompting is one of the great values you get from SCOM compared to other solutions.”

    PeerSpot user Zahari Z., Information Technology Auditor at a financial services firm, mentions, “Availability monitoring is the feature I have found most valuable, as well as the capacity and ability to send notifications. There is a mechanism to set up a notification from the SCOM and whenever there is a drop in the availability the notification alerts not only for availability but for other issues as well. You can align thresholds according to the speed of your environment and you can have a threshold related notification, which is one of the useful features.”

    Bill W., Sr. Systems Engineer at Arapahoe County Government, comments, “ I like some of their newer features, such as maintenance schedules, because SCOM records SLA and SLO time. When we patch, things are automatically put into maintenance mode so that the numbers for our systems being down, do not count against us.”

    A Project Manager at a tech services company explains, “The feature I have found most valuable is the book feature. While we run the Sprint one we can add some setups for multiple sprints.”

    A Systems Engineer at an educational organization states, “Because it's Windows-based, it actually reports quite well. It reports everything you can think of on the Windows server and allows you to monitor anything. It's excellent for those in the Windows world as it's very good at it.”

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    Sample Customers
    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 Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Construction Company8%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government9%
    Educational Organization4%
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    Government10%
    Retailer10%
    Healthcare Company7%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Government13%
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    Financial Services Firm11%
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    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise33%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    PRTG Network Monitor vs. SCOM
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about PRTG Network Monitor vs. SCOM and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    PRTG Network Monitor is ranked 6th in Network Monitoring Software with 42 reviews while SCOM is ranked 11th in Network Monitoring Software with 13 reviews. PRTG Network Monitor is rated 8.0, while SCOM is rated 8.0. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SCOM writes "Easy to scale, offers helpful maintenance schedules, and free online training is available". PRTG Network Monitor is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios XI, SolarWinds NPM, Centreon and WhatsUp Gold, whereas SCOM is most compared with Zabbix, Dynatrace, SolarWinds NPM, Nagios XI and AppDynamics. See our PRTG Network Monitor vs. SCOM report.

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