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PRTG Network Monitor vs. SolarWinds NPM
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about PRTG Network Monitor vs. SolarWinds NPM and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"The Slack integration is fantastic, and I've actually found it to be very useful recently.""Ability to create a dashboard inside software monitoring.""Technical support has been very helpful so far.""The up-to-date graphs and the history are very good.""Network Discovery is a feature that our customers like a lot.""The solution is very easy to use and the web provides information with ease.""I think net flow is PRTG's most valuable feature because it doesn't cost much for us because the net flow sensor is already included in the PRTG license. We can monitor our traffic in our proxy and router.""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."

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"The most valuable feature of SolarWinds NPM is the performance monitoring to see the memory, and CPU utilization.""Being able to easily, and quickly obtain disc space statistics from servers and determine how much was free or used on various volumes.""The initial setup is easy.""We have configured multiple alerts for our network devices, including routers and switches, so that we are notified if any interface goes down.""The most valuable feature is the graphical user interface.""What I've found most valuable about the solution is that it's scalable.""I like the tracking feature to track devices and see where they are connected. This is very practical.""It's easy to understand, even if you are not too technical."

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Cons
"Can be slow in the way it polls the different engines.""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.""The database needs improvement.""The operations dashboard is only available in PRTG's enterprise version, but I wish it could be accessed in the standard licensing. It would also be nice if PRTG had templates for dashboard monitoring, software monitoring, etc. It can help me set up a dashboard because now we don't have a template from PRTG, so we need to create one from scratch.""Maybe in the future there will be room for improvement, but currently, there is nothing pressing that I can think of""I would like to see them take their graphing tools and convert them into a collector so that we can point telemetry to them""The licensing policy needs more flexibility.""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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"If they did some type of synthetic monitoring, it would have been better.""It is difficult for stakeholders to translate technical requirements, which results in difficulties selecting a platform or implementing a solution.""The root cause analysis and installation faults are not clear.""Robustness of network element mapping tool could be better""It has covered everything, so no improvement is required at their end. The only thing is the price.""The console could be more user-friendly. It would be better if SolarWinds updated the user interface.""The solution is not always good with new features, so it's take a long time.""The solution's network discovery and node addition processes need more work."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "PRTG is now available as PRTG Enterprise Monitor, and the price varies depending on the total number of sensors the customer buys"
  • "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."
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  • "USD $15,000 annually for maintenance."
  • "It is not an expensive product."
  • "It is too expensive."
  • "The licensing is based on the number of nodes, interfaces, and volumes."
  • "There are a lot of sub-products and it just continued to increase the price."
  • "There is a permanent license and also a subscription level which has annual fees. The price of the solution is fair."
  • "There can be fees in addition to the licensing fees if you add on."
  • "The NPM component of the system costs approximately $1,000 USD per year."
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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:It's expensive to maintain. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.
    Top Answer:It actually depends on the exact purpose or kind of devices (network devices, servers, something else). Some tools are better for only network devices while others are better for a cloud monitoring or… more »
    Top Answer:From my point of view, SolarWind is the best tool.
    Top Answer:We are partners with SolarWinds and we sell a lot of Network management to large enterprises also because of scalability, products like Network Performance Monitor & Netflow Traffic Analyzer are… more »
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    Also Known As
    PRTG
    Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Network Bandwidth Analyzer
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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.

    SolarWinds NPM is a network monitoring solution that enables you to detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance issues and outages quickly and efficiently. The solution is a powerful tool that can help you increase service levels, reduce downtime with multi vendor network monitoring, simplify the management of complex network devices, improve operational efficiency, and much more.

    SolarWinds NPM Features

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

    • Increased scalability
    • Fault, performance, and availability monitoring
    • Dynamic network discovery and mapping
    • Cross-stack network data correlation
    • Customizable topology
    • Dependency-aware intelligent alerts
    • Intelligent maps
    • Automated capacity forecasting, alerting, and reporting
    • Logical and physical network monitoring
    • Monitor Azure vNet gateway visibility

    SolarWinds NPM Benefits

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

    • Comprehensive monitoring for advanced network devices: With SolarWinds NPM, you can gain insight into the health and performance of your load balancers, Cisco ASA and Palo Alto Networks, firewalls, and Cisco Nexus switches.
    • Hardware health monitoring: SolarWinds NPM makes it easy for you to monitor, alert, and report on key device metrics, including power supply, fan speed, and temperature.
    • Customizable performance and availability reports: With this feature, you can choose from more than 100 templates to schedule and also generate custom network performance reports.

    Reviews from Real Users

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

    PeerSpot user Andrew N., Senior Network Engineer at Element Critical, says, “The "Performance Analyzer" feature is the solution's most valuable aspect. It's able to do the bounded graphs of all the interface stats, from errors to broadcasts and to current traffic. With a click of a button you're able to, in one interface, look at historical data for those items.” He also adds, “From the troubleshooting point of view, just having that peace of mind is great. And, The solution is extremely stable. We haven't had any issues in that regard. We haven't had issues with bugs, glitches, or crashes."

    Daniel S., Systems and Data Warehouse Supervisor at MMSD, mentions, “The alerting and usage tracking is a valuable feature because it alerts us when we're getting near capacity on disk space, network utilization or processor utilization. It helps us manage our capacity and enables us to be proactive.”

    A Senior Vice President and CIO at a financial services firm explains, “As we look to add more servers to our virtual environment and to understand the impact, the solution allows us to dig into the historical charts related to capacity planning. It also gives us visibility of spikes and allows us to track down the reasons for their occurrences. So too, it makes room for potential processes that have gotten hung or runaway and to know when it's time to reboot a server or service.”

    Dinesh N., Digital Innovation at Bobcat Company, states, “The best part of the solution is the sharing display. It gives a general public ID wherein everyone can link to a public display. That's a good feature.”


    Fazal A., Implementation & Support Specialist at 360Factors, comments, “We have configured multiple alerts for our network devices, including routers and switches, so that we are notified if any interface goes down. In the event an interface goes down, we have multiple reports that include availability monitoring, network uptime monitoring, and network downtime monitoring. These reports are on multiple schedules such as the end of the day, end of the last business day of the week, monthly, and quarterly. This gives us the ability to provide reports to our management and let them know the performance of our network.”

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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
    Microsoft, Federal Express, Hewlett-Packard, and MasterCard
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    Midsize Enterprise20%
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    Buyer's Guide
    PRTG Network Monitor vs. SolarWinds NPM
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about PRTG Network Monitor vs. SolarWinds NPM and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    607,127 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    PRTG Network Monitor is ranked 6th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 34 reviews while SolarWinds NPM is ranked 4th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 31 reviews. PRTG Network Monitor is rated 8.0, while SolarWinds NPM is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of PRTG Network Monitor writes "If there is an incident, it not only tells you that there is an incident, it will also tell you the root cause". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "Make monitoring key performance factors in your enterprise customized and effective". PRTG Network Monitor is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios XI, Centreon, SCOM and WhatsUp Gold, whereas SolarWinds NPM is most compared with Zabbix, ManageEngine OpManager, LogicMonitor, Nagios XI and WhatsUp Gold. See our PRTG Network Monitor vs. SolarWinds NPM report.

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