PRTG Network Monitor vs SolarWinds NPM comparison

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We performed a comparison between PRTG Network Monitor and SolarWinds NPM 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 PRTG Network Monitor vs. SolarWinds NPM Report (Updated: January 2023).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: PRTG vs. SolarWinds: Which is a better Network Monitoring Tool?
Answer: I used both products. Without even thinking twice I will go with PRTG. Solarwinds will take you weeks to finish configuration and tweaking to your environment. I didn't like the user interface, too much data, difficult to navigate. It is way more expensive than PRTG. And they will charge you for every add on extra. I love PRTG. The installation is fast simple and clean. User interface easy to navigate. You can build your customized dashboards. They have 100s ready to go sensors and you can add your own. You can monitor almost whatever you want servers, networking, devices, circuits, ports on the switches, firewalls...They will charge you just for number of sensors you are using. Solarwinds is a monster, PRTG is much simple and doing better job than solarwinds. Definitely PRTG
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"The most valuable features of PRTG Network Monitor are user-friendly, and the graphical interface is good for all the network devices that are mapped in this organization. It's very easy to find reports for any devices that we are looking for.""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.""It is able to satisfy all our requirements in terms of email notifications and specific errors on the devices.""The most valuable feature of PRTG Network Monitor is the different monitoring probes available.""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.""Technical support is helpful.""Stable solution for monitoring networks and bandwidth, with multiple functions and features such as NetFlow Collector, graphical monitoring, etc.""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 understand, even if you are not too technical.""What I've found most valuable about the solution is that it's scalable.""The most valuable feature is the way it monitors the environment, and how user-friendly the console is for the end-user. The interface is also very easy and it captures all the information very well.""It is scalable.""I like the tracking feature to track devices and see where they are connected. This is very practical.""It is considerably cheaper compared to other tools.""SolarWinds dashboard is very fast. Also, their interface is very good, it looks very user-friendly. The product allows me to see a summary of the network being monitored at a glance.""Technical support is very helpful with our upgrades."

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"Having a Unix implementation or Unix installation could be an improvement. Right now, it's based just on Windows, and that's a problem for some customers.""A room for improvement in PRTG Network Monitor is its sensors. Its application technology sensor, such as the IAS, .NET, etc., needs some improvement because it doesn't work as expected. For example, the IAS sensor doesn't give immediate information, and the information you get from it isn't of good value. The web GUI of PRTG Network Monitor also needs improvement because errors keep popping up if it's not been updated to the latest version. What I'd like to see in the next release of the tool is end-to-end topology mapping for the business model, and that should be required. There has to be a technical map. Technical mapping and topological creation are missing in PRTG Network Monitor, so I would like to see those in the future.""Performance-wise, PRTG Network Monitor still needs improvement because a large number of SNMPv3 queries reduces tool performance.""Users need to buy the more expensive licenses if they expect to be able to scale.""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.""The product could be improved by being cross-platform friendly.""In the next release, PRTG Network Monitor should add a backup solution.""PRTG's documentation could be improved."

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"SolarWinds NPM needs to increase its elements. One polling engine can only support 10,000 elements then it becomes slow. There are limitations even if you have the full SLX version license.""The reporting module that got integrated into the system itself, used to be a standalone solution and I preferred that.""The integration with the APIs and the web servers deployed can definitely be improved.""I would like to see some enhancement on the reporting side, such as making it a little bit easier to create reports or having a larger assortment of canned reports.""Technical support can be slow to respond.""SolarWinds NPM could improve the graphics of the interface and more customized reporting.""The solution could improve in many areas, such as the marketing and description of the products, providing areas of improvement, cloud capabilities, and being able to be more streamlined with the current integration points with other applications.""We'd like to see a bit more automation in the future."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "The pricing for PRTG in our case is reasonable because we have a lot of applications to monitor within PRTG. It is not that expensive."
  • "The price is actually on the cheaper side. If you're going with the unlimited license code, it's very cheap compared to competitors unless you're going for something free, like Zabbix. But you get what you pay for, and it doesn't have the full suite of products or tools like SolarWinds or a ScienceLogic."
  • "The price of PRTG is reasonable. PRTG's competitors like SolarWinds and ManageEngine charge more for the same functionality."
  • "We are satisfied with the price."
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  • "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."
  • "We have a multi-year license for the use of this solution. There are additional costs for recourses in the environment."
  • "Quite highly priced"
  • "There's standard licensing, and then it depends on the size of the customer."
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    Answers from the Community
    Anonymous User
    it_user171936 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user171936 (User at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees)

    PTRG would give you almost the same functionality as solarwinds at less cost. the key is to understand the protocols that run monitoring which would include SNMP, and netflows which actually show you human readable data in terms of monitoring your network bandwidth. in my opinion if you wnat cost savings go with PTRG if you can afford it then go with solarwinds.

    it_user539928 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user539928 (Consultant at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees)
    Real User

    My Pittsburgh experience shows that Zabbix is worth checking out:
    add Grafana for custom charting and dashboards:

    I would strongly recommend that you perform a Proof of Concept with at least two candidates. Look at how they will be able to scale both in number of input sources as well as handling for instance different data centers for storage... Also how is per node licensing or costs handled.

    it_user490464 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user490464 (User)

    We're really happy with PRTG. It's a graphically-rich environment that really has helped us to diagnose difficult issues and solve them. And hey, Germans make good stuff...

    it_user629442 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user629442 (Network Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

    I used both and found SolarWinds to be the more intuitive, more full-featured, preferred product.

    it_user576222 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user576222 (Business Development Representative - Asia Pacific & Japan at a tech company with 201-500 employees)
    Real User

    I strongly recommend to use SevOne. The SevOne toolset is the fastest and most scalable on the market through our distributed architecture approach. Where similar tools can take hours to report once used at scale SevOne can monitor and report in seconds on all digital infrastructure including network, compute, storage, cloud, virtual, SDN etc.

    Moshiur Rahman Khan - PeerSpot reviewerMoshiur Rahman Khan

    I used both in large network environments; Solarwinds outlook interface is quite simple than PRTG but if you want to monitor real time traffic using SNMP, PRTG is the best choice but Solarwind counts on an average basis from interface. Even PRTG better to monitor hardware ram, harddisk, processors utilization , SQL traffic status , AD information is good than Solarwind. Two separate PRTG server at remote place support clustering in WAN environments with same costing but Solarwind has limitations. I used to generate customs SLA with respect to defined time frame ; PRTG is good choice for best report generation than Solarwind. PRTG license cost is flexible against interfaces but Solarwind counts per device , users, interface basis.
    Now weak points of PRTG : 1) Log kills huge spaces as it counts per second basis. It doesn't have auto removal option based on duration. I made a scripts to remove logs earlier than 365 days. 2) Solarwind quickly detects interface up status than PRTG. Another fantastic NMS software is "whatsUpGold' which is better than Solarwind and cost is device based (not interface ) and cheaper than Solarwind. With respect to log/event management /SIEM /SOC Solarwind is good for SME type environments.

    Ravi Khanchandani - PeerSpot reviewerRavi Khanchandani

    Would prefer Solarwinds for the following reasons -
    Tight integration with major vendors - Cisco, Arista, Juniper and more
    New NetPath feature enables faster troubleshooting
    Scales well to support larger setups
    Modular platform to include Servers, Applications, NetFlow, IPAM, DB's, Storage devices & more

    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:The remote probe feature in PRTG Network Monitor helps you monitor remote systems or your network at a lower cost than other solutions.
    Top Answer:We're using PRTG Network Monitor for server-level monitoring and network-level monitoring, and in our network, we have switches and firewalls. We're also using the solution for bandwidth monitoring… more »
    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
    Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Network Bandwidth Analyzer
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    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
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Construction Company9%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Educational Organization5%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise35%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    PRTG Network Monitor vs. SolarWinds NPM
    January 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about PRTG Network Monitor vs. SolarWinds NPM and other solutions. Updated: January 2023.
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    PRTG Network Monitor is ranked 5th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 42 reviews while SolarWinds NPM is ranked 4th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 48 reviews. PRTG Network Monitor is rated 8.0, while SolarWinds NPM is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of PRTG Network Monitor writes "Easy to use, has a remote probe feature and a lower annual support cost; it doesn't require much manpower to deploy and manage". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "Simple to set up with good visualizations and helpful support". PRTG Network Monitor is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios XI, Centreon, ManageEngine OpManager and Wireshark, whereas SolarWinds NPM is most compared with Zabbix, ManageEngine OpManager, LogicMonitor, Nagios XI and Meraki Dashboard. See our PRTG Network Monitor vs. SolarWinds NPM report.

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