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Plixer Scrutinizer is #11 ranked solution in Network Traffic Analysis tools and #44 ranked solution in best Network Monitoring Tools. PeerSpot users give Plixer Scrutinizer an average rating of 6 out of 10. Plixer Scrutinizer is most commonly compared to SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer: Plixer Scrutinizer vs SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer. Plixer Scrutinizer is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 64% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 26% of all views.
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What is Plixer Scrutinizer?

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.

Plixer Scrutinizer 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
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Plixer Scrutinizer Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Plixer Scrutinizer pricing:
"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."

Plixer Scrutinizer Reviews

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Ronald Jansen - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner/President at Abraxax
Reseller
Reporting is extensive, flexible, and can be custom-made in just a short time
Pros and Cons
  • "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."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

There are two ways of using Plixer Scrutinizer, and I'm sitting on both ends. First of all, it's used for network capacity management. In other words: "Who is eating my cake?" That means: "All my bandwidth is gone. Who has stolen it?", to be clear: "Who is eating it?" What computer is eating my bandwidth?", so that is one use case, and the other use case is security. Plixer Scrutinizer belongs to a handful of products that are able to drill down quite deeply into the network traffic. For security purposes, it is really a very powerful product.

What is most valuable?

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. Another valuable feature of Plixer Scrutinizer is more on the side of how you can implement it. It is running on a virtual appliance or a physical appliance if you have a very large network, but competing systems sometimes run on a Windows platform where you have to install a lot of Windows and databases that are appliance-based. As for Plixer Scrutinizer, you just need to install it with the right specs, and you have a working appliance, and this is a plus for the product.

What needs improvement?

In terms of additional features I'd like to see in the next release of Plixer Scrutinizer, I can't think of any because you can do some integration with other monitoring tools that are not strong in NetFlow or don't have NetFlow at all. There are also some integration possibilities in the product, plus there are alerts, too. Plixer Scrutinizer is a pretty complete product. 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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been working with Plixer Scrutinizer for more than ten years.
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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Plixer Scrutinizer is a very stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, Plixer Scrutinizer is an excellent solution for enterprises. It's not really for SMBs. It scales very well for enterprises.

How are customer service and support?

You don't really need technical support for Plixer Scrutinizer, especially for people who are very skilled already with the product, so those people have initiated this or collected this expertise a long time ago, for example, people just evolved with the product while using it. I suggest and advise you to get training one to two times per year, for example, a two-hour session about the new features of Plixer Scrutinizer because there are a lot of features under the hood that are not being used.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

My company made the switch to Plixer Scrutinizer because it is scalable, compact, and very competitive in pricing. It is also a small company, and not a large company, so you can ask questions about features and won't have to wait ten years before a feature becomes available. Plixer Scrutinizer has a dedicated NetFlow-only team and organization.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup for Plixer Scrutinizer is pretty straightforward, particularly if you know what you're doing because you need some knowledge about networking and NetFlow. Basic deployment can be completed within one day, so you can see what traffic is coming into your network, then you can also start using the filters and the reporting. You can see basic results within a few days, and good results within a few weeks.

What was our ROI?

The money I'm spending on Plixer Scrutinizer is worth the investment because you can use the product in two ways as a capacity management tool for the network and as a forensic security tool. You can use it in a network operations center or a security operation center. You can do both in just one device.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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.

What other advice do I have?

I'm not an end-user of Plixer Scrutinizer. I'm a partner of Plixer and I can only say what I know about the product. I've used it with technical people because I'm into a high-level perspective of the product. I'm a reseller or a partner, but my partners are larger organizations, so the total number of users on the appliance itself would be around one hundred. My advice in terms of using Plixer Scrutinizer is that if you are looking for NetFlow and you really need more than just a simple NetFlow because there are, of course, solutions on the market that cost considerably less, based on if you have one or two interfaces, or if you have multiple devices, but you have a lot of traffic or ISPs, then the product is a must in terms of pricing. If you have only a few devices, core routers, and you have a lot of traffic, then Plixer Scrutinizer is a very competitive product compared to the other products. It's a very stable solution and all the features you ask for are there. My rating for Plixer Scrutinizer is nine out of ten. I never give a ten when rating a product because I always leave some room even in better products, but this product is close to a ten. Nine is the max for me, in terms of rating. I'm a partner/reseller of Plixer Scrutinizer and my role supports customers with questions about the product and helps customers with issues, particularly little support issues. Generally,  I ask customers what it is they need and make sure they don't buy the wrong product. I hold a consulting role that ensures customers buy the right product and the right size: not too big and not too small. I'm a value-added distributor with a consulting role.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Problem Manager
Real User
Top 20
User-friendly UI, has good accessibility, and is reliable
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features of Plixer Scrutinizer are its ease of use, accessibility, and UI."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

I use Plixer Scrutinizer for Network traffic analysis.

What is most valuable?

When comparing Plixer Scrutinizer to NetFlow Analyzers and Microfocus NPS (Network Performance Solution), the features I found most valuable in Plixer Scrutinizer are the ease of access, particularly in the GUI, and the ease of the solution.

The most valuable features of Plixer Scrutinizer are its ease of use, accessibility, and UI.

What needs improvement?

I would recommend having more data points. Plixer Scrutinizer cannot handle high traffic volumes.

This is NetFlow Analyzer, and the number of data points, or the massive volume of information is stored. There are numerous processes running inside a router. As a result, a massive amount of data is being logged in this Plixer Scrutinizer. 

It is my understanding that when the flows are too high, the solution cannot handle them, and it is not simply a matter of scaling it up. For example, on ACI, you can define Cisco ACI core switches, and it is found that on Plixer Scrutinizer they are unable to handle the traffic volume. 

When I'm talking about a core switch or another switch that has a large amount of traffic flowing through it, the solution is also incapable of handling it.

In terms of data aggregation and storage, while I was not managing it, one of the feedbacks, specifically to this solution. I can't comment further on the technical side of things, but from a user standpoint, the team was only keeping the real-time log for one day. Then, for three days, it switches to five-minute aggregation. It switches to one-hour aggregation for one week. For one month, it will be aggregated on a daily basis, to save space. 

It aggregates the data points and removes the individual real-time data points before reducing the data points to conserve storage. I would suggest an improvement in data storage, or how the data is archived and sold so that enterprises have more room to keep data for a longer period of time with less aggregation. It will be kept for real-time value for a month, rather than just one day.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Plixer Scrutinizer for nine years, but I haven't used it in the last year.

I don't remember what version we were using because I haven't actively used it in the last year, but it was one of the more recent ones.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In terms of stability, it was good, but I wouldn't say that it was excellent.

I have seen a few crashes, however, it's very rare. While it is stable, there is always room for improvement. But it's fairly stable, and in the user experience, it remains consistent.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution's scalability is struggling on devices with a large number of flows.

ACI from Cisco, and not the Data points. Data points are improvements to how data is stored or archived. I've noticed that the solution is inconsistent on devices with a large number of flows, such as core switches for Data centers, or Cisco ACI.

To rephrase, the solution is suitable for a brand router or an internet switch, but it is not suitable for, at least in our environment, a core switch within a data center where the number of flows and communications will be high. 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.

This solution is used directly by 50 people in our organization. Most of the users were network engineers.

The solution received positive feedback. The usage was already on a daily basis. No further increases were anticipated or planned, but it was used extensively throughout the organization.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I am not aware of the pricing.

What other advice do I have?

I am not an expert user or an administrator of the solution, and I have not recently used it. 

I am a problem manager. I conduct deep-dive analysis and retrospective analysis following the incident. To determine the root causes, we must examine all of our solutions in the application landscape.

I would strongly recommend this solution to anyone who is interested in using it.

I would rate Plixer Scrutinizer an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Network Engineer at Infinity Sales Group
Real User
Top 10
A stable solution with some big configuration issues
Pros and Cons
  • "We didn't experience any bugs."
  • "We couldn't get it set up properly."

What is our primary use case?

We used this solution for MTA. I am responsible for the network; I would have been the only person using this solution.

What is most valuable?

As I didn't get it fully up and running, I can't really say what features were best. 

What needs improvement?

When you download Windows 10 and first log in, it says something like, "Welcome. We're setting up a few things, we'll be right with you. We're going to customize some things and get it going for you." Then, it just loads to a desktop and nothing else happens. You don't have the applications installed. You don't have any customization, it's just a default setup. That's essentially what we had. We had a default setup. We were trying to set up some configuration, but it just wasn't quite working properly.

We couldn't get it set up properly. We had multiple meetings. They apparently noted down what I was asking for, but we just went back and forth, and we just couldn't get the thing to work or configure properly.

Those discussions were with their sales guy and their sales engineer. They set up a demo for me. They were working with me to try to set up some configurations — some customization within it. It wasn't very intuitive. They gave me documentation, that wasn't very user-friendly. They just didn't seem to understand what I was trying to do. So we just went back and forth, back and forth.

It was like calling McDonald's and asking for a cheeseburger, and they give you some chicken nuggets. I'd say, "This isn't working for me. I want a hamburger. You gave me chicken nuggets". I would ask for this and they'd give me something else that didn't make any sense. After multiple meetings, eventually, I was like, "I'm done." Then I started looking at Awake Security and started looking at some other MTA's out there. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I used Plixer Scrutinizer for a few months. I never got it fully configured. I ran into a bunch of problems and I just couldn't quite get it working properly.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We didn't experience any bugs.

How are customer service and technical support?

They need better customer service that can help you make the trial experience better.

How was the initial setup?

We had some challenges with the configuration — that's one of the reasons why we stopped using it.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to make sure you have a good experience during the trial that you set up.

Overall, from my short experience with this solution, I would give it a rating of five out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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