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Score 8.1 out of 100

PRTG

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Score 8.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller

The Cisco Data Center Network Manager is something that I could easily recommend to a friend or colleague because using Cisco products in a data center environment is something we have all come to trust as a quality choice. Using Cisco compared to some of the other providers out there comes with a piece of mind that we know when we deploy, we will be able to get things up and running smoothly with limited interruption to our processes and connectivity.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

If there are a number of different protocols and devices to monitor PRTG is really an all in one solution. There are network specific solutions, telephony solutions, server solutions, etc - but this tool can do anything. Even if you don't use this tool as your main "monitoring solutions" every IT professional should have access to this tool for at least troubleshooting purposes.If you are looking for something specific built for a task you may be able to find [a] more direct and easy tool to use that would be easier and quicker to setup as customization is not needed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
8.2
Automated network device discovery
Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
8.9
Network monitoring
Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
9.3
Baseline threshold calculation
Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
8.6
Alerts
Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
9.4
Network capacity planning
Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
7.2
Packet capture analysis
Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
7.7
Network mapping
Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
7.5
Customizable reports
Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
8.4
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
7.4
Hardware health monitoring
Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
8.1

Pros

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller

  • Provides a graphical user interface for zoning your fiber connected servers and storage.
  • It has an easysy to follow workflow.
  • Enables us to configure and deploy configurations without downtime.
Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

  • Very, very configurable. You can create all kinds of monitors for all kinds of things. Plus it has loads of suggestions out of the box. It can get complicated but monitoring is complicated. Pretty decent interface and good support - active community.
  • I really liked how easy it was to add alerts by SMS. So easy to setup.
  • I like their sizing models (for purchase). We're actually small enough that we are free. But it's not free as in stripped down - it's free because we don't use many "sensors" and don't honestly have the need.
Dan Reynolds | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller

  • The price is the number 1 area that could use improvement
  • Only being able to use with Cisco products, a blessing and a curse
  • Admin configuration was a tad complicated but nothing that would deter me from using again
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

  • The probe service can be quite resource-intensive. This can cause false-positive readings from some sensors sometimes.
  • The software gets updated very regularly. Whilst this is usually a good thing to fix bugs etc, it does meantime downtime of the monitoring quite often while they are installed.
  • The ability to create Maps from Libraries. Very specific issue but a lot of people have been asking for it for years and it is still not available.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PRTG

PRTG 10.0
Based on 2 answers
It is now an essential tool for monitoring and maintaining the health of our network and systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PRTG

PRTG 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The tool is very intuitive to use and it is Windows-based (everybody knows how to use Windows) so it's easy to get into. Every time is setup in a hierarchy so if you have a good initial hierarchy design, it will really reduce administrative effort down the road.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The Cisco Data Center Network Manager is synonymous with network and platform performance. Being able to tie this platform into a current Cisco-heavy environment means that we know the performance of not only the product but our network and environment as a whole will continue to run smoothly. If there were ever an issue with either of those things, we know that help is only a phone call or email away.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PRTG

PRTG 8.6
Based on 28 answers
I am giving this a 6 simply because I have never had to contact support. The online documentation is adequate for most things, and the user-maintained knowledgebase is excellent. The few times I have run into issues that were not easily resolvable with intuitive UI, I was able to find the answers that I needed either in the PRTG-provided documentation, the knowledgebase, or with a quick online web search.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller

No answers on this topic

PRTG

I have deployed and tested three products for evaluation I found [PRTG Network Monitor] very easy to deploy, the deployment literally took not more than one hour including basic configuration and network discovery. After deployment few configuration changes and creation of maps, reports and little tweaking is required. [Then] it would go through its process of recommendation that took some time to complete, while [on] other hand other software's took lot of time to install and configure. And features were also missing, which resulted in decision in favor of [PRTG Network Monitor].
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Regardless of what Cisco solution we put in place in our network environment, we know that the security will be top-notch as long as it is configured correctly by someone who has enough experience and knows what they are doing. A strong security setup is only as strong as the people who support it so having the right people behind the scenes is just as critical as the products that are chosen.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller

  • Made it easier to manage our fiber Storage Area Network in our datacenter.
Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

  • The ability to analyze multiple pieces of information in one place, especially with historical data, has saved our IT department time and headaches. It would be so much more difficult to trace an issue without PRTG, just relying on event logs and an open task manager window.
  • The cost is not cheap, so it's an expense that hits the bottom line like everything else. Figure in hardware costs as well, ideally a server outside of your main environment.
  • I keep saying this, but the historical data piece is worth so much. There's really no good way to collect all of that information in one place without something like PRTG. And that definitely saves time and money in the long run.
Robert Paul | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

PRTG

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

PRTG Editions & Modules

Edition
PRTG 500$1,7501
PRTG 1,000$3,2001
PRTG 2,500$6,5001
PRTG 5,000$11,5001
PRTG XL 1$15,5001
PRTG EnterpriseCustom Pricing2
  1. perpetual license
  2. subscription license
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
8.0
PRTG
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
10.0

Usability

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
9.0

Performance

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
8.0
PRTG

Support Rating

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
PRTG
8.6

Scalability

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Fabric Controller
9.0
PRTG

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