NetBrain vs. PRTG Network Monitor

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
NetBrain
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
NetBrain Technologies in Burlington offers their network automation and management platform, emphasizing dynamic and accurate network mapping and automated troubleshooting and basic security analysis, as well as integration with an existing CMDB.N/A
PRTG
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
PRTG Network Monitor is the flagship offering from German software company Paessler, for monitoring local and wide area networks (LANs & WANs), servers, websites, apps, and more.
$1,750
perpetual license
Pricing
NetBrainPRTG Network Monitor
Editions & Modules
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PRTG 500
1,750
perpetual license
PRTG 1,000
3,200
perpetual license
PRTG 2,500
6,500
perpetual license
PRTG 5,000
11,500
perpetual license
PRTG XL 1
15,500
perpetual license
PRTG Enterprise
Custom Pricing
subscription license
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
NetBrainPRTG
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
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Network Performance Monitoring
Comparison of Network Performance Monitoring features of Product A and Product B
NetBrain
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Ratings
PRTG Network Monitor
8.1
63 Ratings
3% below category average
Automated network device discovery00 Ratings8.156 Ratings
Network monitoring00 Ratings9.462 Ratings
Baseline threshold calculation00 Ratings7.753 Ratings
Alerts00 Ratings9.063 Ratings
Network capacity planning00 Ratings7.244 Ratings
Packet capture analysis00 Ratings6.532 Ratings
Network mapping00 Ratings7.744 Ratings
Customizable reports00 Ratings8.053 Ratings
Wireless infrastructure monitoring00 Ratings7.945 Ratings
Hardware health monitoring00 Ratings8.960 Ratings
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User Ratings
NetBrainPRTG Network Monitor
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(4 ratings)
9.1
(63 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(4 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(18 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
NetBrainPRTG Network Monitor
Likelihood to Recommend
NetBrain Technologies
Great for our large global environment. Works well with our legacy and newer equipment. Ease of install was exciting compared to other products we POC'd. Less of a learning curve when training Teams on how to monitor and troubleshoot while in production. Service desk were able to capture the logs and load into our ticketing system with ease.
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Paessler
It is very useful for monitoring network infrastructure such as Switch, Router, AP, FW, SD-WAN equipment and for the infrastructure part if I consider that monitoring for servers is very basic (CPU, Memory, RAM) which perhaps It can be done with another tool from the same manufacturer or perhaps integrated into the PRTG Network Monitor
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Pros
NetBrain Technologies
  • Network Issues Troubleshooting
  • Visualizing the root cause using color coding
  • out of the box runbooks available
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Paessler
  • 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.
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Cons
NetBrain Technologies
  • Not all devices are integrated with the same quality.
  • Not all steps are self-explaining.
  • The updates were difficult (but thanks to the help of support no real problem).
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Paessler
  • Licensing on a per entity basis can be cumbersome for devices which have a ton of monitoring points like network switches\routers. Each sensor may count against a license, which could be a lot of you were monitoring every TX\RX of an SFP for example
  • A better method to easily template\copy monitors across devices
  • The navigation in the web GUI could be a little more straightforward in terms of the hierarchy
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Likelihood to Renew
NetBrain Technologies
No answers on this topic
Paessler
I would renew it because the platform has brought us many technical and economic benefits that make the cost-benefit ratio very good. Additionally, to do so does not require large investments in training, licensing or infrastructure, and at the administration level, extensive knowledge is not required to be able to bear it.
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Usability
NetBrain Technologies
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Paessler
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.
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Support Rating
NetBrain Technologies
No answers on this topic
Paessler
PRTG does everything we need it to do and more. Ease of use, ease of management and maintenance and clarity of monitoring of hundreds of different types of device and service gives this a large advantage over other products on the market that I have tried. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs a network monitoring product in their environment and even to people who don't know they need a solution yet!
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Implementation Rating
NetBrain Technologies
No answers on this topic
Paessler
It's very important that de project's teams have different member of the TI. We have learned too late the importa of Security Analyst at the design architecture moment. We have to rebuild part of the implementation for made this big mistake.
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Alternatives Considered
NetBrain Technologies
Best part of NetBrain is that it is customisable ,you can create apps based on your requirement and run them in your environment. Lot of flexibility
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Paessler
PRTG offers more versatility in monitoring when compared to the other solutions we tested. The other solutions were also limited as far as customization options, which made them less adaptable to our networks. When compared to Auvik, for instance, we prefer PRTG as it offers immediate notifications through the desktop client - not limited to email notifications as with Auvik. We also appreciate the fact that PRTG can be self/on-prem hosted vs Auvik's cloud model. This makes for an easier deployment and less firewall adjustments to allow traffic to cloud-hosted solutions.
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Return on Investment
NetBrain Technologies
  • Time it takes for Service Desk to identify issues has been cut into 1/2
  • Able to present maps to management for circuit throughput issues and why we need a larger circuit
  • The logs are clear and easy to understand
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Paessler
  • 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.
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