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Score 7.4 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE

It’s best for troubleshooting issues that require a packet level analysis. By having source/destination you can have a view into how the packets are traversing the network. If alerts/baselines are set up it can help identify something out of the norm. Very useful for VoIP applications as well. Would not recommend for small scale environments.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

PRTG is well suited to any organization that needs to monitor devices and systems on their network. Compared to other products on the market, it is is easy to set up, manage and use on a day-to-day basis.The only place where it would be less appropriate would possibly be an environment where multiple probes were required for geographic purposes and a probe device (ie, a PC) isn't available in each location. This is fairly unlikely, however, but would depend on the network infrastructure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
8.7
PRTG
8.4
Automated network device discovery
NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
9.0
PRTG
8.7
Network monitoring
NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
8.6
PRTG
9.3
Baseline threshold calculation
NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
7.3
PRTG
8.3
Alerts
NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
8.0
PRTG
9.2
Network capacity planning
NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
9.0
PRTG
7.7
Packet capture analysis
NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
9.6
PRTG
8.4
Network mapping
NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
8.4
PRTG
7.6
Customizable reports
NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
7.6
PRTG
8.1
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
9.9
PRTG
8.0
Hardware health monitoring
NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
9.9
PRTG
9.1

Pros

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE

  • NetScout nGeniusONE can help to deep dive into the packet layer, help to identify the real network and service performance problems in the protocol layer. We have been using NetScout nGeniusONE as the main monitoring solution for the mobile network for many years.
  • I have recently use NetScout nGeniusONE to support problem troubleshooting for a customer issue complaining of slow application connection into our Datacenter services. it was easy to use NetScout nGeniusONE to capture the problematic connection sessions by using various type of filters and export a pcap file for further analysis.
  • I‘ve also use NetScout nGeniusONE to investigate an NBN connection issue which was intermittent and hard to capture, however, by using NetScout nGeniusONE it was easy to go back to the history capture and logs, so we won't miss any important leads.
Paul Fan | 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

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE

  • Possibly the setup. The organization of setting up the sites weren't as easy as I would have liked.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

  • Windows Only: PRTG does not support any other platform. Personally, I do not like tools that run on Windows because Windows requires a frequent update, which means downtime. You want your monitoring tool to be as highly available and low maintenance as possible. That and you also require a server license and Windows consume more hardware resource than other platforms. PRTG needs to add support for Linux.
  • Limited ability to do things in bulk. There is no way I know of to mass onboard devices or to mass edit devices. So you will by modifying 1 device at a time. For instance, it would be useful to modify the name or company of 200 devices in one shot.
  • Somewhat weak widgets and dashboard. If you put a lot of effort into it, you can probably come out with a very useful dashboard to keep an eye on key systems/devices. However, some widgets can look nice at first but they are not so useful or easy to understand. Again, it can be done, but a lot of effort is needed to get it right.
  • White interface only. This might not seem like a big deal, but if you have people who use the tool all the time to keep an eye on the system, it can strain your eyes. Need a dark theme.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE

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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

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE 6.5
Based on 2 answers
It provides a lot of useful information, but it's not always easy/intuitive to find it. It really needs to get a fully functional API integrated to support automation and integration with other monitoring and analytics tools to enable faster decision making. On the other hand, it gathers a lot of useful information from complex networks that are useful for capacity management and faster incident isolation and resolution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Support Rating

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE 7.5
Based on 2 answers
We have a dedicated OSE who has been very helpful. Besides that, we have little experience beyond this specific model
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE

Majority of vendors on the market at the time only handle a piece of network instrumentation. Netscout covered all the bases which meet our company's requirements for "One throat to choke" rule. For the market we are in its nice to have a local team that can be onsite the same day if needed.
Chris Woods | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

Nagios and Icinga (which is itself a fork from Nagios) are decent enough solutions for free, being open source. They do take more to set up and maintain, with quite a lot of manual work and agent installs in some cases. So in comparison with PRTG, they require more labor, but PRTG requires more capital. I also feel like PRTG is more robust, and stable; it's never crashed or required a complete reinstall, which I've definitely had to do with Icinga in the past.PRTG runs on Windows, while the other two are Linux. That only matters if you're more familiar with one or the other, of course, but it does take more to set up a LAMP server sometimes.
Robert Paul | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE

  • NetScout nGeniusONE helps to reduce the time and effort (people to involve) to react on network outages, speed up the investigation progress, and much more quickly to identify the root cause.
  • Proactive helps the operation team to identify the underline problems and help the business to take actions before the issue starts to impact the customer's business. Help to reduce the incidents and outages.
  • Help the operation teams to better understand the performance and health of the network from a higher level and end to end perspective, improve the efficiency of work.
Paul Fan | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

  • Given us a nice, controlled, ringed-fence portal to deliver to customers for them to view monitoring on the services we sell them.
  • Given us plenty of metrics to allow us to measure SLA's and OLA's.
  • Given us the tools to deploy proactive measures for service outages.
Jamie Imms | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE

General

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

PRTG

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
7.4
PRTG
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
PRTG
10.0

Usability

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
6.5
PRTG
9.0

Support Rating

NETSCOUT nGeniusONE
7.5
PRTG
8.6

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