PRTG Network Monitor vs. Security Onion

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
PRTG
Score 8.5 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
Security Onion
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
Security Onion is a free and open source Linux distribution for threat hunting, enterprise security monitoring, and log management, developed by the company of the same name in Evans. Their products include both the Security Onion software and specialized hardware appliances that are built and tested to run Security Onion. The company also offers paid support and training services.N/A
Pricing
PRTG Network MonitorSecurity Onion
Editions & Modules
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
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
PRTGSecurity Onion
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
PRTG Network MonitorSecurity Onion
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Top Cons

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Features
PRTG Network MonitorSecurity Onion
Network Performance Monitoring
Comparison of Network Performance Monitoring features of Product A and Product B
PRTG Network Monitor
6.9
55 Ratings
18% below category average
Security Onion
-
Ratings
Automated network device discovery7.349 Ratings00 Ratings
Network monitoring7.554 Ratings00 Ratings
Baseline threshold calculation6.547 Ratings00 Ratings
Alerts7.555 Ratings00 Ratings
Network capacity planning6.539 Ratings00 Ratings
Packet capture analysis5.028 Ratings00 Ratings
Network mapping7.439 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable reports7.348 Ratings00 Ratings
Wireless infrastructure monitoring7.338 Ratings00 Ratings
Hardware health monitoring6.652 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
PRTG Network MonitorSecurity Onion
Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
(55 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.5
(17 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
PRTG Network MonitorSecurity Onion
Likelihood to Recommend
Paessler
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.
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Security Onion Solutions, LLC
Security Onion works well for setting up within a Linux environment. This brings a new platform to run and maintain though. The application its self has helped to keep track of logs and vulnerabilities in the environment. Alert triage and case creation is simple to start and follow through to the end.
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Pros
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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Security Onion Solutions, LLC
  • GUI
  • Support
  • Easy of use
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Cons
Paessler
  • 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.
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Security Onion Solutions, LLC
  • Requires Linux
  • Training
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Likelihood to Renew
Paessler
It is now an essential tool for monitoring and maintaining the health of our network and systems.
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Security Onion Solutions, LLC
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Usability
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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Security Onion Solutions, LLC
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Support Rating
Paessler
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.
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Security Onion Solutions, LLC
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Alternatives Considered
Paessler
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].
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Security Onion Solutions, LLC
Other vendors may have a more robust solution but for our needs, Security Onion was the one to move forward with. We have tested some of the others but the cost of those platforms makes the ROI not as desirable. There is a learning curve with Security Onion but it is worth it for the value provided.
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Return on Investment
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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Security Onion Solutions, LLC
  • Makes Alert Triage easier to handle
  • Analysis of threats simple
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