PRTG Network Monitor vs. Splunk Cloud

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
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
Splunk Cloud
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
A data platform service thats help users search, analyze, visualize and act on data. The service can go live in as little as two days, and with an IT backend managed by Splunk experts, users can focus on acting on data. Search any kind of data in real-time to detect and prevent issues before they happen with access to streaming and machine learning capabilities. Search any kind of data in real-time to detect and prevent issues before they happen with access to the latest streaming and machine…N/A
Pricing
PRTG Network MonitorSplunk Cloud
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
PRTGSplunk Cloud
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
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Top Pros
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Features
PRTG Network MonitorSplunk Cloud
Network Performance Monitoring
Comparison of Network Performance Monitoring features of Product A and Product B
PRTG Network Monitor
8.1
63 Ratings
3% below category average
Splunk Cloud
-
Ratings
Automated network device discovery8.156 Ratings00 Ratings
Network monitoring9.462 Ratings00 Ratings
Baseline threshold calculation7.753 Ratings00 Ratings
Alerts9.063 Ratings00 Ratings
Network capacity planning7.244 Ratings00 Ratings
Packet capture analysis6.532 Ratings00 Ratings
Network mapping7.744 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable reports8.053 Ratings00 Ratings
Wireless infrastructure monitoring7.945 Ratings00 Ratings
Hardware health monitoring8.960 Ratings00 Ratings
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
Comparison of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) features of Product A and Product B
PRTG Network Monitor
-
Ratings
Splunk Cloud
9.0
15 Ratings
14% above category average
Centralized event and log data collection00 Ratings9.015 Ratings
Correlation00 Ratings9.715 Ratings
Event and log normalization/management00 Ratings9.715 Ratings
Deployment flexibility00 Ratings9.015 Ratings
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools00 Ratings9.313 Ratings
Custom dashboards and workspaces00 Ratings9.715 Ratings
Host and network-based intrusion detection00 Ratings8.713 Ratings
Data integration/API management00 Ratings8.75 Ratings
Behavioral analytics and baselining00 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Rules-based and algorithmic detection thresholds00 Ratings8.36 Ratings
Response orchestration and automation00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Reporting and compliance management00 Ratings8.76 Ratings
Incident indexing/searching00 Ratings9.36 Ratings
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User Ratings
PRTG Network MonitorSplunk Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(63 ratings)
9.0
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(3 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(18 ratings)
7.2
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
PRTG Network MonitorSplunk Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Splunk
Splunk is excellent when all your data is in one location. Its ability to correlate all that data is intuitive (once the hurdle of learning the query language is overcome). It is also easy to standardize the presentation of information to the company. When data is siloed/standalone, other systems can be cheaper and faster to implement.
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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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Splunk
  • This SIEM consolidates multiple data points and offers several features and benefits, creating custom dashboards and managing alert workflows.
  • Splunk Cloud provides a simple way to have a central monitoring and security solution. Though it does not have a huge learning curve, you should spend some time learning the basics.
  • Splunk Cloud enables me to create and schedule statistical reports on network use for Management.
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Cons
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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Splunk
  • The SPL programming language that the queries are built in is not very intuitive.
  • There should be a better repository of pre-built queries for what I would think of as common Active Directory usage monitoring.
  • I would like to see more free training/familiarization information made available.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Splunk
No answers on this topic
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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Splunk
Overall, it is very usable. I would like if recent searches were saved for longer because I always have to refer to my notes when I'm looking for something specific and it's been a few weeks. But that's a small issue, and the actual search and browsing interface is easy to use and powerful.
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Support Rating
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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Splunk
Splunk Cloud support is sorely lacking unfortunately. The portal where you submit tickets is not very good and is lacking polish. Tickets are left for days without any updates and when chased it is only sometimes you get a reply back. I get the feeling the support team are very understaffed and have far too much going on. From what I know, Splunk is aware of this and seem to be trying to remedy it.
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Implementation Rating
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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Splunk
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
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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Splunk
Splunk Cloud blows Sumo Logic out of the water. The experience is night and day. We went from several highly stressed IT security professionals who were unsure if the data they were getting was valuable, to very happy IT security professionals who can now be more proactive and get all the information they need.
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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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Splunk
  • End-end visibility across your departmental silos
  • Strengthen the overall global monitoring posture
  • Move from Reactive to Proactive Monitoring
  • Highly secure environment at your finger-tips
  • Takes you away from managing infrastructure/administration, allows saving time & money. Reduce the overall TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)
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