Good balance between UI and functionality.
Jamie Imms | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 10, 2016

Good balance between UI and functionality.

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with PRTG Network Monitor

We use PRTG to monitor major backhaul telecommunication links, over 10,000 devices deployed in over 30 points of presence, and a multi-tenanted virtual environment. PRTG provides us event monitoring, alerting to responsible staff and end users, capacity management and uptime reporting. It is a critical piece of infrastructure that allows us to produce metrics for our OLAs and SLAs.
  • Clean, sleek interface
  • Easy to understand from a user perspective
  • Good permission functionality, able to provide 'ringed-fence' logins for external users
  • Tree interface allows settings and permissions to inherit their way down the tree
  • Flexible notification/threshold functionality
  • Lots of monitoring options to deploy
  • Very easy to update, deploy new probes, move and clone sensors
  • Has a 'Library' function that allows you to restructure existing sensors without duplicating them
  • PRTG does not protect itself from its own configuration. If you are creating ping sensors that attempt to ping too often that it can collect the results, it can have repercussions, such as grinding the entire system to a halt. PRTG also has a matrix about how many of certain types of sensors you can create on a probe - however the system doesn't have any kind of tracking for it, so the only real way of telling that the probe is overloaded is that it starts slowing down - and this impacts the data collection. The higher importance of your PRTG installation, you will have to have a keen eyed administrator.
  • Although PRTG is capable of scaling upwards, once you start to manage thousands of sensors, you need to start rigorously planning your probe deployment. The probe limitations may prevent you from logically grouping your sensor groups at a top level. And you won't notice performance problems until your data collection is already being impacted.
  • Our internal users use AD authentication. PRTG has a control that if there are too many failed logins in quick succession, then it delays all logins to protect itself from brute forcing. Unfortunately this does more harm than good when someone's password expires and PRTG is still running on a device somewhere (this happens quite often).
  • You can set a desired availability percentage in your settings, which applies to reports. Unfortunately, it's one setting for your entire environments - we want to monitor different availability levels for different services that we monitor!
  • 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.
PRTG is great for pretty much any monitoring scenario for any ICT shop. After exploring the market after installing PRTG, we ended up right back with them.

PRTG Feature Ratings

Automated network device discovery
7
Network monitoring
10
Baseline threshold calculation
9
Alerts
10
Network capacity planning
6
Packet capture analysis
Not Rated
Customizable reports
7
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
8
Hardware health monitoring
9