PRTG Network Monitoring from the college classroom to the field
April 04, 2017

PRTG Network Monitoring from the college classroom to the field

Philip D | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with PRTG Network Monitor

PRTG is used a classroom environment to acclimate students in using the product before they enter the field. Our students are required to take on an internship before graduation and using the products in the classroom transitions them directly to the employer to hit the ground running with industry tools. PRTG is used in a sandbox lab that is running various intrusion testing. The student has no fear of breaking an environment to analyze incidents that can happen in real time. PRTG is also run on the classroom VLAN which also monitors vSphere traffic of over 1000 virtual machines. These machines can be monitored for events and incidents that a demo could rarely perform. The plethora of data interpretation makes the incidents and events a real time situation.
  • Excellent graphs and eye candy.
  • The software can be used on small footprints like devices on the Pine64.
  • There is very little overhead on the product. You install out of the box and do a walk-through configuration.
  • I would like to see labs done where actual real alarms could be observed.
  • Although they have mapping software for dashboards, it doesn't look as easy as it should.
  • There is a huge learning curve to interpret everything you are seeing.
  • This product is used in an academic environment and the impact is huge for students using the product before the see it in the field.
Solar Winds, AlienVault, IBM QRadar, and OPNSense are some of the products used in the academic environment. PRTG has had the most positive approach from students. Many students in our BS degree are already using the product in the field so it's a win-win situation for them to use the product in a non-production environment without fear of breaking something.
When you want to do network monitoring quickly PRTG has the way to do it quickly. This would be well suited for a NOC situation where an analyst could focus their time on the product and learn the ins and outs of monitoring.

PRTG Feature Ratings

Automated network device discovery
Network monitoring
Baseline threshold calculation
Not Rated
Network capacity planning
Not Rated
Packet capture analysis
Not Rated
Network mapping
Not Rated
Customizable reports
Not Rated
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Not Rated
Hardware health monitoring
Not Rated