Here at Paessler, our QA team puts PRTG and all of its new features to the test on a daily basis. We do this to make sure that our customers can work with a powerful, reliable and easy to use network monitoring solution. Nevertheless, we are curious what catches the eye of independent experts when they test the software. In recent months PRTG was put under the microscope four times in a row. Network Computing (UK) and the German Institute for the Analysis of IT Components (IAIT) had a close look at the innovations that came with version 13.2 and version 13.3 whereas the German magazine Funkschau wondered how PRTG performs compared to the Open Source solution Nagios. In addition to the open source comparison LANline also examined how suitable PRTG is for small IT environments.
The lesson is clear: PRTG stands out due to its excellent usability, a very good price-performance ratio and continually added new features and functions.
Network Computing (UK): PRTG Network Monitor 13.2 from Paessler
"As Network Monitoring gets ever more sophisticated many products are struggling to cope with the increasing number and diversity of devices to be monitored as well as the volume of data generated. This can result in web console performance issues but Paessler has bravely tackled this head on by completely rewriting the front-end of its PRTG Network Monitor. It is much faster. [...]"
Network Computing puts it in a nutshell: "It [PRTG Network Monitor] is capable of presenting a lot of easily interpreted information using a single screen and the new web console's lightening quick responses makes network monitoring a pleasure, instead of a chore."
Read the complete review.
IAIT: A Completely Revised Monitoring Solution for Corporate Environments
The German Institute for the Analysis of IT Components (IAIT) writes about the monitoring software's innovations: "A new web interface and revamped mobile web GUI are some of the new features in the current PRTG version. The new web interface is a single page application (SPA) and works faster than the previous version, loading all settings in layer popups, so that users never lose the context of their work [...]. The page containing the overview of individual sensors has been reworked. The sensor data is now portrayed in a graph with a speedometer-like display. Another important new feature is the "PRTG for Android" App. The user thus receives an easy-to-use and easy-to-navigate overview of all monitored components."
In this test PRTG especially scores with its usability: "The tool's service range was always impressive, and now the web interface also provides a much better overview. It is not only much faster, but also presents the information required by each user in a clear and logical structure, which can be adjusted to accommodate the user's needs at any time. Paessler has taken a great leap forward with the new version [...], which should more than satisfy any system administrator."
Funkschau: Nothing Comes Without a Price
Funkschau's test laboratory asks: "Is a company really getting away cheaper with an Open Source product than with a commercial package?" In the realm of open source network monitoring, especially 'Nagios' is a huge hit. A basic argument for this kind of solution is of course that it's free. But Linux/Unix expertise is vital in order "to configure the product properly and get it running [...]. Whoever can afford professional support quickly ends up in the same price class as a commercial solution like PRTG where professional support is included in the price."
Funkschau concludes: "It quickly became obvious that this was a comparison like 'Dacia Logan vs. Mercedes S-Class. [...] PRTG takes the lead not only for installation and the startup configuration but also for configuration changes, user management and report creation. [...] A world of difference lies between the graphical user interfaces of the two products: on one side a fast, modern, complete and optically pleasing interface - on the other a rather archaic, rudimentary interface. [...] Despite my love for open source software, I have no choice but to name PRTG Network Monitor as the clear winner of this comparison."
Read the complete comparison test.
LANline: Network Monitoring Can be Surprisingly Easy
The German IT magazine LANline found: "PRTG has clearly proven that network monitoring and its configuration do not need to be a nerve- racking project that utilizes several working days. In practice PRTG is absolutely sufficient and due to the saved amount of work the cost price pays off in any case: An explicit recommendation."
Complete test (in German).