Don't settle, be better with ManageEngine OpManager - the go-to alternative for PRTG

The enterprise world is constantly progressing towards better solutions, better management and a better outcome. Succumbing to the pressure caused by the pace in which technology is growing, industries often settle for over-priced tools which offer substandard IT management. By the time you realize the inadequacy in those tools, a lot of money would have been shelled out. However, it is never too late to keep up with the fast-soaring enterprise world if you switch to a better product! Put away solutions with age-old interfaces, unsatisfactory functionalities and switch to ManageEngine's OpManager - a cost-effective, feature-rich solution which provides unified network and server management for network devices.

One-on-one evaluation by third party reviewers: ManageEngine OpManager VS PRTG Network Monitor

Here's a consolidated report based on the evaluation by third party vendors. Take a look at how users have rated OpManager and see for yourselves how OpManager is the perfect PRTG alternative.

Evaluation By Category OpManager PRTG
G2 Meets Requirements
G2 Ease of Setup
G2 Quality of Support
FinancesOnline Overall score
FinancesOnline User Satisfaction
Crowd Reviews Overall rating

ManageEngine OpManager: The latest 'Champion' in the market | 2022

Info - Tech Research Group announced OpManager as a CHAMPION in software reviews' recent emotional footprint report, with the product winning a net score of 94. And we are the only vendor in the network monitoring market to cross the luring 90 and above category. So, if you see this as just a number, here's why you shouldn't. The score is evaluated based on the verified reviews given by real users from an extensive list of assessing criteria like product impact, feature and service satisfaction, affordability, innovation and overall vendor capability in enterprise network monitoring.

Feature satisfaction

OpManager provides the user with all the features required to administer over the network


Easy to use in performance monitoring and simple to manage network operations

Value for money

Nothing can beat OpManager's value for price.

With a composite score of 8.4 out of 10, OpManager is the top choice for network admins.

Putting customers first has earned us all the love and a significant place on the winning podium. Here's what they feel about OpManager.


Plan to renew OpManager


Say OpManager is critical to their success


Mentioned that they love OpManager

OpManager's device-based licensing vs PRTG's sensor based licensing

  • Paessler PRTG follows a sensor based licensing that counts an aspect that the user wishes to monitor. For instance, a PING sensor in PRTG can monitor 4 availability-specific metrics.
  • OpManager follows a highly convenient device-based licensing. The license counts the number of devices that a user wishes to monitor, and they can monitor any number of metrics or interfaces per device. This makes sense as most networks have a fixed number of devices, but varying monitoring requirements. This freedom of monitoring has cemented OpManager as an alternative to PRTG's licensing model.
Let's consider an example to compare OpManager and PRTG's pricing in a similar situation.
  • Say you want to monitor a network of 500 devices. PRTG mentions a general rule of thumb for monitoring: 10 sensors per device. According to this calculation, you'd need 5000 sensors for this network.

Here's a calculation of licensing costs for OpManager and PRTG factoring in the perpetual licensing plans & the annual maintenance price. OpManager has fixed maintenance prices, while PRTG's maintenance rates are 25% of the base license price.

Parameters OpManager PRTG
Number of devices/sensors 500 devices 5000 sensors
Licensing slab OpManager professional pack for 500 devices: $9595 PRTG 5000: $12999
Annual maintenance $1,919 $3,249 (excluded for first year)
Pricing for the first year $11,514 $12,999
Maintenance for second year onwards $1,919 $3,249

OpManager costs $11,514 for the first year, and $1,919 from the next year onwards, while PRTG costs $12,999 the first year, and $3,249 from the next year onwards. OpManager is cheaper on the short and long run while offering better features.

Feature comparison between OpManager and Paessler PRTG

The following table shows a list of all the features where OpManager provides better functionality and convenience when compared to PRTG

OpManager - a better Paessler alternative.

Functionality OpManager - PRTG replacement PRTG
Discovery reports OpManager provides a complete report on the discovery process.  Not available in PRTG Network Monitor Software.
Template based device classification and monitoring   OpManager comes with over 10,000 device templates which carry the initial configurations to classify the devices easily.  Users have to create templates manually in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Monitoring interfaces   Interfaces are not a licensed component in OpManager.  Users have to pay for interfaces in PRTG.
Forecasting performance trends  Use AI/ML algorithms to forecast performance metrics like CPU, traffic usage, and memory.  Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Deep packet inspection   OpManager can monitor packet headers as well as their data to locate, detect, categorize, and restrict certain packets.  PRTG doesn't support deep packet inspection.
3D datacenter floor view and server rack view   OpManager can map your data center infrastructure with 3D views, server racks and floors.  Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Automatic layer 2/ layer 3 network maps   Admins can visualize their complete network infrastructure with live network maps.  Layer 3 network maps are not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Maps with flow-based data   Visualize your network by placing the devices on the maps according to their geographic distribution.  Not available in PRTG Network Monitor Software.
Hop-wise WAN link visibility   OpManager monitors your WAN links' bandwidth, utilization, errors, discards and helps you verify Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with your Internet Service Providers (ISPs).  Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Network path analysis   Monitor WAN links on a hop-by-hop basis with a network path map. View historical data from WAN links and set thresholds for packet loss and response times.  Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
IT workflow automation   OpManager can automate troubleshooting tasks using out of the box workflows.  PRTG doesn't support workflow automation by itself.
Troubleshooting tools   ICMP Ping, Traceroute, Switch Port Mapper, Real-time Graphs, Remote Task Manager, SNMP MIB Browser and Syslog Viewer.  Limited availability in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Network configuration and compliance management   Using NCM module, monitor compliance status, backups, vulnerabilities etc.  Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Remote device access for troubleshooting   OpManager can remotely access devices using Telnet/SSH sessions & web console access.  PRTG doesn't have on demand telnet/ssh connections from the web UI.
IP address management   Using OpUtils module, monitor and manage IP addresses, subnets, detect rogue devices, and so on.  PRTG cannot perform IPAM functionalities by itself.
Switch port mapping   Using OpUtils module, OpManager can discover, identify, and map switch ports of your network switches.  PRTG can monitor switch port connections alone.
Forensic reports on bandwidth usage   OpManager's forensic reports allows you to store and analyze raw bandwidth data for up to 6 months. You can drill down to the lowest monitored interval to analyze bandwidth usage. In depth data for longer time periods. For bandwidth data.  PRTG's historic reports are limited to one hour averages for periods longer than 40 days.
Bandwidth capacity planning reports   Capacity planning allows organizations to assess future IT requirements based on business forecasts.  Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
User audit reports   Track user activity with user audit reports.  Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Support for MSSQL as a backend database   OpManager comes bundled with a PGSQL database by default, and supports MSSQL. PQSQL & MSSQL databases support complex queries, high performance & have built in data integrity checks.  PRTG doesn't support any MSSQL or PGSQL databases. Instead they use a proprietary flat file database.
Integrations with other products.   OpManager offers out of the box integrations with third party software such as Slack, Teams, ServiceNow & ServiceDesk Plus.  PRTG offers integrations via webhooks.
File integrity monitoring   OpManager has a file integrity protection feature that monitors product files & external files for errors and attacks. This prevents your instance from being targeted with malicious codes.  RTG doesn't have file integrity monitoring.

Disclaimer: This page is compiled from the information available on PRTG’s website. We have made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided in this document. However, the information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. ManageEngine is not liable for any inaccuracies in the document due to changes made on PRTG’s website or any development made to the PRTG product subsequent to the date of publication of this document (August, 2023). Please refer the PRTG’s website for more information.

Customer reviews


OpManager - 10 Steps Ahead Of The Competition, One Step Away From Being Unequalled.

- Network Services Manager, Government Organization

Review Role: Infrastructure and Operations Company Size: Gov't/PS/ED 5,000 - 50,000 Employees

"I have a long-standing relationship with ManageEngine. OpManager has always missed one or two features that would make it truly the best tool on the market, but over it is the most comprehensive and easy to use the product on the market."


Easy Implementation, Excellent Support & Lower Cost Tool

- Team Lead, IT Service Industry

Review Role: Infrastructure and Operations Company Size: 500M - 1B USD

"We have been using OpManager since 2011 and our overall experience has been excellent. The tool plays a vital role in providing the value to our organisation and to the customers we are supporting. The support is excellent and staff takes full responsibilities in resolving the issues. Innovation is never stopping and clearly visible with newer versions"


Easy Implementation With A Feature Rich Catalogue, Support Has Some Room For Improvement

- NOC Manager in IT Service Industry

Review Role: Program and Portfolio Management Company Size: 500M - 1B USD

"The vendor has been supporting during the implementation & POC phases providing trial licenses. Feature requests and feedback is usually acted upon swiftly. There was sufficient vendor support during the implementation phase. After deployment, the support is more than adequate, where the vendor could make some improvements."


Great Monitoring Tool

- CIO in Finance Industry

Review Role: CIO Company Size: 1B - 3BUSD

"Manage Engine provides a suite of tools that have made improvements to the availability of our internal applications. From monitoring, management and alerting, we have been able to peak performance within our data center."


Simple Implementation, Easy To Use. Very Intuitive.

- Principal Engineer in IT Services

Review Role: Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation Company Size: 250M - 500M USD

"Manage Engine support was helpful and responsive to all our queries"


IT operations management


Hinduja Global Solutions saves $3 million a year using OpManager

Industry : IT

Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) is an Indian business process management (BPM) organization headquartered in Bangalore and part of the Hinduja Group. HGS combines technology-powered automation, analytics, and digital services focusing on back office proces

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USA-Based Healthcare Organization Monitor's Network Devices Using OpManager and Network Configuration Manager

Industry : Healthcare

One of the largest radiology groups in the nation, with a team of more than 200 board-certified radiologists, provides more than 50 hospital and specialty clinic partners with on-site radiology coverage and interpretations.

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Netherlands-based real estate data company avoids system downtime using OpManager and Firewall Analyzer

Industry : Real Estate

Vabi is a Netherlands-based company that provides "real estate data in order, for everyone." Since 1972, the company has focused on making software that calculates the performance of buildings. It has since then widened its scope from making calculations

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Global news and media company

Industry : Telecommunication and Media

The company specializes in cable network programming, direct broadcast satellite (DBS), television, new media, and multicultural education.

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Industry : Businesses and Services

Bonita uses OpManager to monitor their network infrastructure and clear bottlenecks

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Thorp Reed & Armstrong

Industry : Government

Randy S. Hollaway from Thorp Reed & Armstrong relies on OpManager for prompt alerts and reports

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