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

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 alternative to PRTG.

Evaluation By
Category
OpManager
PRTG
G2
Meets Requirements
9.1/10
8.9/10
G2
Ease of Setup
8.2/10
8.0/10
G2
Quality of Support
8.7/10
8.3/10
FinancesOnline
Overall score
8.8/10
8.8/10
FinancesOnline
User Satisfaction
9.5/10
8.9/10
Crowd Reviews
Overall rating
5.0/5
4.0/5

OpManager's transparent licensing model VS PRTG's sensor-based licensing model

  • PRTG follows sensor-based licensing model where every aspect which is required to be monitored on a device, such as the CPU load on a machine, a port of a switch, a specific URL or the traffic of a network connection will be considered as a sensor.
  • OpManager follows a transparent device-based license model, where a user has to pay just for the nodes and monitor any number of interfaces, disks, or any performance metric.

Sample requirement in a network environment.

  • To monitor 50 servers.
  • Each server has 10 monitors and 5 disk volumes.
  • Every monitor and every disk volume has 5 performance metrics to be monitored.

Cumulative calculation for the above requirement.

Total no. of servers: 50
Total no. of monitors: 10x50 = 500
Total no. of disk volume: 5x50 = 250
Performance metrics for one monitor/disk volume/server = 5
No. of sensors (performance metrics for monitors): 500 x 5 = 2500
No. of sensors (performance metrics for disk volume): 250 x 5 = 1250
No. of sensors (performance metrics for servers as a whole): 50 x 5 = 250

Total no. of sensors = 2500 + 1250 + 250 = 4000

Based on the cumulative count, the ideal licensing plans for the above requirements are tabulated below:

Parameters
OpManager (Device-based)
PRTG (Sensor-based)
No. of devices to be monitored

50 servers - 10 monitors, 5 volumes each

Total no. of monitors - 500

Total no. of volumes - 250

50 servers - 10 monitors, 5 volumes each

Performance metrics for one monitor/disk volume/server - 5

Total no. of sensors - 4000

License purchased for
50 devices (servers)
4000 sensors
Recommended licensing plan
50 device pack
PRTG 5000
Cost
$ 1314
$ 10500

Drawbacks in PRTG's licensing model:

  • Although the above requirement is for 4000 sensors, the users have to opt for a bigger plan since the PRTG follows a huge difference between two licensing slabs. Thus, a user is forced to purchase a plan which is more than his actual requirement.
  • Since sensor-based licensing is based on the monitoring metric for different aspects, it does not give the users enough flexibility while monitoring.
  • The pricing is more expensive when compared to a device-based licensing.

Feature Comparison between OpManager and PRTG

The following table shows a list of all the metrics which are not available in PRTG.

Functionality
OpManager
PRTG
Discovery by CSV file support
 
You can import a set of IP addresses for discovery from a csv
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Filters in Discovery
 
OpManager allows you to set filter criteria while discovering devices.
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Discovery Reports
 
OpManager provides a complete report on the discovery process.
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Automatic Layer 2/ Layer 3 Network Maps
 
Admins can visualize their complete network infrastructure with a live network map
 
Layer 3 network maps are not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Template based device classification and monitoring
 
OpManager comes with over 8000 device templates which carry the initial configurations to classify the devices easily.
 
Users have to create templates manually 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 Monitoring Software.
Process Monitoring using SNMP & TELNET or SSH
 
OpManager monitors the system resources using SNMP by default. Support for TELNET/SSH is available.
 
Cannot monitor via TELNET
CLI Based Performance Monitoring
 
TELNET/SSH protocols are used for this purpose.
 
Cannot monitor via TELNET in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Options to include Additional fields for the devices for e.g. Physical location of the box
 
You can add Custom device fields based on your priorities.
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring 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.
Wireless LAN Controller monitoring
 
Get complete visibility and control of the entire wireless network environment, and drill down for advanced reports on WLAN controllers, SSIDs, APs, and QoS.
 
Limited functionality in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
NBAR support for analyzing dynamic port application traffic
 
Retrieve Cisco's NBAR data and monitor the network for applications that use dynamic ports
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Anomaly detection
 
Evaluate the gradual performance degradation by defining anomaly profiles on performance metrics
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Network configuration and compliance management
 
Achieve complete control over your network device configurations, make changes and generate reports
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
3D Datacenter Floor
 
Datacenter visual modeling tools help you visualize your data center and racks.
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Rack Builder
 
Build an exact, 3D replica of a data center - complete with racks, floors and devices.
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Highly customizable dashboards
 
Transform monitored data into actionable intelligence for the enterprise IT department with customizable dashboards.
 
Not Available
IT Workflow Automation
 
OpManager provides over 70 workflow checks and actions grouped under 9 different categories, including VMware ESX actions to construct a powerful workflow rule to suit your IT management needs.
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
CCTV or Plasma View
 
View only the required dashboards repeatedly at required intervals with the CCTV view.
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Alarm Suppression
 
Suppress the alarms of the devices for a pre-defined time interval. This is useful for devices with maintenance issues
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
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.
Remote Control Tools
 
Telnet/ SSH session, Yes Terminal Session for Windows Servers, Web-Console access for Network devices is available
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
All Servers Availability Report
 
View availability status of all the servers in your network
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Forensic reports
 
Forensic reports gives you the flexibility to select how far you want to be able to go back to the past and get the required information about your bandwidth usage.
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
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.
Quick Configuration Wizard
 
Discover devices real quick and start monitoring devices with the Configuration Wizard
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
List View for quickly pushing configurations
 
OpManager's List View allows one to select devices and perform tasks in bulk.
 
Not available PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Fully functional web client
 
OpManager provides an easy-to-use Web Client which allows you to access monitored data and perform administrative operations.
 
Not available in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
DB requirement
 
PG SQL (bundled), MS SQL.
 
Own DB is required in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Scalability
1 million interfaces; 50K devices
10 k sensors/servers
Integration
OpManager integrates data from various modules such as bandwidth monitoring, network configuration management, firewall management, IP address management, and switch port management and presents it in a single screen for greater visibility and quick troubleshooting.
Integration with network configuration module is not possible in PRTG Network Monitoring Software.
Customer reviews
OpManager - 10 Steps Ahead of the Competition - Network Services Manager
OpManager - Easy Implementation & Excellent Support - Team Lead
OpManager - Easy Implementation with a Feature Rich Catalogue - NOC Manager
OpManager - Great Network Monitoring Tool - CIO
OpManager - Simple Implementation & Easy to use - Principal Engineer

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