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"The single-pane view provides us a view of all of our network infrastructure, and it is one of the most important tools that we use to see the status of our customers' networks.""We have the business activity monitoring, the map, and the MBI modules and they are all very good.""You can concentrate and orchestrate several other solutions from other vendors. You can consolidate those solutions all in one place, then maintain and monitor from that single point. This creates ease of use. It is a very powerful solution from this point of view.""The most valuable feature is that we can manually configure everything we need. After it comes inside the interface of Centreon, you can display it. Because the interface is quite user-friendly, you can manually configure the configuration very deeply, which is very pleasant and useful because you can monitor and see everything on your service list, dashboard, or MAP. The most useful feature for me is that you can create your own plugin and monitoring query.""Centreon helps me detect where the problem is quickly. When we resolve a problem quickly, this lowers our overall costs.""The customizable reports and dashboards are really flexible. We started this partnership with Centreon, when we were looking for a solution, because of the flexibility of the reporting. That's what we found to be most attractive in the solution. You can display the data as you want.""In addition, the flexibility, customizability, and analytics of Centreon's dashboards are all very good. The dashboards help us see the whole network map, and that is quite valuable for us. In addition, the dashboards have helped to improve our visibility and ability to proactively ensure the right data is available at the right time... The flexibility has given us the ability to add in our own monitoring metrics and that has been quite interesting and very useful for us.""The dashboards are valuable because they ease troubleshooting and viewing. It becomes easier to locate the source of a problem... The dashboards make it easier to communicate with our clients. They don't want to see the alert console, they want to see a beautiful dashboard representing their network and their business and to watch it in case something is wrong in their environment."

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"Scalability is a highly rated feature of this solution. It is better than some of the other tools that I've used in terms of scalability. We scaled it to tens of thousands of devices.""The presentation layer is pretty simple and straightforward.""The most valuable feature is the event correlation mechanism.""Some of the most valuable features are it's highly scalable, the carrier is great, and if something has SNMP, it can monitor it. It's a great network fault management solution.""The containerization of different objects was very helpful in building an org structure. Being able to separately manage your MSP clients with separate visibility was also helpful.""What I like best is the configuration management functionality.""This product provides good visibility into applications at the backend.""The fault management is perfect."

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"The initial setup is very simple.""Ability to create a dashboard inside software monitoring.""What I've found most valuable is the custom sensor, which allows you to write scripts or code to monitor a specific metric in your environment.""The solution is easy to manage and the reports are very accurate.""It is very flexible, and we can monitor many aspects of IT as well as ERP and CRM services. It has a very powerful interface and APIs for customization.""The initial setup is pretty easy.""The most valuable feature of PRTG Network Monitor is its ease of use.""Network Discovery is a feature that our customers like a lot."

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Cons
"Improvements are needed in the area of cloud monitoring, as that's a newer feature.""I would like them to improve their documentation. When I faced some issues, I was looking for more documentation on the Internet. There is official documentation on Centreon's website, which sometimes is useful. Sometimes it is not very useful, as you cannot find the information or enough examples of configuration. The answer for me was to contact the support, who helped me, but I was not able to find all the information by myself on Centreon's website. A Centreon community or blog would be helpful.""During the initial setup we faced some issues. Part of it was because we had to become more knowledgeable in the solution. There are some gray areas and if you don't know the product well you may have issues. Another part of it was some bugs that we came across, although that's part of every software solution in IT nowadays. But the initial setup could be easier.""I would like to see more plugins. That is something it needs. There is also room for improvement through dynamic thresholds, or self-discover thresholds. I would also like to see a discovery feature that could map the whole network environment and automatically suggest things.""Centreon is actually missing an easy way to create a trendline for the metrics. Actually it is possible to create it, but you need a good knowledge of math, Centreon, and RRD.""Opening a ticket on the website of Centreon can be difficult for my colleague, but not for me because my English is good. However, my colleague doesn't speak English well, as our company is in Quebec and our first language is French.""Currently, we have to go through all of the different templates and take a look at how the template is configured, and how specific parameters may change across different templates with different precedents, megatons, etc. It's a lot of work and involves trial and error. I wish they could simplify the process."

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"It's not a great performance management tool. Its reporting capabilities are not very good at all.""We want to make our own choice for the AIOps solution and do not want to be forced to use the Broadcom OI solution by default.""If the integration is simplified or improved, it will be a unique selling point in comparison to the competition on the market.""For us, the implementation was quite complex but it's because of the large number of different environments we're dealing with.""The solution could improve by allowing the ability to monitor the network shortly after installing the software and adding an auto-discovery function.""There should be a facility to integrate with other monitoring applications that are currently running in the environment.""Huawei devices are not properly supported, and there are incompatibility issues related to certain protocols.""Its visualization can be improved. It doesn't have a very advanced GUI. It is very basic and simple, but it does work."

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"I would like to see more updates available in this solution.""The solution could be better and faster when it comes to performance.""The automation should be improved.""We need something that is more predictive. We would prefer if it wasn't a solution that was corrective and instead offered predictive insights so that we can handle problems before they even occur.""The solution has to evolve as an end-to-end monitoring solution. It has to do better at understanding the application at the deepest level.""Can be slow in the way it polls the different engines.""The free version only gives us 100 free sensors to use. It would be nice if there was double that.""In our organization, we encounter performance issues with our PRTG probe service. I saw documentation from the vendor or Paessler mentioning that there are limitations for WMI sensors. Other than that, we are okay with PRTG."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "If you need basic monitoring without dashboards, just monitoring, the plugins are very useful and really cheap. If you want a more complete solution with dashboards and reporting, the EMS solution is great and it is not that much more expensive. It's a good value. Really good."
  • "Centreon is always available to develop new plugins when needed. The most important thing is that their maintenance account yearly subscription fee includes the fact that they will maintain the new plugins that you requested them to deliver."
  • "The pricing works out well for us, given our environment and where we are."
  • "Centreon is better than Nagios XI in regards to cost and support response times, when you have a problem. If you have a problem, it costs money to contact the Nagios XI support."
  • "Their licensing model is really easy. You have one license and you have access to all the features, compared to other tools where you have to purchase add-ons."
  • "It is perfect and very cheap if you are a little company or startup. After that, it is quite expensive for a big company."
  • "I would like to see improvement in the licensing model. You can purchase X number of licenses, up to 1,000 devices or 1,000 instances. Your next batch is 2,000. But what if you only need, say, 1,200? The model could be changed a little bit."
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  • "In general, the license cost will be about 30% of the total TCO for this tool (hardware/support team, OS costs, and OS management)."
  • "The product, support, and maintenance are all expensive, which is another reason that we are switching to another solution."
  • "The price is very high."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "Currently, a perpetual license but some services are moving to a subscription"
  • "The price is good enough to expect an ideal solution. It's expensive."
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  • "We used a product called SolarWinds in the past, and its cost was high. Whereas, PRTG came in at a third of SolarWind's cost."
  • "Cost was a factor when selecting this solution, but it just did everything we wanted it to do."
  • "Our licensing costs are 10,000 euros over three years."
  • "PRTG is now available as PRTG Enterprise Monitor, and the price varies depending on the total number of sensors the customer buys"
  • "It is expensive."
  • "It's an annual license that is based on the number of endpoints that we're tracking and using."
  • "All monitoring system is close to the same pricing scheme."
  • "The price is pretty comparable."
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    The presentation layer is pretty simple and straightforward.
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    The visual is good but it's a little archaic. I think it's the way it's compiled, because I've been struggling recently… more »
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    Our use cases for the solution are configuration backup, performance monitoring and presentations for the upper… more »
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    PRTG network monitor is one of the best tool i have ever used for the monitoring. It have auto discovery option. it… more »
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    PRTG is simple to manage. First, you can create a template for a device, then apply it to hundreds of similar devices… more »
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    The price of PRTG is reasonable. PRTG's competitors like SolarWinds and ManageEngine charge more for the same… more »
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    Overview
    The Centreon solution, based on a free to download Open Source Platform, monitors all critical IT Infrastructure and Applications with real-time dashboards, analytics and insightful alerts that prevent business-impacting downtimes. Since 2005, over 200,000 IT professionals from SMBs and Fortune 500 companies rely on Centreon to guarantee their organization operational performance.
    CA Spectrum can enable your organization to discover, optimize and improve its infrastructure and the business services running on top of it. By delivering large-enterprise scalability, robust features and superior root cause analysis, this solution can help your organization effectively manage its dynamic, complex IT infrastructure including physical, virtual and cloud environments as well as network virtualization.

    PRTG Network Monitor runs on a Windows machine within your network, collecting various statistics from the machines, software, and devices which you designate. PRTG comes with an easy-to-use web interface with point-and-click configuration. You can easily share data from it with non-technical colleagues and customers, including via live graphs and custom reports. This will let you plan for network expansion, see what applications are using most of your connection, and make sure that no one is hogging the entire network just to torrent videos.

    To monitor a large IT environment, it's important to be able to scale PRTG up. Paessler PRTG Enterprise Monitor includes all the proven capabilities of PRTG Network Monitor, which are enhanced by exclusive ITOps Board for a service-oriented, central overview of multiple PRTG servers.

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    Find out what your peers are saying about DX Spectrum vs. PRTG Network Monitor and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    563,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    DX Spectrum is ranked 8th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 14 reviews while PRTG Network Monitor is ranked 6th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 29 reviews. DX Spectrum is rated 8.0, while PRTG Network Monitor is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of DX Spectrum writes "Good monitoring, alerting capabilities, and improved visibility, but AIOps is restricted to Broadcom". On the other hand, the top reviewer of PRTG Network Monitor writes "If there is an incident, it not only tells you that there is an incident, it will also tell you the root cause". DX Spectrum is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, DX NetOps, Zabbix, Zenoss Service Dynamics and DX Performance Management, whereas PRTG Network Monitor is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios XI, SolarWinds NPM, Wireshark and WhatsUp Gold. See our DX Spectrum vs. PRTG Network Monitor report.

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