PRTG Network Monitor from Paessler is, as you can tell from the name, a network monitor, that allows IT administrators to have an overview of all systems, devices, traffic, and applications in a given IT infrastructure.
While it may sound as if it is a basic packet sniffer, it does more than that and provides detailed information about that is happening, allowing you to limit or close access to all unauthorized devices and applications
The program is recommended for users of all levels, with the condition that they do know some basics of network management.
This is all thanks to the fact that PRTG Network Monitor is already a fully-equipped program on its own, and no additional add-ons or extensions are needed to broaden its toolset.
PRTG Network Monitor’s system requirements
Unlike other software that any regular user may have at their disposal, PRTG Network Monitor, like other tools of its kind, does not have a set of system requirements.
This is because they actually vary depending on how many concurent devices they will be monitoring, the number of users monitored, the size of the network, and more.
As an example, here are some rough estimates of what PRTG’s system requirements are:
Sensors per PRTG core server installation
|CPU cores||RAM||Disk space||Concurrently active administrator sessions||Number of remote probes||Virtualization||Cluster|
|Up to 500||4||4||100 GB||< 30||< 30||Yes||Yes|
|Up to 1000||6||6||500 GB||< 30||< 30||Yes||Yes|
|Up to 2500||8||8||750 GB||< 20||< 30||Yes||Yes|
|Up to 5000||8||12||1000 GB||< 20||< 60||Yes||Not recommended|
|Up to 10000||10-12||16||1500 GB||< 15||< 80||Yes||Not officially supported|
- Highly intuitive Interface
- Comes with a free version
- In-depth network analytic results
- Monitors all the elements in your IT infrastructure
- Comes with various license types depending on your needs
- Not worth it for companies under 100 employees
A helpful service for all IT administrators
Network monitoring tools are obviously not as common and as used as a video player, or a file converter, and the price tags are also uncomparable, one cannot deny the effectiveness of such a tool in our everyday life.
That being said, in terms of network monitoring standards, PRTG Network monitor has pretty much everything that you may ever need, and a bit extra.
Not only does it allow you to monitor all the systems, devices, traffic, and applications within your network, but its entire arsenal of tools comes packed in a way that may it extremely easy and time-efficient to use.
A fully-equipped network monitor
PRTG network monitor is not the only tool of its kind on the market, but all of the ones that already exist usually follow the same pattern in terms of what services they provide.
However, PRTG Network Monitor takes each and every one of these tools and elevates them to an entirely new level:
- Entire databases can be monitored and filtered based on needs thanks to the individually-configured PRTG sensors and SQL queries
- In-depth network analytic results show you each and every application being used in your network, and how it is being used
- The tool is Cloud-based, allowing you to monitor and perform most of your administrative duties from anywhere
- Efficiently keeps track of all workstations, routers, switches, servers, and printers within your local network
- Monitor the way your network’s bandwidth is being used and identify where improvements can be made
- Real-time server monitoring, regardless of whether it is physical or virtual, based on priorities
Makes use of the latest technologies
One important aspect when dealing with Internet-based tools is knowing that they use the latest technology available so that support and compatibility will not be an issue.
PRTG Network Monitor offers just that, being fully compatible with the following technologies in use today:
- HTTP requests, and more
Available in a wide range of subscription models
Companies can be bigger or smaller, and depending on your particular needs, you can try out a wide range of PRTG Network Monitor licenses.
Each subsequent license will allow you to gain access to more and more monitoring sensors, and although the prices do increase sequentially, the benefits increase exponentially, meaning that the bigger the company using it, the more cost-efficient PRTG Network Monitor becomes.
However, even for a company, a license doesn’t come cheaply, and that is why PRTG Network Monitor allows users to test it out for free for 30-days, during which they have more than enough time to see whether the service is worth it or not.
More so, if you let de 30 days expire without buying a license, your version of the software will revert to a free version, which can still be used for an unlimited amount of time, just with reduced capabilities.
All in all, PRTG Network Monitor seems like a solid choice for any business big or small that feels that their IT department could use some help.
- Software Version
- Free trial, Freeware, Paid