Cacti vs. PRTG:
Why PRTG is more than
just an alternative to Cacti

 


  • PRTG is a powerful all-in-one tool


  • Custom dashboards and maps
     

  • Quick and easy to use and configure

 

Free Download

Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days. After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version.
Or, you can upgrade to a paid license anytime.

 

Cacti is an open-source RRD tool that regularly collects and displays network data.
As being a free tool, Cacti can quickly fall short if you’re looking to set up comprehensive network monitoring.
 PRTG is a powerful all-in-one network monitoring tool that is much more than just an alternative to Cacti.

 

Easy setup

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Upon downloading PRTG, your monitoring environment is set up in a few quick clicks. The Auto Discovery feature automatically scans your network for devices and services, then creates appropriate sensors to monitor them. Adding, customizing, and removing sensors is also quick and easy.

Configuring Cacti, on the other hand, can be extremely complicated and laborious. If errors occur, you can spend hours troubleshooting and may even have to start over completely. The time you will spend on setup, optimization, and troubleshooting can quickly make the actual cost of the open-source tool Cacti go through the roof.

With PRTG, you’ll enjoy user-friendly software that nicely frees up your workday.

 

“I particularly like having breakfast at home and just surveying my domain, and understanding what's working and what isn't.”

Steve Coppin, Oxford University

 

PRTG offers comprehensive bandwidth monitoring

 


Cacti mainly offers bandwidth and traffic monitoring via SNMP and displays data in charts. If you are hoping to analyze network bandwidth in detail or break bandwidth down by IP address or protocol (for example), Cacti monitoring may not be enough.

PRTG offers comprehensive bandwidth monitoring including a complete overview of the bandwidth usage in your network. Along with SNMP, PRTG supports protocols such as Flow and WMI, as well as packet sniffing technology. As a result, you can quickly identify potential disruptions, determine the causes of problems, and eliminate errors.

Learn more about bandwidth monitoring with PRTG here.

 

 

Traffic monitoring: A comparison of WMI, SNMP,
packet sniffing, and NetFlow

 

 

WMI

SNMP

Packet Sniffer

xFlow (IPFIX, NetFlow, sFlow, jFlow)

Setup

Medium

Easy

Easy to complex (depending on filter rules used)

Can be complex (e.g., the switch must be configured)

Traffic can be filtered

NO

NO

YES

YES

Differentiate bandwidth usage by protocol or IPs

NO

NO

YES

YES

PRTG can show Toplists (Top Talker, Top Connections, Top Protocols, custom)

NO

NO

YES

YES

Filter bandwidth usage by IP

NO

NO

YES

YES

Filter bandwidth usage by MAC address

NO

NO

YES

NO

Filter bandwidth usage by physical network port

YES

YES

NO

NO

Monitor network parameters other than bandwidth usage

YES

YES

NO

NO

CPU load on the machine running PRTG

Medium

Low

Higher, depends on the amount of traffic

Higher, depends on the amount of traffic

Excess bandwidth usage of monitoring

Small

Small

None (except when monitoring switch ports are used)

Depends on the traffic

 

Multiple monitoring functions

 

As an all-in-one monitoring tool, PRTG does much more than just monitor network traffic and bandwidth. Among other things, it also provides an overview of your network hardware, virtual machines, servers, databases, and applications.

By working with technologies such as SNMP, SSH, Flow, WMI, and ICMP (used by ping), as well as a powerful API, PRTG lets you monitor practically every component in your network. Discover an overview of all PRTG features here.

 

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Free Download

Unlimited version of PRTG for 30 days. After 30 days, PRTG reverts to a free version.
Or, you can upgrade to a paid license anytime.

 

 

Keep a constant eye on your network –
even while on the go

PRTG can be started within minutes and it's compatible with many mobile devices.

 

PRTG comes with all the features you need, plus more your IT infrastructure won't want to live without.

 

PRTG monitors these vendors and applications, and more, in one view!

 

 

Trusted by 300,000 users
and recognized by industry analysts as a leader

 

“Fantastic network and infrastructure monitoring solution that is easy to deploy and easier still to use. Simply the best available.”

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“Software is absolutely perfect, Support is superior. Meets all needs and requirements, This is a must have solution if you are needing any form of monitoring.”

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“The tool excels at its primary focus of being a unified infrastructure management and network monitoring service.”

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Intuitive and user-friendly


In today’s world, networks keep getting more and more complex. A user-friendly monitoring tool therefore makes all the difference. At Paessler, we strive to make PRTG as user-friendly for our customers as possible. If customer feedback is any indication, then we’ve already achieved this goal. The time you spend on cumbersome tools like Cacti can be better spent – or saved – by using PRTG.

Independent tests continually emphasize the outstanding usability of PRTG.

PRTG tested by PCmag.com

PRTG tested by ITPro

 

Custom notifications


Network errors and downtime can cost companies cold hard cash. PRTG therefore comes with a built-in notification system that immediately informs you of errors. You can set your threshold values yourself, as well as your choice of alarm (e.g. push notification, email, or SMS). With PRTG, you can stop most errors before they arise.

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Easy-to-understand dashboards and maps


PRTG displays all your monitoring data in easy-to-read charts. Create and customize the appearance of your very own dashboard. Keep a constant eye on all the important data in your network and immediately see if everything is running smoothly.

 

Use the PRTG Map Editor to create
network charts with just a few clicks

 

PRTG vs. other monitoring tools


We’ve compared PRTG with other monitoring tools such as SolarWinds, Nagios, and ManageEngine.

PRTG vs. ManageEngine

PRTG vs. Nagios

PRTG vs. SolarWinds

PRTG vs. Whatsup Gold

 

Over 95% of our customers recommend PRTG

 

Paessler AG worldwide trialled PRTG in over 600 IT departments.
The aim was to tune the network monitoring software closer to the needs of the administrators.
The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG - or already had.

Recommend PRTG

 

PRTG: The swiss army knife for sys admins

Adapt PRTG individually and dynamically to your needs relying on a strong API:

  • HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects using HTTP requests
  • Custom Sensors: Create your own sensors for customized monitoring
  • Custom Notifications: Create your own notifications to send alarms to external systems
  • New REST API Sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides XML or JSON

 

PRTG simplifies your day

Our monitoring software works for you and promptly notifies you of potential issues.
It frees you to concentrate on your day-to-day tasks with peace of mind.

 

PRTG saves time

With PRTG, you get one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.

PRTG saves worry

Customizing PRTG is a breeze. Getting started or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to the PRTG auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.

PRTG saves money

80% of our customers report substantial or even exceptional cost savings in the area of network monitoring. The experience shows that the costs for licenses have paid for themselves within a matter of weeks.

 

 

Still not convinced?

 

 

More than 300,000 sysadmins love PRTG

PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier.

Still not convinced?

 

Monitor your entire IT infrastructure

Bandwidth, servers, virtual environments, websites, VoIP services – PRTG keeps an eye on your entire network.

 

 

 

Free Download

 

 

Try PRTG for free

Everyone has different monitoring needs. That’s why we let you try PRTG for free. Start now with your 30-day trial.

 

 

PRTG

Network Monitoring Software - Version 21.1.66.1664 (March 23th, 2021)

Hosting

Download for Windows and hosted version available

Languages

English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese

Pricing

Up to 100 sensors for free (Price List)

Unified Monitoring

Network devices, bandwidth, servers, applications, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and more

Supported Vendors & Applications

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