Is a free software really cheaper?
Why should you use paid software if there is a free open-source version available? At first glance, Zabbix seems much more attractive than PRTG Network Monitor financially.
However, especially in the case of frequently used software that is important for smooth business operations, the purchasing price is only one part of the costs. The amount of time you save with an easy-to-use software is enormous over a longer period. Usability and intuitive operation or setup are one of the biggest pluses of PRTG, which are also always highlighted by our customers.
With PRTG, you save time and money and have a software that is fun!
Installation and setup: Save time and nerves with PRTG
To install PRTG, you only need a Windows computer with sufficient computing power (you can read about the precise requirements here). Requirements for installing Zabbix are Apache, PHP, and a MySQL database.
Double-click the installation file and follow the steps in the installation wizard – this is how easy it is to install PRTG. Within a few minutes, PRTG is ready to be used and you can start setting it up. In Zabbix, you have to set up Apache and a MySQL database and then correctly configure PHP. Although there are instructions for each step, additional time is required.
After installation, you have the option in PRTG to automatically search for available network devices and services and create sensors. Thanks to a clear graphic user interface, the process of adding, editing, and deleting sensors is very intuitive. In Zabbix, on the other hand, automatic network discovery is anything but easy and is possible only in a very technical way using countless SNMP commands.
Adding sensors in PRTG later on also just takes a few clicks. You either add the new sensors manually or run a new discovery process on a specific device. Thanks to the easy-to-use dialog, this is particularly simple. Zabbix asks for a new manual definition of many parameters such as the SNMP version or authentication method for each sensor.
Agentless monitoring: Easy setup, lean operation
In PRTG, you do not need to install any software on the devices that you want to monitor – the monitoring tool is “agentless”. PRTG uses known protocols such as SNMP, WMI, NetFlow or SSH to integrate devices and services from any vendor or provider.
Zabbix on the other hand offers only a limited range of functions such as TCP port check, ping or SSH without the installation of agents. To monitor CPU usage, memory or system uptime, agents must be installed on the target systems. Especially in a heterogeneous network, setting up monitoring often requires a substantial time investment.
Time that you as an admin could save and use for more important tasks.
It's not only us thinking PRTG is great!
We are proud that PRTG Network Monitor is so popular with our users.
Even when compared to other tools, PRTG ranks at the top in several categories.
PRTG is intuitive and easy to use
A monitoring solution should be as easy as possible in operation. For this reason, we work a lot on developing and constantly improving our user interface. In independent tests, PRTG Network Monitor usually has the first place due to its user-friendliness and easy operation.
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“First, PRTG gives us the insight we need, telling us what is happening across our global network at any given moment. Second, the improved insight has increased our availability.“
Jonathan Hoppe, Co-Founder of Total Uptime // Read case study
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Technical support is included in the price of PRTG
The price of a PRTG license includes free maintenance for one year, multi-year maintenance (36 or 60 months) is subject to a fee. In case of a problem, you will receive competent help from our support team within one business day. So, a tedious search and testing of solutions from forums is not necessary.
As an open-source program, Zabbix is free, but you would have to purchase paid packages for support from the manufacturer.
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“Zabbix is free, which is decisive for some people. But infrastructure monitoring is so immensely important for a company that the price of a perpetual PRTG license is almost too low.”
Flavio Xandó, FXReviews.com.br.
PRTG makes your job easier
Our monitoring software frees you to focus on other tasks by promptly notifying you of potential issues.
PRTG gives you one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.
Getting started with PRTG is a breeze. Setting up or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to the auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.
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Over 95% of our customers say yes!
Paessler AG conducted trials in over 600 IT departments worldwide to tune its network monitoring software closer to the needs of sysadmins.
The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG – or already have.
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Paessler PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier.
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