PRTG Network Monitor:
The ideal alternative to Zabbix
PRTG is quick to set up and
easy to customize
Lean operation thanks
to agentless monitoring
working time with PRTG
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 time savings with an easy-to-use software are enormous over a longer period of time. 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 on the installation file and follow the dialog – that is how easy it is to install PRTG. Within a few minutes, PRTG is ready to use 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 assistant, adding 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 to be monitored – the monitoring tool is “agentless”. PRTG uses known protocols such as SNMP, WMI, NetFlow or SSH for monitoring. This way, not only is the burden lower, the monitoring is done quickly and easily.
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, which 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 do a lot of work on developing and constantly improving our user interface. In independent tests, the PRTG Network Monitor usually is in first place, due to its user-friendliness and easy operation.
Take a closer look at PRTG and the intuitive interface!
“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
Trusted by 300,000 users
and recognized by industry analysts as a leader
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.
How to 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.
Those who compare, know better
“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 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 auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.
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.
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.
|Network Monitoring Software - Version 126.96.36.1993 (July 6th, 2021)|
|Download for Windows and cloud-based version PRTG Hosted Monitor available|
|English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese|
|Up to 100 sensors for free (Price List)|
|Network devices, bandwidth, servers, applications, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and more|
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