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"Valuable features include data threat detection, network analytics, and overall bandwidth monitoring.""For me, the most valuable features are the dashboards which we use to highlight the overall impact to the customers, and being able to drill down into the nitty-gritty of the customer experience.""The fact that it's able to capture and store packets from the wires is very useful for troubleshooting with our vendors, when issues do come up. It's valuable that we have that overall data for them.""The details it provides are among the most valuable features; the ability to drill down and get to the packet level.""If one of our network pipes is getting plugged up by somebody using too much bandwidth, we can use the NETSCOUT tool to examine and find out what is going on.""The best feature is when we have it connected permanently via TAPs. That enables us to constantly collect data and then we can go back in time... To be able to rewind, back in time, and see the problem as it happened, is very helpful.""From the standpoint of VoLTE and related things, it's providing visibility into the network and how it operates.""The most valuable feature of this solution is being able to drill down into any kind of troubles that are reported to us, by use of identifiers."

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"The most valuable features of the solution are the ability to track what a device is doing and to go back historically. It is also able to go down to, and identify, very low levels of traffic.""The ability to view the status of the top-10 at a glance is helpful. We immediately know which link is over-utilized or heavily used... and it's all in real-time.""It's agnostic as far as what your network gear is. As long as it supports an sFlow, JFlow, NetFlow, some kind of flow monitoring, Plixer will support it very well.""There are other tools out there that will do what Scrutinizer does. But what I have found with Scrutinizer is that it does it very quickly. I've taken 25 million individual data fragments from the different sensors, and it has graphed that and mapped it and presented a picture within 30 seconds. It has a very efficient database algorithm that I am really impressed with.""The reporting and generating troubleshooting reports would be the best feature; our host-to-host conversation reporting.""As a network engineer, the ability to identify what traffic on the link is consuming all the bandwidth at any given time, and provide immediate feedback to the business, is the most valuable feature.""We have had many requests to understand in the network which devices are connected to others. Most people don't have this information or are able to establish a map of data flow everywhere around the network. Scrutinizer can really help with this. We are using it to understand who is talking to what, how, and which protocols can help us to improve security and analyze flow.""The solution helps to enrich the data context of our network traffic. It allows me to see what applications are most in use on a slightly historical basis, going back a day or week at tops. It allows me to tune QoS or traffic shaping around what's being used. It saves me from having to unnecessarily upgrade, if I don't need to."

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"The feature I am looking for is the Arbor technology, especially to run in parallel with our firewall... It's getting there.""A lot of tools highlight what's going on but they don't actually pinpoint the user experience. It would be good if there were a small message or something highlighting what the user experience is like and any degradation that's actually occurring.""For individual subscriber tracings, sometimes it does not capture all the messages. There is a little bit of room for improvement there.""It could have an easier to understand interface.""One of the products we use is SolarWinds, and it provides a very cool mapping of an agent from end-to-end. If NETSCOUT could somehow implement that into their design... make it quicker and easier to get those net paths, it would be huge.""On a network the size of ours, the loading times seem a little extensive, 20 or 30 seconds to load up some graphs.""Our biggest area of concern right now, supporting the applications, is that while NETSCOUT does a good job of monitoring the network and the applications, we need more visibility into system health and performance monitoring.""Some of the filters could be easier to see and to set up. That's the only thing that I've ever had any trouble with."

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"The reporting structure, the front-end GUI, also needs some work. It needs some getting used to. It works fairly well, but it's a technical tool rather than a user tool. You have to understand the structure of the databases before you can really use it.""The solution creates a visual map of a particular location and how the network flows. You need to spend time to generate all those maps. If they could figure out a way to reduce the time needed to generate the maps, that would be great.""They're working on the security areas, so it can provide more insight. What they have is still pretty much IP-concentric. If they were to make it IP and URL, they'd be a little bit ahead on that.""Knowing that they're coming out with a new user interface, that is an area where there is room for improvement. There are so many variables. They should limit the variables in the user interface and create some classes, like "simple," "novice," and "expert" to narrow down the variables within it.""There is room for improvement around the data that they have on the website about solutions... they should have more templated solutions on their website. Going out and identifying how to do RTP performance with a Cisco router, or how to do application response times in an Arrista data center deployment was where most of the work was... They should spend some more time documenting solutions and putting together white papers.""For updating the Scrutinizer platform, when we have the actual data, it never happens in one day. Every time we have the data, we are obliged to install a new server in order to integrate the old data, and every time it has a problem. Most of the time, we were obliged to scrap all the data because we couldn't transfer it to the new server. So, it would be very good if they could improve this part.""The visual acuity of how it presents data can sometimes be confusing. It takes a bit for people to spin up how to look at the graphs.""It would be useful if there was a way to back up the configuration information. E.g., if you wanted to deploy a new instance or disaster recovery, you could quite easily deploy and restore the config, as opposed to having to restore all the NetFlow data. If there was just a button that said "backup config information", that would be good."

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"Cost is probably the biggest drawback. Compared to some of the newer vendors that have popped up in the space, it's definitely more on the expensive side... [But] it's been able to keep its value, even in the face of the cheaper competition.""The biggest problem we have with this product is the expense.""It can be expensive, but if you have a good configuration, based on what you are looking for, it's okay, it's manageable.""It is very expensive, but it's well worth the money.""It is a little overall pricey and expensive, but you get what you pay for.""The scalability becomes very expensive quickly.""The license becomes cost prohibitive very quickly.""Licensing is flexible, it's not tied to anything else. We can easily switch up the licensing piece... Obviously, NETSCOUT is a little bit in the higher range, but it gives you value for money. You get what you pay for."

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"Compared to some of the other tools we have, it's incredibly reasonably priced.""Our entire solution, amortized over five years, is in the vicinity of $40,000 to $50,000 a year.""We pay our one-off cost for the licenses, per device, in blocks of 50. And then we pay an annual maintenance fee of about $15,000 Australian, which is, at this point in time, about $9,000 US, for those 250 devices. The upfront costs for the 250-license use, were about $50,000 Australian, which is about $32,000 US.""The license is per device. We have 50 devices.""We just renewed. The pricing is 5,000 euro per year. This is the final price. All tax (20 percent) is included.""We have increased the license over time. We have added more licenses as the network has grown.""There is a recurring maintenance fee after the initial purchase or if we want the license upgrade.""There are no extra costs. It's about $8,000 a year. The bang for the buck (cost) is definitely a plus."

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The nGenius Real-Time Monitor software provides you with tools to monitor and display information about your network both historically and in real time. The nGenius Real-Time Monitor software allows you to understand your current network usage and to plan for future needs. It also allows you to proactively troubleshoot problem areas in your network.

The Scrutinizer incident response system leverages network traffic analytics to provide active monitoring, visualization, and reporting of network and security incidents. The system quickly delivers the rich forensic data needed by IT professionals to support fast and efficient incident response.

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NETSCOUT nGeniusONE is ranked 5th in Network Monitoring Software with 30 reviews while Plixer Scrutinizer is ranked 7th in Network Monitoring Software with 10 reviews. NETSCOUT nGeniusONE is rated 8.2, while Plixer Scrutinizer is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of NETSCOUT nGeniusONE writes "Granularity of drill-downs into microseconds is helpful, but common workflows need better documentation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Plixer Scrutinizer writes "Advanced reporting runs analytics on NetFlow and provides signature-based recognition of problems in the network environment". NETSCOUT nGeniusONE is most compared with Gigamon, SolarWinds NPM, Dynatrace, Cisco Stealthwatch and AppDynamics, whereas Plixer Scrutinizer is most compared with Cisco Stealthwatch, SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, PRTG Network Monitor, Flowmon Solution and Kentik. See our NETSCOUT nGeniusONE vs. Plixer Scrutinizer report.

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