Plixer Scrutinizer Pros and Cons

Plixer Scrutinizer Pros

AdrianGrant
Network Manager at IOOF Holdings
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.
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RogerBascom
Sr. Network Engineer at Kitsap Credit Union
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.
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NickEllson
Sr. Network Engineer at Columbia Sportswear
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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reviewer1249062
Network Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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.
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reviewer1226004
Networks BAU Lead at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
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.
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reviewer1229916
Business Security Officer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The reporting and generating troubleshooting reports would be the best feature; our host-to-host conversation reporting.
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reviewer1261671
Network Infrastructure at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Visualization of the network traffic is the most valuable feature. It allows you to drill into information quite quickly.
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reviewer1247151
Head of Network Group at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
It shows us the saturation of the network of devices. It gives us a clear view of the flows in the network to understand, for instance, planning upgrades in the network to get an idea of what's going on the network on traffic flows. It gives us insight, for instance, on what's going on on our VPN Client. There are a lot of things where it provides very helpful information. It also gives us our security reports with quite detailed information on what's going on in the network, and whether there are data exfiltrations and so on.
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reviewer1229913
Systems Analyst at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
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.
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reviewer1263177
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It helps us determine what is going on with our Internet and who is hogging it all up. If we get a real high throughput or a throughput that's going over and getting dropped fairly quickly, we can tell who (or what device) is consuming that traffic.
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Plixer Scrutinizer Cons

AdrianGrant
Network Manager at IOOF Holdings
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.
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RogerBascom
Sr. Network Engineer at Kitsap Credit Union
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.
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NickEllson
Sr. Network Engineer at Columbia Sportswear
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.
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reviewer1249062
Network Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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.
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reviewer1226004
Networks BAU Lead at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
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.
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reviewer1229916
Business Security Officer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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reviewer1261671
Network Infrastructure at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
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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reviewer1247151
Head of Network Group at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Data retention needs improvement. Data retention is a thing where we are looking for a better way to collect flow data for a longer time to do forensic research on security incidents. By default, data retention is quite low. We need detailed data in safe storage for a longer time, e.g., for a couple of months. An improvement would be a way to export data into a secure long-term storage.
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reviewer1229913
Systems Analyst at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
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.
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reviewer1263177
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I wish the reporting side was easier to work with, but it does a decent job. I also wish the reporting side was a little more intuitive or they offered more reporting examples.
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Learn what your peers think about Plixer Scrutinizer. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
441,672 professionals have used our research since 2012.