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AdrianGrant
Real User
Network Manager at IOOF Holdings
Dec 05 2019

What is most valuable?

The whole package is valuable. Personally, as a network engineer, the ability to identify what traffic on the link is consuming all the bandwidth at any given time, and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Scrutinizer helps enrich the data context of network traffic. For example, one of our sub-organizations is primarily responsible for stock trading. They use a… more»

What needs improvement?

There is room for improvement around the data that they have on the website about solutions. I understand that putting a particular appliance into any given organization… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

My predecessor made the decision. He's a very security-minded, security-focused individual. Most of the other vendors are providing a solution that looks at NetFlow… more»

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I've learned, personally, by using Scrutinizer, is that not many people understand what's going on in their network with their own applications. My… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated quite a few, including open-source. The one that came closest was the LiveAction Networks solution, because that's what Cisco recommended at the time. But it… more»
RogerBascom
Real User
Sr. Network Engineer at Kitsap Credit Union
Dec 04 2019

What is most valuable?

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. It also… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I once got a call from one of my branch operations and they said that the teller line had just frozen up and they just flat were not able to do business. It just wasn't… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

They charge you by the number of sensors. The licensing model that they use, because it's on a number basis, means you don't have to have any cryptic SSL certs or anything… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I work with a small credit union near Seattle, Washington. I found Plixer by checking and doing some blog searches and asking for recommendations from other network… more»

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I have learned from using Scrutinizer is don't be afraid to give the little guy a chance. In terms of advice, every environment is different. You really… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did compare it against SolarWind's NTA and against another product as well. SolarWinds was more of an all-things-to-all-people type of tool with a lot of different… more»
Learn what your peers think about Plixer Scrutinizer. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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NickEllson
Real User
Sr. Network Engineer at Columbia Sportswear
Jan 05 2020

What is most valuable?

History features are the most useful for going back and looking at when a problem has been reported, anything prior to immediately right now. A lot of it is, if we had really slow traffic over the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Scrutinizer gives us an answer. Time to resolution for problems has been reduced, because I now have a tool where I can look at historical data. I no longer just say, "Well, you're going to have to… more»

What needs improvement?

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's how the graphs are displayed and how busy the information is… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The company was using the old MRTG, which doesn't really provide application visibility at all. It's not really a commercially supported product. So, if anything went wrong, it was like, "Well, I… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would strongly advise that you look at selling the tool as a self-visibility tool to other departments and areas of your business. It makes a great internal status page that others can look at. If… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I saw a gap in our visibility, and I already knew what solution would make that work. This solution was something I knew we needed to bring in. Because Plixer is dedicated to the idea of NetFlow, I… more»
Real User
Network Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Dec 31 2019

What is most valuable?

It has a very user-friendly interface. The mapping is most key. It is very important for us and is very nice. It's important for us to see who is communicating with what… more»

How has it helped my organization?

If an application is encountering an issue, and some people say, "Oh, this is the network's fault." We need to prove otherwise the problem application isn't working… more»

What needs improvement?

We have tried to extract a map of data flow information, but I think we have to use a JSON query with API in order to query Scrutinizer to pull out some information in… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This was our first solution to collect the flow. We were looking for a device for a long time, and we are very happy with Scrutinizer.

What other advice do I have?

It is a pretty good tool. The deployment plan was to help us be more efficient and proactive regarding data flows and security on this domain. It helped me realize the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at other vendors and solutions, but because of our current monitoring system, we needed a complimentary system. During 2013, we made this substantial… more»
Real User
Networks BAU Lead at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Nov 28 2019

What is most valuable?

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. It… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our fault-finding by at least 50 percent, and as much as 60 to 70 percent in day-to-day networking because we can now look through historical data. When a user contacts us and says… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the areas that needs to be looked at is how the databases are created and managed, because they are collecting a massive amount of data. It's a big-data model. The reporting structure, the… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The vendor's years of experience in delivering security and network visibility influenced our decision to go with Scrutinizer. Up until recently, up until Cisco bought StealthWatch, Scrutinizer was… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you have a large network then this product is totally invaluable. If you have a large network, this product will tell you exactly what's going on in it. It's not just flows, and this amount of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had a look at SolarWinds. The issue with SolarWinds is that it's a statistical model, so it doesn't capture everything, it captures a subset. We dismissed it on that basis. We've recently had a… more»
Real User
Business Security Officer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The whole thing is valuable because it's such a massive product. We love every bit of it. We use every bit of it that we can. The reporting and generating troubleshooting reports would be the best… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution helps us enrich our network traffic. It's really because of the ability to do host-to-host troubleshooting. We can see and isolate where the challenge or problem might be. When used to… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our entire solution, amortized over five years, is in the vicinity of $40,000 to $50,000 a year. There are no additional costs because they're appliances. We buy them full-blown.

What other advice do I have?

Whatever other solutions you want to look at, benchmark them against this solution. No matter what product you're looking at, do a bake-off with this and see who wins. If you don't give him a chance… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We liked this one the best of the ones we evaluated. We chose Scrutinizer over two other solutions. One was the incumbent but it was so long ago that I don't remember its name. We also reviewed… more»
Real User
Network Infrastructure at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 12 2020

What is most valuable?

Visualization of the network traffic is the most valuable feature. It allows you to drill into information quite quickly. The solution helps enrich the data context of our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It helps provide reporting information to our customers, which is also part of certain regulations that we have in the UK. The solution is similar to an automation process… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The workflow integration within a single platform has allowed us to remove redundant tooling. So, it streamlines that process into less workflows. It's allowed us to… more»

What other advice do I have?

* Remember to save the reports. * Give reports different file names. * Understand how to back up and restore the configuration information. * If you use the building tools… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We already had some solutions in place. So, we evaluated Scrutinizer, which did what we needed it to do. At the same time, we were evaluating open source and SolarWinds… more»
Real User
Head of Network Group at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 15 2020

What is most valuable?

* The automatic reports that we use for statistical purposes. * The security analytics. * The security alarms.

How has it helped my organization?

It has become an essential and helpful tool for in my daily work. If we didn't have access to the tool, we would have more difficulty getting a long-term overview on the growth of our network. As we… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We recently bought a license upgrade, so we will integrate more exporters. We upgraded from a 25 exporter license to a 50 exporter license. Therefore, there will be more flows, and this will be an… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I never used another NetFlow accounting solution. I got to know the NetFlow concept at my current company.

What other advice do I have?

When dimensioning the server hardware, we decided to have many CPUs, much memory and a large storage, but we learned that the storage has to be as fast as possible. It would have been better to invest… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Compared to other solutions, the functionality Scrutinizer delivers is better. I have one comparison to another product, which also has very basic NetFlow accounting.
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What is Plixer Scrutinizer?

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.

Plixer Scrutinizer customers
Oxford Networks, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, UltiSat, Wipro, West Aurora School District 129, SUNY Geneseo College, Bloomington Public Schools, First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Kitsap Credit Union, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Houston Texas, Carilion Clinic, Banner Health, IDEXX Laboratories, Phibro Animal Health Corporation, Goodwill Industries, Parmalat, Armstrong Coal Company, Flybe, James Walker