Plixer Scrutinizer Scalability

Network Manager at IOOF Holdings
We're running 250 reporting end-points across our firewalls, data center switching, the SD-WAN deployment, and our branch and campus switching — all off a VM. If I was going to run any more than that, I would probably look at a hardware appliance or a distributed model. We don't currently have plans to increase usage, but our organization invests in a lot of other organizations and that's when we would use it more. For example, in 2016 we bought another financial organization and we had to deploy to another 10 branches with 20 appliances, plus switches. It just depends upon what the business requires. I've got good visibility across my entire environment at the moment. View full review »
Sr. Network Engineer at Kitsap Credit Union
The scalability comes from Plixer's ability to have different log collectors. You can separate the database collection point from the log collectors. You can also have different database points as well, and roll those up. That seems to be very scalable. Although, to be fair, I didn't have to scale mine up that much for 63 devices. I just have the one device which is also the log collector, so I was able to keep it all on one server. We do not have plans to increase its usage. The majority of current usage, about 80 percent if not higher, is as a first-responder type of setup. If we have a problem, Scrutinizer is almost the first thing that we look at to determine what's going on, traffic-wise. View full review »
Sr. Network Engineer at Columbia Sportswear
I haven't ever used more than a single collector. So, I've never really tried to scale. My quantity count for device input has always been below a 1,000. Thus, I have never pushed the box to its max. Out of IT, there are about eight technicians who either configure debt flow on a device or are directly effecting a ticket. After that, we have about 40 to 50 end users that view data to understand their own areas of the network in the different regions, such as Asia, Europe, etc. These are IT professionals, but they are monitoring, not networking. For example, "What's my internet usage? What's my MPLS usage, so I can see how my site's doing?" It's become more of an overview. We are not really looking to create any new usage. In fact, we've pulled back some of its usage only because we have gone away from traditional MPLS and routers and onto an SD-WAN solution that already brings onboard its own version of the same metrics. Therefore, we've reduced the number of inputs to it, but we're almost topped out there. That's pretty much our way in infrastructure. It's pulled back from the use of NetFlow. NetFlow is still being used for most of our major Internet connection points over the globe. It probably still is being used on all of our ties with other vendors, as they're private lines into our company. Also, it can be anything at the data centers that use traditional networking. So, we're not really growing it. It's not really shrinking anymore, but it was. Last year, it shrunk by quite a bit. We are primarily a retail shop. We have a lot of little stores which used to be part of a much larger network. Those are all SD-WAN now, so they're not seeing anything with Scrutinizer. However, it's still on all of our Internet lines. So, it's pretty stagnant and stable. View full review »
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Network Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It is very good. It's very scalable, as long as you have their license. There are no more than 10 people who have access to the solution. We have 10 to 15 administrators with accounts who are technical. Two network administrators are more than enough for deployment and maintenance. Usually, one network administrator is taking care of this. Sometimes, I'm backing up, but otherwise, only one person is necessary to manage it. View full review »
Networks BAU Lead at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
We have a rather large network and it can cope. So it is scalable. We're running somewhere in the region of about 40,000 active devices, which is rather a lot. We don't have plans to increase usage. That would depend very much on the university rather than me. I'm happy that the current implementation of Scrutinizer will take what we have right now. We may have to go to a multi-deployment model if we increase our usage dramatically, but within the scope of the next five years I think we'll be fine. View full review »
Head of Network Group at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
My personal impression right now is that we've reached a limit, or we are near a limit of flows per second, because we see that our system is getting quite slow. I suppose it's a hardware issue, not an issue of the software. Logging into the system, there are about seven or eight administrators. Looking at the reports, there are at 10 users. The actual size of the network is above 3000 users. View full review »
Business Security Officer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability is excellent. It more than meets our needs. We had a certain size and we've had no problems scaling up and down. View full review »
Network Infrastructure at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's scalable for what we need. It has a lot more functionality than what we use. We can distribute the collection engine and some things like that, but we're not using that because we don't need to. It is there if we do need it. There are varied roles across different teams. There are about 20 users, in total, who are mainly network operators. View full review »
Systems Analyst at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
It's scalable. They're coming up with a new way of scaling up. Ours is an appliance but I believe their VM products may be scalable. As far as we are concerned, all we need to do is increase the storage, which we can do by replacing a hard disk. We are collecting data and the network traffic from almost 70 offices throughout the U.S. If everything goes well and we have the opportunity, we will probably try to increase the Scrutinizer footprint. But right now we're okay with what we have. View full review »
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is easily scalable. I haven't seen any issues with it. It is in full production. It monitors several firewalls, like Cisco Firepower, and IPS. We only have three users who are using this solution as end users. We are all network administrators. It gives anybody within our group the ability to troubleshoot it easier. View full review »
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