PRTG Network Monitor Scalability

Anton James
IT Manager at Silverstring LTD
The scalability is good. I know we don't push it to what it can do. The Remote Probe feature is definitely fantastic, especially with the different geographies we have. I can't really fault it too much. With the auto-updates it pushes out, it almost looks after itself. The solution grows with our business. Having the miniature silo sites is very good. That's helped out quite a lot with keeping track of our clouds because we can have everything in a "tiered system." If we've got a customer who rings up and wants to check on something, we can easily navigate, see what's going on, do some predictive analysis, and then see if we can help the customer make their environment any better, or just make sure it doesn't blow up in the middle of the night. View full review »
Anthony Grant-Marston
Network Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
The remote probe thing is great. We have multiple data centers with multiple regions that we have to monitor. It's nice to know that all we have to do is throw up a remote probe into one of these areas, then have it talk back to the master cluster. We don't have to worry about anything outside of that. We don't have to worry about deploying brand new PRTG servers, as it's a lightweight installer. From there, we can even do an auto scan. If we do build an entire new data center, we can just install a probe, get it to scan its local subnet, then feed that information back, which is really good. The solution can 100 percent grow with our business. View full review »
Lewis Stonier
Engineer at Datacentreplus
We've been able to scale it up as we've brought more and more customers on. Having a sensor pool which we can dip into and use has been good. If we brought on five or ten customers, we could scale it up quite quickly with cloning and copying of templates. View full review »
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Callum Williams
Systems Engineer at Converse Pharma Group
We have close to a 1000 sensors on it. I'm sure there are other people out there with a lot more sensors with bigger infrastructures than us. It performs absolutely fine if you have a site which has got a 1000 sensors on it. We can just add another probe onto another server on the site and extend that by doubling up the capacity on it. So, it can go as large as we want it to. View full review »
Jon Bowler
Cloud Engineer at Software Cloud Limited
It looks pretty scalable. At the moment we've just got this on one client's site; quite a big client of ours. And the plan would be to include this in our support package, so when we get new clients we'll put PRTG on their systems as well. View full review »
Daniel Cattigan
Infrastructure Team Lead at a leisure / travel company with 501-1,000 employees
PRTG has a clustering service, which is useful. We have had a bit of an issue with the WMI at one point where we just had too many WMI queries, but when we just swapped them to different sensor types, it become more efficient. This is not really a negative on scalability as much as ensuring to follow best practices. The solution can grow with our business. If we need to expand the number of sensors that we are using or expand the number of remote offices that we have, we set up the remote probes with standard templates for sensors or services, and it works. View full review »
Andy Shephard
Information Security Analyst at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
We've had some issues with the sensors and remote probes. We're a relatively small environment, but we've started to see limitations based on the actual type of queries that we're throwing at it. We've been able to work around that and the support from vendor has been excellent in that respect. View full review »
Shirwan Khan
Infrastructure Engineer at Lookers plc
We have a clustered environment using sort of a DR scenario across our data centers in Manchester and Belfast. So, when one is down, the other up. At the moment, we have a limit of 10,000 sensors. That is the supported level, in terms of the license that we have. While we can increase that, it's at our own risk. After that, the product is not supported in terms of the extra sensors that we put in. Therefore, it is a case of how we use the actual load on the software ourselves. So, we have the maximum license of 10,000 sensors, but we could do more. 10,000 sensors can be exceeded but it is not best practice. View full review »
Tim Deighton
Infrastructure Manager at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
We have started out with a 1000 probes. We're currently running, or have licenses for about 2500, running about 2000 individual probes on the system. It is showing a strain on the server. We are running on a Windows VM at the moment. We have somewhere in the region of 64GB and 4 Core running it. It is an okay server, but it is showing signs of a bit of a slow down, needing patches, updates, and reboots. It does take a while to come back to life. We have added more probes to the solution. From the monitoring side, it is fine. However, using the server and rebooting, it is showing its age, especially if I have to restart services. Whether or not it is the application or the hardware that it is running on. It is doing the job for us and has scaled up from where it was originally. If you are a small company with a few servers, the product is overkill. For a larger enterprise (like us), we have around a 120 Windows servers in our environment, and it seems absolutely fine. If you're a small company, you probably want more simple, straightforward products, as you don't need the features. View full review »
Chris Bentley
Senior Security Engineer at Fletchers Solicitors Ltd.
It's very scalable. At the moment we have around 1,000 or 1,200 sensors. We know that it would be very easy if we wanted to expand that. We could simply add in more sensors very easily. View full review »
Adam Brown
Network Administrator at a construction company with 201-500 employees
Scaling is very easy. You just need to buy licenses to increase the scale and away you go. It takes minutes to scale it. View full review »
Antony Gouldstone
Infrastructure Manager at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are a fairly large implantation, as we have currently 2500 nodes. We are just about to double that. The solution allows you to keep on doubling and doubling, as much as you need. The only restriction is the platform that you put it on. When you get into those larger areas, from what I understand, the performance on PRTG is just as good as it is on the smaller implementations. View full review »
David Ashcroft
IT Infrastructure Engineer at Runshaw College
It's difficult for me to judge the scalability. For what we use it for - I think we've got 1,000 sensors and we use about 800 or 900 at the moment - it all runs fine. I'm sure it would scale very well if we needed it to go any further than that. But for what we use it for, it's relatively small. View full review »
IT Coordinator at ENGIE Renewables Ltd
With the remote probes, the ability to monitor external domains makes this product easy to scale. View full review »
Group Information Security Manager at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Scalability is the only major sticking point for me. There is a recommended number of sensors, which is around 10,000, and we're double that. We're not comfortable putting any more than that, even though the server might be able to handle it. It's already well outside the support boundaries for the solution. The only option we have to scale is to buy another core, which would be a separate, stand-alone instance, would not be managed through the same interface, and we would have to be looking in two different places. We love the product, but at the moment that is the main sticking point for us. View full review »
Graeme Barratt
Network Engineer
Previously, we were easily under a 1000 sensors. We are now up to 3500. In the future, depending on how we scale out, we will be over the 5000 mark. The product can easily grow with our business. View full review »
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
It's scaled as far as we've needed it to so far and we're planning to roll it out further. It scales perfectly fine. It's pretty easy to introduce new offices. We've got it on a core set of offices at the moment, but adding additional offices as they've been deployed has been a straightforward, easy process. View full review »
Security Engineer at a health, wellness and fitness company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The scalability is really good. At one point, I did enable a sort of clustering and found that much easier than SolarWinds. SolarWinds clustering is an absolute nightmare, whereas clustering with PRTG, was ridiculously simple. In order to scale and add more load balancing, PRTG was a lot smoother and quicker to do it. Obviously, there are different levels. We're currently limited to 100 sensors, but if we were to purchase an enhanced version of it, we could scale to whatever we purchased. View full review »
Paul Farris
Infrastructure Analyst
It allows us to easily increase the number of sensors and the scope of what we can monitor. The scalability is very good. It grows with our business. We initially bought a set number of licenses and then upgraded it and bought additional server licenses to monitor other things in the business. View full review »
Craig Williams
IT Manager at a marketing services firm with 51-200 employees
The scalability is there, but smaller companies might need CAM software to be able afford the product. View full review »
Systems Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's hard for me to talk about its scalability. We've got the basics, the 2,500 sensors, and that's what we use. It's fine. It has grown with our business but we've only grown marginally. View full review »
Cybersecurity Engineer at a tech services company
It seems very easy to scale up. When you configure it, that is all you need to do. You only need to set it up once. The solution will grow with our business. If we do need to add anything to the solution, it has not been a problem. Do it once, and that's it. It is done. View full review »
Matthew Hancock
IT Manager at Berrys
It is scalable. We've only got a small infrastructure, but if we had a larger infrastructure it would be fine. We probably only monitor 20 to 30 devices on it. We could do more but we don't. View full review »
IT Strategy, Management Consulting, Training and Development at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
PRTG has another level of scaling. There are XL1 and XL5. XL1 has one core and XL5 has four cores. If your network is big, you can distribute the database and reporting load on five different servers. You can have a common view of the entire global network using the enterprise console. It is scalable. We have yet to hit a ceiling. View full review »
Darryl Potgieter
Head of Technology Architecture - Head of Network and Security Centre of Excellence at a paper AND forest products with 10,001+ employees
This is a very scalable solution. Our environment contains two and a half thousand servers and ten thousand desktops. We have six people who perform the support functions. It is used on a daily basis, and we are planning on expanding usage to include access to our help desk. There are automated tickets generated when PRTG picks up faults on the network. View full review »
Rod Cushman
Network Manager at Baldwin Family Health Care
Engineering and Pre-Sales Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The scalability is good. You can improve a remote host or the clustering. This gives it the flexibility to monitor another infrastructure remotely. View full review »
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