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PA Server Monitor vs the Competition

How does PA Server Monitor compare? See below to find out why our customers are also fans!

Monitoring Power and Stability

PA Server Monitor
Spiceworks
PRTG

Max number of external engines/satellites/agents

Server Monitor 500+ Source: Integra Case Study

Spiceworks 100 Source: Spiceworks.com. Search for "This will lead to all kinds of performance issues on Spiceworks"

PRTG 60 Source: Paessler.com. Search for "PRTG still scales well up to 60 probes", under "Stability Considerations"

Max number of monitored devices

Server Monitor 3000+

Spiceworks 1000 Source: Spiceworks.com. Search for "Spiceworks will not run well on a shared disk in a virtual environment" Source: Customer report

PRTG Approx 1000 Source: Paessler.com. Search for "ca. 1,000 devices"

Max number of monitored items/sensors

Server Monitor 30000+ Source: Customer sizing reports

Spiceworks ?

PRTG 10000 Source: Paessler.com. Search for" < 10,000 sensors"

Ease of Use

PA Server Monitor

Adding new servers? Copy-paste a list of servers, or do Discovery, and let Smart Config take care of it.

PA Add Servers

Nagios

"the duplicate configuration on each server soon becomes tedious and unmanageable. There are other alternatives such as mod_gearman but in my opinion these lack the intelligence to be effective. The ability to have centralised configuration in a distributed setup isn't currently supported by Nagios"

Source: http://www.tomvernon.co.uk/blog/2015/02/distributed-monitoring-in-nagios-with-check_mk-multisite/


A 'simple' fix from the Nagios support forum:

Nagios Hard2

PA Server Monitor

Agentless monitoring.

No software is installed on monitored devices.

Nagios

Requires installing and configuring NPRE agent on each Windows server

New Relic

Requires installing and configuring platform-specific agent on each monitored server

PA Server Monitor

One monitor watches many services, with a few clicks.

PA Easy Add Services

Tedious to configure monitoring for many services.

Spiceworks

Spiceworks Add Monitors

Nagios

Nagios Add Service

Customer Support Level

PA Server Monitor

Nagios

Spiceworks

New Relic

PRTG

Documentation

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Support Forum

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Email Support

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Phone Support

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I'm working in this industry for 15 years now, but I can hardly remember working with a software company with a support like you have. You listen and new features come really fast. I'm deeply impressed by your support and now have the feeling we made the 100% right choice to choose PA Server Monitor.

Hanjo P, Pohlmann & Dimai GbR, Germany

You guys are incredible, Your product is great and with support like this it only continues to improve! I have been and will continue to recommend PA Server Monitor to industry colleagues. Keep up the good work.

Jeremy B, Challenger, Australia

Data Security

PA Server Monitor

All of your data, configuration, network layout, server and network credentials, etc. stays on your hardware. Nothing is sent to the cloud.

PA Add Servers

Spiceworks

Sends your network data to cloud servers

New Relic

Sends your network data to cloud servers

MAXfocus

Sends your network data to cloud servers

PA Server Monitor

Stays up to date on security advisories. Updated OpenSSL to patch POODLE vulnerability in 2014, almost two years before Spiceworks.

PA Add Servers

Spiceworks

Spiceworks POODLE

PA Server Monitor

Any security vulnerabilities are fixed immediately, before any additional features or customer requests.

In addition, we have a 'no known bugs' policy, meaning all bugs are fixed before additional work on the product continues.

Nagios

Known vulnerability in core NPRE module from April 2014 still not fixed.

Source: http://legalhackers.com/advisories/nagios-nrpe.txt

PA Server Monitor

  • HTTPS for all connections
  • Unique Diffie-Helman key exchange parameters for each installation
  • Optionally use your own SSL certificate

Advanced Features

PA Server Monitor
  • Acknowledge alerts via email
  • Built-in automatic failover
  • Monitor templates
  • Event deduplication
  • Event escalation
  • Distributed monitoring without a VPN
  • RDP to monitored servers without needing a VPN
  • Per-server maintenance schedules
  • Bulk Config - many configuration changes at once
  • Per-monitor scheduling

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