If you put a price tag on network monitoring for your organization, what would it be? $10,000? $100,000? $1,000,000?

And what needs to be included in that price? Staff to support the network? Network Monitoring hardware and software? Office space to house the staff and equipment?

Network Monitoring is not inexpensive. But with more and more demand on network resources every day, it also cannot be overlooked or skimped on.

Depending on your geographical location, the cost for staffing your network management team will vary and may or may not be something you have much flexibility with. Keeping your staff small and hiring entry level are options.

Hardware and software requirements for network monitoring depend on your network configuration.

If your routers and switches support NetFlow, exporting NetFlow to a flow analyzer application can provide more detailed information into your network operations and traffic than ever before. And NetFlow analyzer applications can be affordable. Prices range from free to $10,000 and up.

But what are you getting for your dollars? I’m not so sure about the others, but I know the free NetFlow Analyzer that we offer comes with initial free technical support to assist you with installing and configuring Scrutinizer. Flow data is retained for 24 hours and most features are available with the free product. An evaluation key can be provided by request to unlock the full features of Scrutinizer to be able to try before you buy.

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Speaking of buying…. without mentioning specific pricing, I have been told repeatedly by customers that we are way underpriced. Hmmmmmmmmm……. Maybe it’s worth checking out. A full featured NetFlow and sFlow Analyzer that is way underpriced. Aren’t we all looking to cut corners in this down economy?

And did you know that the first year of purchase comes with free technical support? There’s that word again, free.

And technical support. Another way to reduce costs for your organization. With free technical support, your staff can spend less time troubleshooting issues with the network management software and more time on network traffic analysis.

And then maybe they’ll find what’s been eating up all the bandwidth and you won’t have to add more bandwidth after all. Another cost savings for your company.

In this economy, we’re all looking to cut corners in our spending. And if we can do that by working more efficiently then it’s a win-win for everyone.

If you have any questions about Scrutinizer, please contact us, we’d be delighted to discuss how it can benefit your organization.

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Joanne Ghidoni

Joanne is a Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Plixer. She has also held positions as Technical Support Engineer and Sales Engineer since joining Plixer in 2005. Prior to joining Plixer, Joanne has had numerous positions in the IT field, including data entry, computer operator, PC coordinator and support, mainframe programmer, and also Technical Support and web programmer at Cabletron Systems. In her spare time, Joanne enjoys traveling, always seeking out new and interesting places to visit.


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