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First, we’d like to acknowledge the team at PagerDuty.

They’ve built a great product and certainly were front and center in establishing a new type of alerting product tailored to help ops teams respond to incidents faster. If you’re here to understand the difference between ilert and PagerDuty, or looking for an alternative to PagerDuty, then you’re already doing the right thing by finding a product that will help you increase uptime.

Sure, there are feature differences between the companies, but at its core, ilert is an uptime platform and was built to help companies increase their uptime and deliver a seamless digital experience. We think there’s more to it than just alerting. By integrating alerting, on-call management and status pages into one platform, our customers are able to measure uptime, respond to incidents, and  be transparent about them within the organization and beyond.

So, what’s the difference between ilert and PagerDuty?

We sat with a few of our customers to help write this page and asked them: “What are the top reasons why you have chosen ilert over PagerDuty”. Here’s what they had to say.

ilert is built for simplicity and allows flexible scheduling

Both ilert and PagerDuty have user friendly web and mobile apps, so either one is a strong choice when it comes to ease of use.

ilert has a very strong focus on keeping things as simple as possible without sacrificing flexibility. For example, ilert offers a flexible scheduling solution that lets you create rotation-based recurring schedules, and static schedules with a calendar like UI.

Screenshot of iLert software: On-Call-Schedule

iLert is more than just alerting: status pages, uptime and heartbeat monitoring

iLert is an integrated solution that goes beyond alerting, covering basic needs to increase uptime, including uptime monitoring, alerting, incident comms, status pages and on-call management. PagerDuty is laser-focused on incident response and event intelligence and provides advanced features that are available on the more expensive plans.

iLert intentionally leaves features out that are not needed most of the time, but has additional benefits through the integrated approach. E.g. you can update your status page right from an alert.

Don’t get penalized for scaling incident response in your organization. Get unlimited stakeholders and affordable team-based organization.

Locked features and hidden costs are recurring themes when you compare PagerDuty to ilert. For example, ilert gives you unlimited stakeholders. We want you to focus on improving your uptime and only charge for incident responders - the users who are actively involved in the resolution of incidents. And informing stakeholders and providing them with realtime status updates is part of an effective incident response strategy and allows incident responders to focus on incident resolution. Therefore, unlimited stakeholders are included in our Premium plan.

Another example is team-based organization, which ilert offers as part of the Professional plan, and PagerDuty as part of their Business plan, which is twice as expensive. Being able to organize your resources into teams is essential, if you want to expand on-all management beyond a handful of users. PagerDuty’s free plan looks great until you realise that many of the most important features are only available in higher plans. This also includes advanced reporting.

Advanced team and on-call reports

ilert’s advanced reporting capabilities give on-call teams insights into all-things on-call and report key metrics like MTTA, MTTR, Time on-call, and Time spent on incidents. On-call reports can be used by HR departments to compensate on-call time, whereas PagerDuty’s team reports doesn’t provide the level of granularity and filtering to use on-call reports for this matter.

Advanced reporting is another feature that is only available in higher plans on PagerDuty, whereas ilert includes this in the Professional plan.

Screenshot of iLert software: Reports of SRE team

Data protection made in Germany

Data protection and information security are key elements of iLert. Protecting your data and earning your trust is pivotal to us. Therefore, we have implemented and keep on developing technical and organisational measures to ensure secure processing of information.

Our practices are based on the legal framework of the European General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) as well as common standards and guidelines such as ISO/IEC 27001 and the principles of basic IT protection (“IT-Grundschutz”) of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). iLert uses the services of Amazon Web Services and is hosted across three availability zones in Frankfurt, as well as additional AWS EU regions for disaster recovery.

ilert vs. PagerDuty at a glance



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Pages and blocks

Up to 50/month

Up to 200/month


Team members

Up to 3

Up to 12


Version history


Priority support

Wikis, docs, & notes

50+ starter templates

Version history

Permission groups

Unlimited team members

Custom contract & invoicing

Web, Desktop, iOS, and Android apps

Advanced security controls





Advanced alerting and on-call management for growing teams


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Starter Plus:

  • Unlimited SMS & voice notifications
  • Team-based organization
  • On-call schedules
  • Outbound integrations
  • Google SSO
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Price per user per month
Price for stakeholder users
Unlimited in Premium Plan
Extra cost, all plans
Team-based organization
Included in Professional plan
Available in higher plans
Advanced reporting
Included in Professional plan
Available in higher plans
Status pages
Calendar-based scheduling
On-call reporting
Hosted in the EU
Based on information publicly available on 19/04/2021

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