PRTG Network Monitor (SRV001)
News From Paessler
Since we've released PRTG for Android Wear, you've continuously been asking us about an Apple Watch Extension of PRTG for iOS. Here it is! Well, it's almost here. If you're enthusiastic about receiving notifications directly on your wrist, and want to help us shape the PRTG for iOS Apple Watch Extension, you can now be one of 100 exclusive beta testers!
Today we have another sensor in store for our Cisco users. Perhaps you already know about the SNMP Cisco System Health sensor, which allows you to keep an eye on the general health status (like CPU load, memory, temperatures) of your Cisco devices, and have read our blog series on monitoring Cisco devices with PRTG. Now, with the SNMP Cisco UCS Blade sensor, you can also gain detailed insights into your Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) server using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
The notification system of PRTG Network Monitor is the most powerful tool to keep you informed about the status of your network. You probably use push notifications, emails, or SMS text messages to stay up to date about your IT environment. PRTG notifies you whenever it discovers downtimes, an overloaded system, exceeded thresholds, or other unusual situations. This way you can even proactively fix any issues before it gets really bad. But what happens if your network loses connection to the internet? You will not receive alarms about a malfunctioning device or service, cannot do anything about the issue immediately because you are simply not aware of it, and the cause for the alarm might turn into a critical impact on your business processes.
We all have experienced it: Sometimes certain elements of IT can be a real pain in our day-to-day work. What those pain points are depends heavily on the type of network, business structure, and even the personality of the responsible admin. Despite the given individuality of those pain points, we're curious about which ones bother you the most. Are you battling with slow page loading times, video streaming hiccups, low database performance, or even something entirely different every day?
Are you heading to VMware's biggest US event this summer? That's great news, because we will be there, too! Make sure to keep a free spot in your schedule to visit the Paessler booth, meet our team, and learn about great new options to monitor your virtual environments with PRTG Network Monitor. So make sure to stop by on your quest to gather the latest trends in virtualization and cloud technology. We're looking forward to meeting you!
Paessler is growing. Fast, very fast, and in every aspect. Having been chairman of the Paessler supervisory board since 2010, I've been able to witness this extraordinary development firsthand. With new features continuously being added to PRTG Network Monitor, we're reaching more and more sys-admins globally. This growth also had a direct impact on every team working at Paessler. We've added new colleagues for PRTG development, customer service, technical support, business development, and all the other teams to constantly provide the best customer experience possible.
Whether we?re talking with the press or with analysts, the acronym SDN comes up again and again, combined with questions regarding PRTG Network Monitor and Paessler?s position on the topic. Even our clients are continuously confronted with the matter and ask us what SDN actually is, whether they need it and if PRTG supports it. It?s time to shed some light on SDN and do a little explaining.
Although the newest OpenSSL vulnerability (CVE-2015-1793) doesn't even have a catchy name yet (remember Heartbleed, POODLE and Logjam?), we've analyzed it and are glad to tell you PRTG Network Monitor is not affected by it?whatever name ultimately will be pinned on it. No action is required by you in regards to your PRTG installation?you can simply continue monitoring.
A few weeks ago we've presented the Cloud HTTP sensor, which enables you to keep an eye on the loading time of a web server via HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) from various locations worldwide. Today we want to focus on another brand-new sensor that also uses the PRTG Cloud to enable monitoring from different international locations: The Cloud Ping sensor. Just add the web server you want to monitor to PRTG as a device and then add the Cloud Ping sensor to this device?and you're ready to start monitoring!
We have good news for all of you who run a cluster installation of PRTG Network Monitor: You can now connect all of your remote probes to all of the failover nodes in your cluster! This lets you take full advantage of PRTG's failover functionality: You can see the monitoring data from all of your locations and receive alarms when your remote probes detect sensor errors, even if your primary master node fails. No matter whether you're using remote probes to monitor distributed locations or to spread the monitoring load over several machines, your remote probes can now be part of your cluster.
Our development team challenge themselves constantly to add new functionality, meaning that comparing last year's PRTG to the current version is like comparing an Apple iPhone 3 to iPhone 6. Just in the last 12 months, we have enhanced our mobile apps with free push notifications, added additional responsiveness to the web GUI, and added new sensor types like, for example, the Cloud HTTP sensor. You can find the full list of new features and sensors is on this webpage.
...and now for something completely different: Usually we use this blog to share with you new developments in unified monitoring, or to present new features and sensors for PRTG Network Monitor. Today I'd like to give you a glimpse into our company, because over the last weekend (I'll get to that in a minute) I once again realized that it really is the people who make working at Paessler not only fun, but who are creating a sense of togetherness that enables us to put all our efforts in a great product while maintaining a feeling of family and friendship that is really unmatched.
Every network is different. The devices you find in a network often depend on the preference of the responsible admin?but no matter which devices you use, it's important to know their health status. If you prefer Cisco routers, switches or access points, the SNMP Cisco System Health sensor will show you all relevant health data. If you rely on Juniper NetScreen devices, we now have a new sensor for you which allows you to monitor all of their important health values.
Good news for everyone who uses PRTG Network Monitor to monitor their Linux systems! The Python Mini Probe has received a substantial update, which now offers a more stable monitoring experience, new features, and even a set of new sensor types that have been adapted from the Windows Probe. If you have read up until here and have no clue what a Python Mini Probe is, then have a look at last year's blog article to find out more about its features:
In my last blog article, I told you about our decision to offer PRTG Network Monitor 100 for free. Since then a lot of new users have downloaded our software and started monitoring their networks, applications and virtual environments with PRTG. This is great, so a big "Hi and welcome!" to you! As I've already hinted at in my last article, I wanted to show you some hands-on scenarios, in which you can really benefit from PRTG 100. Let's get started?and also don't forget about all the other built-in functionalities and features like, for example, creating your own dashboards, alerts and notifications, detailed reporting, and mobile apps. In simple words: Have fun exploring PRTG!
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You are using the Freeware version of PRTG Network Monitor so you can already cover all aspects of state-of-the-art network monitoring: . This enables you to monitor uptime , traffic and bandwidth usage with only one tool. You can also create comprehensive reports with the integrated reporting and analysis features. This makes PRTG one clear and simple monitoring solution for your entire network.
The software runs 24/7 to monitor your network. All you need is a computer with a Windows operating system. PRTG includes everything that you need in one installater so you can start monitoring your network right away. The Software records bandwidth and network usage and stores the data in an integrated high-performance database. Add all the network devices which you want to monitor via an easy-to-use web-based user interface and configure sensors that retrieve the desired data. You can create usage reports and provide colleagues and customers access to data graphs and tables.
PRTG supports all common protocols to get network data: Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), Packet Sniffing, Cisco NetFlow as well as other vendor specific flow protocols, SSH, SOAP, and many other network protocols.
PRTG Network Monitor provides about 200 sensor types so you can start monitoring your standard systems directly after installation. These include monitoring Ping times, HTTP pages, SMTP, POP3, and IMAP mail servers, FTP servers, Linux systems, and many other hardware components and network services. You can easily monitor the performance of your network permanently to recognize imminent outages before they occur. In the case of an error, you will receive emails, SMS, or push messages immediately. PRTG constantly records performance data and downtimes in the database so you can compile reports about performance, downtimes, and SLAs at any time.