Are there good and reliable tools out there that allow you to create professional network diagrams? Yes, there are! And some are even free of charge. In addition, the creation of vivid maps is a feature of PRTG that complements the overall network monitoring experience. We'd like to tell you about it, pointing out the important features of a solution that creates handy and useful overviews of your network.
Reliable notification of a malfunction or even a system failure in a data center is one of the most important tasks of a monitoring application. The notification should be configurable in different ways depending on the requirements. PRTG provides a number of notification options such as email, push, SMS, etc. This article, however, is not about the different notification options, but rather about how you can ensure that individual colleagues or teams in your IT department are provided with the correct and appropriate information.
Data is at the core of monitoring any environment. And in an industrial IT environment, this data exists in various devices, systems and sensors in the OT, IIoT and IT areas. And for a sound holistic monitoring concept, there are two aspects you need to consider: what data you need, and how you are going to get the data. Let's take a look at both of these points.
In recent times, OPC UA has become widely-adopted in industrial IT environments. In short, it provides a common communication standard that allows elements from various parts of the industrial infrastructure to communicate with one another. One of the most basic aspects of OPC UA are the OPC UA certificates, which provide a level of security between communicating components. But what happens when these certificates expire? And how can you monitor them so that you always know what their status is?
Together with the company Smart City System, we have designed the following use case and implemented it directly at our company location in Nuremberg. It's about the exciting, future-relevant field of parking monitoring, something that, for many companies and for modern urban planning in general, brings a great deal of potential. The monitoring tool used was the latest solution from Paessler AG: 👉 Paessler Building Monitor
You probably came across this article because you want to monitor a large IT or network infrastructure. If so, I am pretty sure you are faced with several challenges.
There are two ways of monitoring your network traffic. SNMP Traffic sensor will show you incoming, outgoing, and total amount of traffic, but if you want to identify the major sources of traffic and eliminate bottlenecks, you should be using our xFlow sensors. And this blog post will focus on one of those sensors: sFlow and monitoring traffic on HP Aruba switches. I will show you how to configure sFlow via CLI and add a native sFlow sensor.
It comes unexpectedly, is annoying and almost every administrator has experienced it: a power outage. The reasons can be many and varied: an excavator cuts a critical electrical line, a distribution point is damaged, or a problem occurs in a power substation. In such cases, private households, data centers and also production facilities are affected. In the production sector in particular, dependence on information and communication technology systems has increased in recent years due to Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT).
This is a brand new PRTG version waiting for you. In release 21.3.69, you can expect the Veeam Backup Job Status Advanced Sensor, which goes from experimental state to normal operation. There are also three new sensors to play with: the AWS EC2 v2 sensor, the AWS ELB v2 sensor and the SNMP Rittal CMC III Hardware Status sensor. In addition, we've improved sensors in several places, and included the latest info on the July update in our PRTG public roadmap. Here we go!
The climate crisis puts us all at risk. Live more consciously, use fewer resources; that's the credo you hear over and over again. But hey, to put your mind at ease: done right, saving resources has almost as much to do with understanding your data than with making sacrifices. That's why we at Paessler have made it our purpose to contribute to reducing the consumption of resources together with you, our customers. As a monitoring company, it comes naturally to be data-driven. Our products offer great analysis of the current state of your environment to enable a more resource-efficient tomorrow. And although we monitor our own PV system, we are not part of the manufacturing industry, we don't water large agricultural areas, or cool down large data centers. This is where YOU come into play. In a customer survey, 37% of PRTG users stated they have already begun to implement new sustainable IT strategies into their business, and 22% will start doing so in the next year. In total 73% of the respondents agreed that PRTG is suitable for monitoring resource consumption.
Digitalization and automation of manufacturing processes in recent years have driven the convergence of IT and OT. One of the biggest advantages of this is new ways to aggregate data. New technologies and concepts like the IIoT and analytics, among other things, allow for the collection and analysis of more data than ever before. This in turn drives decision-making and other concepts like preventive and predictive maintenance. However, many machines and devices on the factory floor are too old to support these new data collection scenarios; they simply do not provide the right connectivity, data interfaces, or data points that are required.
Operational technology (OT) implements solutions for automation tasks. Controllers typically produce large amounts of process and machine data that can be used for monitoring and optimization at the IT level. In many cases, users can benefit from condition monitoring in their plants.
I'd like to say that our PRTG Network Monitor software is a very robust and reliable piece of software. We have a large, highly professional in-house testing team that puts every software customization through its paces independently of the developers before changes are made available to you productively in our stable release channel.
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Besides the goal of providing our users with reliable uptime and a full overview of their IT, OT and IoT systems, we at Paessler have made it our mission to reduce resource consumption together with our customers. Certain companies have already shown through great use cases not only in how they use PRTG to monitor their sometimes very complex systems, but also how they manage to fulfill this particular purpose and reduce their resource consumption. Here is the fourth use case of this series. Enjoy!