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In today's IT environments it's almost impossible not to incorporate some kind of virtualization in order to face upcoming challenges. Although the initial setup has to be planned very thoroughly, it provides more freedom in terms of scalability and a more flexible working environment for users and admins alike. Like physical hardware also virtual components need to be monitored to guarantee that they are performing as required. Virtual storage is a common area of application which is, for example, provided by Microsoft Hyper-V.
When it comes to reports, most readers prefer their own structure as well as their own look and feel. With the native reporting engine of PRTG Network Monitor it is already possible to customize your reports up to a certain level, so in most cases you're good to go. In some cases, however, you might be required to present your monitoring data in a defined way, for example, if management is used to seeing data reports from other departments created with a certain reporting tool (such as Crystal Reports, or others). Now you have the possibility to convert raw PRTG monitoring data to standardized SQL format, allowing you to customize your reports any way you want!
Our mobile apps have always had requirements for the minimum version of PRTG that they can connect to, with Android and Blackberry requiring 13.1, iOS requiring 12.1, and Windows Phone requiring 13.3. We?re changing those requirements this year, so if you?ve been connecting to an older PRTG release with your smartphone, you should prepare for the change!
What do weather forecasts and predicting trends in IT have in common? There's a lot of talk about clouds. Really a lot. Believe me when I say I'm not a fan of chasing trends. Besides Big Data and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) especially the cloud has been squeezed dry by IT media. No drop of rain left. That being said, I do believe in sensible adoption of technology: At Paessler we are already using a lot of cloud services and even have set up our own cloud to provide push notifications to our users.
Although bandwidth isn't as strictly limited as it was some time ago, the perception of seemingly unlimited bandwidth can trigger problems in productive environments. Bandwidth has to be shared by a group of users who, especially in companies, have to rely on their remote services to run smoothly. Therefore it's important to identify fluctuations in bandwidth usage early and distinctly. There are several possibilities to monitor bandwidth. PRTG Network Monitor offers a wide variety of options for bandwidth monitoring like, for example, via WMI, SNMP, xFlow (NetFlow and IPFIX, sFlow, jFlow), or Packet Sniffer. Depending on the type of network devices, each technology has its advantages and disadvantages. For an overview of the different bandwidth monitoring approaches, please have a look at the PRTG manual.
If you think back and try to remember the events that have been influencing your company's IT over the last few months, how many of them were security-related? After Heartbleed and POODLE it's on everybody's agenda to keep their SSL certificates up-to-date. As a PRTG Network Monitor user, you can now easily check the SSL connectivity to your devices' ports with the new SSL Security Check sensor.
If you're a long-time Paessler customer, you will have noticed that, over the last couple of years, we have streamlined our product portfolio and focused our energy more and more on our flagship product PRTG Network Monitor. During this development, for example, the functionalities of PRTG Router Traffic Grapher and IPCheck Server Monitor have merged into PRTG Network Monitor. This not only helps us as a company to make the most of our resources, it also strongly benefits our customers as they get all the capabilities they need to monitor the individual components of their specific IT infrastructure, virtual or physical, in just one product?without having to purchase any add-ons. Simply put, PRTG is the complete package.
In some jobs reaction time is vital. For paramedics and emergency doctors receiving early notification and reliable information can be a matter of life and death. Although your life as an IT administrator is hopefully not threatened by receiving delayed information, being informed as soon as some component or service in your network behaves in an unusual way at least can save your free evening or your weekend.?With push notifications, PRTG Network Monitor now offers a feature that can alert you in the blink of an eye.
You don't use a database unless you have to store important information that is relevant for your business. Consequently it's vital for the stored data to be accessible at any time with the best performance possible. That's why it's of the utmost importance for you as a system administrator to know the current status of your databases and to be alerted if the status changes.
PRTG Network Monitor offers various possibilities for Linux monitoring. The easiest way is to use one of our native sensors that run on the Local Probe or the Remote Probe of a Windows system, located in your network, and gather data via SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), WBEM (Web-Based Enterprise Management), or SSH (Secure Shell)?like, for example, monitoring the memory usage of your Linux/Unix system using the SSH Meminfo sensor.
It's almost December and yet 2014 doesn't seem to leave any room for peace and quiet?at least not for system administrators. Even in the year's final quarter there seems to be no break from new headlines about security vulnerabilities: 2014 will definitely be one of those years for everyone in IT to remember. Unfortunately, not all memories are good ones. Some might even be downright scary. Do you recall the morning you went to work and received news about the OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug or the POODLE vulnerability only a few weeks ago? We certainly do?and this by far weren't the only security related surprises, the last few months held in store for IT administrators and managers worldwide.
Did you know with PRTG Network Monitor you have a full scale SNMP Trap Receiver at hand? With SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) traps you can easily track reports of important incidents and data. SNMP-enabled devices trigger these asynchronous notifications for various reasons, such as system events, outages, critical conditions, and many more. PRTG collects these messages, stores them in a high performance database, and analyzes their content.
When I started as the Android Developer at Paessler nearly two years ago, my sole task was to build a native Android client that wasn?t this. Beyond the requirement that it be ?better than that?, it was mostly left up to me how it looked and functioned, within the parameters that it works like a PRTG user would expect (so, there?ll be no Tinder-like carousel of "swipe left to favorite this sensor/swipe right to delete it" UI in the Android app, as I?m sure you?re delighted to hear).
Remember when we told you we're on our way to Barcelona? We gave our team a camera to ask happy customers for a short testimonial. A Paessler team would not be a Paessler team though if they did not use their camera for filming a tutorial during breaks.
Six years ago the IT landscape was quite different from what we are used to today. Six years ago? That doesn't seem like such a long time! Well, in technology it is. In this regard you could almost compare tech years to dog years. Let's think back to 2008: Apple has just released the first generation of its iPhone, virtualization was being made more approachable with VMware Workstation 6.5, and Windows 7 had not even reached its beta phase. From today's perspective it seems like another world and it's no surprise also PRTG Network Monitor has come a long way, since version 7 has been released in 2008.