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Why CPU monitoring matters (and what PRTG can do for you)

The CPU is probably the most important component of any device in your network. And that is "probably" as in probably the earth is spherical. CPU obviously has the potential to affect network performance; not only somehow, but in some cases very seriously. CPU monitoring is the difference between network stability and performance deterioration. Having no powerful and dependable way to monitor the CPU makes the life of every sysadmin quite difficult.

Environmental and city monitoring in Coburg

Coburg is a small picturesque town in the Bavarian administrative district of Upper Franconia*, with just over 40,000 inhabitants and a population density of 854 inhabitants per km². The town is situated between the southern foothills of the Thuringian Forest, the Lange Berge and the Main valley – and when you look over Coburg's old town you see almost as much green space as houses. In short, when you think of a futuristic urban project in the context of Environmental Monitoring or Smart Cities, you are inclined not to think of a small and local town like Coburg. And therein lies already the first mistake. As we at Paessler have learned, it is precisely the decision makers of smaller towns and communities who are happy to learn about technical possibilities and innovations, because they honestly care about the well-being of their inhabitants. And the second mistake is that the term "Smart City" has unfortunately become far too vague (in fact, it has almost become an empty filler word in the tech industry) to describe what we at Paessler have already implemented together with strong partners and will continue to implement in the future. i* Wait, what? 😵 Germany is a small country, but we want to have some states too, ok? So we divide everything into even smaller units. Let me break it down for you: Bavaria is a southern, rather rural state in Germany; a government district is the next lower level. Upper Franconia is in the northern part of Bavaria and this is not the part of Bavaria where you would expect to see many Lederhosen. You can put some on, but that makes you look like an embarrassing tourist.

How to deploy PRTG Network Monitor in AWS, Azure and GCP

In October 2017, Paessler launched the first hosted offering of PRTG built on the AWS platform. Since launching that first version of “PRTG Hosted by Paessler” our cloud team has gained a tremendous amount of experience with managing and automating AWS services.Need proof? Check out our own Greg Campion in the video below, as he explains the back end functions for maintaining a hosted solution for our customers running PRTG in the cloud. Over that time, we now have customers across every industry using our hosted offering as it provides nearly all the benefits of an on-premise installation of PRTG without the concerns of updates, backups, redundancy or mobile app connectivity within a flexible SaaS subscription model.

Get more visibility into Hyper-V Server with PRTG

Virtualization is a comprehensive subject and it doesn’t only relate to hardware virtualization, but also application virtualization, network virtualization, storage virtualization, and more. The focus of today’s article is about hardware virtualization powered by Microsoft, known as Hyper-V. The first release of the Hyper-V Server took place in Windows Server 2008 and it still exists in Windows Server 2019. Besides that, Microsoft also provides a Hyper-V Core Server that is available since the release of Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V that comes integrated into Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions.

Display live video on your PRTG map

Those of you who are familiar with PRTG Network Monitor know that it’s great for monitoring CCTV systems. We’ve published articles and “How To” guides on the subject, and we’re technology partners with leading camera manufacturers such as Axis.

Monitoring SQL server performance with PRTG

SQL performance is measured by how efficiently and quickly SQL queries can perform the required function. It can be assessed by the time it takes to complete the operation and whether the output of the operation matches the expected requirements. Ongoing evaluation of SQL server performance helps to minimize response times and maximize throughput, which results in optimal performance. You need to analyze the application requirements, understand the physical structure of the data, and assess database usage. There are always various ways to improve SQL performance!

Monitoring converged industrial IT infrastructure

Convergence is something that almost all technological areas are facing, and industrial IT is no exception. And while factory floors and production lines are scrambling to meet the new challenges brought about by convergence, there is another aspect they must consider, too: how to monitor it all. But before we get to the monitoring aspect, we first should consider just what this convergence means for industrial IT.

PRTG Network Monitor 20.2.59 enhances IoT monitoring capabilities

A quick look at the calendar tells me that it's June 10, 2020. 90% of my colleagues (including myself) continue to work remotely from our homes. This is also reflected in the release 20.2.59 of PRTG Network Monitor, which was developed entirely at home - thanks to the advantages of agile, location-independent software development.

Network management at Quaker Houghton runs smoothly thanks to PRTG

Quaker Houghton is the global leader in industrial process fluids. With 4,400 employees, a robust presence around the world, including operations in over 25 countries, their customers include thousands of the world’s most advanced and specialized steel, aluminum, automotive, aerospace, offshore, can, mining, and metalworking companies. Quaker Houghton is headquartered in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, located near Philadelphia in the United States. The European headquarters is located in Uithoorn, North Holland. From this location, Erik Kemper, Senior Global Infrastructure Engineer, together with his two American IT colleagues, manages Quaker Houghton's global network infrastructure.

SNMP traps in PRTG

Before we go into depth on the differences between Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) traps and informs, we must first have a solid understanding of what a trap is.

Getting Modbus TCP data into PRTG

Modbus is a communications protocol that has been in use since the 70s, and has become standard for connecting electronic industrial devices. Modbus RTU and Modbus ASCII are used for serial communication, while Modbus TCP is used for devices connected to a TCP/IP network.  For IT professionals in a factory setting, who are maintaining traditional network elements and industry-specific infrastructure, Modbus TCP devices often contain important information needed for monitoring the entire infrastructure. Because it would be good to get this information into PRTG, we are currently working on a Modbus TCP sensor. But we’d love to get your feedback on your use cases and requirements, and what features you want from Modbus TCP sensor.

Monitor your entire storage system with PRTG

More and more data is being created worldwide every year. While 33 zettabytes of data were generated in 2018, forecasts predict that about 163 zettabytes will be generated in 2025. 20 percent of this will be critical for our everyday life and another 10 percent will be hypercritical, meaning necessary for the continuity of daily life. By 2025, every person in the world with Internet access will be interacting with networked devices on average 4,800 times a day - equivalent to one interaction every 18 seconds. This is mainly due to the rapid development of embedded systems and the Internet of Things (IOT).

11 Tips to help your users be better at Zoom

If you're a system administrator, you've probably had a lot to do with Zoom lately. In fact, in no time at all, the word "Zoom" has become a verb—as in, "Let's zoom about this tomorrow".

Top 5 most frequent challenges sysadmins face

Anyone who is in charge of a company's IT infrastructure has to deal with many different topics. In addition to projects, the main focus is on the smooth operation of the network. A disruption not only annoys the employees but can also have financial consequences for the company.

PRTG version 20.2.58 includes PRTG Enterprise Console remover

I'm a bit late in introducing you to the most interesting features of PRTG version 20.2.58. The release has been available for download in the stable channel since the end of April, and you probably already have it up and running. The reason for my delayed reporting is - apart from the fact that I had some vacation time in between - that we are busy working on version 20.2.59. This one contains new sensors and I can hardly wait for the release date.