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Corona distance-tracking solution with Cisco Meraki and PRTG

Do you remember the summer of 2019, when we danced together at music festivals, populated beaches and went to the supermarket without being counted at the entrance? And all of this without a face mask? In 2020, many things have changed. Suddenly there is this fear of the virus, you pick up the word "Corona" in just about every conversation and much of the former easygoingness is suddenly gone.

INSYS icom and PRTG: a use case in getting data from the factory floor

In an industrial IT environment, IT and Operational Technology (OT) have for a long time been two separate worlds. But recent digitization has started changing that, which means that combining these two aspects in your monitoring concept has become vital.

Reloaded: A review for PRTG, $25 for you!

In March 2020, Gartner gave away fifty $25 Visa gift cards for published reviews on their Peer Insights review portal. Now, with a new Gartner program, we are able to sponsor another 50 cards.  How to get one?  

Introducing the new Zoom Service Status sensor in PRTG

Remote working and teaching is becoming increasingly common in companies and schools across all countries. Today, more and more people, students, and pupils are working and learning from home. As a result, companies and educational institutions need to ensure that their staff have the tools to provide the best communication experience within their own four walls.

Let's ping your network

Ping is a command-line tool available for practically any operating system with network connectivity and is used as a test to determine if a network device is reachable. The ping command sends a request over the network to a specific device. A successful ping results in a response from the pinging computer back to the original computer. Below we will show you what ping and latency actually are, why measuring them is so important and how PRTG can save you a lot of work and time. Let's get started!

Our new MQTT sensors: video tutorials

Over the past few months, we've rolled out several new MQTT sensors for PRTG Network Monitor that enhance the capabilities for monitoring the IoT and IIoT. In the near future, I'll be giving you some examples of use cases to demonstrate their usefulness in industrial IT, but for now, we put together some tutorial videos to show you how to use the sensors.

Monitor your medical systems with PRTG – join our webinar!

Modern hospitals are highly digitized. The availability of patient data is at the heart of this digitization. Traditional IT systems and medical IT must work together seamlessly and require a central monitoring solution. How PRTG makes this possible while combining performance, clarity and usability is explained in this article. And we're offering a free webinar at the end of September; all the information you need can be found below. Be quick and register today!

Perfect Monitoring - Combine PRTG's Breadth with Flowmon’s Depth

PRTG provides a broad overview of the health and performance of networks of all sizes. By combining that breadth of monitoring, with the deep dive traffic analytics of Flowmon, administrators gain insight into what’s happening in their networks. To find out more about getting insight into your IT with Flowmon and PRTG Network Monitor, sign up for our webinar by clicking this banner (and then read on below):

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

The Domain Name System (DNS) plays a vital role in many company networks. Therefore, it is highly important that your DNS infrastructure is as stable as possible while making sure that none of your records have been compromised. With the new DNS v2 sensor, it’s now possible to not only monitor your DNS servers or public DNS servers while getting comprehensive statistics on them. It’s also possible to monitor your records that are hosted on them.

PRTG Network Monitor 20.3.61 includes 5 brand new sensor types

Finally! Our latest PRTG version 20.3.61 has been available for download in the stable channel for a few days now, and the release is a blast! No less than 134 resolved issues including 5 new sensor types, 4 updated language files and dozens of other neat improvements and fixes. But first things first, let's take a look at the new sensor types, they’re called...

Introducing the new MQTT sensors for PRTG

Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) is a simple lightweight protocol for transmitting data between machines. It has become one of the most important protocols in the internet of things (IoT) and now plays a major role for many companies. However, this protocol has already existed since 1999 and was developed by IBM. In 2014, it was approved as a standard by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standard (OASIS).

Government 3.0: using monitoring for next-generation government IT

There’s a term called e-government and it basically describes the use of technical resources to provide public services to citizens in a region or a whole country. In principle, the term covers all mutual relationships: It consists of the digital interactions between a citizen and the government, between a central government and government agencies or regional institutions, between a government and its citizens, between a government and its employees, and finally between government and businesses. E-government and Government 2.0 are sometimes used interchangeably, with Gartner defining the latter term as having the following characteristics; It is citizen- and employer-driven, it keeps evolving and is transformational, it requires a blend of planning and nurturing, it needs pattern-based strategy capabilities and finally calls for a new management style. In the meantime, however, areas such as big data, Internet of Things, administrative and business process management, blockchain and sophisticated monitoring are all driving public sector innovation, creating improvements in service delivery, resource management, and decision making. This transformation is often referred to as Government 3.0. Let's take a look at how monitoring enhances the technical possibilities of government IT in the 2020s.

Monitoring educational IT infrastructures with PRTG

For years there was a strong trend for schools and universities to deliver more and more content in virtual format, making learning and studying independent from time and place. With the coronavirus pandemic, this process has been accelerated to the speed of light. Within one day pupils and students had to stay at home; schools and universities became 100% virtual.

How to quickly monitor the latency of your network with PRTG

Latency is a very crucial key element that contributes to the speed of any network. The term refers to a measurement of the time it takes for a data packet to travel between two points. This is often called "latency" or “round-trip time,” and a low latency network connection is one that generally experiences small delay times – a high latency connection generally suffers from long delays. Not keeping latency spikes to a minimum will endanger the reliability of a whole network. When latency is too high, problems with VoIP and video conferences are likely to arise; furthermore, transmission errors can prevent images from loading. So it's clear that latency issues might push the capacities of any IT department to the limit, present challenges for entire business strategies and can become a serious concern.

Monitoring Stormshield Network Security (SNS) with PRTG

Network communication is presented in millions or even billions of incoming and outgoing network packets that are continuously being transmitted in the network. Integrating a powerful firewall with advanced functionalities that can do deep packet inspection and control what traffic should be allowed or denied is very important. There are different ways to do it, and one of them is by using Next-Gen UTM firewalls. Thanks to Stormshield Network Security (SNS), we can anticipate attacks and protect digital infrastructure from potential cybersecurity attacks. Stormshield Network Security solutions are built on the concept of Multi-Layer Collaborative Security. This holistic approach, based on active collaboration between the security engines of Stormshield products and solutions, represents the future of in-depth IT systems protection.