This is my fourth article about monitoring physical servers with Paessler PRTG. The first three articles were about Dell PowerEdge, IBM System X and Fujitsu servers. We also recently started recording video tutorials on these topics, so stay tuned!
The complexity of monitoring a data center increases with its size. In addition to monitoring IT components and the network infrastructure, the monitoring of environmental parameters is becoming more and more important. This is because both IT hardware and facilities play a critical role in large data center operations.
If you’re a camping fanatic in Europe, you have no doubt heard of Truma. Providing accessories for RVs over the past 7 decades or so, they have become a mainstay in the hearts of campers. Many of us here at Paessler are outdoors types, so you can imagine how much we enjoyed digging into how they use our Paessler PRTG monitoring software. We documented it in a case study here. But what was of particular interest to me as someone who writes a lot about PRTG in industrial settings was how they use it in their manufacturing environment.
Swiss cloud and IT service provider Somnitec AG, with the help of the Paessler PRTG experts at CORP-IT, has set up comprehensive monitoring to maximize the reliability of its customers’ IT systems.
Data center availability is one of the most important aspects when downtime can also quickly have a financial impact. In order to detect problems at an early stage and thus avoid downtime, the term "predictive maintenance" becomes increasingly important. In an ideal situation, predictive maintenance allows for the lowest possible maintenance frequency to avoid unscheduled reactive maintenance without incurring the cost of too much preventive maintenance.
Paessler PRTG is well known as a monitoring solution for IT network infrastructures of all sizes and provides IT administrators with a holistic view of the overall enterprise IT. But it can also contribute to increasing the transparency of IT services, something that is becoming more important with growing complexity of IT delivery options. This example shows how PRTG together with KnowledgeRiver's data control utility DC360Ocean helped an international bank in UAE shine a light on their IT services.
Bechtle in Bielefeld, Germany, relies increasingly on PRTG monitoring for its IT service offers, and thereby creates added value for its customers. For Bechtle customer STIEBEL ELTRON, this amounts to a more stable WLAN and more reliable automated guided vehicles (AGVs).
I remember my first physical server I worked with: it was a Fujitsu tower server. It was running Windows Server 2003 and AD DS role. Somehow, I feel sentimental when thinking about it. If you have followed our blog and my previous two articles, you already learnt how to enable SNMP and monitor Dell PowerEdge and IBM System X using PRTG. Now, in this article, my focus is on the Fujitsu servers.
With a long history and a focus on IT infrastructure monitoring in Windows networks, Paessler PRTG originated in the Windows environment. IT administrators from all over the world needed a monitoring solution that would also reliably monitor the associated infrastructure in their largely Windows-based network to ensure the constant availability of the network, network components, and servers. The majority of our users are therefore familiar with Windows servers and feel confident in setting up, configuring, and using the Microsoft environment and routinely performing all their necessary tasks. This is why our PRTG server still runs on all relevant Windows versions and can be installed very easily and quickly. Users who do not want to take care of hardware can also subscribe to PRTG as a service and let Paessler take care of the server maintenance.
Large companies usually have distributed data centers, which brings significant advantages in terms of aspects like performance and efficiency. The data centers might be distributed within a city, a country or even worldwide. However, the challenge always remains the same - not to lose the holistic overview.
🌼🐝 Giving unused areas of land back to nature is the right thing to do. The population of bees in particular is severely endangered in many industrialized nations. Although the worldwide numbers seem to be on the rise, Western Europe has witnessed a horrifying 37% reduction in bee colonies compared to 1990. And yet we need both solitary and communal bees for a healthy ecosystem and a functioning agriculture. The good news: It is not all that difficult to create a habitat in which the little fellas feel at home. We have transformed unused space in front of our headquarters in Nuremberg into a true bee-friendly paradise. What's missing now are the bees. So if you know any, send them our way! Much obliged.
As former British politician Amber Rudd once said: “Automation is driving the decline of banal and repetitive tasks.”
PRTG 22.3.79 is now available in the stable release channel! This version comes with the new Microsoft 365 Mailbox sensor, the new FortiGate System Statistics sensor, an update for OpenSSL libraries, NetFlow sensors with IPv6 support, and six more experimental NetApp v2 sensors.
In recent times, I’ve written a lot about how Paessler PRTG monitoring software is well-suited to monitoring OT (Operational Technology) components in industrial environments. We’ve covered using PRTG to monitor everything from OPC UA servers to SCADA systems. And in this article, I’ll take a look at another common element of OT: the DCS, or Distributed Control System. I’ll go into how PRTG can be used to monitor a DCS. But first, let’s get a definition of DCS.
Availability is not just a buzzword when talking about monitoring large or distributed data centers, but is one of the most important aspects of it. Every IT administrator or IT responsible person has the goal of avoiding downtime at all costs. Not only does downtime mean annoyed users, it can also quickly lead to financial losses for a company. Today, the availability of business services goes hand in hand with the availability of IT services. Especially for MSPs, customer satisfaction is critical, so there is no room for unavailable or non-functioning business environments. For this reason, any interruption of services needs to be a thing of the past! 👉 Quit playing games with the heart of your IT