PRTG Network Monitor Aims to Simplify Connected Device, IoT Management

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2016-06-19 Print this article Print
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That means taking a test drive is a simple task of downloading, installing and entering a demonstration key.

Installation takes little more than running an executable and entering a license key. The installation is fully automated and can be accomplished in a matter of minutes. The installation wizard also handles the initial probe of the network and discovery of connected devices using a guided script.

The product steps administrators through the initial configuration process, vastly simplifying what would normally be a time-consuming task. Once the setup is complete, administrators are automatically logged into the main dashboard and are ready to start using the product.

Administrators will find there are multiple use cases for PRTG, ranging from day-to-day monitoring to advanced network troubleshooting to traffic discovery forensics. However, using PRTG starts with identifying what’s on the network and understanding how those devices communicate. That creates the foundation for analyzing network usage and identifying the status of connected devices, an important capability for those looking to proactively manage the network.

The Rise of the Internet of Things

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing network managers today is the ability to understand the impact of IoT devices on the network. Here, PRTG Network Monitor V16 proves to be a valuable ally by making it simple to include IoT devices in the network management process.

Not only is Paessler adding new sensors to the mix constantly, but PRTG offers full support for monitoring SNMP and WMI traffic, as well as NetFlow, sFlow, jFlow, and packet sniffing, which creates a robust monitoring infrastructure to include IoT devices.

If IoT devices do not support any of the above technologies, then network managers can turn to the PRTG RESTful API, which gives the ability to create/edit/delete custom monitoring objects to access device data. What’s more, the product provides the capability to create custom sensors built as executables, CMD scripts, Powershell commands, as well as other scripts to query devices.

Simply put, the tools provided with PRTG allow network managers to integrate IoT devices into their management infrastructure to gather the knowledge needed to judge network loads, look for bottlenecks, determine bandwidth utilization, as well as monitor the health of those connected devices. This capability will prove a critical factor for those managing networks, considering that market research firm Gartner predicts that IoT device deployment will grow from 5 billon devices to more than 20 billion by 2020.

Unified Network Monitoring and Management

One of the most impressive capabilities of the PRTG Network Monitor is the ease with which it can unify the network monitoring and management process. In the past, network managers used to have to rely on numerous, non-integrated tools to monitor network operations.

That often meant recreating policies and alerts as well as data-gathering tasks across multiple monitoring products. PRTG 16 allows administrators to monitor all network devices on a single dashboard and set alert policy scripts based on what is happening across the whole network.

PRTG is able to accomplish this by using a multi-pronged approach to monitoring, which combines product-specific sensors, with “open” technologies, such as SNMP, WMI, Netflow, etc., to make sure every physical or virtual device on the network is accounted for and monitored.



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