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Monitoring Microsoft Direct Access with PRTG

In the time of global crisis affected by COVID-19, where many companies are working from home, there are different technologies used by end-users to remotely access corporate network infrastructure. These include different types of VPNs and Direct Access. The health of the network infrastructure and the quality of the remote connections is directly related to the business and customer satisfaction. Based on this, it is highly important to have all business services up and running. The proper medicine is in being proactive and monitoring and managing the health state of remote connections by using the right monitoring tool, PRTG Network Monitor. We have already discussed how PRTG can monitor VPN connections before. If you missed it, check this link.

Monitoring from home with PRTG: 3 things to watch in your IT network

The recent move towards remote work in the past few weeks has been nothing short of tremendous. In most cases, IT departments all over the world have just about worked miracles to get it all working (just like ours did). But, as any IT administrator will tell you: the battle is not over. Because it’s one thing to get this all up and running, but another thing to keep it up and running. 

Go big with Paessler PRTG Enterprise Monitor

The challenges with monitoring large IT environments are plentiful: often the infrastructure is distributed over multiple locations, you probably have hundreds or even thousands of devices to monitor, and you are usually dealing with multiple monitoring solutions and hardware manufacturers. Additionally, many devices provide their own dashboards, which means that you have more than one place to look when you are troubleshooting problems or performing diagnostics.

IoT – Is it a hype?

In my opinion, right now there's way too much hype on the technologies and not enough attention to the real businesses behind them. (Mark Cuban) Technological hypes have the interesting characteristics of being both devastating and significant. They can disruptively cause entire companies to cease to exist virtually overnight, and perhaps at the same time show what society and the economy are most diseased by. If you follow the buzzword "IoT" in publications, new products and general price developments on the market, you might suspect that IoT  has been a more or less pronounced hype for quite some time now; but is that right?

Paessler BitDecoder presented in a keynote at the embedded world 2020

We already announced the launch of the Paessler BitDecoder a few months ago. Here we present to you what there is to know about the Paessler BitDecoder in the form of a keynote video from the embedded world 2020.

All you need to know about PRTG Release 20.1.57 (and some additional updates…)

It's not that long ago that I wrote about PRTG release 20.1.56 here in the blog. Due to the worldwide COVID-19 situation, I also got a bit confused regarding times and priorities. How we as a company continue to work in these stormy times, and what tips we have for you, you can read here:

Monitoring complex IoT environments with a no-code approach

This goes to all developers of IoT solutions, be it in the Smart Building, Industry, Agriculture or Smart Environment fields. Do you want to build something that does not yet exist, something that makes people's lives better, or at least helps industry to optimize processes? Do you want to implement your project as quickly and effectively as possible and above all else, with as little coding as possible? Let's talk about an IoT no-code approach!

New versions of PRTG for Android and PRTG for iOS: 20.0.0

A few days ago we published an update for our mobile apps and released version 20.0.0 of PRTG for Android and PRTG for iOS. We have decided to have a staged rollout, so not every device will immediately receive the new version.

PRTG Desktop for Linux available as Public Beta NOW!

In mid-January we teased that we were working on a Linux version of PRTG Desktop. In a previous blog article, we asked for your feedback on which Linux distributions you use - thanks for your participation!

PRTG Release 20.1.56 comes with an AWS Cost Sensor (and other cool features)

Whew, what's the best way to start today? The stable release 20.1.56 of PRTG Network Monitor was released almost a month ago (which means that the next version, 20.1.57, will be online soon). Usually we let 1-2 weeks pass between the initial release and the blog post. This gives us time to collect feedback and maybe add some more information to the article.

CovidCare: Helping hospitals in the COVID-19 crisis

Click here for a German version of this blog post. The current crisis surrounding the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of COVID-19, has had an effect on us as both individuals and as a company. A week ago, our entire team began working remotely from home so that we can stay healthy and maintain the high standards of productivity that our customers are used to. But "staying safe and sound" was not enough for us as employees of Paessler AG; Dirk Paessler, our founder, wanted to go further and use his knowledge and data-driven instincts to develop a tool that would help hospitals and clinics in the current crisis to estimate potential case numbers. To this end, he launched a hackathon last weekend, and we present the result to you here.

COVID-19: Keep your business running in 5 steps

Well, that was a weird way to start the roaring twenties, seriously. The world has to deal with a global pandemic, which, besides medical problems, also raises questions about how to live and work together. Governments in the most affected countries have already recommended that employees remain home wherever possible. Many tech companies have either forced their employees to work from home or at least offered them the opportunity to do so. But how exactly do you meet the technical demands to ensure that daily business, the necessary communication and versatile access to the required data are possible remotely? The following are some of the experiences we at Paessler have had in setting up our own plan for remote work during the crisis that is SARS-CoV-2, aka the novel coronavirus and the cause of COVID-19.  Although we already could work remotely from time to time before this crisis, we are really confronted with this challenge now. We would like to share our experiences and what we have learned. For some context, read about the measures we have taken at Paessler and how we are currently working. Before you start with the first considerations, you should define a crisis team that has an overview of the current situation in the company and creates the basis for all further actions. The following steps should serve as a guideline to prepare your IT infrastructure:

Business continuity at Paessler in times of COVID-19

The coronavirus is currently keeping the entire globe busy, and the media is reporting a lot about it. It’s an unusual situation that affects life as we know it, both society and the economy alike. If you’re reading this specific COVID-19 news item within the flood of information surrounding this topic, you’re most likely a PRTG user, or an avid reader of our blog. Therefore, let’s state the most important thing first:    We at Paessler are committed and prepared to support you during this time of uncertainty with the same level of high-quality services as you are used to. That’s possible thanks to our IT team, who did one heck of a job to provide us with a solid technical infrastructure. Seriously, these gals and guys rock! (By the way, we plan to share some insights in how we have approached this, so stay tuned for an article later this week...) 

A review for PRTG, $25 for you!

Update April, 16th: Since we posted this blog article, 80 PRTG reviews have been published on the Gartner Peer Insights for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics page. Your support makes us proud and happy! A big thank you from us for all those wonderful reviews. Just to let you know: The 50 Visa gift cards have been given to the first 50 reviewers. We will keep you informed about future promotions, so stay tuned to our blog. ---

The Grafana data source for PRTG has been updated

There's great news for PRTG users who also use Grafana — the PRTG data source has been updated with improvements and fixes by its developer (a user called Neuralfraud on GitHub). And if you don't know what Grafana is, or didn't know that you can use it with PRTG, now is a good time to jump in!