Paessler Updates Network Monitor
February 15, 2011 Alex Woodie
German software developer Paessler this month unveiled a new release of PRTG Network Monitor, its award-winning network monitoring tool that is used by small and medium-sized businesses. Paessler says it has boosted the performance of the underlying database with PRTG 8.2, which also supports IBM i servers via Syslog.
PRTG Network Monitor is a Windows-based tool designed to help administrators understand how their local and wide area networks are behaving so they can minimize any disruptions to critical applications and services. The software collects network data from more than 80 types of sensors, including standards like Syslog, SNMP, WMI, and NetFlow. Some PRTG customers monitor IBM i servers and applications via Syslog.
With PRTG version 8.2, Paessler overhauled the product’s underlying database to make it faster and more responsive to user requests for log files, to do lists, and other reports. The company says the new “turbo-charged” database will function up to 300 times faster. Large PRTG implementations involving 500 or more sensors will see the biggest performance boost.
Paessler also overhauled the auto-discovery mode with PRTG 8.2. It also added new auto-discovery templates for Linux e-mail servers, RDP servers, and the Xen hypervisors.
Pricing for the commercial version of PRTG ranges from $400 for a 100-sensor implementation to $32,500 for an unlimited number of sensors. There is also a freeware version from the company’s website at www.paessler.com.