With 12 million active users daily and 156,000 organizations subscribed to the app (in 2021), Slack is one of the most popular and rapidly growing apps to connect teams, unify their systems, and drive their business forward. It is integrated into the Paessler PRTG monitoring notification system, which means, in the case of data center outages, PRTG can trigger notifications and send them directly to the Slack channel(s) you want. This sounds convenient, doesn't it? There are also many other notification types you can try, which we covered in other articles that are listed at the end of this article.
Modbus. It’s a fieldbus protocol that’s been around longer than many of the engineers and technicians who use it. And yet it isn’t going away. Even in 2021, the two common variants of Modbus – Modbus TCP and Modbus RTU – make up 10% of the industrial network market. This is one of the reasons why we included Modbus functionality in our Paessler PRTG monitoring software. We previously wrote about how you can use Modbus TCP as part of your industrial monitoring with PRTG; since then, we also added Modbus RTU capability to PRTG. But what advantages does monitoring with Modbus bring? We’ll get to that. But first, let’s take a look at examples of how you’d use Modbus in your monitoring concept.
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To ensure the smooth operation of a data center, your first priority is to avoid errors and problems with the server hardware. In the age of virtualization, it is crucial to keep an eye on the hypervisors and to eliminate incipient problems before they lead to malfunctions or even failures - regardless of which manufacturer your server hardware is made by.
If you monitor your server hardware in your data center with PRTG, you are probably familiar with the System Health Sensor for hardware like Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc., which allows you to monitor the status of the CPU fan, the battery, and also overall system status, among other things. Each sensor includes numerous channels that let you keep a detailed eye on your hardware. But did you know that PRTG also lets you monitor the system health of your server hardware via the Redfish protocol?
The concept of Closing the Loop in itself is very simple. For every workplace device a customer buys, a corresponding amount of electronic waste is recycled – with a clear focus on Africa, where electronic waste is a ubiquitous problem. In the pre-Corona year of 2019 alone, the world accumulated 53.6 million tons of e-waste. That's an almost indescribably large number. And the annual amount of electronic waste will continue to increase, as also stated by the Global E-Waste Monitor 2020. Those that suffer the most from this development are developing countries. When we found out about Closing the Loop, it was clear to us that we wanted to be a part of it. After all, if you read our blog regularly, you know that we are committed to the reduction of resource consumption.
Did you feel that moment of wondering when you were told that your new applications would be hosted in the cloud? I did. At what point did you really feel ready to manage them?
Syslog – One log to rule them all. Calling all Sysadmins - I hope you have December 3rd marked down in your diaries this year? On that day, one of the most vital, but undervalued utilities in the admin’s toolkit turns 18. The first draft of the Syslog protocol was published by the IETF on that date, in 2003.
Our latest version of Paessler PRTG Network Monitor is now available in the stable release channel.
Industrial PCs have many uses within industrial Operational Technology (OT), such as controlling processes and machines, data acquisition, or acting as front-ends for control computers in distributed processing environments. And when it comes to key players in the PC-based automation market, Beckhoff Automation is considered one of the pioneers. In fact, their IPCs can be found in many industrial environments. Because of their crucial role in industrial architecture, it’s important to monitor them to make sure they are performing as they should be. Here’s how to monitor Beckhoff IPCs using Paessler PRTG, monitoring software that brings IT and OT into one view.
Compared to other countries, Germany has always been very attached to the "culture of presence". Now, however, the pandemic has proven to skeptics that things can be done differently and has dispelled many concerns. What was the privilege of a minority among Germany's workforce before the pandemic has become a mass phenomenon in these times of seemingly endless corona lockdowns. Office workplaces have been relocated to the office at home. The door to modern working has been pushed wide open! The proportion of employees in Germany who work predominantly from home offices recently rose from 5% to 25%. This means that home offices are unlikely to become a rarity, even after the pandemic. Here at Paessler, too, the majority of employees work remotely.
How do you cool a server room when the AC unit isn’t working? Well, what about good old ventilation fans? While this might not sound like a workable solution, it’s exactly the idea our colleague Michael had when he faced an overheated server room in a previous job.
On the 29th of April 2021, Buffalo celebrated 18 years of business in the network-attached storage world. Their initial focus was home and Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) users. With the further development of TeraStation, it has been expanded to SMB (small and medium business) users. The first TeraStation model, the HD-HTGL/R5, released in December 2004 and received a lot of attention with a chassis that can house four drives and a full-sized power unit while keeping a compact form factor. Today’s TeraStation supports 10GbE speed, cloud integration capability, and the most robust physical and logical data security features ever provided on a TeraStation.
One of the greatest benefits of monitoring OT and IT in an industrial environment is the ability to put important information onto dashboards so that the right teams can see the right data. I’ve already written about how a dashboard can provide a good overview of IT and OT convergence. Now, with this article, I’ll take a look at another example of dashboards in industrial IT. This time, we show the health and status of an industrial cabinet and its contents.
Have you ever wanted to see what our Paessler PRTG Enterprise Monitor looks like and how it differs from PRTG Network Monitor?