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14.10.2019

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Maker Monday Returns With...Slot Cars?

Maker Monday is a show aimed at makers on our YouTube channel. In season one, we did things like build a smart mailbox, integrate a Sonoff S20 with Home Assistant, and build a particulate matter sensor to measure the air quality on New Year's Eve. And now we're back with season t...

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11.10.2019

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Das war die it-sa 2019

Vom 08. – 10 Oktober 2019 fand die IT-Security Messe it-sa statt. Zahlreiche Besucher strömten nach Nürnberg, um sich über die neuesten Technologien und Lösungen rund um das Thema IT-Sicherheit zu informieren. Wir haben ein paar Eindrücke gesammelt.

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09.10.2019

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All You Need to Know About PRTG Release 19.3.51 and 19.3.52

The PRTG release version 19.3.52 has been available for installation in the stable channel for a few days now. Maybe you already have the version in use, or you are planning the update. As regular readers already know, in these posts I give you a short overview about the most exc...

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07.10.2019

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What I Learned About Agile By Building A Giant Carrera Racing Track

Here I stand, with duct tape in my hand, trying to fix an insane series of 39 loops of a giant Carrera slot car racing track. I screwed up, nothing works and time’s running out. I used to think that I’m better than a third-class hotfixer. But wait – I probably should start my sto...

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30.09.2019

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The Slope of Enlightenment: Monitoring the Cloud After the Hype

To get a perspective on any current hype—which right now includes Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things—it helps to take a look at the hyped topics of the past and ask ourselves: what was promised? What actually came out of it? And was it actually useful? Cloud compu...

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27.09.2019

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Is the Data of Your Patients Secure? Here's How to Check With PRTG

We live in an age where data leaks are a constant concern. Facebook, dating sites, even video gaming platforms: there have been countless leaks where personal data was made accessible through a security gap. But can you imagine data more personal than your medical data? Probably ...

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26.09.2019

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Meet Helmut Binder, the New CEO of Paessler AG

Only those who are ready to sever ties and leave, may break free from crippling habituation; or so the translated verses of a well-known German poem go. And in the imagery of a journey and departure into new, exciting tasks, I see many parallels to my life over the past weeks. I...

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26.09.2019

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Paessler monitort 550-Meter-Carrera-Bahn

Die Paessler AG hat in ihrem Firmengebäude eine 550 m lange Carrera-Bahn errichtet. Ziel war es, zu beweisen, dass mit dem Tool PRTG auch eine Carrera-Bahn gemonitort werden kann.

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25.09.2019

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Monitoring großer IT-Umgebungen

Paesslers Abonnementlizenz PRTG PLUS stehe Endkunden, die mehr als 5.000 Geräte überwachen müssen, ab sofort über zertifizierte Partner zur Verfügung. Da die neue Lizenz ausschließlich über den Channel vertrieben werde, möchte Paessler sein Partnernetzwerk weiter ausbauen.

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23.09.2019

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Monitoring a Carrera Slot Car Track with PRTG

Carrera slot cars are something that many children in Europe grow up with. And obviously it's about accumulating as many track pieces as possible to make race day exciting. But about 1,800 feet of race track is probably difficult for most children to pile up.

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18.09.2019

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Scaling PRTG Horizontally For Large Environments

If you use PRTG, you already know that it can monitor almost everything: from switches, routers, and firewalls through to printers and workstations, there are tons of options. As a very general rule of thumb, each device in your network will need an average of ten sensors to moni...

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16.09.2019

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5 Things I Learned While Interning as a Sysadmin

Paessler is very open-minded when it comes to ideas that help “broaden your horizon”. One of the great opportunities we have here is to do internships in other departments to learn new skills, understand pain points and grow together as a company. Since I’m fresh out of universit...

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13.09.2019

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How Technology Will Change Our Lives in the Next 5 Years

As an innovation manager, I am trying to keep pace with current tech trends and have come across a couple of exciting stories I want to share. After reading so many individual pieces of information, I am trying to see the bigger picture behind it all and what we’re aiming at. Som...

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09.09.2019

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Is It Possible to Monitor OSI Model Layer 8?

You no doubt know the OSI model, and you probably work with it every day. If you're a sysadmin and don't know what I'm talking about, then... no, everyone knows what I am talking about! 😊

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06.09.2019

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Why MQTT Is Everywhere, and the Security Issues It Faces

In a previous article, I detailed the history of MQTT and how it came to be one of the most commonly-used protocols when it comes to the Internet of Things. I ended that article by asking several questions: Why would someone choose MQTT over HTTP as a communication protocol? And ...

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04.09.2019

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Chris Dancy at the Paessler HQ - Part 2/2 🤖

What the world knows about Chris Dancy: He is the most connected human on earth. What we know about him (because he visited us): He's a very stimulating, likeable guy, who knows about the power of the data we each produce every day. The days with Chris were inspiring and we creat...

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02.09.2019

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How to Monitor Meeting Rooms with PRTG

Did you just receive a last-minute request for a customer call and are now frantically looking for a free meeting room? Do you spontaneously need to schedule a meeting and can’t figure out were to go? Fret no longer, PRTG has got you covered!

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02.09.2019

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In 4 Schritten zu einer IT-Sicherheitskultur

Internetkriminalität nimmt immer mehr zu und so stellt IT-Sicherheit eines der größten Risiken für Unternehmen dar. Während Unternehmen Vorkehrungen treffen können, um ihre Netzwerke und Daten zu schützen, ist einer der riskantesten Faktoren kaum einschätzbar: der Mensch. Die sch...

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28.08.2019

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Chris Dancy at the Paessler HQ - Part 1

What the world knows about Chris Dancy: He is the most connected human on earth. What we know about him (because he visited us): He's a very stimulating, likeable guy, who knows about the power of the data we all produce every day. The days with Chris were very inspiring and we c...

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26.08.2019

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SAP Monitoring with PRTG

Many large and medium-sized companies rely on SAP as their ERP solution for business-critical areas. One reason they use SAP is for its high availability features. A system failure or a performance degradation will cause high expenditures in IT and cause work restrictions for the...

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20.08.2019

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Company Network + Private IoT Devices = Trouble

The days of BYOD have changed the way we deal with our workplace. We now use private devices much more naturally in the workplace, perform certain work tasks using them, and are generally much more flexible. But what are the consequences if more and more employees bring more and ...

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19.08.2019

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How to Set Up Reports in PRTG in 5 Easy Steps

Your PRTG is up and running. You’ve built a flawless device tree with everything perfectly organized in accordance with your network hierarchy. You’re getting email, SMS and push notifications when things are down or problematic.But now the CIO wants regular reports about the upt...

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15.08.2019

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The Silex and the Fury: New Malware Tries to Destroy IoT Devices

A new malware called Silex is targeting IoT devices. The software does not want to take the devices over, in order to use them for DDoS attacks, but rather wants them to malfunction and shut down.

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12.08.2019

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8 Reasons Why Documentation Is Vital for Your IT Environment

Is IT documentation a source of joy, or a necessary evil? Experience shows that most companies only maintain IT documentation to comply with legal regulations.

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09.08.2019

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From Oil Pipelines to the IoT: A Brief History of MQTT

If it feels like the Internet of Things (IoT) has kind of gone from zero to ubiquitous hype in the space of no time at all, you're not wrong: it's only been around in its current form since the late 90s. Now I know, many might argue that there was a "smart" toaster in the 70s or ...

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07.08.2019

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One Flew over the Paessler's Nest

More and more companies are paying attention to their energy consumption, but only a few generate their own energy. We are quite happy that our roof now serves as more than just rain protection.

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05.08.2019

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Were You in IT Support 20 Years Ago? Then You Surely Experienced This!

A few weeks ago I wrote about 11 IT relics from the 90s. Your feedback was overwhelming. So many of you have contributed personal stories and experiences from that time, and there are more every day! If you haven't seen the article, check it out: You Experienced IT in the 90s If ...

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31.07.2019

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Healthcare IT: Monitoring the Modalities

In an ongoing series of articles about monitoring healthcare IT, I've discussed monitoring the big picture, as well as monitoring the Picture Archiving and Communication System and the integration engine. Now, I want to cover the modalities. And monitoring these is not as simple ...

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29.07.2019

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Artificial Intelligence Has Been Using You. For Years. How Does That Feel?

We live in an age of irresistible Al hype. Artificial intelligence has not only defeated the world's best Go players*, but has revolutionized our healthcare industry as well as the way we find knowledge. And as if that weren't enough, the insatiable AI monster also tries its digi...

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26.07.2019

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Warum werden IoT-Geräte nicht einfach sicher?

Wenn heute eine IoT-Lösung an ein Unternehmen verkauft wird, dann ist oft der Preis der ausschlaggebende Faktor. Der Entscheider auf Käuferseite freut sich darüber, kostengünstig das Geschäft abgewickelt zu haben. Nach der Integration sind diese Komponenten fester Bestandteil im ...

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25.07.2019

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4 Facts about Memes You (Probably) Didn't Know

Memes are everywhere. They flood the Internet and correspond to every world-historical event, such as the new Stranger Things season. Here are some facts about memes you (probably) didn't know. 🎁 Plus, we've been working on our own Paessler Sysadmin Meme Page. Today is also the...

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23.07.2019

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Warum werden IoT-Geräte nicht einfach sicher?

Wenn heute eine IoT-Lösung an ein Unternehmen verkauft wird, dann ist oft der Preis der ausschlaggebende Faktor. Der Entscheider auf Käuferseite freut sich darüber, kostengünstig das Geschäft abgewickelt zu haben. Nach der Integration sind diese Komponenten fester Bestandteil im ...

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22.07.2019

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4 Metrics for Measuring Your Service Level Agreements

One of the buzzwords we constantly come across when answering PRTG requests is “SLA Reporting”. To keep up with demand, one of our partners created a PRTG plugin for SLA monitoring and back in March of this year, my colleague Sascha wrote a blog post on it. But what exactly is an...

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19.07.2019

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Healthcare IT: 4 Ways to Monitor a PACS

In our previous discussions about healthcare IT on this blog, we've covered an overview of typical architecture that is found hospitals or clinics, and how to monitor it. More recently, we started looking at individual components (like the Integration Engine). Now, in this articl...

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17.07.2019

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Warum werden IoT-Geräte nicht einfach sicher?

Es sind die Trojanischen Pferde des 21. Jahrhunderts.Wenn heute eine IoT-Lösung an ein Unternehmen verkauft wird, dann ist oft der Preis der ausschlaggebende Faktor. Der Entscheider auf Käuferseite freut sich darüber, kostengünstig das Geschäft abgewickelt zu haben. Nach der Inte...

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17.07.2019

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How to Become Anonymous on the Internet - Part 2/2

Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say. (Edward Snowden) Our ideas of privacy and freedom have changed with the Internet. In earlier ...

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15.07.2019

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You Experienced IT in the 90s If You Know These Relics

In the year I was born, the IBM 5150 PC was the benchmark in computing. The basic unit (16 kilobytes of RAM and no data storage) was sold for about $1,565, while the full version cost about $3,000. 16 years later, in the middle of the 1990s, I decided to move into the IT business...

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12.07.2019

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5 Ideas to Expand Your ETL Process Monitoring

Just about every kind of company or organization has a reliance on data for daily operations. Because of this, databases and data warehouses are central to many environments. And most data architectures look very similar: there is a number of data sources, such as external system...

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10.07.2019

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How to Become Anonymous on the Internet - Part 1/2

I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life - and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human fr...

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09.07.2019

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Warum werden IoT-Geräte nicht einfach sicher?

Wenn heute eine IoT-Lösung an ein Unternehmen verkauft wird, dann ist oft der Preis der ausschlaggebende Faktor. Der Entscheider auf Käuferseite freut sich darüber, kostengünstig das Geschäft abgewickelt zu haben. Nach der Integration sind diese Komponenten fester Bestandteil im ...

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