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GRUPOTEC keeps an eye on solar energy production with Paessler PRTG

Spanish photovoltaic specialist Grupotec uses Paessler PRTG to monitor its international solar parks, integrating industrial controllers into the central IT monitoring system to create a holistic overview

Monitoring power consumption on Rittal PDUs with Modbus TCP

Modbus is a protocol used to communicate information between industrial devices. The device requesting information is called a Modbus client or Modbus slave, and the device providing the information is called a Modbus server or Modbus master.Modbus is used to monitor programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human machine interfaces (HMIs), power meters, temperature controllers, gas detectors, water quality devices, and more .It can also be used to connect a supervisory computer to a remote terminal unit (RTU).Different options are available depending on the architecture: Modbus RTU and Modbus ASCII for transmitting information over serial lines, and Modbus TCP for transmitting information over Ethernet.

Extend monitoring with Paessler PRTG to Linux operating systems

Probes in Paessler PRTG monitoring software play an important role in monitoring infrastructure: they expand the monitoring capabilities of the PRTG core server to remote locations and networks. A probe is essentially an additional monitoring instance that provides the sensors to monitor networks, devices, and applications not covered by the PRTG core server. Probes monitor independently and send the monitoring data back to the core server for each check they perform.

PRTG helps to make enhanced weathering a reality

It's hard to describe what it feels like to stand in a greenhouse with almost 400 pots, growing neither veggies nor flowers, but the most closely monitored and pampered blades of grass I've ever seen. Scientists and research assistants are bustling around the pots (technically dubbed "lysimeters" — I'll dive into that later), analyzing soil and run-off water. Ralf Steffens, CTO of Carbon Drawdown Initiative, is showing me around and explains to me how to set up and operate a greenhouse that is unique in the world. Serious research is happening here, no doubt, but it's all done with a twist, a flair for the unconventional that's proven to be successful. I'm observing a lot of passion in every detail, and people driven by the desire to counter the climate crisis with something reliable and scalable. Meanwhile, employing Paessler PRTG Hosted Monitor, the greenhouse conducts are captivating monitoring activities, transforming the wealth of 5 million daily data points into actionable scientific insights.

The multi-platform probe is now available as stable release

When it comes to network and infrastructure monitoring, adaptability is essential. Previously, as a user of Paessler PRTG, you were mostly limited to Windows environments. Thanks to your numerous responses to our surveys, Linux has been identified as the preferred operating system for running a probe, which marks a significant milestone in our development. We are pleased to announce that the multi-platform probe has moved from BETA to stable.

Discover what you can learn in Paessler's OT monitoring training

In April 2024 we completed our first OT training. All 6 out of 6 students said they would recommend the training to their friends and colleagues. This is a strong motivation for us to continue to improve. We have learned that OT is a topic not only of interest to OT professionals, but also to IT professionals who are either inheriting OT infrastructure or who will be working on OT projects. In this blog article, I would like to walk you through the learning objectives we cover in our newly released Paessler OT training. 

A new PRTG release is available in the stable channel!

Paessler PRTG 24.2.94 has been released in the stable channel! This update brings enhancements for Single Sign-on, new settings for multi-platform probe connections, important security improvements, and updates for the German and Spanish language files. Furthermore, the multi-platform probe is now available as a stable version.

Infrastructure monitoring as a cornerstone of NIS2 compliance

Many organizations in the private and public sectors in the European Union already know about it: a new set of regulations for cyber security in critical infrastructure is coming in October 2024. Called the Network and Information Systems Directive 2022, or NIS2, it lays down the requirements organizations with critical infrastructure have to meet to for increased cyber security. And right now, organizations with operations in Europe are scrambling to ensure their compliance by the time the regulation goes into place. While there are many facets to NIS2, there is one factor organizations may not yet realize: having a unified overview of OT and IT infrastructure can go a long way towards helping meet the goals of compliance. And this unified overview is exactly what infrastructure monitoring can provide.

Finding security risks with Qbilon

In my first article about Qbilon, I focussed on the “cloud” use case – how Qbilon can help manage cloud-based environments and their associated costs. Here, I’ll be looking at how Qbilon can help identify security issues and vulnerabilities lurking in your estate, be it on-prem, cloudy, or hybrid.

IT monitoring secures the gateway to Central Africa

iAbout Port of Douala – Gateway to Central Africa The Port of Douala in Cameroon is described as an essential “Gateway to Central Africa”, serving most of the landlocked countries of the Sub-Sahara African region, including Chad and the Central African Republic. Spread over several kilometers, the port has busy traffic with arriving and departing containers. Since virtually all the port’s operational processes are computerized, it is vital to have tight security in such an environment as well as to ensure uptime and performance of all IT infrastructure and network components. “With PRTG, we found a monitoring solution that can monitor all of our relevant systems and devices and provide each colleague with exactly the information they need – in a way that they can understand, whether they are IT experts or power technicians.” Bertin Pokaa – Maintenance Team Leader

Monitor air-gapped networks with Paessler PRTG Enterprise Monitor

Comprehensive network monitoring is certainly nothing new. Network monitoring of complex, large-scale infrastructures at the highest quality level is also standard for applications such as Paessler PRTG Enterprise Monitor.

PRTG release 24.1.92 is available in the stable release channel!

The latest version of Paessler PRTG, 24.1.92, is now available through the stable release channel! This version comes with several new sensor types that are now fully supported (like the Ping v2 sensor, HTTP v2 sensor and SNMP Uptime v2 sensor), an update for OpenSSL, and several other improvements throughout Paessler PRTG. Here are the details:

Better working conditions with Paessler PRTG at Noris Inklusion

iAbout Noris Inklusion Inclusion is one of the most important social issues of our time. People with disabilities want to – and can – make a contribution to society. Noris Inklusion, a company based in Nuremberg, Germany, has been helping them do so for more than 40 years with facilities for 500+ employees, residential projects, educational support, and other initiatives. One of the prerequisites for its success is a functioning IT infrastructure. In this domain, Noris Inklusion relies on PRTG, the world’s leading monitoring solution created by the Nuremberg-based software specialist Paessler AG.

Paessler PRTG allows Dayton Children’s Hospital to focus on patients, not tech problems

iAbout Dayton Children’s Hospital   One of only 31 independent freestanding children’s hospitals in the country, Dayton Children’s Hospital is the region’s only medical facility dedicated to children and committed to the relentless pursuit of optimal health for every child within its reach. Magnet-designated and recognized as a top hospital by U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals in orthopedics, Dayton Children’s has nearly 500,000 patient visits each year.   Consistently recognized as one of the country’s best and most cost-effective pediatric hospitals, Dayton Children’s is home to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and together with the United States Air Force shares the nation’s only civilian-military integrated pediatric training program.  

Seeing through the clouds with Qbilon

As an IT leader, some of the big questions you’ve been pondering in recent years are likely to have involved “the cloud”. Is moving your workloads off-prem the right solution for your business? Should you move everything, or does hybrid offer the most flexibility? What about security, resilience, data governance, and cost?