- What is 24/7 Monitoring?
- Which values are measured during IT monitoring?
- Advantages of 24/7 monitoring
- What makes for a good 24/7 monitoring tool?
- A sneak peek at 24/7 monitoring in PRTG
- How can I use PRTG for my 24/7 monitoring?
- Try PRTG Network Monitor for free
- 24/7 monitoring provides a constant overview of your network
When it comes to IT systems, unexpected problems and events often have serious consequences. If a server fails, important data can be lost and employees may no longer have access to emails.
In the worst case scenario, the entire IT system can crash unless a prompt and adequate solution is found for the problem. Not surprisingly, such scenarios are extremely costly. It is therefore in a company’s best interest to invest in 24/7 monitoring for a good network management.
Which values are measured during IT monitoring?
How PRTG defines sensors
In PRTG, “sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, e.g. the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, the free space of a disk drive. On average you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.
Most companies today possess a variety of different systems that need to be monitored constantly.
24/7 monitoring tools come equipped with sensors that measure the various elements of these systems.
Among other things, these sensors monitor:
- Server services and programs
- Functionality of the mail server (Exchange Server monitoring)
- Data backups (i.e., whether all backups have been performed correctly)
- Status of hard drives (capacity and read/write errors)
- Processing capacity (bottlenecks are an indication of operating errors and/or malware)
- Fan temperatures (to protect servers and desktop computers from overheating)
- Internet connections (problems with VPN and WAN connections)
- Validity of SSL certificates
What are the advantages of 24/7 monitoring?
Professional 24/7 monitoring tools offer companies numerous advantages.
Above all, they provide for round-the-clock monitoring, 365 days per year. As a result, they improve the availability and stability of IT systems.
24/7 monitoring tools come equipped with sensors that allow for prompt alerts in the event of malfunctions. They therefore let you detect and eliminate critical operating conditions immediately, before any real damage occurs.
What’s more, regular reports and analyses help you monitor the long-term development of your systems. Among other things, these reports allow you to quickly identify gradual drops in performance by way of corresponding KPIs.
What makes for a good 24/7 monitoring tool?
A professional 24/7 monitoring tool should come with a system that offers a variety of different means for sending alerts. For example:
- An audio file (jingle)
- A free push notification sent to a smartphone
- A notification sent by email
Responsive design ensures that a monitoring system works well on all platforms, including iOS, Android, and Windows.
Automated handling of malfunctions
The tool should also come equipped with a feature that provides for the automated handling of malfunctions. Response times are continually compared by multiple points of presence (PoPs) at different locations in the network, and in the event of a malfunction, can be taken over by another PoP.
The tool should also contain dashboards that make it possible to quickly and easily view the status of a network. In particular, it should offer customizable dashboard templates for this purpose. The tool should also allow for its data to be processed in other systems. A good 24/7 monitoring tool can export its data to files such as HTML, XML, CSV, and PDF.
How can I use PRTG for my 24/7 monitoring?
PRTG makes it extremely easy to set up 24/7 monitoring that meets your own individual requirements and needs. Our tool is available in three different versions:
PRTG Network Monitor
PRTG Network Monitor is a powerful, easy-to-use, 24/7 monitoring system for companies of all types and sizes.
PRTG Enterprise Monitor
PRTG Enterprise Monitor is the right choice for keeping a constant eye on large IT environments with thousands of devices and systems in different locations.
PRTG Hosted Monitor
PRTG Hosted Monitor is perfect for those who want to focus on their core business and leave 24/7 monitoring to professionals.
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PRTG gives you one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.
Getting started with PRTG is a breeze. Setting up or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to the auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.
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Oliver Jähn, IT Manager at the University of Bonn
24/7 monitoring provides a constant overview of your network
With the PRTG 24/7 monitoring tool, your IT environment is monitored automatically and around the clock.
In the event of anomalies or malfunctions, you’ll be notified at once.
Dashboards make it easy to manage the complex processes of massive IT systems.
PRTG offers customizable 24/7 monitoring that meets your own particular requirements and needs.
You can try PRTG Network Monitor for 30 days, free of charge.
PRTG: The multi-tool for sysadminsAdapt PRTG individually and dynamically to your needs and rely on a strong API:
- HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects via HTTP requests
- Custom sensors: Create your own PRTG sensors for customized monitoring
- Custom notifications: Create your own notifications and send action triggers to external systems
- REST Custom sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides data in XML or JSON format
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