Sensors of the Week
Data storage is an important aspect of every business. In our data-driven world, a sound storage concept along with a backup and disaster recovery plan is essential. How do you monitor these critical parts of your IT infrastructure? If you rely on Dell EqualLogic SAN (Storage Area Network) arrays for storage, you're in for a treat: PRTG Network Monitor 16.2.24 comes with three new sensor types for EqualLogic monitoring. Whether you want to know what's going on with your logical disks, your physical discs, or the health of your storage array members—you now can easily gather the desired information with three brand-new dedicated sensor types.
In the beginning of February, the announcement that scientists had discovered gravitational waves astonished not only the science community, but baffled people all over the world. The discovery of what Einstein had predicted in his general theory of relativity, 100 years ago, will help scientists to actually see the big bang-and find out what happened during this initial single event.
Docker Containers are the new hot thing in terms of virtualization! First published in 2013 they have become popular extremely fast—meanwhile even Windows Server 2016 offers Docker Container integration. Not only do DevOps love Docker Containers as an easy to use and, first and foremost, quickly implementable virtualization method but network administrators also like to use them to efficiently roll out and reliably manage applications.
Monitoring via Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is one of the easiest ways to stay on top of your IT infrastructure. PRTG Network Monitor uses this common, robust and well-established protocol to gather various information you need to know about your network devices. Just have a look at the various SNMP sensors PRTG offers from the get-go. However, sometimes you might want PRTG to show certain values that are not included in PRTG's standard libraries. Well, in this case, you can now use the SNMP Custom Advanced sensor: It monitors numerical values returned by one or more specific OIDs (Object Identifiers) using SNMP.
Today's information architecture relies heavily on databases. Whether you use Microsoft SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle SQL or MongoDB—the health of your database server is an essential value to monitor in order to guarantee fast and reliable database access. After having already presented the WMI Microsoft SQL Server sensor, in this blog article you'll learn about how you can monitor your MongoDB server with PRTG Network Monitor.
Today we have another sensor in store for our Cisco users. Perhaps you already know about the SNMP Cisco System Health sensor, which allows you to keep an eye on the general health status (like CPU load, memory, temperatures) of your Cisco devices, and have read our blog series on monitoring Cisco devices with PRTG. Now, with the SNMP Cisco UCS Blade sensor, you can also gain detailed insights into your Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) server using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
A few weeks ago we've presented the Cloud HTTP sensor, which enables you to keep an eye on the loading time of a web server via HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) from various locations worldwide. Today we want to focus on another brand-new sensor that also uses the PRTG Cloud to enable monitoring from different international locations: The Cloud Ping sensor. Just add the web server you want to monitor to PRTG as a device and then add the Cloud Ping sensor to this device—and you're ready to start monitoring!
Every network is different. The devices you find in a network often depend on the preference of the responsible admin—but no matter which devices you use, it's important to know their health status. If you prefer Cisco routers, switches or access points, the SNMP Cisco System Health sensor will show you all relevant health data. If you rely on Juniper NetScreen devices, we now have a new sensor for you which allows you to monitor all of their important health values.
Today's business relies very much on the internet. This is true not only for vendors with big web shops, but also for companies, which present their product portfolio, or provide their services online. Downtime will actually mean revenue loss. As business is becoming more global, it isn't enough to monitor the availability of a web server from one single location—and that's where our brand-new Cloud HTTP sensor comes into play...
A few months ago, we've featured the SSH Script sensor, which allows you to use your own scripts to customize your Linux monitoring. The SSH Script Advanced sensor takes the customization potential even further as it enables you to show values returned by an executable script located on the target system in multiple channels. This really comes in handy if you want to monitor multiple processes and return the result of each process in a separate channel.