Distributed monitoring with PRTG:
Keep an eye on all your locations
PRTG monitors distributed IT environments
PRTG monitors entire IT infrastructures
PRTG comes with a centralized dashboard
PRTG notifies you in the event of errors
PRTG is used by more than 500,000 admins worldwide
PRTG for distributed monitoring
PRTG Network Monitor instances are based on the number of sensors and core servers. Depending on the license, you can choose between anywhere from one server and 500 sensors to an unlimited number of servers and sensors. On average, you’ll need about 10 sensors per device. You can also set your level of monitoring for individual hardware and services.
Multiple core servers
For each PRTG server, you can create up to 10,000 sensors (hardware permitting). More than that and it makes sense to install several PRTG instances on multiple servers. Paessler PRTG Enterprise Monitor makes this possible. We'll be happy to help you get started with this service.
The PRTG monitoring environment is installed on a core server. This is where all the monitoring data is sent. The information is displayed on a dashboard on your desktop, tablet, or smartphone. If an error occurs, you’ll be notified at once. These notifications are customizable.
Remote probes are created in the remote locations of distributed networks. Installation is extremely easy and only takes a few minutes. Remote probes can be used to create sensors on devices in the respective locations. They collect all the monitoring data from the distributed location and send this data to the core server via a secure connection.
Distributed network monitoring: A brief introduction to centralized sensors
HTTP and ping sensors
Ping sensors monitor the reachability of network devices. HTTP sensors monitor the reachability of websites. Cloud HTTP and cloud ping sensors monitor the performance and reachability of remote locations.
More on ping monitoring
Virtual environments are part of your IT infrastructure. PRTG comes with preconfigured sensors for VMware, Citrix, and Hyper-V, three of the biggest virtualization providers. It monitors the host servers, virtual machines, and memory of these environments.
More on our cloud monitoring
You can use our preconfigured SNMP sensors to monitor your hardware, including servers, routers, switches, CPU, hard disks, and more. Our SNMP sensors even keep an eye on your traffic. In addition to the SNMP protocol, you can also use WMI and packet sniffing to monitor your IT infrastructure.
More on SNMP monitoring
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Case studies: Companies with distributed monitoring
Andrew Weckermann, Head of Professional IT Services, hybrIT Services. To the case study
“I was looking for a scalable monitoring tool, one that could monitor a vast server farm and an even more comprehensive network without becoming complex and cluttered. I also wanted to be able to integrate specialized tools into a tidy user environment. PRTG was one of the few packages that met these criteria.”
Nick Nauwelaerts, System Architect at Aquafin. To the case study
Distributed monitoring: Why PRTG is the tool for you
Many IT managers use a variety of small monitoring tools. Working with these tools can be extremely time-consuming, especially when trying to fix errors or malfunctions that have not been detected in a timely fashion. If your company has offices in several locations, then this only aggravates the problem. PRTG offers a solution: one centralized monitoring dashboard for all your locations.
PRTG is all-in-one software. It comes with remote probes that allow you to monitor distributed networks. By opting for a license, you get the dashboard, the customizable alarm system, the reports feature, and the full range of PRTG sensors. These sensors can be tailored to monitor individual aspects of your IT system.
Compatibility with all the biggest manufacturers
PRTG comes with more than 250 preconfigured sensors for all the biggest manufacturers, including Cisco, Dell, HPE, and the providers of virtual environments. You can therefore get started with your monitoring in no time. If questions arise, simply contact our technical support team and we'll get back to you promptly. Our knowledge base is also a precious resource with answers to many inquiries.
Try PRTG for 30 days for free. All sensors, all features. Create a remote probe. It won’t take long to see if PRTG is for you. Setting up PRTG is quick and easy. The Auto Discovery feature searches your IP network for devices and automatically adds them to your dashboard.
Distributed monitoring: Three scenarios in which companies and organizations benefit from PRTG
Monitoring local networks in one city
Many companies and organizations (such as colleges and municipal institutions) have several branches in the same city. The IT managers of these establishments want all their major IT systems to be monitored automatically, with all information sent to a single dashboard.
Managed service providers
Managed service providers (MSPs) are IT service providers that operate and monitor IT systems for companies. Among other things, MSPs offer server management, web hosting, network security, and VoIP. As MSPs oversee multiple networks, their managers need monitoring software that incorporates the data from each and every channel.
Monitoring international locations
Large companies usually have offices abroad. These branches often have their own servers and hardware, not to mention websites that must be reachable worldwide. PRTG monitors hardware, applications, bandwidth, website traffic, and more.
PRTG monitors your entire IT infrastructure
Enterprise monitoring software
PRTG is used by many medium-sized companies. As these companies grow, they continue to use our software. We therefore came up with an Enterprise version of PRTG.
Learn more about PRTG Enterprise monitoring software
Network discovery tool
PRTG displays all the devices in your network. It comes with an automatic discovery feature and continues to identify new devices by way of continual monitoring. Even in distributed locations. PRTG provides you with a constant overview.
More on network discovery
Exchange Server monitoring
No company can operate without email. If your Exchange Server goes down, then your IT helpdesk is immediately flooded with calls. By monitoring your Exchange Server, you’ll ensure email traffic never comes to a halt at your company.
More on our Exchange monitoring
Same features, hosted by us
- Simply focus on your infrastructure, leave the hosting to us
- Flexible subscription, based on the number of sensors
- PRTG scales with your requirements: Easy up- and downgrades
Paessler teams up with many partners
Partnering with innovative IT vendors, Paessler unleashes synergies to create
new and additional benefits for joined customers.
PRTG: The Swiss Army knife 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
What's the difference between
PRTG Network Monitor & PRTG Enterprise Monitor?
is the right solution for you if
- you need to monitor up to about 500 to 1,000 devices
- knowing every detail about network and infrastructure is your main requirement
- you need one easy-to-use monitoring tool for a small or midsize IT environment
Fully-featured 30-day trial version.
is the right solution for you if
- you need to monitor more than 1,000 devices
- you are looking for a management overview in addition to all the details
- you are responsible for a large and distributed IT environment
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