PRTG IPFIX monitoring: What you’ll find on this page
4 reasons to choose PRTG as your IPFIX monitoring tool
In an ideal world, you want your network to run smoothly, efficiently, and securely. One way to make this happen? Monitor the traffic on your routers, switches, and firewalls with one of Paessler PRTG’s flow-based monitoring technologies, leveraging the IPFIX protocol.
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.
Set up IPFIX monitoring quickly & easily
If you are in no mood for complicated configuration work, PRTG has got you covered.
Our preconfigured IPFIX sensor, which you can add to your monitoring setup in just a few clicks, captures IPFIX flow information from the device you want to monitor and shows you the top talkers, connections, and protocols in your network, next to other metrics.
Identify traffic issues effectively
PRTG helps you to quickly pinpoint and address issues like an overloaded network – for example, due to backups or excessively high bandwidth consumption – even before they escalate.
Analyze and optimize network performance
Optimize your network's performance by leveraging PRTG’s powerful IPFIX reporting capabilities. PRTG provides you with a wealth of historical data for in-depth IPFIX traffic analysis.
This way, you can make informed decisions on bandwidth resource allocation or other actions that make your network faster and more reliable.
Ensure network security and compliance
Secure your network against threats by keeping tabs on suspicious network traffic using IPFIX.
With PRTG, you can stay on top of network anomalies like unusually high bandwidth usage or heavily used connections, which might point to unauthorized access or DDoS and other network attacks.
What IPFIX monitoring looks like in PRTG
Diagnose network issues by continuously monitoring the traffic on your network devices using IPFIX. Show bandwidth usage of specific IPFIX flows in real time and visualize data in graphic maps & dashboards to identify problems more easily. Gain the visibility you need to troubleshoot network performance.
PRTG is compatible with all major vendors and manufacturers
Why PRTG is more than an IPFIX analyzer
Comprehensive network visibility
Gain a complete overview of your network's health and performance. Stay on top of unusual network behavior and utilize advanced analytics to maintain smooth network operations.
Real-time monitoring and alerts
Stay informed with real-time monitoring and instant alerts. React swiftly to network traffic irregularities even before they become business-critical and prevent costly downtime.
Customizable reporting and analysis
Tailor your monitoring experience to your needs with customizable reporting. Analyze network data in a way that aligns with your specific requirements and objectives.
Easy integration and scalability
Seamlessly integrate PRTG into your existing network infrastructure. Benefit from its scalability to accommodate growing network demands.
User-friendly interface and support
Navigate with ease using PRTG's user-friendly web or mobile interfaces. Access our dedicated support team for assistance whenever needed.
Your IPFIX monitor at a glance – even on the go
Set up PRTG in minutes and use it on almost any mobile device.
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“Excellent tool for detailed monitoring. Alarms and notifications work greatly. Equipment addition is straight forward and server initial setup is very easy. ...feel safe to purchase it if you intend to monitor a large networking landscape.”
Infrastructure and Operations Engineer in the Communications Industry, firm size 10B - 30B USD
Monitoring via IPFIX: FAQ
IPFIX, or IP Flow Information Export, is a format standard established by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for sending flow information. It evolves from Cisco's NetFlow system and outlines how to format and transmit IP flow data to a collector or analyzer for such information. IPFIX monitoring provides detailed insights into traffic flow, device performance, and network utilization.
IPFIX gathers data from your network devices, such as routers and switches, and forwards this information to an IPFIX collector. In the context of network monitoring, PRTG acts as an IPFIX analyzer, analyzing and visualizing this data to help you oversee your network traffic.
While NetFlow is a Cisco-originated protocol and works best with their devices, IPFIX is essentially an advanced version of NetFlow v9, sometimes referred to as NetFlow v10. Unlike NetFlow, IPFIX is designed to be universal and manufacturer-neutral, making it adaptable for various network devices.
An IPFIX collector is software that captures, processes, and presents IPFIX data. The same goes for IPFIX viewers. An IPFIX analyzer like PRTG goes deeper and looks at IPFIX flow data in more detail, displaying, for example, the bandwidth usage of each respective flow.
In PRTG, “sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, for example the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, or the free space on a disk drive.
On average, you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.
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
More than just a monitoring tool:
Reasons our customers love PRTG
Paessler PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier. Bandwidth, servers, virtual environments, websites, VoIP services – PRTG keeps an eye on your entire network. Everyone has different monitoring needs. That’s why we let you try PRTG for free.
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Paessler PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier.
Bandwidth, servers, virtual environments, websites, VoIP services – PRTG keeps an eye on your entire network.
Everyone has different monitoring needs. That’s why we let you try PRTG for free.
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