Monitoring large IT environments
IT teams in large IT environments with thousands of devices and systems across multiple locations
need an easy way to gain visibility and control of their increasingly complex infrastructures.
Keep monitoring simple with either our perpetual PRTG XL1 license or our PRTG Enterprise Monitor subscription,
and ensure performance, clarity, and ease of use.
Main challenges of monitoring
large IT infrastructures
Larger setups often create higher loads on monitoring solutions. Performance problems can lead to falsified monitoring results and annoyed users, which may increase the risk of failures and outages. PRTG is built to deal with these kinds of loads and offers best practices to avoid performance issues.
A monitoring solution is a central component of most IT environments. This means that compatibility with other vendors is essential. PRTG is vendor-agnostic and its flexible API gives you the power to build custom solutions that meet your exact needs.
Few large IT environments run a single network but are made up of multiple closed networks instead. PRTG offers an easy, affordable way to manage distributed monitoring along with configuration support to ensure you still have a complete overview and avoid responsibility conflicts.
Main issues of established monitoring solutions
Limited monitoring scope
Many IT monitoring providers that focus on the middle market have solutions to monitor single aspects of the IT environment like servers or network performance, which are available individually or as a suite.
Complex and expensive
To have an overview of all IT systems, you need monitoring suites that consist of multiple tools. This increases the complexity for IT teams and makes licensing complicated and expensive.
Reduced feature set
Other solutions reduce features to a minimum and avoid functionality that affects performance.
The larger the IT environment, the more complex it is to manage.
PRTG keeps monitoring simple and gives you
insight into your IT systems in a matter of minutes.
Monitoring with PRTG is simply different
Ease of use
PRTG provides the best user experience possible. This is visible in the user-friendly interface as well as in the simple licensing structure. The initial setup is straightforward and you get instant feedback from the system.
PRTG includes all functionality in every license. This includes everything from IT infrastructure and xFlow-based traffic monitoring, to monitoring of virtual, cloud, and hybrid environments, including IoT.
The licensing structure of PRTG is as easy as PRTG is to use. Each PRTG license includes the entire feature set, no modules, and no add-ons. PRTG offers two licensing models for larger installations: the perpetual PRTG XL1 license and the PRTG Enterprise Monitor subscription license.
PRTG integrates with most analysis tools using an API and predefined templates. It acts as a data collector and early warning system, helping to identify failures and to show where further analysis is needed.
Monitoring distributed environments
IT teams in medium-sized or large enterprises are often distributed across multiple datacenters, offices, legal entities, business units, or areas of responsiblity, each with their own team.
Implementing a single monitoring solution has advantages:
- Consistent company-wide monitoring solution
- Option to have a centralized overview
- Cost saving and easy licensing
Each team manages its own, independent infrastructure running one or more PRTG servers exclusively for their environment. With the remote probe feature, each single PRTG installation can monitor multiple sites or segments. Distributed monitoring is not an additional feature. It is part of the extensive feature set of every PRTG license.
For a centralized overview, there are two options:
Centralized monitoring for large environments
Monitoring large IT environments with a centralized monitoring solution requires a clear strategy.
We advise customers to segment their monitoring in a way that fits the organization and to scale horizontally, for example in terms of geography or functional teams. This improves performance by balancing the workload and gives teams more autonomy with their own dedicated monitoring server. It also avoids complex setups and the need for roles and rights management.
Advanced overview with ITOps Board
PRTG Enterprise Monitor includes ITOps Board, which provides a service-level, central overview of all single installations. ITOps Board gathers information from multiple PRTG servers, categorizes them by business services, adds automated alert management, and provides SLA monitoring and reporting.
PRTG licenses for large environments
Paessler offers two alternatives for monitoring large environments.
PRTG XL1 – perpetual license – one server – 10,000 sensors
PRTG XL1 is a perpetual license which allows for a single PRTG server installation. You can run about 10,000 sensors per PRTG server.
- Perpetual licensing
- One PRTG server installation, with each license
- Licensing based on the number of PRTG servers
PRTG Enterprise Monitor – subscription license – unlimited PRTG servers and sensors – ITOps Board
PRTG Enterprise Monitor is subscription-based. There is no limitation on the number of PRTG servers or sensors.
PRTG Enterprise Monitor is a good fit for very large setups or if the scenario requires multiple PRTG server installations, like for distributed or heavily segmented environments.
- Subscription licensing
- Unlimited PRTG server installations
- Licensed by number of sensors
- Includes ITOps Board
Sensors are the basic monitoring elements of PRTG. One sensor usually monitors one measured value
in your network such as the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, or the free space of a disk drive.
On average, you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.
“The challenge for large organizations is to successfully monitor tens of thousands of elements in real time, and ensure that they are performing well, without drowning in a flood of information. ITOps Board solves the problem by providing that essential consistency, especially since PRTG “oversees” other monitoring solutions in an overall merging of dashboards that organizes all the information, from the global level to the most granular. It's a real help in our ongoing quest for simplification.”
Guillaume Baudry, Network Architect at ENGIE Solutions
PRTG Enterprise Monitor at a glance
All the proven capabilities of PRTG in a more flexible subscription license for large IT environments.