Why is a network administrator tool useful?
A network that functions correctly is the basic prerequisite for the smooth running of your business processes. This means that the network is business-critical for your company. However, your network and IT infrastructure must not only be planned, set up, and configured. The most important task of your network administrators is also to ensure the error-free functionality and optimum availability of the network.
To make network administration and maintenance more efficient, administrators therefore rely on comprehensive monitoring with network administration tools. Network administration software such as PRTG can be used to determine, among other things:
- whether all systems are accessible,
- whether the servers are active,
- whether each connection is stable,
- whether bandwidth utilization is efficient.
A network administrator tool or server manager tool also makes sense in small networks to detect issues. Only with a monitoring solution can network administrators determine the efficiency of the network and proactively discover and correct errors.
When choosing a network administrator software, you should consider several aspects. The installation of the administrator tool must be straightforward. In addition, admins should be able to use their network administrator tool without the need for further training. For this, the configuration and operation of the tool should be intuitive.
What network aspects must a network administration tool monitor?
Which aspects are important for a global monitoring? In PRTG, the parameters for the availability, speed, and utilization of the network are displayed in real-time in informative dashboards. With these insights, administrators can take action to make access to the network smoother again.
Network availability parameters
Network monitoring is used to permanently check whether all systems are reachable and whether all applications can be accessed.
Network speed parameters
- Monitoring of loading times of files or websites
- Monitoring of the time it takes to open programs
- Monitoring of peak loads at specific times of the day
Network utilization parameters
Network congestion leads to various problems, including restricted access to the Internet. This interrupts video calls, for example. Timeouts occur when accessing databases, or backups and data storage are delayed.
What are the benefits of a network administrator tool?
Higher performance by avoiding bottlenecks
The advantage of comprehensive monitoring is that network administrators can keep an eye on network traffic. If threshold values are exceeded and problems are imminent, they can be notified. This also includes bandwidth monitoring. For example, if specific systems, applications, or users require too much bandwidth, bottlenecks can quickly occur in the network. The result: the network becomes slower and more sluggish.
A network administrator tool like PRTG shows exactly where and how much data traffic is flowing. This allows admins to take appropriate action: for example, they shut down a particular application or purchase additional bandwidth as needed.
Higher availability through efficient troubleshooting
Major disruptions and outages mean that work can no longer be done. The productivity of employees and customers decreases. Interruptions cause costs and tie up staff for troubleshooting. The key here is for network administrators to find and fix the fault as quickly as possible. But network administrator software also helps admins prevent outages from occurring in the first place.
However, downtimes are not always unplanned: systems are shut down for maintenance work on weekends or at night. In such cases, monitoring with PRTG can be paused so that admins do not receive alerts or notifications during this time.
Forward planning and optimization of the network
Real-time and long-term monitoring provides accurate data about the health of hardware components or applications in the network. Admins can use this status information to take proactive action before major disruptions occur. For example, they can:
- replace devices in time
- better manage and allocate the bandwidth
- update applications
- restart servers
- schedule backups
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What makes PRTG an ideal network administrator tool?
PRTG is comprehensive
PRTG is an all-in-one solution and provides your network administrators with all necessary monitoring features in a single software. Thus, the comprehensive monitoring of your network with only one administration software is possible. The monitoring data is displayed visually in structured and informative dashboards. This simplifies the interpretation of this data and the network analysis.
PRTG is time-efficient
PRTG is installed with just a few clicks. The initial configuration is easy thanks to over 250 preconfigured sensors and device templates. With its auto-discovery feature, PRTG automatically searches for devices, applications, and services in your network and sets up the monitoring for you. This allows your network administrators to focus on their real job: ensuring the availability and functionality of the network.
PRTG is cost-effective
There is a PRTG license for every network size or number of sensors you need. With five licenses – for very small, small, medium, large, and very large environments – the pricing of PRTG is particularly customer-friendly. You also have the option to choose a pricing plan for subscription-based monitoring. This way, you always remain financially flexible. Whichever license or subscription you choose: you always get all PRTG features.
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“For us, PRTG Network Monitor is the most effective tool for monitoring our IT infrastructure in the long run.”
Oliver Jähn, IT Manager at the University of Bonn
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The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG – or already have.
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
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