Why choose PRTG network reporting
The challenge: How to choose the best network reporting tool?
Choosing the best network reporting tool depends on your needs but there are a few basic requirements to keep in mind.
Easy data source integration
The more detailed information you want to collect, the more resources will be needed and the higher the costs. Moreover, it should be easy to integrate devices from different manufacturers.
Unified data display window
Choose a network reporting solution that can collect and process data from different network devices and analyze them all together. This way, you don’t need to switch between different user interfaces to analyze data from different sources.
Instead, you'll get a clear view of your network's health using a single window for displaying the data and generating comprehensive reports.
As a network administrator, you often spend tons of time reviewing all the historical data collected from various logs. To make this process quicker and easier, you should have a network reporting tool that not only gathers all collected data in one place but also lets you configure when and where to receive automated reports.
The cost of a network monitoring & reporting tool usually depends on the number of devices and metrics of your network. When expanding the network, it is important to be able to monitor more devices and their metrics – that is, to scale up in an easy way.
In addition, it is important that the solution you choose can work with on-premises and hybrid infrastructures and cloud solutions alike.
The solution: Create & configure reports easily with our PRTG network reporting solution
Paessler PRTG makes it easy to create reports and analyze data over a period of time (including historical data). You have the option to create reports for all PRTG sensors or only for specific ones.
Create reports quickly & easily
The process of creating reports is simple and intuitive. Choose a template and add the sensors from which you want to include data in the report. Set the time period for which you want to display the data. For performance reasons, PRTG automatically averages monitoring data when calculating data for large time periods.
In addition, be sure to specify whether the report will be generated on a schedule or only as needed. If according to a schedule, it’s necessary to indicate at what time intervals the report should be generated. You can specify the email address to which to send the finished report.
Use preconfigured or custom reports
You can generate reports on demand or via schedules. PRTG generates reports in HTML, PDF, CSV, or XML format. In addition, there is an option to create specific HTML reports about your system configuration.
PRTG report templates define the overall look of your report and the granularity of your monitoring data. You can include, for example, raw data and extensive value tables for your IT colleagues in your report, or you include only data graphs for a more high-level overview for the management, for example.
Restrict user access for more security
By using our network reporting tool, you can be sure that monitoring data is only available to you and the users to whom you have given access. PRTG uses modern technologies for network security:
- SSL encryption (HTTPS, TLS, Elliptic Curve Cryptography, Forward Secrecy)
- RSA certificate with 2048 bits
- Tools to protect against various types of attacks, including cross-site scripting, directory traversal, and SQL injection attacks
- Ability to manage access rights for each user account and for each user group
- And much more
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.
What network reporting looks like in PRTG
Use PRTG network reports to summarize & compare both live data and historical data. This enables you to quickly identify & diagnose network issues, monitor trends, and predict future network behavior. Gain the visibility you need to troubleshoot your IT infrastructure.
Your network reporting data at a glance – even on the go
PRTG is set up in a matter of minutes and can be used on a wide variety of mobile devices.
See all benefits of PRTG reports at a glance
Create reports for selected sensors & for a specific day or date range
View historical data in different ways, for example, as graphs or value tables
Generate reports as .pdf, .xml, .csv, and .html files
Share reports with others, for example, via email
Choose from various ready-made report templates that include datasets, tables & graphs
Create reports on a schedule or on demand
Grant access to reports only to authorized people
PRTG is compatible with all major vendors and manufacturers
5 advantages of using the PRTG network reporting software
PRTG is a powerful and cost-effective network monitoring & reporting software which makes it easy to generate different types of reports that enable technicians to quickly view network performance and make critical decisions.
- One-click PRTG installer & automated monitoring setup
- Powerful and easy-to-use user interfaces (for web, desktop, and mobile)
- Interactive PRTG web interface to easily configure devices and sensors, view real-time data, configure alerts, and more
- A single, central window for viewing the data of the entire network
- Customizable dashboards & maps with drag-and-drop map editor
- Ability to share monitoring data with specific users, for example, on network operation center screens
- Customizable warning & error thresholds to be alerted if values are exceeded
- Automated alerts with configurable escalation levels
- Customizable notification system that sends notifications via e-mail, SMS, push notification, and more
- Agentless monitoring
- More than 250 preconfigured PRTG sensors for comprehensive monitoring of your entire IT infrastructure
- Vendor-agnostic network monitoring tool that supports devices of almost all manufacturers
- Free 30-day trial version to test all sensors and features
- Comprehensive Knowledge Base with useful information for mastering PRTG
- Paessler Support team that helps you troubleshoot issues & answers your questions as quickly as possible
Create innovative solutions with Paessler’s IT partners
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new and additional benefits for joined customers.
Network reporting: FAQ
Network reporting is an important tool for network administrators that allows them to visualize various data about network performance. Using network reports, administrators can identify and correct errors, optimize network performance, and make other important decisions.
With the help of network reports, you can structure and organize many important metrics of your network in a way that is easy to view and analyze. Analyzing reports allows you to find network bottlenecks, improve performance, predict future network performance, and make critical decisions about changes and upgrades.
Network monitoring software must be able to collect and analyze data from various network devices such as routers, switches, servers, firewalls, load balancers, and systems and applications. Network reporting tools present this collected data in the form of connected reports.
Network reports are a valuable tool for administrators because they allow them to identify network trends, evaluate overall performance metrics, improve productivity, find the root cause of errors, and troubleshoot issues.
Because a network consists of many components and has many indicators of its operation and performance, there are a lot of different types of reports. The process of their creation and analysis can be quite a difficult task. Therefore, the network reporting tool must allow administrators to provide access to historical data and customize reports in a way that only relevant data is included.
Network reporting tools help network administrators to effectively manage their networks. Monitoring tools provide data on network performance, and network reports allow you to summarize the information you receive in a convenient format that can be easily analyzed, extracted from, and shared.
The main tasks that network reporting tools can solve are:
- Identify trends in network usage and bandwidth
- Monitor the availability and uptime of network devices
- Check performance metrics (for example, CPU and RAM usage of servers and computers)
- Make decisions based on live data and historical data
- Predict, detect, diagnose, and resolve network issues before the network fails
- Make decisions about optimizing your IT infrastructure and plan upgrades
- Check the network architecture
- Confirm compliance with service level agreements
- Detect fraudulent activity
With our network reporting tool PRTG, you can collect network monitoring data and create and customize easy-to-read reports.
Network performance reports can display thousands of network metrics that give you insights into performance, availability, existing issues, and more. With the help of reports, you can get important information about network baselines, hardware specifications and health, end-user experience, and other performance parameters.
Examples of information that a network report can contain:
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.
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Over 95% of our customers say yes!
Paessler AG conducted trials in over 600 IT departments worldwide to tune its network monitoring software closer to the needs of sysadmins.
The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG – or already have.
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