Network control with BackBox and Paessler


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Network management made easy with BackBox


IT networks are critical business systems that form the backbone of any modern business. Where Paessler PRTG provides network monitoring, BackBox enables the automation of important processes like device backups, OS updates, compliance, and vulnerability management. Together, monitoring and automation provide a complete solution of insight along with action, helping to lower the cost and improve the security of these important global networks.

Network automation simplifies the management of large-scale networks. With BackBox, customers get over 3,000 automations out-of-the-box, for use cases including backup, OS updates, and compliance, to help customers ‘get to value’ quickly. 

Changes to network devices are highly sensitive. Any adjustment to the configuration of a switch or firewall can not only affect network performance, but also create significant security risks. This is why it is essential to back up your data regularly, and before and after every change. However, doing this manually can be a Herculean task. BackBox automates the entire backup process, enables easy recovery, verifies backup integrity, and compares and analyzes different backups. In this way, BackBox ensures maximum reliability and security for your network


BackBox with Paessler PRTG


Via the BackBox API, PRTG can use the REST Custom V2 Sensor to retrieve status information on all important backup processes and the state of any automation job and include them in the general monitoring. 

You can also use BackBox and PRTG to investigate the sources of failures, inspect network and security device configurations to discover “what’s changed?”, and to rollback to a known working configuration to resolve failures. 

BackBox can collect configuration information to enrich troubleshooting, trouble tickets, and provide detailed insight into device operations.

Monitoring and backup by Paessler and BackBox complement each other.

Monitoring and backup by Paessler and BackBox complement each other.


Benefits of using BackBox and PRTG


Integrating BackBox with PRTG brings several benefits to your network management:

  • Combines network management insight with the ability to take action through automation. 
  • A single pane-of-glass view on device status plus process (backups, compliance, vulnerability state) status. 
  • Rapid root-cause analysis with network configuration management helps improve MTTR and other uptime metrics



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About Paessler AG

Since 1997, we offer monitoring solutions for businesses across all industries and all sizes, from SMB to large enterprises. Today, more than 500,000 users in over 170 countries rely on PRTG and other Paessler solutions to monitor their complex IT, OT and IoT infrastructures. We believe monitoring plays a vital part in reducing humankind's consumption of resources. Our products help our customers optimize their IT, OT and IoT infrastructures, and reduce their energy consumption or emissions – for our future and our environment.

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About BackBox

Founded 2009, Backbox is a network and security device automation platform that supports firewalls and network devices from more than 180 vendors. BackBox enables its customers to automate anything an admin can do manually: From backups and OS updates to configuration compliance. The combination of the BackBox Network Configuration and Automation Platform with the monitoring functions of PRTG relieves ITOps of routine tasks and increases the security and reliability of the network.

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