Partners Develop Complementary Software for Paessler Monitoring Solution

Burlington, Mass. and Nuremberg, Germany (January 10, 2013) - Paessler's PRTG Network Monitor enables administrators to keep an eye on their network and respond quickly to anomalies, faults or failures. The award-winning solution comes standard with about 200 different types of sensors to meet a wide range of monitoring scenarios for all standard systems.

To extend these capabilities, the PRTG open API (Application Programming Interface) enables developers to create custom sensors to meet specialized monitoring requirements and integrate individual solutions. In addition, PRTG's flexibility supports enhancements with executable and script files compatible with all PRTG functions.

This customization capability is often employed by Paessler AG partners to expand the native sensor range of PRTG for their clients' projects. For example, the German-based company COMPUS Computer recently developed the software module "CheckEVA" specifically for the "StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array" (EVA) of Hewlett-Packard (HP). It lets users monitor all logical unit numbers (LUNs) and the controller workload on PRTG. The experts from COMPUS have also developed "CheckBE," a software module used to monitor all backup jobs by Symantec Backup Exec. Status messages can be displayed and edited in the PRTG system.

"We have developed the plug-ins initially in the context of a customer project," said Bernd Huber, Ph.D., managing director of COMPUS Computer GmbH. "The simple implementation has convinced us, and we have begun to design additional modules for our own needs. More new sensors are in the pipeline."

SAP solutions in sight

In another application, the German software company ICON Software has used its years of experience with SAP systems to develop a comprehensive set of more than 50 different SAP sensors for integration into PRTG as a "program/script"-type sensor. Using the included profiler, additional sensors from the SAP environment can be generated, summarized and directly applied into PRTG in a simple manner.

"With PRTG, no interventions were needed on the systems involved, as no installation of software agents is required. Our SAP sensors for PRTG are small application modules on C-base, which independently contact SAP using Remote Function Call, record the results and make these available in the XML format for PRTG. So without engaging in the SAP system, local and even remote SAP systems are integrated into the central network monitoring," said Ernst Baumann, CEO of ICON software.

"The development of additional modules through our partners shows that PRTG can be adapted to individual environments," said Dirk Paessler, founder and CEO of Paessler AG. "Our monitoring software offers scope for third-party developments and ensures that even more varied and personalized applications arise."

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