Migrating to PRTG Traffic Grapher

FUERTH, Germany – April 27, 2005 – Paessler today announced that three corporations have successfully migrated to their product PRTG Traffic Grapher. Kroll, Inc. and Energy Transfer Partners have migrated from MRTG to PRTG Traffic Grapher; American City Business Journals has migrated from Cacti to PRTG Traffic Grapher. PRTG Traffic Grapher is an easy to use Windows software that monitors bandwidth usage and other network parameters via SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol). "Customers are looking to get all the value they can from their networks," said Dirk Paessler, CEO of Paessler GmbH. "Network usage monitoring is an integral part of that process and no longer requires specialized know-how or hours of hands-on monitoring time, as proven by thousands of customers already using PRTG Traffic Grapher."

Kroll Inc.

Kroll Inc., an independent risk consulting company, decided to stop using the open source application MRTG for bandwidth monitoring and switch to Paessler’s product, PRTG Traffic Grapher, in order to guarantee the utmost security and performance. Thanks to PRTG Traffic Grapher, Kroll’s IT team can now easily monitor bandwidth in the central data center and plan for future demands before bottlenecks emerge. Now the bandwidth usage of all individual systems and applications can constantly be monitored, and based on this information, batch jobs (e.g. backups) can be scheduled effectively. “The simple intuitive interface is much more user friendly than the command line configuration needed by MRTG and other third party applications to make the service run as a Windows service,” said Jake Gibb, Senior Network Engineer at Kroll, who is responsible for the monitoring.

Energy Transfer Partners

Another successful migration to PRTG Traffic Grapher was implemented at Energy Transfer Partners, a publicly traded partnership owning and operating a diversified portfolio of energy assets, and the fourth largest retail marketer of propane in the United States. According to Darrin Hert, the company's IT Support/Engineering Operations Manager, setting up trending mechanisms in MRTG was taking a considerable amount of time. Furthermore, it was very difficult -- requiring scripts -- to overlay data from one sensor on another, and he needed to have accurate gauge data for rapidly changing items. "PRTG Traffic Grapher has saved a lot of time. I have only scratched the surface of the application, but I am currently using it to monitor several new servers that are being put in place," said Hert. "PRTG Traffic Grapher makes it very easy to add new sensors and to logically organize them."

American City Business Journals

American City Business Journal (ACBJ), one of the country’s largest publishers of metropolitan business newspapers, also successfully migrated to PRTG Traffic Grapher. Bryan Hart, network administrator for ACBJ, said that after experiencing significant problems with Cacti, his company began using PRTG Traffic Grapher to monitor its remote-market routers and core network equipment at corporate headquarters. PRTG Traffic Grapher allows ACBJ to monitor all portions of its network in regard to bandwidth. PRTG Traffic Grapher also saves Hart’s team time because they no longer have to reinstall Cacti every month or research problems in bandwidth slowness or line errors. The team can now be more proactive than reactive. “It allows us to gather information that we didn’t have before,” said Hart. “Without PRTG Traffic Grapher, we would have no history to help troubleshoot.”

About PRTG Traffic Grapher

PRTG Traffic Grapher monitors network and bandwidth usage as well as various other network parameters like memory and CPU usages, providing system administrators with live readings and periodical usage trends to optimize the efficiency, layout and setup of leased lines, routers, firewalls, servers and other SNMP enabled network components.  The most common usage is monitoring the bandwidth usage of leased lines, routers, and firewalls. However, it can also be used to monitor many other aspects of servers, managed switches, printers, and other network components as long as they are SNMP enabled. Using PRTG Traffic Grapher, network administrators can predict when resources will be overloaded or are under-utilized and can make the decision to upgrade or downsize various elements of the system.

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