Monitoring Virtual Environments With PRTG

PORTLAND, OREG. AND NUREMBERG, GERMANY, Nov. 20, 2008 – Paessler A.G. today announced an upgrade to its PRTG Network Monitor 7.0.9 that is intended to help IT systems and network administrators and the enterprises they serve keep their eyes on the virtualization prize – literally.

With the tough economy likely to continue in 2009, ‘Virtualization’ will be one of the top IT themes for the upcoming year. Via virtualization, infrastructures can be consolidated and sometimes even entire data centres can be economized. At the same time, the costs for energy can be reduced significantly.

“A precondition for a successful virtualization is the undisturbed operating of the consolidated host servers and network- and storage-infrastructure to assure the maximum availability of the virtual servers,” said Dirk Paessler, CEO and founder of Paessler. “The use of a qualified network monitoring solution like PRTG Network Monitor is an important step to make critical areas transparent and keep them permanently in sight. Additionally this system delivers valuable information for planning and executing virtualization measures.”

Network monitoring delivers essential information for planning and testing of virtualized environments. Using a solution such as PRTG Network Monitor offers valuable clues to expected long time demands of different enterprise applications. Furthermore, long term trends allow forecasts of expected performance peaks – precondition for adequate resource planning.

”PRTG delivers a real time monitoring without gap for the bandwidths and availability of the network the virtual systems are run at,” said Paessler. “The so achieved transparency is an important precondition to assure maximum performance and availability of the network and thus the virtualized servers and applications.”

In case of failures and disturbance IT systems and network administrators can react immediately and clear problems. Via analysis of long term monitoring data, weak spots can be discovered and the general performance of the network can be improved.

VMware-Sensors – now integrated

In the current version PRTG Network Monitor was expanded for two special VMware-sensors: ‘VMware Server Host’ and ‘VMware Virtual Machine’. Thus PRTG not only enables the monitoring of virtualized applications rather than servers but also the monitoring of the proper VMware-server. Additionally the system now comes with an integrated automated discovery of VMware-servers and with a preconfigured monitoring scenario.

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