Paessler Announces PRTG Traffic Grapher 4.0

FUERTH, Germany – September 29, 2004 – Paessler today announced the immediate availability of PRTG Traffic Grapher version 4.0. PRTG Traffic Grapher monitors network and bandwidth usage and other network parameters such as memory and CPU utilization, 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 Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) enabled network components. 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.

This new version of PRTG Traffic Grapher further reduces its CPU usage and disk space requirements by providing a new, fully multi-threaded monitoring engine and a new database system for the storage of historical data while at the same time being able to monitor more devices (hundreds or even thousands).

"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."

EMS Technical Services, LLC is focused on addressing the growing need for connectivity within public service agencies. EMSTS needed to monitor bandwidth over multiple T1 circuits and DSL circuits for a major national nurse call center. "Seeing" how much bandwidth was in use was essential to maximizing the number of connections possible.

"PRTG Traffic Grapher offers an excellent, simplistic but intuitive interface. In 0-60 seconds, we were up and recorded monitoring stats," said Anthony George, systems engineer at EMS Technical Services, LLC. "I would estimate it has saved our client over $1,000 per month. Without this software, it would have been highly possible they would have installed another T1."

"We had a lot of difficulty in finding user-friendly software to monitor, alert and track bandwidth usage on routers, wireless bridges and servers," said David Mills, managing partner, EnterComp Consulting Group, LLP. "We estimate that PRTG Traffic Grapher saves us two to three hours per day and approx $1,000 a month in monitoring costs."

PRTG Traffic Grapher’s monitoring results may be viewed either via a Windows interface or Web pages delivered by the internal web server. Sample reports and screenshots can be found at https://www.paessler.com/prtg. Included with the installer is Paessler SNMP Helper which drastically eases accessing system readings on Windows 2000/XP/2003 systems via SNMP which usually is very complicated.

The software is available in both a Freeware edition (limited to monitoring only one network device and suitable for home users and SOHOs) and several commercial editions offering monitoring for multiple network devices and advanced features needed for larger businesses.

PRTG Traffic Grapher runs as a service on Windows 2000/XP/2003 for maximum reliability and works with most network devices that support SNMP. It was tested with various routers and switches from companies including Cisco, HP, 3Com, Linksys, DLink, as well as with various other SNMP enabled devices (e.g. computers running Windows or network printers).

The fully functional freeware version of PRTG Traffic Grapher can be downloaded free of charge at: https://www.paessler.com. The upgrades to the commercial editions for multi-port and multi-device monitoring are available starting at US $ 49.95.

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