Optimize Server Performance
with PRTG

  • PRTG measures server performance
  • PRTG measures bandwidth and identifies bottlenecks
  • PRTG keeps an eye on everything: CPU, RAM, physical and logical disks, and lots of other system data
  • PRTG monitors distributed networks
  • PRTG is compatible with all major manufacturers

 

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Measuring and improving server performance

 

What is responsible for a drop in server performance? PRTG helps you answer this crucial question. Server monitoring software provides for a comprehensive overview, thereby allowing you to identify performance issues. When it comes to poor performance, the problem often lies in the details. Some of the performance indicators which you’ll need to keep a close eye on are network connectivity, CPU, RAM, and the hard drive.

Improving CPU performance

When companies grow and more and more employees are accessing more and more applications on your servers, the processors of these servers can quickly become maxed out. A constant increase in the number of queries (and the side effects which arise because of them) leads to a drop in CPU performance and a slowdown in the reaction times of programs. With PRTG, you will recognize this bottleneck at once. Use the SNMP CPU Load Sensor and Windows CPU Load Sensor to get early warnings and an overview of your server’s CPU. PRTG lets you intervene before your server’s CPU really becomes overloaded and your colleagues are unable to continue working.

Optimizing RAM

As the number of programs and background tasks running on a server increases, so does the amount of data that is written to the memory. If the RAM runs while full, it can be responsible for any number of serious performance bottlenecks. Once the RAM is full, Windows begins to write data to the pagefile, while in Linux, “swap space” is used. Generally speaking, modern computers and servers should not have to use this kind of virtual memory, for they are usually equipped with enough RAM to begin with. If pagefile or swap space is used on a permanent basis, then something may be wrong with your memory. PRTG lets you monitor both of these system files so you can immediately determine if your server is strained. To do so, use our Windows Page File Sensor and SNMP Linux Meminfo Sensor. In addition, think of deploying suitable sensors to monitor your memory directly so you can take prompt action against looming system overloads and their accompanying dips in performance.

Disk performance

A bottleneck affecting the read and write speed of storage devices (such as a hard drive) is one of the most common causes for drops in server performance. High input/output (I/O) levels will slow down your server and its applications considerably, as the CPU must always wait for the drive to respond first. PRTG will monitor the read and write speed (I/O) of your drive, as well as the amount of free hard disk space, so you never run the risk of operating with a full drive. Some of the Windows sensors which come in handy for this are the Windows Physical Disk I/O and WMI Free Disk Space (Multi Disk) sensors, and for Unix-based systems, the SNMP Linux Physical Disk Sensor and SSH Disk Free Sensor. Special pre-configured sensors for monitoring hard drives are also available for the storage systems of manufacturers such as NetApp, HP, IBM, Buffalo, Dell, and Lenovo EMC.

VMware performance

If you use virtual machines, then performance issues are usually found on the host server. PRTG uses a variety of sensors to monitor host server hardware, such as the VMware Host Performance Sensor, which reads all the important performance indicators of VMware servers, including the load values of the CPU, hard drives, RAM, and network connections. There are even predefined sensors for other virtualization software providers like Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer.

SQL server performance

PRTG lets you keep a constant eye on your SQL servers. Sensors are available for Microsoft, Oracle, MySQL, and PostgreSQL, among others. These sensors allow you to reduce downtime and optimize the performance of your databases and database queries.

Advantages of using PRTG to monitor server performance

Keep an eye on hardware

PRTG provides a constant overview of all your hardware and can be used with a number of different manufacturers. If a certain value is exceeded, you'll be notified at once – and usually before things get serious. This will save you both time and stress in your day-to-day work.

Identify bottlenecks

PRTG monitoring lets you spot bottlenecks quickly, often before problems arise. This means you can take quick, proactive action to keep your server up and running – and even improve it.

Historical data

PRTG provides you with historical data over an extended period of time. This data allows you to see if and to what extent your network becomes strained. Custom reports and automatically generated charts help with reporting.

Cross-locational

Along with the monitoring of local networks, PRTG is especially suited for distributed ones. PRTG’s remote probes monitor servers in different locations from one centralized position. This reduces the need for travel.

All performance classes

PRTG lets you monitor all of your servers’ performance classes. Whether 4GB RAM or 60GB RAM, it makes no difference whatsoever. PRTG licenses are upgradeable to meet your own specific needs. Small networks can use the introductory version of PRTG, which comes with 100 free sensors.

All large manufacturers

PRTG is compatible with all the biggest server providers. You can therefore monitor your entire terminal/server park with just one centralized monitoring tool, saving you lots of time and energy when it comes to system management.

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A sneak peek into server performance monitoring with PRTG

 

Auto Discovery makes for a quick switch

 

Are you currently using another monitoring tool? Switching to PRTG is quick and easy. Simply select a range of IP addresses. PRTG’s Auto Discovery function will scan all the devices found within the IP range and automatically create appropriate sensors. You’ll get an initial monitoring overview of your network when opening PRTG for the very first time.

 

iAn IP address (internet protocol address) is a numerical representation that uniquely identifies a specific interface on the network. IP addresses are binary numbers but are typically expressed in decimal form (IPv4) or hexadecimal form (IPv6) to make reading and using them easier for humans. Read more ...

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“In all, you'll be hard-pushed to find a more comprehensive network monitoring package than this. There are no hidden costs or extra packages to buy either, making Paessler PRTG our network monitor of choice.”

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PRTG simplifies your day

Our monitoring software works for you and promptly notifies you of potential issues.
It frees you to concentrate on your day-to-day tasks with peace of mind.

 

PRTG saves time

With PRTG, you get one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.

PRTG saves worry

Customizing PRTG is a breeze. Getting started or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to more than 200 sensors and pre-configured device templates.

PRTG saves money

80% of our customers report substantial or even exceptional cost savings in the area of network monitoring. The experience of our customers shows that the costs for licenses have paid for themselves in an average of 3 ½ months.

Your Network at a glance -
even on the go

PRTG can be installed within minutes and it's compatible with most mobile devices.

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Andreas-Reimann

“The support we received from Paessler AG was extremely reassuring. Their reaction time, know-how, and solutions were outstanding in every department.”

Andreas Reimann, Senior Networking Communication Architect at Zürich Airport. Zürich Airport uses more than 4,500 sensors for its monitoring. To the case study (german)

PRTG Empfehlung

 

Server performance test

PRTG is not server performance test software in the usual sense of the word. But as a monitoring tool, it can also be used to simulate a performance test. For example: write a script, let it run in short intervals with the help of a user-defined script sensor, and then measure the corresponding hardware parameters on the server. You can of course also use an external tool for a load test and let PRTG capture the data. Analyze the ensuing data to identify the effects on your entire network. Perform such a test in a targeted manner and over a short period of time. Find out more in our article on the server performance test. This article takes a detailed look at performance tests, load tests, and stress tests.

PRTG is worth it: You’ll optimize your entire IT!

The costs for a one-year PRTG license usually pay for themselves within 3 ½ months.

PRTG improves the reliability of your network

PRTG improves the reliability of your network

PRTG saves
network management costs

PRTG saves network management costs

PRTG saves time
spent on network management

Award winning solution

We work hard on making our software as powerful and easy-to-use
as possible for our customers each and every day.
Of course it makes us proud when we get awards for that.

 

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Recommend PRTG

Over 95% of our customers recommend PRTG

Paessler AG worldwide trialled PRTG in over 600 IT departments. The aim was to tune the network monitoring software closer to the needs of the administrators.

The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG - or already had.

Arne-Seifert

„Hey Arne, how do I avoid false alarms during server maintenance?“

"In practice, repairs in the short-term will be necessary. While working, your monitoring will not trigger false alarms. The one-time maintenance window allows you to pause monitoring for each individual device or device group. For regular maintenance, with PRTG you can easily create an automated schedule."

Arne Seifert works in the Paessler AG Technical Support Department.

Server problems
during backup

 


Time and again, backups are responsible for server problems. Large-scale and repeated backups can lead to massive spikes in both the server load and network traffic. Often the SQL server crashes and database queries only come back after long delays. Administrators of Windows servers also frequently report problems with backups.

PRTG lets you determine where the bottleneck lies so you can get to the root of the problem - e.g. if at night, when backups occur, hardware parameters yield extremely elevated values. PRTG monitoring will show you the areas in your network which need upgrading. A short-term option: Spread out your backups over several systems or points in time.

PRTG sensors for common server manufacturers

 

PRTG comes with sensors for all the major server manufacturers. Check out the full array of PRTG sensors in our sensor-list. Some of these include:

Windows server performance monitoring

For Windows, feel free to use the above-mentioned Windows CPU Load Sensor and Windows Physical Disk Sensor. PRTG also comes with pre-configured sensors for many other Windows counters.

IBM server performance monitoring

For your IBM servers, take advantage of our IBM System X sensors, among others. The Health Sensor combines several measurements into one sensor, making it possible to monitor a variety of different performance data.

HP server monitoring tool

HP is a large, established hardware provider used by many of the world’s biggest companies. PRTG is also suitable for HP servers, and comes with sensors that are specially designed to run on them.

Dell server monitoring software

Looking to monitor your Dell servers and improve their performance? PRTG’s predefined sensors work like a charm.

 

PRTG: The swiss army knife for sys admins

Adapt PRTG individually and dynamically to your needs relying on a strong API:

  • HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects using HTTP requests
  • Custom Sensors: Create your own sensors for customized monitoring
  • Custom Notifications: Create your own notifications to send alarms to external systems
  • New REST API Sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides XML or JSON

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Improving the performance of Windows servers

PRTG uses WMI, performance counters, and SNMP for Windows monitoring. Windows Event Log monitoring and Windows security monitoring are also extremely helpful.

SQL server performance

PRTG provides comprehensive database monitoring. With PRTG, you can monitor all SQL software.

Website Performance

PRTG monitors the availability, load times, and processes of your websites – even from various locations around the world.

 

Made in Germany: The PRTG Network Monitoring Tool is the fruit of an engaged team. The company was founded by Dirk Paessler PAESSLER AG's headquarters are located in the city of Nuremberg, in the heart of Germany. We combine typical German virtues such as high quality standards, industriousness, and commitment with international, cosmopolitan flair.

Case Studies: Airports, utility companies, banks, colleges, hospitals: PRTG is present in every industry. For each of our customers, business and organizational processes depend on the proper functioning of the network infrastructure. PRTG's customer satisfaction is close to 100%.

Product tests: It goes without saying that we are convinced by the quality of PRTG. But what about the others? PRTG has always performed extremely well in tests. PRTG user "LanLine" sums it up best: "PRTG was already good several years ago, and has gotten better from version to version ever since." Such has been our steadfast and sincere goal.

Support: Our support team works hard every day to help customers solve their monitoring problems. Our goal is to resolve all inquiries within 24 hours (on business days). We've drafted a comprehensive manual and built up an extensive knowledge base featuring videos, webinars, and FAQs. All support, of course, is also included!

Getting started is easy: The first 100 PRTG sensors are free, allowing you to evaluate our monitoring tool with no strings attached. For small companies, these 100 sensors are already enough for emergency monitoring. To upgrade, simply search for a suitable license. You can modify your license any time you like.

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