Definition, examples, tips
Monitor routers, servers, ports, and switches
Monitor CPU, temperature, RAM, and hard disks
Monitor network traffic and applications
Monitor system performance and availability
Remote monitoring system
Alarm in the event of malfunctions
System monitoring FAQ
What is system monitoring?
What is a monitoring system?
A monitoring system is software that helps system administrators monitor their infrastructure. These tools monitor system devices, traffic, and applications, and sound the alarm in the event of malfunctions and disruptions. There are lots of monitoring systems on the market, from freeware to professional software.
How does system monitoring work?
Do I need a monitoring system?
Some IT managers only intervene when an error occurs. But this comes with a lot of risk. And troubleshooting can be extremely time-consuming. Other IT managers monitor their infrastructure with a variety of small tools. But unlike monitoring systems, these tools are unable to provide an overview. A monitoring system will save you time, worry, and money.
What are the advantages of a monitoring system?
A centralized monitoring system lets you monitor your entire network in real time from a single machine. If an error occurs, you’ll be notified immediately and can fix the problem at once. This saves you time and provides for peace of mind.
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System monitoring case studies
The Student Hotel Group monitors its systems and applications with PRTG. Its managers tested other monitoring systems but eventually decided to go with our software. What sold them on PRTG? PRTG is user-friendly, allows for remote monitoring, and can be easily upgraded to meet the long-term monitoring needs of the company.
Silent4Business provides IT security services in the USA and South America. In large networks, a monitoring tool must be able to monitor the availability of devices such as routers, ticketing systems, and switches. The company found PRTG to be best suited for these needs.
Abu Dhabi University is the largest university in the United Arab Emirates. It has several branches and teams up with partners from all over the world. The university needs its online offer and everyday business operations to always be up and running. It therefore uses PRTG to monitor the availability of its network.
“Hey Greg, what would you tell administrators looking to monitor their Windows Server with PRTG?“
„PerfCounter custom sensors are some of the most useful sensors to be overlooked by users. Imagine SNMP sensors, but for Windows performance counters. Simply find out the name of the counter you wish you monitor. There’s a great knowledge base article on this topic.
Once you have the name, setting up the sensor is a piece of cake. It’s amazing to think of how many PerfCounters are really available for Windows applications, especially those which don’t come from Microsoft itself. These counters often offer insights into applications or processes which you may have once thought to be impossible.“
Greg Campion is a SysAdmin at PAESSLER AG.
Monitoring system tools: Free or paid?
Free monitoring system tools
Many sysadmins use the command line for certain inquiries such as whether or not a device is available. Many device manufacturers also offer their own monitoring tools, some of which are free of charge. However, unlike PRTG, neither of these solutions will provide you with an overview of your entire IT system. What’s more, with our network monitoring system, the first 100 sensors are free and never expire. You can also access the alarm and all other features for as long as you like. PRTG can therefore be used as free monitoring software.
Paid monitoring system tools
There are lots of paid monitoring tools on the market. Sysadmins often compare PRTG with monitoring software such as ManageEngine, Zabbix, Solarwinds, and WhatsUpGold. The open-source tool Nagios is yet another option. Many IT managers also look for alternatives to their existing tools and come across PRTG. See our handy comparison of the various network monitoring tools including the results of independent tests.
5 advantages of PRTG
All-in-one system monitoring
Most IT systems are years in the making. More often than not, they contain devices from several different manufacturers. A central network monitoring system provides you with an overview of your entire IT infrastructure. All information is consolidated on one main dashboard. A quick glance is all it takes to see if everything is OK.
Real-time traffic monitoring
PRTG monitors network traffic in real time. Among other things, it displays the web traffic and mail traffic that flow through your network. If you notice an anomaly or a spike in traffic, you can take action at once.
Prompt alarm in the event of errors
In large IT systems, errors can crop up in countless different places. A single damaged switch can cause a major disruption. Network monitoring systems allow you to quickly identify errors and their sources, thereby speeding up the troubleshooting process.
Many companies have multiple branches in a building complex, a city, or a region. PRTG is agentless software. It comes with remote probes that are quick and easy to install and let you monitor distributed networks from one central location.
Free network monitoring
PRTG comes with 100 free sensors that never expire. You can also use its full range of features for as long as you like. This is all you really need for basic network monitoring. What’s more, for the first 30 days you get access to an unlimited number of sensors so you can really put our software to the test. Afterwards, simply choose the license that corresponds to your needs.
PRTG is a vital tool for getting your IT into tip-top shape!
The costs for a one-year PRTG license pay for themselves in an average of only a few weeks.
License costs vary according to the size of your network.
PRTG makes your network more reliable
PRTG saves network management costs
PRTG saves time spent on network management
“The greatest advantage of PRTG? You get to rest easy.“
Steffen Ille, Bauhaus-University of Weimar, Germany
More on network monitoring
Monitoring the entire IT infrastructure
PRTG monitors network devices, cloud services, applications, databases, and nearly every other aspect of your IT system.
PRTG: The Swiss Army knife for sysadminsAdapt 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
- REST Custom Sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides XML or JSON
What's the difference between
PRTG Network Monitor & PRTG Enterprise Monitor?
is the right solution for you if
- you need to monitor up to about 500 to 1,000 devices
- knowing every detail about network and infrastructure is your main requirement
- you need one easy-to-use monitoring tool for a small or midsize IT environment
Fully functional 30-day trial version
is the right solution for you if
- you need to monitor more than 1,000 devices
- you are looking for a management overview in addition to all the details
- you are responsible for a large and distributed IT environment
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