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Our Brand-New Support Resource: The PRTG How-To Guides

When we develop features in PRTG Network Monitor, we emphasize the importance of simple, self-explanatory operation. Our goal is to provide you with software that you can ideally set up and use without the help of the user manual.

Is Your Alarm System Safe from Hackers? Nope.

In the past few months, we have addressed the security-related pitfalls of the Internet of Things. In our article “Why IoT Devices Are the Trojan Horses of Our Time. And Why Nobody Talks About It.“ we showed how IoT devices could become the gateway for various risk scenarios. Alarm systems and their security risks are increasingly emerging as another aspect of this discussion. Yet, there is need for conceptual differentiation.

What Mozilla WebThings Has to Offer for the IoT

As it was reported in a blog post on Mozilla Hacks, the Web of Things program "Project Things" has outgrown the experimental stage and is now being renamed Mozilla WebThings. It’s Mozilla’s open source implementation of the Web of Things, including the WebThings Gateway and the WebThings Framework; it's an open platform for controlling and monitoring devices over the web.

Video Tutorials for All Things PRTG

Our goal has always been to provide you with PRTG Network Monitor, an easy-to-understand, self-explanatory software tool that doesn't raise questions, but instead provides answers. Both installation and configuration should ideally work without the help of the manual. Therefore, we work with a team of dedicated colleagues to ensure an optimal user experience.

Getting Physical With PRTG - Part 3

This iteration of Getting Physical with PRTG will run through in detail how to receive SMS messages when alerts are triggered in PRTG. Here you can find the first two parts: Getting Physical With PRTG - Part 1 Getting Physical With PRTG - Part 2

A (Very) Brief Explanation of Virtualization, Containers, and Serverless

Previously on our blog, we took a look at the evolution of IT, and the subsequent rise of observability to monitor it. In it, we covered the concepts of virtualization, containers, and serverless, all of which have driven or are driving the evolution of IT infrastructure. As a companion to the blog posts, and the video interview we did with Greg Campion, we produced a short video to explain these concepts as simply as possible. Take a look:

PRTG Release 19.2.50: Measure MQTT Roundtrips with PRTG and Other News about the Release

This blog post is now offered as a free audio version: {% video_player "embed_player" overrideable=False, type='scriptV4', hide_playlist=True, viral_sharing=False, embed_button=False, width='1200', height='200', player_id='10216215621', style='' %} The PRTG release version 19.2.50 has been available for installation in the stable channel for several days now. Maybe you already have the version in use, or you are planning the update. As regular readers already know, in these posts I give you a short overview about the most exciting new features and improvements of the current version.

The World Surrounding Us: Are You Interested in Environmental Monitoring?

The world surrounding us wants to be understood. We can record and analyze an enormous amount of different environmental values - and finally grasp them in a larger context.

Healthcare IT: Monitoring the Integration Engine

Previously on this blog, we have had detailed discussions about healthcare IT infrastructure, how to monitor it, and how to keep track of workflows in hospitals or clinics. Something that came up in each of those discussions was the integration engine, and there’s a reason for that: to use an anatomical metaphor, it is the central nervous system of any medical infrastructure. In this post I take a closer look at what an integration engine is, what it does, and how to monitor it.

Environmental Monitoring – Why We Finally Have to Face Particulate Matter Honestly

The Myth of Particulate Matter. There is hardly any environmental discussion that has not dealt with the topics of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides or (diesel) exhaust gases in the last few months. However, you have probably already noticed that some terms are often not used based on their actual scientific definition. Instead, technical terms are mixed up in discourse/conversation and research results are simplified to one's own advantage. In addition, lobbyism is commonplace, freely following the motto, "The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself".

What's Going On With 5G?

After taking a look at the status of Wi-Fi 6, we turn our attention in this blog post to the other technology that will have a massive impact on our connected digital world in the next decade: 5G. It's something we have been hearing about for a few years now, and you'll certainly have noticed the frequency (pun very much intended) of 5G mentions increasing. But how far along is it? How long before it starts making an impact?  

5 Thoughts on Digital Minimalism

To begin with, I am somewhat suspicious of the term minimalism and its exorbitant spread, fired by blogs and YouTube. I don't care how few underpants you can survive with and when I hear Marie Kondo speak, it awakens in me a potential for aggression that I didn't know I had. After saying that, the idea of minimalism has crept into my life in recent years and without me calling it minimalism, it has also changed my digital life. After I realized that, I became a little more involved with the concept of digital minimalism and developed 5 thoughts that I would like to present.

Why I Thought That Self-Driving Cars Would Not Be a Success…

...and why I can imagine the opposite after doing some research! One could think that the self-driving car would be a technical achievement of the 21st century. Far from it, because the history of self-driving cars goes back to the 1920s.

Paessler Named an April 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customer's Choice for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools

The Paessler team is excited to announce that we have been recognized as an April 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools. Our team at Paessler takes great pride in this distinction, as customer feedback continues to shape our products and services.

How Not to Starve: Why the 21st Century Food Industry Needs Innovative Technologies

Agriculture is an industry that is no stranger to disruptive technologies, especially when looking at the Internet of Things (IoT). This is a good development in a globalized world experiencing food shortages in a number of locations. Nevertheless, I want to explain why IoT is not a panacea in agriculture or the food industry so long as fundamental thinking remains unchanged.