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Why OPC UA Will Revolutionize Industrial Automation in the Coming Years

When we encounter the phrase "Smart Factory" nowadays, we inevitably also encounter the phrase "Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication". The goal of communication between manufacturing machines is to collect data for further processing and evaluation.

Sugar-Coated: How Carambar & Co. Digitally Transformed Itself (and How PRTG Helped)

In a previous article I discussed digital transformation in a broad sense of the term. But what does it actually look like for companies? There are many great examples, but there's one in particular that we have come across in recent times (because they're one of our customers). Maybe you have heard of Carambar? They're a French candy and confectionery company, and in 2017 they were acquired by Eurazeo and became part of the newly-formed CPK Group. Carambar & Co. was the wholly-owned operating subsidiary of this group. At this point, they had around 1 000 employees, and to manage an operation of this size, a new IT strategy was required. Carambar started putting together plans for digital transformation, and set in motion a project that would end up with them winning awards! Here's what they did, and how PRTG Network Monitor was an important supporting mechanism in their success. 

The Unbearable Lightness of Bitcoin

2019, seriously, what is wrong with you? Apple introduces a cheese grater and wants to sell a display stand for $999, Elon Musk announces that he has deleted Twitter, on Twitter, and proclaims "Occupy Mars" showing a picture of the moon*, and Facebook wants to launch its own "cryptocurrency".

Buzzword Bingo: What the Heck Is Distributed Ledger Technology?

It's the year of our Lord two thousand and nineteen, and no technology trend with its subcategories is as flooded with buzzwords as the Internet of Things*. Buzzwords are awesome and not so awesome at the same time. You can really annoy people with them, but you need to understand them first. Here I take a quick look at one of them: Distributed Ledger Technology.

Monitor Your ERP Environment with PRTG

An integral part of every business is business processes that run as smoothly as possible – and one application that promises to automate and facilitate these processes is Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP for short. But, what happens when these applications themselves are not properly working or, worst of all, shut down?

Digital Transformation Still Has a Long Way To Go

While digital transformation might seem like a decade-old buzzword, it actually is changing the world in the present day. And as more processes and solutions become digitized, the complexity of aspects to monitor increases. But what exactly is digital transformation?

Tracking Containers with Sigfox

IBM and IoT service provider Sigfox have jointly implemented a solution for digitizing container tracking in logistics. The project was implemented as part of Groupe PSA. Now the tracking system is to be offered to other manufacturers too.

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.