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5 Reasons Why a New Headquarter Is a Management Task

Annual increases in sales of 30 to 40% and similar growth in workforce must have consequences. Once again, Paessler requires additional office space and for the 5th time in 15 years moves to a new headquarter. This is the painful side of success.

PRTG Included in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD)

Gartner as the world's leading information technology research and advisory company has acknowledged PRTG Network Monitor in the Magic Quadrant� for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics 2016. We believe we are on the right track due to our focus on the monitoring of small and medium sized networks.

eHealth Sensors: Know What's Going on in Your Medical IT

Great news for admins in hospitals or medical facilities! Paessler has developed new sensors for monitoring medical equipment that communicates via the protocols HL7 and DICOM. PRTG can now monitor your medical IT infrastructure even more closely, accurately and timely!

Ask the Expert: Current Status on IPv6

Paessler talked to Robbie Mitchell from Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), to get an update on IPv6 deployment and where PRTG Network Monitor users can go to for more information. Read the following article to find out what the expert has to say about IPv6:

[April Fools' Day 2016] Sensor of the Week: Gravitational Waves Sensor

In the beginning of February, the announcement that scientists had discovered gravitational waves astonished not only the science community, but baffled people all over the world. The discovery of what Einstein had predicted in his general theory of relativity, 100 years ago, will help scientists to actually see the big bang-and find out what happened during this initial single event.

Is Your Security Really Secure?

Since the early days of networking, security has been one of the top subjects in the IT and network world and today it's more important than ever. Last year 58% of all administrators being asked by us mentioned IT security as one of their core tasks and said it's an ongoing challenge. Indeed, security includes much more than just a virus scanner or a firewall: BYOD and IoT bring new risks, small mistakes made can endanger data, and physical threats like fire or water also must be taken into account when developing a security concept.

Third Time Lucky: Paessler Scoops 2 Awards at the Network Computing Awards 2016

After winning the Network Computing Award for "Bench Tested Product of the Year" in 2015 and for "Network Management Product of the Year" as well as "Product of the Year" in 2014, we were really excited when we heard about our nominations for 2016. This time around we were nominated in no less than four categories:

Network Admins Are Bracing Themselves for March Madness

The NCAA Tournament is once again captivating audiences of American sports fans - including those who are at work. While March Madness continues to attract massive television audiences each year, they have increasingly sophisticated live streaming and mobile viewing options which are bringing in even more viewers - including office workers that don't have access to a television. Last year, 80.7 million live streams and 17.8 hours of live video were consumed during the tournament, a 17 percent increase over 2014. And when fans weren't watching, they were sharing clips and talking about the games on social media. The tournament posted a record 350 million total social impressions on Facebook and Twitter, a 45 percent increase over 2014.

Sensor of the Week: Docker Container Status Sensor

Docker Containers are the new hot thing in terms of virtualization! First published in 2013 they have become popular extremely fast�meanwhile even Windows Server 2016 offers Docker Container integration. Not only do DevOps love Docker Containers as an easy to use and, first and foremost, quickly implementable virtualization method but network administrators also like to use them to efficiently roll out and reliably manage applications.

Sensor of the Week: SNMP Custom Advanced Sensor

Monitoring via Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is one of the easiest ways to stay on top of your IT infrastructure. PRTG Network Monitor uses this common, robust and well-established protocol to gather various information you need to know about your network devices. Just have a look at the various SNMP sensors PRTG offers from the get-go. However, sometimes you might want PRTG to show certain values that are not included in PRTG's standard libraries. Well, in this case, you can now use the SNMP Custom Advanced sensor: It monitors numerical values returned by one or more specific OIDs (Object Identifiers) using SNMP.

Critical Security Update Available for PRTG Network Monitor

The following information only affects you if you are running PRTG Network Monitor V15.2.16.2229/2230 (released on April 28th 2015) through V16.1.21.1257/1258 (released on January 18th 2016).

Our Users Had a Creative Holiday Season: The Entries to Our PRTG Christmas Campaign

Right in time for the Advent season we prepared a Christmas themed PRTG cut-out for each week in December. We asked you to grab your scissors and to get crafty with us. In return, every submission entered had the chance to win a Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker at the end of the campaign as well as four PRTG goodie bags. Although we had only five prizes to give away we wanted to share all the fantastic entries we received.

Business Process Sensor: IT Overview 2.0

PRTG Network Monitor offers a comprehensive overview of the performance and availability of your entire IT infrastructure. Each PRTG sensor provides information on individual aspects of a device or service, while some of them, such as the email round trip sensors, monitor entire, predefined processes. With the Business Process Sensor, PRTG now goes one step further. It allows you to combine several sensors in one, defining your own, more complex processes, and display them in PRTG.

Paessler Wins "Software Vendor of the Year" at the CRN Awards

It all began back in the spring/summer of 2015. I suggested to the team that we had made some fantastic progress with our channel partners over the past year or two and that we should submit an entry for Software Vendor of the Year in the upcoming CRN Channel Awards. Little did I know, 1200 words, a 2� minute video and many months of nail biting later, that we would actually go on and win!

Ever Wondered How Much Letter Mail You Get During the Year? PRTG�s Letter Count Sensor Got You Covered

We always love to learn about new ways to implement PRTG and have seen quite a lot of great usage scenarios in the past. Naturally, we were really excited when we heard that Andreas Ginther set up a Letter Count Sensor "Smart Post Box" for his private mailbox! It tells him not only when he receives a letter, but also when the mailbox is emptied. This way, he always knows if he needs to start looking for the mailbox keys once he gets home.