Convergence is something that almost all technological areas are facing, and industrial IT is no exception. And while factory floors and production lines are scrambling to meet the new challenges brought about by convergence, there is another aspect they must consider, too: how to monitor it all. But before we get to the monitoring aspect, we first should consider just what this convergence means for industrial IT.
A quick look at the calendar tells me that it's June 10, 2020. 90% of my colleagues (including myself) continue to work remotely from our homes. This is also reflected in the release 20.2.59 of PRTG Network Monitor, which was developed entirely at home - thanks to the advantages of agile, location-independent software development.
Quaker Houghton is the global leader in industrial process fluids. With 4,400 employees, a robust presence around the world, including operations in over 25 countries, their customers include thousands of the world’s most advanced and specialized steel, aluminum, automotive, aerospace, offshore, can, mining, and metalworking companies. Quaker Houghton is headquartered in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, located near Philadelphia in the United States. The European headquarters is located in Uithoorn, North Holland. From this location, Erik Kemper, Senior Global Infrastructure Engineer, together with his two American IT colleagues, manages Quaker Houghton's global network infrastructure.
Before we go into depth on the differences between Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) traps and informs, we must first have a solid understanding of what a trap is.
Modbus is a communications protocol that has been in use since the 70s, and has become standard for connecting electronic industrial devices. Modbus RTU and Modbus ASCII are used for serial communication, while Modbus TCP is used for devices connected to a TCP/IP network. For IT professionals in a factory setting, who are maintaining traditional network elements and industry-specific infrastructure, Modbus TCP devices often contain important information needed for monitoring the entire infrastructure. Because it would be good to get this information into PRTG, we are currently working on a Modbus TCP sensor. But we’d love to get your feedback on your use cases and requirements, and what features you want from Modbus TCP sensor.
More and more data is being created worldwide every year. While 33 zettabytes of data were generated in 2018, forecasts predict that about 163 zettabytes will be generated in 2025. 20 percent of this will be critical for our everyday life and another 10 percent will be hypercritical, meaning necessary for the continuity of daily life. By 2025, every person in the world with Internet access will be interacting with networked devices on average 4,800 times a day - equivalent to one interaction every 18 seconds. This is mainly due to the rapid development of embedded systems and the Internet of Things (IOT).
If you're a system administrator, you've probably had a lot to do with Zoom lately. In fact, in no time at all, the word "Zoom" has become a verb—as in, "Let's zoom about this tomorrow".
Anyone who is in charge of a company's IT infrastructure has to deal with many different topics. In addition to projects, the main focus is on the smooth operation of the network. A disruption not only annoys the employees but can also have financial consequences for the company.
I'm a bit late in introducing you to the most interesting features of PRTG version 20.2.58. The release has been available for download in the stable channel since the end of April, and you probably already have it up and running. The reason for my delayed reporting is - apart from the fact that I had some vacation time in between - that we are busy working on version 20.2.59. This one contains new sensors and I can hardly wait for the release date.
Digital transformation is bringing equipment like CCTV devices into our networks. If this intricate network of devices and systems goes down, major problems could occur. A monitoring solution like PRTG Network Monitor can help to prevent downtime and give IT teams, as well as the security or facility maintenance teams, peace of mind.
What was once considered a buzz word just a few years ago has now become a dominant force in data centers around the world. Hyper convergence or Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is the next evolution in abstraction within server infrastructure.
Do you use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for anything, anything at all really? If so, you’ve likely had a bill or two be much more costly than expected. Or maybe you’ve just paid them without actually knowing if they were way too expensive! It’s almost like they want you to overspend.
Bandwidth monitoring and management is a useful way to understand and make the best use of the bandwidth you have, and to identify potential bandwidth problems. Here's some general information about bandwidth and how to really get the most out of your WiFi – and what PRTG Network Monitor can do for you.
For many of us, meetings that used to happen in person are now happening virtually since much of the world has switched to working remotely. Because we are relying so heavily on conducting important business meetings over online meeting platforms, monitoring the availability of those online services is more important than ever.
In the time of global crisis affected by COVID-19, where many companies are working from home, there are different technologies used by end-users to remotely access corporate network infrastructure. These include different types of VPNs and Direct Access. The health of the network infrastructure and the quality of the remote connections is directly related to the business and customer satisfaction. Based on this, it is highly important to have all business services up and running. The proper medicine is in being proactive and monitoring and managing the health state of remote connections by using the right monitoring tool, PRTG Network Monitor. We have already discussed how PRTG can monitor VPN connections before. If you missed it, check this link.