Paessler Network Monitoring Software Meets IPv6
Paessler AG, the network monitoring software company, has released version 9 of its Paessler PRTG Network Monitoring solution. It’s designed for managed services providers. I caught up with Paessler North American General Manager Ken Sanofsky to learn about some of the new networking monitoring features and capabilities that Paessler has included in version 9.
“We made lots of ease-of-use improvements,” Sanofsky said. “There are more drag-and-drop capabilities, easy to clone sensors and added support for IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6).” Sanofsky noted that while we are in the early days of IPv6 adoption, it is slowly starting to happen around the world, especially in the enterprise space. “It’s important to know that it (PRTG 9) will be ready for IPv6 right out of the box,” Sanofsky continued. “It sends a message to our customers that we’re looking ahead and we’re ready for user networks to evolve.”
Paessler has also included an enterprise console for PRTG. According to Sanofsky, it’s the first time enterprises can look at multiple instances of the PRTG core server in one screen. So enterprises can install multiple core servers and then do all of their reporting in one central console. They can then set that console to view servers individually, or view a top-ten list of the most active servers. Sanofsky said the IPv6 support and the enterprise console are probably the two biggest additions (you can find out Paessler CEO Dirk Paessler’s personal top 10 favorite additions here).
Here’s a snapshot of some other new PRTG capabilities:
- Out-of-the-box support for 115 different sensor types;
- customized mapping capabilities; and
- integration with Active Directory (AD).
This is the second version of PRTG that Paessler has released since hiring Bill Brown as its Channel Chief in April, 2011. Many of the enhancements in version 9 are built on additions that were made during the 8.4 release in May, 2011. For example, 8.4 was the first version to have a Drag & Drop Maps Editor. If Paessler sticks to a steady release schedule, we can expect another version in January, 2012.