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Monitoring windCORES (data centers) in wind turbines with PRTG

windCOREs are data centers inside wind turbines. This is a German innovation and is the first of its kind in the world. The windCORES brand belongs to the WestfalenWIND Group, which was founded in 2009. Active all over Germany, this energy provider has around 180 wind turbines and is headquartered in Paderborn, in North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2018, it launched a project to set up data centers inside wind turbines. The advantages are clear – after all, the data centers make use of the existing space and infrastructure of the turbines. What’s more, the energy is supplied directly from above.

New PRTG release! Two new sensors and an update for all language files.

PRTG is now available in the stable release channel! This version comes with the experimental NetApp SnapMirror v2 sensor, the experimental Port v2 sensor, and an update for all language files.

Taking the Paessler PRTG API to the next level

A central cornerstone of our Paessler PRTG monitoring software is its application programming interface, and our great development teams have been working on the new PRTG API v2 for some time now. In 2021, we released the alpha version of this new API together with the new UI and made it available for testing. In Version 22.4.81, which is due at the end of this year, we plan to drop the recommendation to only use it on test systems and will thus declare it stable enough to be activated on production systems. Then, in early 2023, we plan to declare the first API endpoints as stable, meaning that you can start using the available PRTG API v2 endpoints* for automation and integrations in your production systems.

How to easily add and use HPE 3PAR sensors in PRTG

To reliably monitor an HPE 3PAR StoreServ server, Paessler PRTG offers three native sensors, which I introduced some time ago in this article: 👉 Let's talk about sensors! HPE 3PAR Storage Server monitoring. Since that article was published, all of the sensors have moved out of beta status and are now fully supported. With this article I will show you how you can easily add and use the three sensors:

How to monitor HPE ProLiant servers with Paessler PRTG

This is my fourth article about monitoring physical servers with Paessler PRTG. The first three articles were about Dell PowerEdge, IBM System X and Fujitsu servers. We also recently started recording video tutorials on these topics, so stay tuned!

Monitoring data center facilities: Keep an eye on environmental metrics!

The complexity of monitoring a data center increases with its size. In addition to monitoring IT components and the network infrastructure, the monitoring of environmental parameters is becoming more and more important. This is because both IT hardware and facilities play a critical role in large data center operations.

How Truma uses PRTG to monitor their factory floor

If you’re a camping fanatic in Europe, you have no doubt heard of Truma. Providing accessories for RVs over the past 7 decades or so, they have become a mainstay in the hearts of campers. Many of us here at Paessler are outdoors types, so you can imagine how much we enjoyed digging into how they use our Paessler PRTG monitoring software. We documented it in a case study here. But what was of particular interest to me as someone who writes a lot about PRTG in industrial settings was how they use it in their manufacturing environment.

PRTG helps Somnitec AG deliver Swiss IT precision

Swiss cloud and IT service provider Somnitec AG, with the help of the Paessler PRTG experts at CORP-IT, has set up comprehensive monitoring to maximize the reliability of its customers’ IT systems.

Predictive maintenance - Improve the Performance of your data center

Data center availability is one of the most important aspects when downtime can also quickly have a financial impact. In order to detect problems at an early stage and thus avoid downtime, the term "predictive maintenance" becomes increasingly important. In an ideal situation, predictive maintenance allows for the lowest possible maintenance frequency to avoid unscheduled reactive maintenance without incurring the cost of too much preventive maintenance.

Increase resiliency of IT environments with KnowledgeRiver and PRTG

Paessler PRTG is well known as a monitoring solution for IT network infrastructures of all sizes and provides IT administrators with a holistic view of the overall enterprise IT. But it can also contribute to increasing the transparency of IT services, something that is becoming more important with growing complexity of IT delivery options. This example shows how PRTG together with KnowledgeRiver's data control utility DC360Ocean helped an international bank in UAE shine a light on their IT services.

When “ants” help secure the wireless network

Bechtle in Bielefeld, Germany, relies increasingly on PRTG monitoring for its IT service offers, and thereby creates added value for its customers. For Bechtle customer STIEBEL ELTRON, this amounts to a more stable WLAN and more reliable automated guided vehicles (AGVs).

How to monitor Fujitsu servers using Paessler PRTG

I remember my first physical server I worked with: it was a Fujitsu tower server. It was running Windows Server 2003 and AD DS role. Somehow, I feel sentimental when thinking about it. If you have followed our blog and my previous two articles, you already learnt how to enable SNMP and monitor Dell PowerEdge and IBM System X using PRTG. Now, in this article, my focus is on the Fujitsu servers.

Bringing the monitoring power of Paessler PRTG to new operating system platforms

With a long history and a focus on IT infrastructure monitoring in Windows networks, Paessler PRTG originated in the Windows environment. IT administrators from all over the world needed a monitoring solution that would also reliably monitor the associated infrastructure in their largely Windows-based network to ensure the constant availability of the network, network components, and servers. The majority of our users are therefore familiar with Windows servers and feel confident in setting up, configuring, and using the Microsoft environment and routinely performing all their necessary tasks. This is why our PRTG server still runs on all relevant Windows versions and can be installed very easily and quickly. Users who do not want to take care of hardware can also subscribe to PRTG as a service and let Paessler take care of the server maintenance.

Keep track of your distributed data centers with ITOps board

Large companies usually have distributed data centers, which brings significant advantages in terms of aspects like performance and efficiency. The data centers might be distributed within a city, a country or even worldwide. However, the challenge always remains the same - not to lose the holistic overview.

Open positions: We're looking for bees!

🌼🐝 Giving unused areas of land back to nature is the right thing to do. The population of bees in particular is severely endangered in many industrialized nations. Although the worldwide numbers seem to be on the rise, Western Europe has witnessed a horrifying 37% reduction in bee colonies compared to 1990. And yet we need both solitary and communal bees for a healthy ecosystem and a functioning agriculture. The good news: It is not all that difficult to create a habitat in which the little fellas feel at home. We have transformed unused space in front of our headquarters in Nuremberg into a true bee-friendly paradise. What's missing now are the bees. So if you know any, send them our way! Much obliged.