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25.05.2019

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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.

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23.05.2019

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Healthcare IT: Monitoring the Integration Engine

Previously on this blog, we have had detailed discussions about healthcare IT infrastructure, how to monitor it, and how to keep track of workflows in hospitals or clinics. Something that came up in each of those discussions was the integration engine, and there’s a reason for th...

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22.05.2019

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Environmental Monitoring – Why We Finally Have to Face Particulate Matter Honestly

The Myth of Particulate Matter. There is hardly any environmental discussion that has not dealt with the topics of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides or (diesel) exhaust gases in the last few months. However, you have probably already noticed that some terms are often not u...

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18.05.2019

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What's Going On With 5G?

After taking a look at the status of Wi-Fi 6, we turn our attention in this blog post to the other technology that will have a massive impact on our connected digital world in the next decade: 5G. It's something we have been hearing about for a few years now, and you'll certainly...

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16.05.2019

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Den Betrieb von Rechenzentren optimal absichern

Viele Rechenzentren werden heimgesucht: nicht nur von externen Gefahren, sondern auch von hauseigenen Geistern. Die Virtualisierung spielt verrückt, das Unified Computing macht sein eigenes Ding, hyperkonvergente Systeme treiben den Admin in den Wahnsinn – alles wie verhext! Was ...

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16.05.2019

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5 Thoughts on Digital Minimalism

To begin with, I am somewhat suspicious of the term minimalism and its exorbitant spread, fired by blogs and YouTube. I don't care how few underpants you can survive with and when I hear Marie Kondo speak, it awakens in me a potential for aggression that I didn't know I had. Afte...

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14.05.2019

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Why I Thought That Self-Driving Cars Would Not Be a Success…

...and why I can imagine the opposite after doing some research! One could think that the self-driving car would be a technical achievement of the 21st century. Far from it, because the history of self-driving cars goes back to the 1920s.

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11.05.2019

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Paessler Named a 2019 Gartner Insights Customer's Choice for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools

The Paessler team is excited to announce that we have been recognized as an April 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools. Our team at Paessler takes great pride in this distinction, as customer feedback continues to shape our products ...

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09.05.2019

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How Not to Starve: Why the 21st Century Food Industry Needs Innovative Technologies

Agriculture is an industry that is no stranger to disruptive technologies, especially when looking at the Internet of Things (IoT). This is a good development in a globalized world experiencing food shortages in a number of locations. Nevertheless, I want to explain why IoT is no...

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07.05.2019

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#dvoc19 – DevOps Camp 2019 Recap. It Was Awesome.

The DevOps Camp took place from 26 - 28 April 2019 for the 11th time, and once again in Nuremberg. We were honored to provide the location for the second time. We changed our various meeting rooms on the ground floor of our headquarters into session locations, organized some beer...

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03.05.2019

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What's the Status of Wi-Fi 6?

You no doubt know about Wi-Fi 6, and how it is a technology that will shape future networks. In fact, alongside 5G, it will have one of the biggest effects on upcoming devices, networks, and consumer expectations over the next few years. But is Wi-Fi 6 already here? What are the ...

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02.05.2019

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How Amazon Go Works

Amazon Go and Apple Pay have a few things in common: they promised a revolution in shopping, they seemed super futuristic and interesting at their first introduction, and people in Europe or similarly remote places in the world have to wait forever to experience them firsthand.

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29.04.2019

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Escape Cupertino, Return to Redmond! A Hands-On Practical Guide

Here's how you get all those cool admin and dev tools like WSL, Chocolatey or OpenSSH running on your Windows 10 machine. Below (after a short introduction) is a hands-on guide of how to customize your Windows 10 settings to make you feel comfortable as a sysadmin or de...

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26.04.2019

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The Future of Monitoring (2/2): The Rise of Observability

In part 1 of our look at the future of infrastructure, I covered how the cloud, containers, and serverless are all shaping IT. I also briefly explained how important observability is becoming. In this post, I'll go into more detail about exactly what it is, and why it is so impor...

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24.04.2019

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Google Simplifies Connection to Cloud IoT Core

A few weeks ago Google released an updated preview version of the Google Cloud IoT Device SDK for Embedded C at GitHub. The open source C library allows developers to better connect even the simplest IoT devices to Google Cloud IoT Core.

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24.04.2019

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Sigfox, LoRA, MIOTY und NB IoT (LTE-M) im Vergleich

Eine wesentliche Voraussetzung für das IoT ist die optimale Verbindung der „Dinge“ mit dem Internet. Dazu stehen auf dem Markt unter­schied­liche Technologien zur Verfügung; von Kabelverbindungen über Bluetooth und WLAN bis hin zu Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN). Die Differen...

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23.04.2019

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PRTG Release 19.2.49 News Roundup – PRTG Desktop, .NET 4.7.2 and More…

For a few days now, the PRTG release 19.2.49 has been available for download on the stable release channel. The current release contains a lot of improvements, including improved performance of the PRTG core server, the PRTG Desktop integration, news about .NET 4.7.2 requirements...

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19.04.2019

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The Future of Monitoring (1/2): We Won't Care About Infrastructure Anymore

Anyone involved with IT knows that new technology is changing the landscape at an incredible rate. It feels like every day there is something new on the horizon that will ‘change the world’, or at least the way we think about the industry. Usually this doesn’t come to pass becaus...

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16.04.2019

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Sigfox, LoRA, MIOTY und NB IoT (LTE-M) im Vergleich

Eine wesentliche Voraussetzung für das IoT ist die optimale Verbindung der „Dinge“ mit dem Internet. Dazu stehen auf dem Markt unter­schied­liche Technologien zur Verfügung; von Kabelverbindungen über Bluetooth und WLAN bis hin zu Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN). Die Differen...

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15.04.2019

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Being On-Call with PRTG and iLert

Every organization that relies on their services being always available needs to respond to incidents fast. How fast really depends on the desired availability level. Response times are constrained by the desired availability targets. An availability target of, for instance, 99.9...

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10.04.2019

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Why Fine Dust Pollution Is so Difficult to Measure. And Why It Must Be Done Anyway. #2

Fine dust is like passive smoking: no one’s comfortable with it, but the exact effects are arguable. In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the results of recent medical studies. For Part 2, we’ll be looking at guidelines the cities of tomorrow should consider. And we’ll be posti...

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08.04.2019

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How to Monitor CCTV Equipment with PRTG

Is your company equipped with a video surveillance solution? In recent times, CCTV solutions are used in more and more areas.  Today I want to introduce you to some value added use cases of video surveillance solutions, and show you how to integrate your CCTV system into you...

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05.04.2019

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Create Notification Triggers With PrtgAPI

In the past few months, we released two blogs about PrtgAPI, a C#/PowerShell library that can be used to manage PRTG: one covered how to add multiple devices or groups programmatically to PRTG, and the other focused on several other examples of use cases. In this final blog post ...

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03.04.2019

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Why Fine Dust Pollution Is so Difficult to Measure. And Why It Must Be Done Anyway. #1

Fine dust is like passive smoking: no one’s comfortable with it, but the exact effects are arguable. New studies, however, show a very clear picture. In the coming weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at the subject of fine dust. Part 2 of this article will be published next week...

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01.04.2019

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Microsoft Teams Monday Reloaded – How to Get Notified When Wiki Has Been Edited

It's been some time since we introduced the benefits of Microsoft Teams in a multi-part blog series. In one part of the series we dealt with the wiki function of the Microsoft Teams client. You you can add a Wiki tab to a channel. We use the Wiki tab in our department to store ba...

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29.03.2019

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More Uses for PrtgAPI: Create Multiple Sensors, Clean Up Deprecated Sensors, and Configure Sensor Factories

In a previous article, we covered one use case for PrtgAPI, a C#/PowerShell library for managing PRTG: Adding multiple devices. But PrtgAPI has a lot more uses than just that, and it's one of the reasons why we at Paessler are such fans of it. It's one thing to have smart, innova...

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27.03.2019

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Seven Devices between €69 and €500 for Monitoring Environmental Parameters with PRTG

As the founder of “The network monitoring company”, Paessler AG, it was quite natural for me to not only monitor our home network, but also various environmental metrics in our family home. We moved into our new home a year and a half ago, and having temperature data series has b...

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25.03.2019

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Why IoT Devices Are the Trojan Horses of Our Time. And Why Nobody Talks About It.

Let's say the most honest salesman in the world would like to sell IoT solutions to a medium-sized company. Maybe something in the field of Smart Maintenance, or maybe isolated IIoT devices. Whatever it is, the price is king and of course the CEO of the company will be happy if t...

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21.03.2019

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Nobody Likes a Boring Newsletter

For many years we have been sending out a newsletter with our latest blog posts. That's changing in a way now. Instead of a mere overview of our blog posts, in the future you can expect editorial opinions and cross-references on topics that interest a tech audience.

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20.03.2019

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PRTG Desktop App Released as Stable Version

You probably already know about our PRTG Desktop app. If not, we published two articles in September 2018 about it here on our blog:

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15.03.2019

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PRTG On the Road Winners, in Pictures

In November last year, we held a competition where PRTG users could win a PRTG bag or neck warmer. We also had a follow-up: the winners could then win one of five Playstation 4 Pro consoles if they posted a picture of themselves with their prize and used #PRTGontheroad as a hasht...

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13.03.2019

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Work with Our PRTG How-to Guides

If you use PRTG Network Monitor regularly, you will sooner or later come across one of our numerous support resources. We offer many ways to learn more about PRTG:

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11.03.2019

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What IoT Devices from the Trash Reveal about Their Former Owners

Smart, networked devices such as app-controlled surveillance cameras and light bulbs can be easily hacked. Especially with cheap IoT gadgets, the password is often fixed in the firmware and cannot be changed. Here follows a short anecdote about the sheer insanity of IoT uncertain...

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08.03.2019

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Don’t Miss News About PRTG Release 19.1.48

Welcome to the first PRTG Release News on the blog in 2019. I hope you had a fantastic start to the new year and have bravely stuck to your good intentions so far. Our developers are already working hard on the PRTG release 19.1.49. Ideally you are running our latest stable versi...

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06.03.2019

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How IoT Worlds Are Networked from Orbit

Initially, this article would have started with the words "One small step for..." but in every trustworthy team of writers this is a reason for termination. Still, what Sigfox announced in the middle of last year is a giant leap. Sigfox will send satellites into space, and c...

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04.03.2019

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PRTG + Sonoff = Smart Meter

If you’ve been following our Maker Monday YouTube channel, (you HAVE subscribed, haven’t you?) you’ll have seen us describe how to integrate the Sonoff S20 smart socket with Home Assistant software. Here, we describe how you can use the procedure described in the video, to build ...

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01.03.2019

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SLA Reporting Made Easy – with the PRTG SLA Plugin

Continuous monitoring of IT infrastructure is a basic requirement for reliable business processes. Especially when it comes to fulfilling SLAs (Service Level Agreements), it is of crucial importance that the monitoring data is available as granularly as possible – ideally in RAW ...

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28.02.2019

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7 Punkte, die IT-Monitoring für den Handel können muss

Der Retail- bzw. Einzelhandel ist eine der wohl vielfältigsten Branchen. Die Spannweite reicht von der Supermarktkette über Bekleidungs­häuser bis hin zu Online-Computerhändlern. Allen Retailern gemein ist die Abhängigkeit von einer funktionierenden Infrastruktur und der daraus r...

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27.02.2019

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How We Have Implemented Environmental Monitoring in Our Headquarters

Since we moved all to our new headquarters in Nuremberg more than two years ago, we have wanted to implement a facility-wide temperature and humidity monitoring system. In practice, as so often happens, other things took priority, so this topic was not on our agenda until th...

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25.02.2019

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The History of Chess AI

Garry Kasparov is a lot of things. But a modest person is not one of them. In the 1980s, at the height of his career, he claimed that there would never be a chess program capable of defeating him. And indeed, in 1989, he played two games against IBM's computer Deep Thought, both ...

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