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20.08.2019

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Company Network + Private IoT Devices = Trouble

The days of BYOD have changed the way we deal with our workplace. We now use private devices much more naturally in the workplace, perform certain work tasks using them, and are generally much more flexible. But what are the consequences if more and more employees bring more and ...

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19.08.2019

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How to Set Up Reports in PRTG in 5 Easy Steps

Your PRTG is up and running. You’ve built a flawless device tree with everything perfectly organized in accordance with your network hierarchy. You’re getting email, SMS and push notifications when things are down or problematic.But now the CIO wants regular reports about the upt...

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15.08.2019

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The Silex and the Fury: New Malware Tries to Destroy IoT Devices

A new malware called Silex is targeting IoT devices. The software does not want to take the devices over, in order to use them for DDoS attacks, but rather wants them to malfunction and shut down.

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12.08.2019

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8 Reasons Why Documentation Is Vital for Your IT Environment

Is IT documentation a source of joy, or a necessary evil? Experience shows that most companies only maintain IT documentation to comply with legal regulations.

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09.08.2019

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From Oil Pipelines to the IoT: A Brief History of MQTT

If it feels like the Internet of Things (IoT) has kind of gone from zero to ubiquitous hype in the space of no time at all, you're not wrong: it's only been around in its current form since the late 90s. Now I know, many might argue that there was a "smart" toaster in the 70s or ...

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07.08.2019

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One Flew over the Paessler's Nest

More and more companies are paying attention to their energy consumption, but only a few generate their own energy. We are quite happy that our roof now serves as more than just rain protection.

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05.08.2019

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Were You in IT Support 20 Years Ago? Then You Surely Experienced This!

A few weeks ago I wrote about 11 IT relics from the 90s. Your feedback was overwhelming. So many of you have contributed personal stories and experiences from that time, and there are more every day! If you haven't seen the article, check it out: You Experienced IT in the 90s If ...

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31.07.2019

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Healthcare IT: Monitoring the Modalities

In an ongoing series of articles about monitoring healthcare IT, I've discussed monitoring the big picture, as well as monitoring the Picture Archiving and Communication System and the integration engine. Now, I want to cover the modalities. And monitoring these is not as simple ...

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29.07.2019

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Artificial Intelligence Has Been Using You. For Years. How Does That Feel?

We live in an age of irresistible Al hype. Artificial intelligence has not only defeated the world's best Go players*, but has revolutionized our healthcare industry as well as the way we find knowledge. And as if that weren't enough, the insatiable AI monster also tries its digi...

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26.07.2019

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Warum werden IoT-Geräte nicht einfach sicher?

Wenn heute eine IoT-Lösung an ein Unternehmen verkauft wird, dann ist oft der Preis der ausschlaggebende Faktor. Der Entscheider auf Käuferseite freut sich darüber, kostengünstig das Geschäft abgewickelt zu haben. Nach der Integration sind diese Komponenten fester Bestandteil im ...

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25.07.2019

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4 Facts about Memes You (Probably) Didn't Know

Memes are everywhere. They flood the Internet and correspond to every world-historical event, such as the new Stranger Things season. Here are some facts about memes you (probably) didn't know. 🎁 Plus, we've been working on our own Paessler Sysadmin Meme Page. Today is also the...

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23.07.2019

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Warum werden IoT-Geräte nicht einfach sicher?

Wenn heute eine IoT-Lösung an ein Unternehmen verkauft wird, dann ist oft der Preis der ausschlaggebende Faktor. Der Entscheider auf Käuferseite freut sich darüber, kostengünstig das Geschäft abgewickelt zu haben. Nach der Integration sind diese Komponenten fester Bestandteil im ...

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22.07.2019

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4 Metrics for Measuring Your Service Level Agreements

One of the buzzwords we constantly come across when answering PRTG requests is “SLA Reporting”. To keep up with demand, one of our partners created a PRTG plugin for SLA monitoring and back in March of this year, my colleague Sascha wrote a blog post on it. But what exactly is an...

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19.07.2019

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Healthcare IT: 4 Ways to Monitor a PACS

In our previous discussions about healthcare IT on this blog, we've covered an overview of typical architecture that is found hospitals or clinics, and how to monitor it. More recently, we started looking at individual components (like the Integration Engine). Now, in this articl...

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17.07.2019

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Warum werden IoT-Geräte nicht einfach sicher?

Es sind die Trojanischen Pferde des 21. Jahrhunderts.Wenn heute eine IoT-Lösung an ein Unternehmen verkauft wird, dann ist oft der Preis der ausschlaggebende Faktor. Der Entscheider auf Käuferseite freut sich darüber, kostengünstig das Geschäft abgewickelt zu haben. Nach der Inte...

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17.07.2019

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How to Become Anonymous on the Internet - Part 2/2

Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say. (Edward Snowden) Our ideas of privacy and freedom have changed with the Internet. In earlier ...

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15.07.2019

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You Experienced IT in the 90s If You Know These Relics

In the year I was born, the IBM 5150 PC was the benchmark in computing. The basic unit (16 kilobytes of RAM and no data storage) was sold for about $1,565, while the full version cost about $3,000. 16 years later, in the middle of the 1990s, I decided to move into the IT business...

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12.07.2019

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5 Ideas to Expand Your ETL Process Monitoring

Just about every kind of company or organization has a reliance on data for daily operations. Because of this, databases and data warehouses are central to many environments. And most data architectures look very similar: there is a number of data sources, such as external system...

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10.07.2019

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How to Become Anonymous on the Internet - Part 1/2

I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life - and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human fr...

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09.07.2019

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Warum werden IoT-Geräte nicht einfach sicher?

Wenn heute eine IoT-Lösung an ein Unternehmen verkauft wird, dann ist oft der Preis der ausschlaggebende Faktor. Der Entscheider auf Käuferseite freut sich darüber, kostengünstig das Geschäft abgewickelt zu haben. Nach der Integration sind diese Komponenten fester Bestandteil im ...

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08.07.2019

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Warum werden IoT-Geräte nicht einfach sicher?

Wenn heute eine IoT-Lösung an ein Unternehmen verkauft wird, dann ist oft der Preis der ausschlaggebende Faktor. Der Entscheider auf Käuferseite freut sich darüber, kostengünstig das Geschäft abgewickelt zu haben. Nach der Integration sind diese Komponenten fester Bestandteil im ...

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08.07.2019

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Where Are We Going? Check Our PRTG Roadmap!

We are often asked if and when we want to integrate this or that feature into PRTG Network Monitor, or in which direction PRTG will develop further. From now on we will make this information available online in our PRTG Roadmap.

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05.07.2019

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Why OPC UA Will Revolutionize Industrial Automation in the Coming Years

When we encounter the phrase "Smart Factory" nowadays, we inevitably also encounter the phrase "Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication". The goal of communication between manufacturing machines is to collect data for further processing and evaluation.

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03.07.2019

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Sugar-Coated: How Carambar & Co. Digitally Transformed Itself (and How PRTG Helped)

In a previous article I discussed digital transformation in a broad sense of the term. But what does it actually look like for companies? There are many great examples, but there's one in particular that we have come across in recent times (because they're one of our customers). ...

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01.07.2019

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The Unbearable Lightness of Bitcoin

2019, seriously, what is wrong with you? Apple introduces a cheese grater and wants to sell a display stand for $999, Elon Musk announces that he has deleted Twitter, on Twitter, and proclaims "Occupy Mars" showing a picture of the moon*, and Facebook wants to launch its own "cry...

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26.06.2019

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Buzzword Bingo: What the Heck Is Distributed Ledger Technology?

It's the year of our Lord two thousand and nineteen, and no technology trend with its subcategories is as flooded with buzzwords as the Internet of Things*. Buzzwords are awesome and not so awesome at the same time. You can really annoy people with them, but you need to understan...

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21.06.2019

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Monitor Your ERP Environment with PRTG

An integral part of every business is business processes that run as smoothly as possible – and one application that promises to automate and facilitate these processes is Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP for short. But, what happens when these applications themselves are not...

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19.06.2019

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Digital Transformation Still Has a Long Way To Go

While digital transformation might seem like a decade-old buzzword, it actually is changing the world in the present day. And as more processes and solutions become digitized, the complexity of aspects to monitor increases. But what exactly is digital transformation?

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17.06.2019

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Tracking Containers with Sigfox

IBM and IoT service provider Sigfox have jointly implemented a solution for digitizing container tracking in logistics. The project was implemented as part of Groupe PSA. Now the tracking system is to be offered to other manufacturers too.

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12.06.2019

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Our Brand-New Support Resource: The PRTG How-To Guides

When we develop features in PRTG Network Monitor, we emphasize the importance of simple, self-explanatory operation. Our goal is to provide you with software that you can ideally set up and use without the help of the user manual.

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11.06.2019

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Is Your Alarm System Safe from Hackers? Nope.

In the past few months, we have addressed the security-related pitfalls of the Internet of Things. In our article “Why IoT Devices Are the Trojan Horses of Our Time. And Why Nobody Talks About It.“ we showed how IoT devices could become the gateway for various risk scenarios. Ala...

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07.06.2019

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What Mozilla WebThings Has to Offer for the IoT

As it was reported in a blog post on Mozilla Hacks, the Web of Things program "Project Things" has outgrown the experimental stage and is now being renamed Mozilla WebThings. It’s Mozilla’s open source implementation of the Web of Things, including the WebThings Gateway and ...

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03.06.2019

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Video Tutorials for All Things PRTG

Our goal has always been to provide you with PRTG Network Monitor, an easy-to-understand, self-explanatory software tool that doesn't raise questions, but instead provides answers. Both installation and configuration should ideally work without the help of the manual. Therefore, ...

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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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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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