The Paessler tool is designed to help companies avoid performance bottlenecks, monitor network usage, and minimize downtime. The product runs on a Microsoft Windows-based machine and stores usage information in a database so companies can create reports to view historic trends. PRTG Network Monitor includes more than 80 sensor types for common network services, such as PING, HTTP, SMTP, POP3, and FTP. As soon as outages occur, the software alerts network technician via email, SMS, or pager messages. The company claims that 150,000 administrators rely on PRTG Network Monitor to manage their networks.
In business since 1997, Paessler has carved out a noteworthy niche in the network monitoring space. This market has been changing dramatically recently with the introduction of a variety of new, low cost management tools. It will be interesting to see how the company fares as the market continues to evolve.