Survey Reveals Bandwidth Management Software Key Component in Preventing Network Downtime

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Most common causes of network outage include inadequate bandwidth, excessive file streaming and device misconfiguration.


Our customers use PRTG for more than 'just traffic monitoring,' demonstrating how network monitoring is essential to ensuring network security and optimization.

Paessler, a leader in network bandwidth monitoring software, today announced results from a user survey that reveals common ways in which network and system administrators use router traffic monitoring to optimize their networks. According to survey results, simple inadequate bandwidth is high on the list of problems identified by traffic monitoring software that affects network performance. Excessive Internet use including file streaming, instant messaging, Skype and other VoIP services can also be detected and planned for. Incorrectly configured network devices, the use of peer-to-peer networks, and malicious network hacks, malware and viruses round out the most common issues that contribute to denial of service (DoS) outages identified by network monitoring.

"Understanding how customers use network monitoring is a critical part of our solution's success," said Dirk Paessler, founder and CEO of Paessler AG. "Our customers use PRTG for more than 'just traffic monitoring,' demonstrating how network monitoring is essential to ensuring network security and optimization."

Most customers use the company's flagship network bandwidth management software, Paessler Router Traffic Grapher (PRTG), to track variation in traffic load, traffic types and application performance. However, the survey reveals that customers also use PRTG to quickly diagnose network performance problems and gain valuable insight into network usage trends, allowing them to implement strategies and best practices that help mitigate issues before they occur. As a part of a balanced network management strategy, PRTG helps customers improve network performance.

By understanding bandwidth and resource consumption, organizations gain valuable information about network performance including what applications or servers use the most bandwidth or cause bottlenecks. With increased visibility into network usage, IT organizations can reduce costs for their companies, such as buying bandwidth and hardware according to actual loads, implementing acceptable Internet use policies, or deploying server load balancing solutions.

About PRTG

PRTG is an easy to use Windows-based software solution for monitoring and classifying bandwidth usage. It provides systems administrators with live readings and long-term usage trends of their network devices, and is one of the most widely used network bandwidth monitoring applications on the market today.

Using PRTG, network managers can gain valuable insight to affect changes that reduce server and bandwidth bottlenecks, identify which applications or servers hog bandwidth, strategically plan infrastructure upgrades, deliver better service to both external and internal customers, and reduce network costs by matching expenditures with actual bandwidth needs.

PRTG Traffic Grapher can be purchased through the Paessler online store at starting at $99.95 for the professional edition with a 25-sensor license. A freeware edition with three sensors, suitable for SOHOs and private use, is also available.

About Paessler AG

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany, Paessler AG builds cost effective software that is both powerful and easy to use. The product range is specialized on Network Monitoring and Testing as well as Website Analysis. Its products are used by Network Administrators, Website Operators, Internet Service Providers and other IT-Professionals worldwide. Freeware and Free Trial versions of all products can be downloaded from

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