Paessler Network Monitoring Software Ranks High Among Network Administrators, Cisco NetFlow Experts

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Paessler PRTG Traffic Grapher software is easy-to-use and effective solution for monitoring and analyzing network traffic, including Cisco NetFlow data.

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We also see PRTG consistently recommended by experts and technical journalists as a 'cost effective' Cisco monitoring tool.

Network and systems administrators at medium to large enterprises find Paessler PRTG Traffic Grapher software to be an easy-to-use and effective solution for monitoring and analyzing network traffic, including Cisco NetFlow data. Used by thousands of companies and organizations worldwide, PRTG continue to receive accolades from users and is frequently ranked as an effective network bandwidth monitoring tool.

"According to a recent survey, more than 95 percent of users would recommend PRTG to their colleagues," said Dirk Paessler, CEO of Paessler AG. "We also see PRTG consistently recommended by experts and technical journalists as a 'cost effective' Cisco monitoring tool."

"The Paessler Router Traffic Grapher (PRTG) is a simple Windows-based traffic graphing program. It uses SNMP to collect stats from routers and then graphs those statistics," said David Davis in a recent article for TechRepublic's weekly Cisco Routers and Switches newsletter. "I use this tool daily to graph my Internet and frame-relay networks. Of course, this isn't a Cisco-specific tool per se; however, it's a tool that I would not be without when managing any network."

While PRTG supports the three common methods for network usage data acquisition including NetFlow, SNMP and Packet Sniffing, Cisco's NetFlow protocol is becoming a de facto industry standard for network traffic accounting. Using PRTG to collect and analyze NetFlow data, administrators can obtain detailed knowledge of network bandwidth in Cisco-powered environments to help diagnose problems, justify purchases and assist with bandwidth planning. Administrators can identify which applications are using the most bandwidth, ensure legitimate usage and identify possible sources of slow WAN/LAN performance.

PRTG helps reduce the high computing loads that are typical to NetFlow analysis. Cisco devices with NetFlow support track the bandwidth usage of the network internally and then only send pre-aggregated data to the PRTG system for accounting purposes. Recommended for high traffic networks, this configuration reduces the computing load for PRTG.

PRTG Traffic Grapher also receives high rankings from software download sites such as Tucows, where it received a 5 cow ranking; and Download Pipe where users ranked the software 5 stars; and WindowsNetworking.com where users ranked the software 4.5 out of 5.

"User feedback continues to be an integral part of our product development planning," Paessler continues. "Our high customer rankings tell us we are able to deliver a product that is valued by the network management community."

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 http://www.paessler.com/order/prtg 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 http://www.paessler.com.

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