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Paessler partners Rittal on IT and OT monitoring convergence

Germany-based Paessler and Rittal are combining their Paessler PRTG and Rittal CMC III monitoring offerings as part of their Paessler Uptime Alliance programme.

According to the vendors, the tie-up will simplify the delivery of a live and immediate overview of IT and OT.

Uwe Scharf, business units managing director and marketing director at Rittal, said in the announcement: “Many IT administrators value PRTG as their standard daily IT tool, while their datacentre OT is built with Rittal OT solutions and monitoring. This has rapidly led to a large user base.”

Helmut Binder, chief executive of Paessler, said that Rittal was a good fit for Paessler because of more than its OT’s reliability.

“By combining Paessler PRTG with Rittal consulting and components, customers gain a detailed overview of their datacentre energy consumption, allowing them to improve the entire system in terms of energy usage,” Binder said.

Users will be able to see what is going on with their IT and OT simultaneously via one tool, with a central dashboard for IT and datacentre OT, in individually configurable dashboards or a service-based management overview.

Rittal’s RiMatrix and RiZone work with CMC III to monitor infrastructure elements such as rack, power, cooling, security, OT monitoring and physical environmental parameters.

Paessler PRTG integrates and monitors IT systems with a view to early detection of failures. By connecting to the CMC III, PRTG users can be alerted to and kept aware of OT problems as well — such as a cable fire, burst water mains or similar.

“Paessler and Rittal, two companies that have established widely used standards are combining their solutions,” said Scharf.

According to the vendor announcement, CMC III infrastructure can be included in the central monitoring with the help of the predefined SNMP Rittal CMC III hardware status sensor in PRTG and automatic network detection.

Using the generic sensors in PRTG, an entire datacentre environment can be integrated into PRTG via several different protocols. Besides SNMP, ModbusTCP or OPC UA can also be used for this purpose, they said.

“Building floor plans or server enclosures can be mapped graphically and the devices and the associated measured values can be clearly displayed. In addition, QR codes generated in PRTG simplify the assignment of the measured values on site.”

( Image by felixioncool from Pixabay )

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