7 Reasons Why MSPs Should Consider Paessler PRTG Hosted Monitor
Originally published on August 03, 2018 by Shaun Behrens
Last updated on January 17, 2024 • 7 minute read
If you are an MSP (Managed Service Provider) providing IT services for customers, then a part of that service is undoubtedly network monitoring. In fact, you probably have service level agreements attached to metrics like uptime, network speeds, and so on. So you need a capable network monitoring tool to take care of this requirement.
In addition to our on-premises version, we also offer Paessler PRTG Hosted Monitor, a cloud-based monitoring solution. Many MSPs already know the benefits our on-premises version brings, so in this post, I want to focus on the benefits that our hosted option can provide. But before we get into that, how exactly does our hosted option work?
How Paessler PRTG Hosted Monitor works
As an MSP, you can obtain a subscription for PRTG Hosted Monitor, just as any customer would. Following that, you need to set up and configure a remote probe at each customer's environment.
The remote probe then sends all the information back to your hosted instance, where you can view the status of each environment and set up thresholds, notifications, and alerts. You can also design dashboards using the maps functionality of PRTG.
Why is PRTG Hosted Monitor a good fit for MSPs?
Well, there are several reasons. Here are just seven of them.
1. Remote probes
With remote probes, you have the ability to monitor several environments. Essentially, the remote probes collect data from the network they are installed on, and send it to a central hub (your hosted PRTG instance). So you can easily set up new environments. Plus, the hardware requirements for a remote probe are not that crazy.
2. You don't need your own hardware
Because we host the core installation in the cloud, you don't actually need to set up (and maintain) your own hardware. This saves you both money and time. The only hardware concern you have is setting up the hardware for a remote probe at your customer's environment.
With the maps functionality of PRTG, you can set up dashboards to view the status of various devices and sensors, and immediately see alerts or notifications in case there are problems. Dashboards are completely customizable, meaning you can view only high-level details, or have views that show very low-level information, like individual sensors.
The nice thing for MSPs is that you can design a single dashboard to monitor the status of all your customers.
It's also possible to provide specific dashboards for individual customers, and you can grant them access to view them. They then have an overview of their own environment. Plus you can make these dashboards read-only, meaning they can view the data, but cannot access any of the sensors, or make any changes.
4. Your customers are still monitored even when your environment goes down
One of the disadvantages of running monitoring from your own environment is that when your environment goes down, you're no longer monitoring your customers. With PRTG Hosted Monitor, your customers are still being monitored, even if your own environment is down.
A side-effect of this is that even if your own environment is down, you'll also still get notifications from the hosted instance if there are any issues with your customers' environments. We discussed this in more detail in a previous blog post.
5. A cloud subscription is less risky than purchasing a license
The other nice thing about a subscription is that you as an MSP face less risks. With our hosted subscription, you can scale up and down as you need to, so if a customer cancels, then you simply scale down. Additionally, you can stop your subscription at any time.
6. Easy to scale
Speaking of scaling: it's easy to scale up and down at any time with our hosted option, without needing to worry about hardware. Let's say a customer suddenly has a new test environment they need to monitor. All you need to do is set up a new remote probe for the environment, and scale up your subscription if you need more sensors.
Also, consider an example of when you would need to scale down. Let's say you have a potential new customer. You can demonstrate the best possible solution to them by setting up a comprehensive monitoring solution. If the customer later decides they don't need as much monitored as you demonstrated, you simply just scale down again. It's that easy!
7. Consolidated overview of costs
It's easy to keep track of your costs with our hosted option, since we provide a helpful overview for you to see just what you're spending, and what you're spending it on.
Are you an MSP? Do you utilize our on-premises PRTG version, or do you have a subscription for PRTG Hosted Monitor? We'd love to hear your insights and experiences — let us know in the comments below!