The latest update of Paessler AG's Network Monitor has an enhanced drag and drop maps editor the company says makes it easy for network administrators to arrange their monitoring data on a map of their IT network.
The Maps Editor in version 8.4 has been completely rewritten for usability, Paessler said in an news release. Items on a map can easily be added, moved and altered by selecting an object. Graphical elements sit next to the map being edited. On the left side of the browser, a device tree shows all of a user's monitoring objects, while a 'Properties' box that controls the appearance of map items is on the right.
Maps can be based on an organization's floor plans, by list views or by branch offices.
Users can still add their own icons and backgrounds. For security, maps can be made available to users without logging in to PRTG by using an URL containing a “secret” map ID disclosed to authorized individuals.
Network Monitor comes in several editions. The free version is limited to 20 sensors. There is also a 30-day trial version with 5,000 sensors. Commercial versions with 100, 500, 1,000 and Unlimited sensors are available on a scale starting at US$400. 

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