Kristel to distribute Paessler’s network monitoring solutions in East Africa

Kristel Communication, a value-added distributor of cyber security solutions in Kenya, has partnered with Paessler, the German network monitoring software leader, to provide the networking monitoring software Paessler Router Traffic Grapher (PRTG). PRTG which targets start-ups, small medium-sized and enterprise companies enables firms to monitor all their systems, devices, traffic, and other applications in their infrastructure while offering real-time alerts.

Speaking during the launch of the product in East Africa Ben Obinju, Kristen Communication CEO, termed the partnership with Paessler as timely at a period when the country has seen increased cyber security threats targeting businesses in Kenya and the region as a whole.

(TOP: Irene Gorrissen, the Business Development and Technical Sales Manager for Africa, Paessler).

“As a cybersecurity company, we have been working to ensure all our clients are cyber resilient by helping them mitigate the day-to-day risks that originate from cyber threats. Other than offering strategic advice to our clients we, therefore, deliver strategic solutions to such threats through products such as PRTG which we are launching today.

Paessler says that the availability of software in the market will enable local forms to optimize the usage of their infrastructure by enabling systems managers “stay on top‘ of all processes with the help of the software. PRTG allows organizations to respond to unexpected changes in the system by triggering real-time notifications thus decreasing the downtime which can easily lead to losses and delays in delivering crucial functions.

“Many organizations in the region have their IT faculties monitoring the functionalities of the various tools in their infrastructure which is not their role. PRTG will therefore enable organizations to optimize their It department focus on their roles through a powerful and flexible platform,” says Irene Gorrissen, Business Development & Technical Sales Manager for Africa.

Further, Kristen terms the deployment of this product as timely, coming at a post-pandemic period when most organizations have automated their operations.

“We would to see the change of the wait and see a scenario where IT practitioners would wait for some downtime to be alerted of any problems in the system by organizations automating their monitoring techniques,” says Simon Otieno, Chief Operations Officer, Kristel.

Among the expected early adopters for the project include the financial sector including banks, SACCOs and deposit-taking microfinance institutions especially those operating mobile applications to extend services to customers.

With over 25 years of experience in monitoring IT, OT and IoT Networks and Infrastructure, Paessler provides network monitoring solutions.

PRTG is an easy to use and configure monitoring solution for SMEs and large Enterprise clients. The solution enables the customer to monitor their entire IT infrastructure with PRTG Network Monitor. This offers them full insight into the network and its performance to ensure that all business-critical components of the IT infrastructure run smoothly.

Kristel is a value-added distributor of cyber security solutions in East Africa representing Bitdefender, Bio-key, Senhasegura,, Barracuda, Logsign, Shelt and Attack Simulator. Kristel offers advanced security solutions through its partner network [VARs, system integrators, consulting companies) to secure and protect data, clients, servers, networks.


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