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Servers Alive: The Right Tool for the Job?


The Job

When managing a cluster of servers or simply hosting a single crucial application, uptime and response time monitoring is important. So you need a tool that is effective and reliable.

The Tool Servers Alive is a pricey product intended to be used as an enterprise-wide solution. Is it the Right Tool for the Job? TechRepublic's Anthony Sullivan put it to the test. Here's a quick summary of what he learned.

Servers Alive

Servers Alive's strengths
  • Flexibility allows multiple protocols with lots of configurability.
  • Very good alerts solution to ensure excellent response times.
Servers Alive's weaknesses
  • Somewhat clunky interface.
  • Very high price point when compared to other software in its class.
The Right Tool for the Job?

Servers Alive seems to do what it says it will. The interface isn't terribly sexy, but it gets the job done.

Given that there are some really great free options out there, it's hard to give Servers Alive the TechRepublic stamp of approval. At an entry level price of $119 and some packages soaring in to the hundreds of dollars, this product prices itself well outside the market.

Servers Alive is NOT the Right Tool for the Job.

View Anthony's complete Right Tool review of Servers Alive in this screenshot gallery.

7 comments
iainB
iainB

Curious what these "really great free options" are?

Juergen.Fischer
Juergen.Fischer

I've used it for a couple of years. Not bad. But now I use HostMonitor from ks-soft.com That is much better from my pov

Lei Fan
Lei Fan

From the GUI, I thought it was a freeware... To be frank. The price, however is lower, compare to GFI Languard monitoring system...hehe...a joke

marka
marka

Nagios is a viable free option with many features. While not the most user friendly to setup, it is logical and very powerful for "live" testing of enterprise environments. along with Cacti for trending analysis, both tools cost the hardware price and the setup time.

prperr99
prperr99

For a free server and network monitoring solution, try Spiceworks. It will monitor all network devices and has configurable alerts, software inventory. http://www.spiceworks.com/

iainB
iainB

Sorry, I should have been clearer in my question. A free windows based solution as we don't run anything else but an my company. Anyone?

MikeGall
MikeGall

It isn't a solution for server monitoring. A scan simply takes to long to complete to get a near realtime error message. I use The One's Server Monitor Pro for server monitoring. What's nice is that it backs into a MySQL database, and will send email or SMTP messages when a service changes state. Has simple reporting ability (number of "pings", number of errors, etc), can connect to a bunch of protocols (TCP, UDP, FTP, etc). It was roughly $150 for the pro version, there is a cheaper version that doesn't back into a database, I wanted that feature because it could help trouble shoot intermittent failures.

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