When you are a small, one or two person IT department, having a grab bag of network monitoring tools, some free, some open source, some maintained on a trial basis, is a perfectly acceptable way to do business. However, as your company grows and the IT department expands to keep pace with that growth there will come a tipping point where a comprehensive and cohesive single suite solution will do the best job. When that happens, the people at uptime software would like you to consider their up.time product for that role.
- Company: uptime software
- Product: up.time 5
- Monitoring Station Platforms:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
- Windows 2008
- Windows Server 2003
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
- Datastore: MySQL, Oracle, Mircrosoft SQL Server
- Cost: $695 per server
- Free Trial available
- Additional information: Product Tour
Who is it for?
If your IT department has out grown its grab bag of network monitoring tools, it is time to consider a comprehensive all-in-one solution. That is where up.time 5 IT Systems Management, and other applications like it, come into play.
What problem does it solve?
Managing a growing enterprise-sized network can be a real challenge, especially if you are an IT pro still replying on an array of stand-alone tools. By using an integrated system like up.time, you can simplify network monitoring and management.
- Easy install: The people of uptime software have taken great pains to make installation of the up.time software as painless as possible. You should be up and running in a matter of minutes.
- All-in-one: With up.time you have access to a multitude of network monitoring reports, probably more than you can use on a regular basis.
- Available platforms: The up.time system will function on many different platforms including systems built upon virtualization concepts.
- Support: The uptime software website has several support mechanisms to help you get the most out of the up.time system, including a Resource Center where you can access tools like a Vendor Evaluation Checklist and a ROI Calculator.
- Cost: While, from a medium-sized enterprise perspective, $695 per server is a relatively reasonable sum, the IT Pro that was making do with free or open sourced tools may have to get used to the idea of buying a set of tools.
- Number of reports: There are over 25 separate monitoring reports available in up.time. It is possible, and indeed probable, that you will not regularly need to use all of those monitoring reports. However, not one of those reports is frivolous, so having them available should you ever need them cannot really be considered a major problem.
Bottom line for business
If your information technology and network administration needs have grown beyond your array of stand-alone tools and utilities, then perhaps it is time you considered a comprehensive tool to make your life just a little more efficient. Among your many choices, up.time is one of best, with an easy install and well-rounded set of tools. With up.time active and running, you will be hard-pressed to find a data point about your network that is not being monitored.
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.