What's up with the network?

WhatsUp Gold 8.0 might not sound like a serious network tool, but take it seriously. It could save your network.

The Ipswitch Inc. software keeps the administrator informed about network status via the Simple Network Management Protocol or TCP/User Datagram Protocol.

Operation is pretty basic. WhatsUp Gold continuously pings the network hardware that monitors devices and their software. It's up to the administrator to define what merits an alarm.

The software catalogs the events it recorded, such as application or system errors and security breaches. For example, if a server doesn't respond to a ping, WhatsUp Gold logs that. Moments later the administrator gets e-mail or a text message on a handheld device. Messages can be customized and flagged by urgency.

The best part of WhatsUp Gold is its ability to analyze a network in detail from events it has recorded. The analysis can show user-selected data plus uptime, downtime and response time.
Unlike an older version, this version lets an admin see the network remotely via a secure portal on the Internet.

I found the current installation wizard easier to follow'a good thing because this tool is fairly difficult to set up properly.

Another improvement is the network mapping, which has more features and is also easier to set up. It supports custom mapping formats and Extensible Markup Language.

WhatsUp Gold's SNMP map not only gives a detailed graphical representation of the servers, but also shows routers and switches covered by the monitoring agent.

Best of all, WhatsUp Gold is affordable at $795, or $1,090 with a service agreement.

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