WhatsUp Gold TechnologyMonitoring Technologies
As a network manager, you know that not all of your devices and services are created equal. Some support critical business operations, have executive level visibility, and simply cannot fail. Others are important but can weather some downtime – though you would like to proactively identify issues and resolve them before a complete failure of service ensues. It’s only logical, that you would want to set up different levels of monitoring on the infrastructure and application services under your watch. And, since the devices and systems talk different languages, you need broad support for industry standard technologies to effectively monitor your core business applications and services.
Comprehensive coverage across industry standard technologies
WhatsUp Gold’s network management software provides the monitoring flexibility and comprehensive coverage you need. It extends full support for industry standard SNMP v1-3 and WMI based infrastructure monitoring covering most network devices and systems infrastructure (e.g. Unix, Linux hosts) and all Windows based systems – both physical and virtual. A diverse set of IP Services monitors tracks the most commonly used protocols supporting business applications including HTTP/S, FTP, SMTP/POP and others. Synthetic transaction monitoring ensures the health and integrity of generic web applications as well as SQL databases (MS SQL Server and My SQL).
With WhatsUp Gold, you have access to multiple kinds of customizable, high-performance monitors, enabling you to select exactly the type of visibility and control you need for the level of service desired.
- Active Monitors - that track and alert you in real time when devices are services are down
- Passive Monitors – that listen for external signals (SNMP traps, log messages etc.) to identify and alert on infrastructure issues as they happen
- Performance Monitors – that track the health of network and application infrastructure over time and are key to proactive troubleshooting and planning
- Custom Monitors – that can be set up to track individual performance metrics as required
- Thresholds Monitors – that alert you when minimum or maximum thresholds are breached
- Active script performance monitors - supporting jscript and VB Script
Other key features of WhatsUp Gold monitoring capabilities include:
WhatsUp Gold offers a number of pre-configured monitors right-out-of-the-box, enabling you to start monitoring as soon as an individual device is discovered and its role in the network is ascertained. Pre-configured monitor settings and roles can be easily changed through the Discovery console.
Critical monitor settings make the operation of multiple monitors in a device dependent on the status of a single monitor. This is essential to prevent alarm floods when the critical monitored component of a device fails. Without a Critical monitor setting, all other monitors for the failed device would continue to send failure alerts. For example in the case of a switch - all the configured monitors for interfaces could be made dependent on the up/down monitor applied to the uplink interface.
SNMP Set Actions
With SNMP Set Actions, you can send a SNMP Set to any remote device to change a specific SNMP object. SNMP set action can be accessed from either the web or the console. A set action can be triggered like any other action in WhatsUp Gold i.e. as a recurring action upon device state change or monitor state change on a device. All types of writable objects are supported including strings, integers, and time ticks for example.
Bulk Field Changes
Bulk field monitors enable rapid deployment or changing of monitors to any number of systems that have common network monitoring requirements - for example across multiple 3560-E Cisco switches. The bulk field change capability in WhatsUp Gold allows monitoring parameters to be quickly deployed or changed without modifying each monitor individually, saving time and effort and improving usability.