Ipswitch announced WhatsUp Gold 2018 with major enhancements, including performance monitoring of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure cloud deployments, Meraki cloud managed wireless systems, Dell Compellent storage devices and Outlook 365. Ipswitch’s customers now have an at-a-glance dashboard and an interactive map for visibility into the status and performance of networks, servers, storage devices and applications across on-premises and cloud with a single network interface.
“IT professionals wear multiple hats and can’t afford to invest large amounts of time trying to extract the information they need from disparate management tools,” said Austin O’Malley, chief product officer at Ipswitch. “The latest version of WhatsUp Gold meets the growing needs of our customers with even smarter discovery, a new overview dashboard to view key metrics and overall health quickly, and greatly expanded out-of-the-box support to monitor all facets of their on-premises and cloud IT environments.”
WhatsUp Gold 2018 delivers automatic discovery of your networked environment and displays your entire physical, virtual and cloud environment in a unique interactive map to enable truly proactive end-to-end performance monitoring and troubleshooting. Unlike competitor products, there is no need to learn different tools to gain insights into the various components of your environment.
“I wanted to be in control of what was scanned, and the saved scan window makes this easy to do,” said Timothy Walsh, senior IT architect at American Electric Power Company. “I was up and running within a short time with little concern that I'd missed anything. The new dashboards come with standards that allow me to see my devices and any problems quickly and easily. The ability to modify my dashboards and share new ones also makes this a powerful tool. It can be used to setup a network operations monitoring center or just a local dashboard that I look at on my desktop. The flexibility is there for either use.”
WhatsUp Gold gives users comprehensive monitoring including network devices, network traffic, servers (including Windows and Linux), hypervisors (including VMWare and Hyper-V), storage devices (including NetApp, EMC and Dell Compellent, wireless devices (including Cisco Meraki), web servers (including IIS and Apache), Java environments, cloud environments availability (for both AWS and Azure), and applications including Outlook 365 – all through a single interface.
“We use network traffic analysis of WhatsUp Gold 2018 for WAN and reporting, and it does a great job in getting into the granular details,” said Evan Mazetis, network manager at BankFive. “We use dashboards for many applications on the network to monitor the traffic and export the data for reporting purposes. I like the fact that on the reporting portion, you can export the data - a nice touch.”
“With this latest version of WhatsUp Gold, users can create a lot of new alerts and actions,” said Johan Kersten, system administrator at Airtrade Holland B.V. “For our company, we are using e-mail alerts and mobile alerts through the SMS action. They are easy to create and are working like a charm. For application monitoring, monitoring Office365 is a good addition. Discovery of devices is very easy - you can discover devices by hostname, by IP-address range or one IP-address or gateway. The setup is easy, and it's very easy to get a device monitored.”
WhatsUp Gold provides powerful search and filtering by device type or state. Powerful map overlays allow easy viewing of network dependencies, wireless networks, virtual environments, cloud resources and interface utilization. IT professionals can see the overall picture and then drill down to specific device types facilitating troubleshooting and assuring the fastest time to problem resolution.
WhatsUp Gold is up and running quickly, providing immediate visibility and notifications through email, SMS or messaging platforms such as Slack when an issue occurs. IT professionals can quickly create custom dashboards just the way they want them and schedule powerful reports.
“The challenge for many in IT operations is how to deliver the required level of visibility, availability, reliability and security of cloud environments irrespective of where these resources are located,” said Roy Illsley, lead cloud analyst at Ovum. “Many of the leading multi-cloud management vendors provide some of this capability, but do so for a limited number of different environments, and only provide basic monitoring services. Ipswitch takes the view that data is a source of knowledge if it can be used. Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold provides a monitoring solution that covers cloud providers as well as some of the most popular SaaS solutions.”
WhatsUp Gold 2018 has many new features for new and existing users including AWS and Azure cloud performance monitoring, Outlook 365 monitoring, Cisco Meraki Cloud WLC support , expanded Cisco WLC/AP support, Slack integration, a new interface utilization map overlay, overview dashboard and comprehensive device icon library.