By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2005-08-15 Print this article Print

Insightix Ltd.s Insightix Dynamic Infrastructure Discovery Collector 1.3, a real-time IT infrastructure discovery and monitoring tool, easily documented eWEEK Labs test network without installing agents on any systems. The best part is that devices and network topology changes showed up as soon as any device started to communicate on the network.

However, we did have to make a significant change to our network, creating a monitoring port on our core network switch to mirror all LAN segments to a port that was attached to Insightix DID Collector.

Insightix DID Collector started shipping last month and costs $4,000 to monitor 100 devices. Although this is a fairly steep license fee for the relatively small amount of information gathered by Insightix DID Collector, the products real value is in the convenience and accuracy of its real-time network discovery and monitoring.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at csturdevant@eweek.com.

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