Executive Summary

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-03-03 Print this article Print

: Vantage 8.5"> Executive Summary: Vantage 8.5

Usability Good
Capability Excellent
Performance Good
Interoperability Fair
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
Compuwares updated Vantage suite combines system, network, client and application monitoring and management in a single Web-enabled console. The unified console eases access and streamlines management operations. Vantage 8.5 provides broad coverage and can watch over Windows, NetWare and Unix systems and applications.


Initial deployment costs are in line with those of competitors. Ongoing maintenance is the significant cost factor because Vantage 8.5 monitoring and management policies, even those provided ready-built, need to be fine-tuned by experts.

(+) Unified, Web-enabled console brings relevant information to a single screen; reports are comprehensive and easy to distribute.

(-) Database is limited to Microsoft SQL Server; needs more out-of-the-box application monitoring packages.

  • NetIQs AppManager
  • BMC Corp.s Patrol for Windows and Unix
  • CAs Unicenter
  • www.compuware.com

    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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