On deck, Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold Version 15

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . 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. 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 analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-06-24 Email Print this article Print

2011-06-29 Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

eWEEK Labs begins work on reviewing version 15 of WhatsUp Gold now that our work on SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 4.0 has come to a close.

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 4.0 I just finished testing the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 4.0 but that won't be the end of my look at the virtualization management landscape.

Next up, I'll be looking at Ipswitch Inc.'s WhatsUp Gold version 15, as well as the new versions of WhatsUp Gold's plug-ins, Flow Monitor and WhatsVirtual.

Although I used to be of the opinion that SolarWinds and Ipswitch products were only for small to midsize shops. I still think it's likely that large organizations will get more benefit from using platform tools from CA, IBM or HP. However, it's not a forgone conclusion as it once was. The less expensive players have added features without bloating the price or installation process, making them very attrative alternatives to the status quo.

Another thing that has changed in the infrastructure itself. Of course I'm referring to X86 server virtualization. In the "old days" when a machine stopped running or a network interface disappeared from the map, management tools popped up a red warning dot and declared the asset dead. Today, a virtual machine can spin down for all sorts of reasons, none of them having to do with a malfunction. This rather profound change in server monitoring and management has created an opening for the second tier providers including SolarWinds and Ipswitch to make their case.

As I wrap up the SolarWinds review and start work on Ipswitch, I'd be happy to from you about your concerns and questions the changing face of IT infrastructure monitoring and management.

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