WhatsUp Gold Gets Virtual

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 2011-07-01 Email Print this article Print
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WhatsUp Gold version 15, now with an updated UI and better physical/virtual monitoring.

I just wrapped up a review of WhatsUp Gold version 15. What a trip down memory. I reviewed WhatsUp Gold version 6 in 2001 and version 8 in 2003.

This latest version does a good job of integrating physical and virtual infrastructure performance. It also carries forward some of my love-to-hate features, including Ipswitch's messy mapping algorithms. Through the years, trying to figure out your network based on a WhatsUp Gold map has consistently been a non-starter.

The good thing is that the WhatsUp Gold list view has always been there, making vital information easy to find. I was glad to see that updated WhatsVirtual plug-in gained additional capabilities. The VMware-only module made it easy for me to track the real time movement of my virtual machines as they were moved around our test infrastructure. Melding physical and virtual system performance should help IT managers figure out problems with a minimum of downtime.

One thing WhatsUp Gold hasn't changed are large number of network troubleshooting tools included in the product. Diagnosing a network or system problem has always been a strength of WhatsUp Gold and makes it worth adding to any organizations IT tool kit.

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