How to monitor services with Uptime Software

Looking for an easier and more affordable way to monitor your IT infrastructure? uptime software’s up.time 5 provides a deep, complete yet simple to use IT Systems Management suite designed for mid-enterprises that will monitor physical, virtual and cloud servers and applications, along with mechanisms for enforcing service level agreements and provide for capacity planning.

We tested the software running on a Windows Server 2003. If you want to monitor various Windows events, you should do the same, although the monitoring station will run on various Linux servers too.

http://uptimesoftware.com/register_standard.php

Price: $695 per physical server with no additional fees
Monitoring Station runs on a variety of Linux and Windows OS. Admin console requires either IE or Firefox browsers.

Getting started with Verizon’s CaaS SMB services

Verizon’s CaaS SMB service is one of many different computing in the cloud providers that anyone can easily set up a variety of Windows and Linux servers in a few minutes. This screencast video was done for Tom’s Hardware and shows how to get started and what some of the choices are in hosting and billing. Note that unlike some other CaaS providers, Verizon will bill you for a server whether it is running or not.

For For further information, go to http://caassmb.verizon.com/

Managing your network with Quest Foglight NMS

Foglight does real-time performance monitoring for a wide variety of network devices and can capture traffic data too. It is easy to install and setup. Pricing averages $25,000 for most enterprises, with additional cost modules available for distributed networks and Cisco VoIP monitoring.


Quest Software
http://www.quest.com/foglight-network-management-system/
(800) 306-9329

Using Symantec’s VIP Authentication Service

VeriSign Identity Protection services provide a simple means of two-factor authentication for a wide variety of purposes such as email and Web logins and network remote access. They make use of both existing hardware credentials as well as newer software credentials that are available on a wide variety of smartphones.

Pricing is based on volume, typically around $7 to $12 per user per year.
http://www.verisign.com/authentication/

Running legacy apps on Windows 7 using InstallFree

InstallFree 7Bridge can virtualize and isolate applications from the rest of your desktop, so you can run older, legacy apps on more modern operating systems.

InstallFree 7Bridge
http://installfree.com
Pricing: $25 per endpoint with the first application included, additional applications are encapsulated by InstallFree at $5,000 per application plus an18% annual support/maintenance contract. There is also an enterprise edition that includes the ability to encapsulate your own applications. Volume discounts available.

New features of Symantec Backup Exec 2010

Symantec has a new R2 version of its Backup Exec 2010 backup software that is easier to install, quicker to make backups, and a raft of new features that include better support for virtualization, archiving, and deduplication.

Symantec Corporation
Mountain View, Calif.
http://backupexec.com
Pricing: $1174 for one media server, deduplication and archiving options extra

Running IE v6 on Windows 7 with Symantec Workspace Virtualization

If you are looking for a way to run IE v6 on Windows 7 desktops, take a look at Symantec’s Endpoint Virtualization technologies. In less than three minutes you can see how this product works.

The software includes two different modules that are free of charge, including Workspace Virtualization administration and the Browser Selector tools. They are fairly simple to setup and flexible enough to isolate individual applications from the host Windows 7 OS.

Symantec Endpoint Virtualization
http://www.symantec.com/connect/endpoint-virtualization
Entry level pricing starts at $45 per node