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.
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.
McAfee’s Firewall Enterprise v8 offers some impressive new features that can make analyzing your network applications traffic easier for IT staffs. In this video, I show you how to troubleshoot some common problems and using the Profiler graphical interface, zero in on how to fix them.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
CoreTrace has a new software-only version 6 that provides solid endpoint protection by only allowing vetted applications to run across your enterprise. There are agents for all 32-bit versions of Windows since 2000 and 64-bit Windows 7 and Server 2008.
Pricing begins at $35 per endpoint
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.
Mountain View, Calif.
Pricing: $1174 for one media server, deduplication and archiving options extra
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
Entry level pricing starts at $45 per node