This section describes the following alternative tools:
What's Up Gold
Sun Management Center
What's Up Gold is a very basic commercial monitoring tool with some nice features. Its main advantage is that it is easy to install, configure, and get working very quickly. It monitors whether a server (via TCP or UDP) is available via the network—in other words, “what's up?” Another thing in its favor is that it requires no agents or anything loaded on to the servers themselves. A downside is that it has no specific hardware or software knowledge, so it does not monitor specific applications or hardware—there is no performance or throughput data. The biggest downside is that it requires a Windows ...