New software automates complex checks, and supports advanced alerting options allowing administrators to focus on priority operations
London, UK, 20 October 2005 – GFI today announced the release of GFI Network Server Monitor 7, developed to meet the needs of enterprises of all sizes. The new upgrade features a new component that allows enhanced configuration and status monitoring that automatically identifies and resolves issues before users report them. GFI Network Server Monitor 7 also supports a number of enhancements that enable administrators to monitor status checks in distributed architectures, in addition to sending SMS alerts through third party email to connected SMS gateways.
Advanced automated checks
GFI Network Server Monitor 7 can monitor the status of a check by mimicking administration operations. The software can check the status of a terminal server automatically logging in as the administrator, and carrying out administrator operations to monitor servers including IMAP, POP3 and SMTP. Standard monitoring checks such as email delivery can be replaced with automatic checks to provide administrators with a more realistic assessment of network performance.
Enhanced SMS functionality
Administrators can now be alerted to a network failure by SMS text message through a range of channels, including through an SMS message to a connected GSM mobile, or network fax servers such as GFI Faxmaker to an SMS gateway service. The upgrade also alerts administrators to a network failure through the Clickatell web email facility, or by any other third party email to SMS gateways. For backward compatibility, the software also supports the Network Server Monitor 5.5/6.0 SMS engine.
“GFI Network Server Monitor 7 has been designed to reduce administrators’ workloads,” said Andre Muscat, product manager at GFI. “All too often, administrators are overloaded with false warnings and follow-up requests, making it hard to prioritise their time effectively. The new approach taken by Network Server Monitor 7 mimics administrator activities, thereby automating complex activities and allowing administrators to focus their attention on more pressing tasks.”
Network monitoring for large enterprises
GFI Network Monitor Server 7 now enables performance monitoring across architectures usually found in large enterprises. A reporter wizard allows administrators to retrieve status views in granular architectures such as nested folders, allowing them to detect, prioritise, isolate and resolve faults more quickly.
Support for Microsoft SQL Server and Access databases
Further enhancements include the ability to store monitoring data to either a Microsoft SQL Server or a Microsoft Access database. The facility allows administrators to centralise the monitoring results of multiple network server monitor installations from one place, further increasing the response time to unplanned network downtime.
Network Server Monitor 7 is GFI’s latest addition to its portfolio of market leading network security, content security and messaging software technologies. Today, GFI’s award-winning solutions help its 300,000 customers – including NASA, Volkswagen, and Coca-Cola Beverages - to build a robust and secure infrastructure. The organisation also boasts GFI security labs which allow the organisation to research new areas of danger for computer networks. A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, GFI’s experience in development on the Microsoft platform and its strategic partnership with Microsoft continues to allow it to grow at an astounding rate.
More information about GFI Network Server Monitor and a trial version are available at: http://www.gfi.com/nsm/.
Pricing and availability
GFI Network Server Monitor 7 is competitively priced: For networks of up to 5 servers, the cost is $395, for instance, while for networks of up to 50 servers, the cost is $1125. It is available direct from GFI or via a global network of authorized resellers.
GFI is a leading provider of network security, content security and messaging software. Key products include the GFI FAXmaker fax connector for Exchange and SMTP mail servers; GFI MailSecurity email content/exploit checking and anti-virus software; GFI MailEssentials server-based anti-spam software; GFI MailArchiver an email archiving solution; GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner (N.S.S.) security scanning and patch management software; GFI Network Server Monitor that automatically sends alerts, and corrects network and server issues; GFI LANguard Security Event Log Monitor (S.E.L.M.) that performs event log based intrusion detection and network-wide event log management; GFI LANguard Portable Storage Control that enables network-wide control of removable media and GFI WebMonitor, HTTP/FTP monitoring and anti-virus software for ISA Server. Clients include Microsoft, Telstra, Time Warner Cable, NASA, DHL, Caterpillar, BMW, the US IRS, and the USAF. GFI has offices in the US, the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Romania, Australia and Malta, and operates through a worldwide network of distributors. GFI is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has won the Microsoft Fusion (GEM) Packaged Application Partner of the Year award. For more information about GFI, visit http://www.gfi.com.
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