Last week I got about halfway through writing my “deep dive” into what’s new in WhatsUp Gold version 16.4 and realized this was going to have to be a two-parter. So consider this post a “part 2 of 2” and enjoy the swim in the pool as you check out the new features and what they mean to you. Here’s a link to part 1 of this blog, in case you missed it.
SNMP Extended Monitor
SNMP (simple network management protocol) is a fundamental part of any network monitoring product, and as you’d expect, WhatsUp Gold speaks SNMP fluently. We have active SNMP monitors, performance SNMP monitors, and Alert Center Threshold SNMP monitors. But, keeping all your SNMP monitors straight can be a challenge for a network administrator.
To help with this, in WhatsUp Gold 16.4 we have added the SNMP Extended Monitor. This is a new active monitor that allows you to consolidate many SNMP monitors into one. If, for example, you want to monitor 10 different SNMP OIDs (object identifiers) on a certain device, but don’t want to clutter the device with all these individual monitors, then simply add a single SNMP Extended Monitor and consolidate your OIDs there. Within the single monitor, you get to set thresholds on each OID. Tripping any of the thresholds will trigger whatever alerts you have setup for the device. You can get the details of which OID triggered the alert via the State Change Log, or in an email alert.
Another great feature of the SNMP Extended Monitor is the ability to load and reuse the multi-OID configurations from a standard XML file. This allows you to re-use the OID definitions and their associated thresholds across many devices.
Application Performance Monitor
Application Performance Monitor is a powerful plugin for WhatsUp Gold. It allows you to systematically monitor servers on your network a higher up the stack, and look at critical statistics that relate directly to the performance of your running applications. And, it comes with a bunch of pre-defined application profiles that let you get up and running quickly. With the release of WhatsUp Gold 16.4 we have added some new monitoring profiles as we continue to add value to this product. We’ve added profiles for Linux, Apache Web Servers, Windows DNS, SharePoint 2013, and Microsoft SQL named instances.
I’m particularly excited by the addition of Linux and Apache profiles. We already had a profile for MySQL, so now, we’ve pretty much got the LAMP stack covered. As enterprises start to rollout Linux and other open source technologies, there’s no reason to change your monitoring environment. Keep it all in the single pane of glass with WhatsUp Gold.
Related to my excitement about monitoring the LAMP stack in our Application Performance Monitor, I’m also thrilled about our new ability to monitor JMX, or Java Management Extensions. JMX is a technology that is used in Java application servers, many of which are open source, like Apache Tomcat or Apache ActiveMQ. JMX allows these application servers export various measurements and statistics related to the Java application. Think of it like SNMP, but for Java apps.
In WhatsUp Gold 16.4, we’ve added the ability to create active JMX monitors, and performance JMX monitors, so you can get alerts when a monitor is out of threshold, as well as chart the performance over time. And, because navigating JMX can sometimes be difficult (just like SNMP), we’ve provided a JMX browser in the product, so that you can quickly figure out what measurements your app server is exporting (just like our SNMP browser).
And for those of you who want a super deep dive, check out this video that provides an 11 minute technical overview of WhatsUp Gold 16.4.