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The Differences Between WhatsUp Gold 2017 v WhatsUp Gold 2016

WhatsUp Gold 2017 delivers an intuitive and interactive user experience that enables admins to see, process, and act on IT problems faster.

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The Ipswitch team is proud to share with you the latest version of WhatsUp Gold. WUG 2017 delivers an intuitive and interactive user experience that enables admins to see, process, and act on IT problems faster. Major improvements have been made to the discovery process. The discovery in older versions was list-based, and devices had to be added before viewing the network topology information. The discovery process in WUG 2017 is visual. You get to see the devices added in real time, and it will also build up a connectivity automatically. Even if you choose not to monitor the devices, they will still be saved under the "Discover" tab to visit at a later point. Once you start monitoring the devices, they will appear under the "My Network" tab. These maps serve as a good visual indicator for the health of your environment, showing you devices with monitors up, down, or in maintenance. 
 
Before WhatsUp Gold 2017, the workflow revolved around list-based tasks. Layer two diagrams were built into the product, but served as a tool to understand the topology. Commonly used tasks like applying monitors or action policies were done outside of the mapping feature. These maps are images with status icons that are hard to customize. I need to leave the map to learn more detail. The diagrams are more than just a map in WUG 2017. It's a feature-rich workspace where users can efficiently monitor and manage their network infrastructure. Let's take a look. The user interface and network maps have been completely revamped in WhatsUp Gold 2017. These maps are interactive. As you can see, you can zoom in to learn more detail about the network. Simply selecting a device, you can reveal information like the monitors down, group membership, and credentials applied. The map itself serves as a workspace for users. You can visualize issues in the environment, quickly process the data, and drill into the information with only a few simple clicks. 
 
In older versions of WhatsUp Gold, we have to jump around to different tabs and different maps to get the data we need to complete our jobs in a timely fashion. I am on a separate wireless tab to see wireless statistics. In WUG 2017, that information is included in your new workspace. Overlays will allow users to use one map to work on all areas of the network, managing wired, wireless, and virtual environments. Everything we need is within a few clicks. From the map, we can navigate to the monitor setup page, where we can toggle monitors on or off, or apply new monitors. If you want to learn more about the device, we can navigate to the status page. Here we can get an overview of the monitors applied, or even review the performance statistics. 
 
The dashboards in WhatsUp Gold 2017 have also been redone. Here in older versions, you can see that if you are adding a report for, let's say CPU utilization, there are multiple reports than can be added for different time frames. There are separate reports for the last pulled value, average over four hours, and average over eight hours. Let's take a look at how dashboards are built in the latest version of WhatsUp Gold
 
I will start with a clean dashboard in WUG 2017. All the reports are now conveniently located under the "Add Reports" tab in sections, like devices, performance, or system information. Users now have the ability to add reports as headers and footers to have the information span across the entire page. You can change the time and date each report is looking at individually, or in this version, you can pin these to the dashboard itself. So with a few simple clicks, you can change the time frame for all of the reports shown on the dashboard. This feature was unavailable in older versions. You also have the ability to drill down into the information presented to you to view it in full-screen. 
 
Also included with the updated dashboards is support from Microsoft's Hyper-V. The virtual mapping was once a separate tab in WUG and Hyper-V was monitored using an APM profile. Now, Hyper-V hosts and virtual machines will be mapped out on your interactive diagrams when you select the virtual overlay. Along with statistics from VMware, the virtual monitoring dashboards will include virtual machine CPU, memory utilization, and disk activity for your Hyper-V environment. You will also be able to get notified on Hyper-V events inside of WUG 2017. 
 
In summary, WUG 2017 provides an enhanced user experience, providing visual clarity to see, process, and act on issues faster. Contact us today to learn more about your upgrade path to WUG 2017. To discuss the features in more detail, contact a product specialist today. 

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