Set Up Network Monitoring Quickly, Accurately and Automatically
WhatsUp Gold Discovery accelerates the identification and monitoring of new network devices and related services. It provides continuous visibility into the discovery process enabling the management of infrastructure changes as they happen.
Fast and Automated Discovery
WhatsUp Gold Discovery is engineered to get up and running immediately after installation with only minimal configuration. It takes advantage of multi-CPU environments to process multiple discovery tasks in parallel thereby reducing the time it takes to run a complete scan of the infrastructure.
WhatsUp Gold Discovery automatically assigns roles and monitors and sorts infrastructure into subnet and device groups making monitoring simple and hassle free. It can also automate gateway discovery eliminating the need for specifying an IP address range. The level of automation and embedded intelligence saves considerable time and effort otherwise required in a manual discovery process. With the repeated need for discovery to keep in tune with infrastructure changes, this amounts to substantial cost savings over time.
Accurate Identification of Devices and Relationship Mapping
WhatsUp Gold Discovery offers an extensive database of pre-defined templates that cover the most commonly occurring types of infrastructure. Intelligent matching of discovered profiles based on degree of similarity and relative weights of attributes in the role templates enables the accurate identification of devices and running services. For example, a device such as an American Power Conversion (APC) Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) may have several discoverable attributes beyond its core function, including a web server for configuration and management as well as UPS specific OIDs. The primary role assigned to the device by discovery process would be as a UPS. This capability for accurate and automated identification and Layer 3 topology based relationship mapping eliminates the need for costly modifications for each device and service.
Multiple Discovery Scan Options to Fit Any Network
WhatsUp Gold Discovery provides multiple scan options to fit any network or need. It interrogates discovered devices with multiple protocols – starting with ICMP (Ping) or TCP port scans followed by deeper probing using SNMP. SmartScan options are highly automated and need nearly no information to start with. They are most useful to find out all network connected infrastructure and create a verified list of monitored IT assets. IP range based scans can help limit the discovery to only a portion of the network if desired. The capability for host file imports can provide even more targeted scans especially when monitored infrastructure is scattered across many subnets.
Powerful Flexibility and Ease of Use at All Levels
With all the automated capabilities, WhatsUp Gold Discovery and mapping is extremely easy to customize or extend to fit any kind of monitored infrastructure or environment. For example, if an application environment uses a non-standard port for HTTP communication (say port 8080, instead of the standard port 80) individual role templates can be extended with this specific attribute to easily identify web servers using that port. Once discovered each system or device can be added to multiple groups or even assigned multiple roles. Moreover, the ability to make changes, add or drop devices and attributes directly from the topology map further makes WhatsUp Gold Discovery highly flexible and easy to use at all levels.
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