Monday, February 7, 2011

Windows Monitoring On A Budget




Independent developer Steve Jarman has announced the release of Senses6, an iPhone-centric monitoring and alerting solution for Windows-based hosts. This agent-based system allows server administrators and engineers to receive notifications of potential problems within their IT infrastructure, as well as providing the ability to perform numerous management tasks remotely via their iPhone or iPod touch device, from any location, all via a standard internet connection.

The ability to monitor IT infrastructure has become increasingly important as organisations have become more reliant on their technology. Some organisations do not see the value in, or simply cannot afford, large-scale monitoring solutions and leave themselves somewhat at risk. Senses6 is one solution to this problem, offering an easily configured, inexpensive solution to monitoring and diagnosing Windows-based systems within small to medium organisations.

A Senses6 implementation involves the installation of a small Windows service on each system that is being monitored. The agent submits information regarding the system's performance to a central database via a standard internet connection, as well as periodically checking for requests being made by engineers via their devices. Additionally, performance data is compared against configured thresholds to determine whether or not a performance alert should be raised. System outages can be detected via a peer-availability system in which each monitored host periodically checks the response of its fellow systems.

The Senses6 iPhone app serves as a viewer for the information submitted by the agent, and as such, requires only a standard internet connection for full functionality. Users are not required to connect to their organisation's network via any form of VPN (virtual private network). Users can also perform tasks such as process terminations, service restarts, and even system restarts via their device from any remote location. Alerts are delivered to users via the push notification service and email.

Teams of engineers can view the same organisational data using individually purchased copies of the Senses6 app on their devices. The Senses6 agent can be freely downloaded and installed on any number of Windows systems. Senses6 has been designed from conception to be a serious solution in the Windows monitoring space, providing genuine value to its users, and genuine benefit to their organisation.

Pricing and Availability:
Senses6 (v1.0) is $8.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.




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