This is a guest post from Miles Freedman, Senior Director of Technical Operation, at Lattice Engines. Miles is one of our beta users of the new CA Nimsoft Monitor Snap tool and shares his experience with it here.
Working with a company that provides data-driven applications for sales and marketing, we rely heavily on our computing infrastructure’s performance and availability. I’m always interested in trying anything that may help me better ensure availability and optimized performance of our infrastructure—especially if it’s free. As a result, I was very intrigued by CA Nimsoft Monitor Snap, a free monitoring tool recently introduced by CA Technologies.
CA Nimsoft Monitor Snap was very easy to set up and even easier to use. The product did a great job of going through our environment and automatically discovering available devices and systems, so I didn’t have to manually set up a bunch of elements to monitor.
Compared to open source platforms I’ve worked with, I’d say CA Nimsoft Monitor Snap took about a quarter of the time to get set up and working. We tried CA Nimsoft Monitor Snap in our QA environment, which has more than 100 servers, including Windows-based virtual machines, as well as platforms running SQL Server and IIS. The platform quickly discovered all the systems, and I could then easily choose which I’d want to monitor. (CA Nimsoft Monitor Snap enables you to monitor up to 30 systems.)