WhatsUp Gold 2017 Plus (latest version) is a Network Monitoring and Performance tool capable of sending alerts and generating reports based on application, host, and network status, and more. This article will briefly cover the price, main features, system requirements, and official links of the software.
WhatsUp Gold has 4 distinct tiers in their pricing model, and they are as such:
- WhatsUp Gold BasicView: This option costs $1,755. It includes Discovery, Availability Monitoring, Performance Monitoring, Alerting / Reporting, and Inventory features.
- WhatsUp Gold ProView: This option costs $2,415. It includes all of BasicView’s features, and also supports advanced monitoring (WMI, SSH, HTTPS), and wireless monitoring.
- WhatsUp Gold TotalView: This option costs $3,495. It includes all of ProView’s features, and also supports application and web monitoring, flow monitoring, and virtual monitoring.
- WhatsUp Gold TotalView Plus: This option costs $4,995. It includes all of TotalView’s features, and also supports network configuration management, and two scalability pollers.
Please note that these prices are averages, and you will need to request a quote from IpSwitch in order to purchase. The quote depends on how many servers and devices, applications, virtual servers, and network bandwidth sources you would like to monitor. The quote will also be more if you require management of network and application configurations, and log files.
- Auto Discovery:
WhatsUp Gold is capable of automatically discovering layer 2 and 3 devices via IP Range scans or SNMP scans of a central router’s bridge table. This feature also creates an inventory of found devices with information about them included such as device type, vendor, serial number, and more.
- Application Monitoring:
This feature is included in TotalView and TotalView Plus, and is available as an add-on to the other editions. Several applications can be monitored, some of which are Apache web servers, exchange, sharepoint, SQL, DNS, IIS, Active Directory, Hyper-V and VMWare Monitoring, and more. There is also the option to monitor services and processes, allowing for in-house / 3rd party app integration. Thresholds can be set per application that is monitored, allowing for alerts when resource utilization or response time is too high.
- Alerting Features:
WhatsUp Gold handles alerts and related actions through Action Policies. Action Policies can contain multiple steps, and are capable of sending alerts via text, email, writing to log files (syslog), restarting applications or services, or running custom Powershell scripts. Local percent variables are available for custom action policies, which means that you can include status metrics in your alert messages. Blackout policies can also be configured, silencing alerts between specified times.
- Reporting Features:
WhatsUp Gold’s Application performance monitoring dashboard is capable of showing application health, historical status, chronic problems, and a state change log which monitors application state changes. Several display methods are available, including pie charts, line graphs, lists, and more. They are fully customizable from the “Analyze” tab within the program. There is also an interactive map feature, where you can view all the nodes and monitored devices on the network. From there, you can see an overview of the network, and click on nodes to further configure monitoring of resources, interfaces, applications, view stats, etc.
- Virtual Machine Support:
Like application monitoring, virtualization monitoring is included in WhatsUp Gold TotalView and TotalView Plus, and is available as an add-on to the other editions. It is capable of generating maps displaying VM hosts, machines, relationships between hosts and their child VMs, clusters, and real time status. Polling cycles can be adjusted from the default of 1 minute intervals. Stats on CPU, memory, disk ,and more are available for monitored VMs, and thresholds / alerts can be configured on these as well.
- Automatic Configuration Management:
WhatsUp Gold is capable of backing up switch and firewall configurations, and restoring them based on network events. Multiple configurations can be stored per device. There are built in policy audits, trails, and validation steps to ensure that network admins approve configuration changes, and are aware of unapproved changes immediately.
- Network Traffic Analysis:
WhatsUp Gold can collect network traffic and bandwidth stats from devices using Netflow, netflow-lite, J-Flow, sFlow, IPFIX, and NSEL protocols. Stats are available for network senders / receivers, domains, apps and protocols, interface traffic, interface utilization, and bandwidth by host or group. Threshold alerts are available for these, and traffic reports are customizable. Several default reports are included.
- WhatsUp Gold will run on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 for evaluation. Production level support requires Windows Server 2008 (32 and 64-bit), 2008 R2 (64-bit), 2012 (64-bit), and 2012 R2 (64-bit) and Windows 2016.
- The software should not be installed on a domain controller.
- If running WhatsUp Gold on a VM, you will need to assign a static MAC address.
- WhatsUp Gold requires the equivalent Processing power or more of 4 cores (Quad Core) Operating at a minimum of 2.6GHz.
- 100 devices or 500 monitors requires a minimum of 8 GB RAM. 2,500 devices or 12,500 monitors requires 16 GB RAM, and 20,000 devices or 100,000 monitors requires 8 GB RAM for the WhatsUp Server and 32 GB RAM for the dedicated SQL Server (although 64 GB is recommended).
- A minimum of 25 GB Hard Disk space is required for 100 devices or 500 monitors, 15 GB OS space in RAID 1 and 4 x 100 GB database space in RAID 10 for 2,500 devices or 12,500 monitors. For 20,000 devices or 100,000 monitors, the minimum requirement is 15 GB OS space in RAID 1, 8 x 250 GB database space in RAID 10, 2 x 100 GB log file space in RAID 0, and 2 x 250 GB temporary database files in RAID 0.
- A minimum of 100 Mbps is required for network interface cards, but 1 Gbps is recommended.
- Installing on the above listed Windows Server versions, the following database options will be available: SQL 2014 Express Local only, SQL 2008 Local and Remote, SQL 2012 Local and Remote, SQL 2014 Local and Remote, SQL Cluster 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, and 2014 Remote only. All server versions except Windows Server 2008 SP2 will also support SQL Server 2014 Standard or Express.
- Windows Server 2008 R2 will require IIS version 7, and 2012 R2 will require version 8 for web services.
- Minimum versions for web browsers are as such: IE 11.x, Firefox v53, and Chrome v57.
- Supported Virtual Environments include: VMware vCenter Server versions 4.0, 4.1, 5.0, 5.5, and 6.0, VMware ESX versions 3.5, 4.0, and 4.1, ESXi versions 3.5, 4.0, 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, and 6.0, Hyper-V Server 2012, 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 (with Hyper-V Role enabled), and Windows Server 2012 R2 (with Hyper-V Role enabled).
The main page for WhatsUp Gold can be found at:
Price quotes can be obtained for the various editions on the above listed link.
If you would like a Free Trial, you may visit the following site and complete a form to download WhatsUp Gold 30-day trial: