The most valuable aspects of the solution are the application monitors that allow for discreet roaming on network devices.
The installation and configuration process are easy.
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The most valuable aspects of the solution are the application monitors that allow for discreet roaming on network devices.
The installation and configuration process are easy.
The pricing could be reduced. They should offer it for less.
Users want SMS available via Whatsapp Gold. They don't want to go through third party SMS servers. The solution should work to make this possible.
The solution is very stable.
The solution is easily scalable.
Technical support it good. They are very quick to respond.
The implementation of the solution is very easy. It's much easier than other products. Deployment takes about one day.
We handled the implementation ourselves.
Users pay a yearly license for the solution.
We use the on-premises deployment model. In Turkey, clients don't want to use the cloud.
We're a distributor of the product in Turkey.
I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.
We use WhatsUp Gold for monitoring.
The most valuable features are network bandwidth monitoring and monitoring device health.
Integrations with other devices. I want to have a product that has full integration with my active directory so I can track user activity. I want to track my complete user activity, so I'm looking for a product to implement in the near future, which will have full integration with my network and active directory users. It became very difficult to track user activity.
This product scales well. We are currently using it with 300 users.
I am satisfied with the customer support.
It was very easy to set up.
I would recommend the product. I would rate it as eight of ten.
I use it on premises to monitor my network database. We monitor the link up/down and use the SNMP traps as well.
We had a few requirements specifically for our applications and I think they did some development on WhatsUp Gold features for us.
The new version has a lot of improved features. The graphical user interface was quite improved from the old version.
I think there are a few bugs now. Although they give some resolution for this, we cannot share the network remotely because of our company policy.
The systems are stable.
Right now we need two people for deployment and maintenance.
We had a good experience with their technical support.
It was easy to set up WhatsUp Gold. Due to scanning such a high number of network bearers, it takes quite a long time to do the installation. It took a couple of hours. I would like it to be faster.
We used the local integrator and we got training from them after that. Other things have also been stuck at the deployment.
Yes, we've seen a return on our investment.
There are some subscription charges that are quite heavy. I need to pay for support every year and these charges can be quite expensive. Aside from the initial cost for the tool, you need to pay additionally for support.
We also considered PRTG and SolarWinds. I do not remember the report, but we came to the conclusion that WhatsUp Gold was the system for our position.
I would recommend WhatsUp Gold.
I would rate it eight out of ten. Although the features are nice, it is quite expensive. It's not cost-effective.
We use WhatsUp gold for network monitoring.
It has been used for internal network monitoring but now we need to extend our capabilities and it does not appear to have this solution.
It is very good at monitoring the network and keeps us up to date on the status of internal devices.
This product should add other options for monitoring. It does not currently meet the broader needs of the banking industry in the version we have deployed.
We are looking to monitor our ATMs Machina .
We use WhatsUp Gold in our network and it performs very well, so the system is very stable.
For the times we have had to use it, the response time is good for WhatsUp. I am happy with the support we received.
In a way, WhatsUp Gold is our previous solution. Though we are still using it, we are looking for another solution. We are working together with Fortinet to find a better solution for our business needs. We will be able to mix our Cisco and FortiGate solutions to resolve a larger issue on our network.
They could use a little effort to improve the monitoring of all our network transfers and devices as some things are not supported. Now we are looking for a solution to include monitoring our ATMs as well as monitoring our servers and other devices.
The initial setup for the product is easy. It is easy to configure and you can understand how to work with it the way we use it without any complexity.
We installed the product ourselves.
We only use the product for monitoring our network devices. We don't look to it to provide security because adding that functionality adds that price to our costs. Overall, the pricing is a little flexible but it can be expensive. It is half good and half not so good. They have different licensing and configuration plans.
Most of the companies we want to provide assistance to are banks that are looking to monitor their ATMs. We provide services to insurance companies from Pakistan and the price is very expensive. So, having the ability to serve banks better will be very, very good for us because and most of the bank will bring their business to us if we have the ATM monitoring feature.
On a scale from one to ten, where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate WhatsUp Gold as a nine because it is good at what it does. For what it does, it is almost a ten. But obviously, for us, it cannot do everything that will help us grow our business.
I primarily use this solution for server performance.
The interface in the last few years it has been a lot greater, they are much more user-friendly. I like the interface.
One of the biggest things that made us start to look at another product is we're not able to have an end to end monitoring from a user perspective throughout the system and back to the user. All the monitoring is from inside out, we need something that also can give us from outside in. WhatsApp is great as long as you use it for Windows servers, but we need to use it for a SQL environment. That's where the lack is. That's the big two points on the board that made us look for an alternative. But, we haven't found an alternative, so we're still using it. That's a part of the service that can be improved.
The one that I have submitted that really bugs me the most is when you make templates for servers and you use equivocal monitors you can't preset the order of the equivocal monitors. So, it will set it alphabetically. That is where I have the greatest trouble with it, is I want the ping to be the first equivocal monitor because if the server doesn't answer to the ping I don't care about anything else. And on the Citrix servers, the second thing I want is to always have the SMNP service running, because we check most of our this by SNMP. On the Citrix server, we have the SQL email service that controls the logins, so if that service is down no user can log onto the server. That last one, how I have named this, that one starts with C for Citrix. All my Citrix monitors start with Citrix in the name to inform me what system they are for. That one comes to the top of the list so when a Citrix server does not respond to ping, unless WhatsApp states that, the login server sets off a ping, which is true, but that's not the reason.
I want a solution for how we can change the order on 600 Citrix servers. But it seems I have to do that manually. I'm not sure we if have a big enough part of servers to be a client of WhatsApp or not. But I can't manually sit and update the servers.
We have experienced it to be rather good on stability. We had some stability issues but they kind of disappeared with the old server so we never claimed those to be instabilities from a WhatsApp standpoint, it was server issues.
On the scalability of the solution, I'm not sure what the average user of WhatsApp Gold, what size of network they're using it with. We were doing about 1000 to 1500 addresses. I feel that when you go about 1200 devices I start to feel that things go slower. I think that that's a step in scalability there. That's where it starts to have a few more issues. There's not been a problem so I have not researched if I need to put more CPUs and more RAM into it.
In terms of customer support, I've only used the service online and I've never had any phone support. I think I only had three or four service tickets with WhatsApp. On one I was told that it was a feature that I was missing after an upgrade. I think that was when I went from 2016 to 2017 when they changed it to be a more web interface. It's a feature I was asking for where I could find and they say that the feature was no longer available in the newer version and just about the same tie the man arrived I found where I could do the changes I wanted. And after all that, they said the feature is no longer available and I had already found it. After that, most of my support request has ended up being changing from an internet to a bug fix issue thing.
WhatsUp was my first entry to the world of monitoring, when I was questioned to do change task at work and take over the monitoring, we were already running WhatsApp. So WhatsApp was the product of choice by them and has been ever since.
The initial setup was pretty easy. I do not know if we're talking about our initial installation of WhatsApp but a couple of years ago we installed everything on new hardware, so I got a fresh start, a new database, a new everything. And based on that one I'd say the first initial installation took quite some time. It's basically the one you just start and you do something else and you look at it from time to time, so I think I spent about half a workday on it. But it probably didn't use that much time but it takes more time when you're not sitting at the monitor and waiting for the next window to pop up to click next.
I've done the implementation by myself but I did get a certification on the 16 version, so I am certified.
In terms of pricing, I'd say that the pricing is nice and the product is good. If your needs are within what the product delivers I'd say go for it.
I would give the solution a seven out of 10. It does what it's supposed to do so if the product fulfills your needs I have no problem recommending the product.
I'm currently looking at changing it to another solution because it's not giving us what we want it to give us, though I've not been disappointed with it. We probably haven't made an optimum installation, which probably added to giving us not the full experience. We're not using it for the networking performance, we're not using the flow monitor. We are running the next biggest one so we have all the plugins. The only thing we do not have is the ability to run a redundant WhatsUp Server. It's just now we see the needs are, for me, more than they can give. We're not sure if we'll find something that fulfills what we now need. We might keep WhatsApp in addition to that; we're not sure about that.
We are a distributor for this solution, and our clients use it to monitor network devices and applications. For example, they monitor switches, routers, and Brouters. We provide demonstrations and POCs for this solution to potential customers.
This automatic monitoring feature helps us to be proactive. We no longer have to manually search for problems because we are alerted when something in the network goes down. Once an alert is received, the appropriate action is taken. This might include forwarding it to first level support, second level support, or sending a message.
The most valuable feature is definitely the map layout. You can have a customized mapping for all of your network devices, and you can monitor them. When you get a red sign then you know that something is wrong, and you can find and resolve the problem.
The are some bugs, as well as some features that need to be improved and developed further.
This product is quite stable, provided that you have the correct server requirements. From time to time they release new updates, such as a service pack.
The scalability of this solution is quite good.
We have several clients, and our largest one is a hotel with four to five branches around the country. We currently have approximately five hundred network devices being monitored.
I am really happy with the product, support-wise.
We handle the first level of support for our customers. If it is an issue that I cannot resolve then I open a ticket with the vendor directly to the second level of support. My only complaint is the sometimes it takes a long time to respond, where I can normally expect an answer in twenty-four to forty-eight hours.
We offer PRTG Network Monitor as an alternative solution to our customers, some of whom choose this because of the lower cost.
The initial setup for this solution is pretty straightforward.
The deployment is quite easy, provided that you have set your SNMP credentials. You complete your mapping and you can finish your deployment in ten minutes.
We handle the deployment of this solution for our clients.
The pricing for this solution has gone up quite recently, which has led some of our customers to buy an alternative product.
There are different versions of WhatsUp Gold, including the premium and standalone versions. The choice of version depends on the number of points, or devices, that you want to monitor, and this makes the product expensive. The licensing fees are normally billed on a yearly basis.
My advice is to try out and use the evaluation version, which is free for thirty days. In case you encounter an issue then the support is there.
If you have made the decision to buy the product then I would suggest purchasing it from a certified WhatsUp Gold partner.
We use the solution on a daily basis and I am happy with it, but no product is perfect.
I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
We use this solution for monitoring our network.
The most valuable feature is the monitoring of resources. The reporting of uptime and other statistics is also useful.
The version that we are using seems pretty clunky and not very well-designed. I would like to see the user interface improved to provide a better flow. It seems that the interface is designed by an engineer. I like to have a technical interface, but in this solution, some things need to be better presented.
I would like to see better integration with switches so that you can see what is connected to each port, what the traffic is, and have a network map automatically generated.
The product seems to be pretty solid.
We have two users who work with this solution.
I would say that this solution is scalable.
We have not had contact with technical support.
The solution was installed before I joined the company.
My understanding is that there are better products out there that do a better job.
We are running an older version of this solution, so it is tough to say. In general, this solution does its job, but if you are looking for bells and whistles then look elsewhere.
I would rate this solution a six out of ten.
We use WhatsUp Gold primarily for its monitoring survey.
We use this product every time because we have a map in our network operating center, with many hundreds of sites. WhatsUp Gold provides a visual state, as well as program alerts by email.
The visual map and email alerts are very useful to have in real time so we always know the state of our network.
All the basic functions are valuable. It is easy to access and discover devices.
We need this solution to check all of our network devices. We have about 2,464 devices so it's impossible to check them all manually.
The topology discover is also a useful feature because we use this to define the topology of our sites.
The price could be improved. When we first started using this product, the company was new. The prices were very low then, in comparison with HP OpenView or IBM, but now the policy is too high, relative to the number of devices we have.
We don't need all the features, and we don't use the tool for the large scale services intended for large data centers. We use it only for the network devices, switches, routers, but now most of the new features are related to data centers and high-end devices. This is not useful for us.
The features are working fine, and the features for the new models are very interesting, but it's not possible to have this at this price policy for us. It might be good for business, but it's not good for us.
We have asked to have another policy price and look at step prices because if you buy a version for 200 devices, 1,000 devices, or 4,000 devices, there should be different prices. I think it would be better to have a linear price list. This isn't only a problem for WhatsUp. It's the problem of many other products too.
It's very stable. If you follow the hardware requirements of memory size and CPU size, even if you have a very big database the processors will work hard, but only for a short time span.
In my team area, we are seven people using this product. It's only the network team.
We don't have any issues that needed technical support.
We have worked for years with CiscoWorks. We switched because Cisco built CiscoWorks, and the product wasn't supported anymore by Cisco, at which point it was impossible to upgrade to the new versions of our server.
This tool is very easy to configure and use. No, it's not complex.
It took a very short time to set up this product because it's easy to install and discover devices. I don't remember exactly how long it took to install, but it was less than a day. Keep in mind, though, that in the past the product was easier to install.
We do the work ourselves, without using a vendor to implement.
I'm not sure about the exact price, but it's expensive. We don't pay any additional fees.
We have evaluated the module for the backup of the network configurations for the devices. We have other network monitoring tools also, such as PRTG Network Monitor and NetFlow Collector. In addition, we have the Prime software from Cisco for the AP monitoring.
I would rate WhatsUp Gold as eight out of ten. The graphical framework is old. The new graphical framework with the last version is very good, but for young people, this framework is not the best in the world.
Our primary use case is for network and application monitoring.
We've been using it for many years and we use it typically for early warning. It notifies customers of problems prior to failure.
The threshold alerting is the most valuable feature.
The user interface has room for improvement.
I would like to see them do an enhancement to the application monitoring. A lot of other products do better application monitoring so they should do some improvements to the application monitoring.
I would rate it an eight out of ten.
The stability is good.
It has good scalability. We have over 20 users using this solution and five customers who have deployed it. In terms of devices, there are probably 8000 devices and we have plans to continue expanding the usage.
Technical support is good.
The initial setup was straightforward. The deployment was quick. It took around two hours and we require five staff members for the deployment and maintenance.
The strategy is typically networking discovery.
Pricing is reasonable compared to other products.
We also use SolarWinds and Cisco Prime. We have found WhatsUp Gold to be generally good for events, monitoring, and alerting. Other products are better for detailed analyses.
It's a good product to implement. Check the version that you're implementing supports the devices that you have running in your network. In some cases, some new devices are not supported so check the new device supports before you implement.
There is a flow monitor option, so we can trace the source IP, the destination IP, and top talker feature in this.
We can monitor all the links and all the locations and their statuses.
Link monitoring and flow monitor.
Over two and a half years.
Sometimes it's a little bit slow.
Yes. It has some licensing features, based on devices for monitoring and flow monitoring.
Four out of 10.
Somewhat expensive and it requires licenses to use some features.
For small companies there are many freeware products available in the market.
1. Server performance monitoring:
These assist us to manage the storage and and server performance and prepare for incidents.
2. Configuration Manager: This assists us to do switch and router backups for both Cisco and Nexus switch configurations. It makes it easy to configure new devices, in case of a major incident.
3. Actions and Alerts: Set up user emails for notification when devices reach a specific threshold.
4. Device Discovery: This enables us to scan for new devices on the network.
5. Credential Library: Used to ensure a secure connection on the devices and to create new SNMP strings for servers and network devices.
1. The product has enabled the organization to determine the amount of space required for DB servers within a budget year, which enables them to plan for datacenter storage.
2. It has also enabled us to recover from a disaster within the SLA-stipulated time. in case a switch or router goes down, we have the configs ready for copying and pasting so downtime is minimal.
3. It has helped database and email admins troubleshoot disk space issues fast, in cases where the space of a mail server hits threshold.
I haven't had any issue with stability, except during the upgrade to 2017 when we encountered slow responses. We rectified the machine specifications to resolve.
Since we predicted growth of the devices monitored under WUG, the product capability we purchased met our needs; and as we grow it accommodates the changes, so no issues.
It's excellent, and the last technical engineer I worked with was amazing. On a scale of 10, I give them a nine.
We had Kiwi as our monitoring system but we purchased WUG because of:
d) its ability to perform many functions, not only monitoring.
I did not encounter any issues, it was straightforward and the documentation was clear on the configuration and setup.
For an organization that invests in innovation and worries about its technology performance externally and internally, WUG pricing will be suitable. They will look beyond the prices and licensing. From experience, if it is well utilized it's worth the investment in it.
With the Ipswitch demonstration of WUG capability, we settled on this product, once we considered decommissioning Kiwi.
It's a good product, and if one has the expertise to use it, it will be a good investment and it will help IT to save and plan for the future.