May 10, 2001, 2:24 PM — Id like to thank all of our readers who were so forthcoming with suggestions in response to my informal survey of favorite management tools.
Last week I reported the results of readers favorite tool suggestions. When I sent off this article, I found more readers suggestions of favorite management tools still coming in. To be fair to these other readers, here are their favorite management tools to add to the list:
* Cricket is a free tool that some readers absolutely love for its information presentation capabilities. Cricket collects data to monitor trends and graphs the information. It was developed to help network managers visualize and understand their network traffic. It is a redesign of MRTG, which was mentioned last week. One reader mentioned that Cricket is much more scalable than MRTG. According to one reader, "we have completely replaced our Spectrum reports with those from Cricket."
* Netcool from Micromuse. One reader called it the best display tool because it only displays current problems. This is because it de-duplicates, meaning it takes a problem, matches it with the resolutions, and then it clears out the alert automatically. It was also noted for its easy installation and setup. According to a reader, it "has enough open architecture to build into the extremely detailed networks out there."
* Network Health (part of eHealth) from Concord. It is an SNMP capacity-planning tool. Readers note it for its graphical capabilities, which could assist in troubleshooting, as well as providing information to management. A reader reports, "We have used this tool for a while and are very pleased with its performance." One reader says it presents graphs that management wants to see.
* AppManager from NetIQ. AppManager monitors the performance and availability of Windows-based systems and servers. It has a central console that consolidates the information. Readers noted AppManager for its smart product design, drag-and-drop deployment of management policies, and ease of use.
* Holistix Web Manager from Holistix. Web Manager manages the underlying components of a companys Web infrastructure, such as application servers, databases, Web servers, operating systems, network infrastructure, Internet services, and content. Readers cited Web Manager for its built-in intelligence, ease of configuration and flexibility.
* FastLane DM/Manager and FastLane DM/ActiveRoles from FastLane Technologies. According to a reader, "FastLane DM/Manager is an awesome product. The new Version 5.5 puts it way out there beyond any of the competition." This reader also noted, "DM/ActiveRoles Awesome! Role-based administration, every Network Admins dream come true."