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GWOS Gets Revamped Java Monitoring

07.08.2010
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GroundWork Open Source (GWOS) has finished hammering out its 6.2 release of its enterprise network monitoring and management software.  Today, their flagship product, the GroundWork Monitor Enterprise 6.2 is available.  The new capabilities of this release include a new Java monitoring agent, improved VMware ESX and vCenter monitoring, and new dashboard customization options.

GroundWork Monitor builds additional features onto the Nagios event engine.  The management tools take a service centric approach and provide visualization features (UI is based on JBoss Portal) to spot patterns.  Complete monitoring coverage is provided with network topology discovery and auto-configuration.  Other features include bi-directional integration with other system controls, roll-up approach, and a dashboard and reporting engine.  GWOS is considered a scalable, extensible, and cost-effective alternative to BMC Patrol or IBM Tivoli.  

A filtered event console view showing all recent critical events


New features in GroundWork Monitor Enterprise 6.2:

Role-based Infrastructure Views — Enables administrators to restrict the items a user can see based on their organization, expertise, location or job function.  Role-based views provide end-users with the information they need and enables disparate departments to share a single installation of GroundWork Monitor Enterprise.

Java Monitoring — New Java monitoring agent that provides insight into Java application servers and containers.  Monitoring profiles are available for JBoss AS, Tomcat, and IBM Websphere.

Updated VMware Monitoring
— Improved support for VMware’s ESX and vCenter server virtualization solutions.

Dashboard Customization — New dashboard customization options and finer grained controls.

Correlating availability and performance information in the Status Viewer


GWOS has recently been expanding in several directions.  In this year alone, the open source company has grown its customer base by 105%.  They've recently released CentOS and SUSE-powered quickstart virtual appliances.  They also started providing cloud connectors that enable monitoring for open source private clouds based on Eucalyptus or Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud.

See a demo of the new GroundWork Monitor Enterprise 6.2