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NetBotz Adds Support for Sun Systems to Advanced Device Crawlers Software
Internal Vitals Monitoring Software Detects Hardware Failures
October 8, 2002,
Volume 56, Issue 2

NetBotz Inc. has extended its Advanced Device Crawlers internal vitals monitoring software to support an additional group of network hardware platforms, including those from IBM, Sun, Foundry Networks, Juniper Networks, Avaya, Alcatel, Best Power and Liebert.

Advanced Device Crawler provides system data such as CPU temperature, fan speed and power supply status on a cross-platform basis to aid detection of hardware failures and reduce network downtime.

Internals monitoring requires harvesting data from numerous devices, each of which stores internals data in a hardware vendor-specific extended SNMP Management Information Base or MIB. Extracting the data from multiple MIBs in a mixed network environment can be a time-consuming and costly task.

By providing secure access to the internals data of multiple and varied hardware devices, Advanced Device Crawlers provides an efficient, reliable approach to monitoring. Advanced Device Crawlers confines SNMP traffic to an organization's LAN. The NetBotz appliance hosting the software sends alerts about a device's internals via email, HTTP or FTP over the TCP/IP protocol using standard ports.

"We have close to 1,500 customers, which multiplies the variety of network devices our monitoring solution needs to protect," said Mitch Medford, NetBotz vice president, product development. "By providing Advanced Device Crawler support for a broader range of network devices, we're meeting our customers' needs for more secure, more available environments."

NetBotz also has released updated versions of its client software for both NetBotz monitoring appliances and NetBotz Central for the Linux operating system and SolarisTM Operating Environment (Solaris OE). Supported versions include Red Hat Linux 7.1 and newer; and Solaris 8 OE, (SparcR Platform Edition) or (Intel Platform Edition) with all Sun-recommended patches installed.

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