Timely SMS Alert from Network and Server Monitoring System Can Save a Major Headache

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New add-on for IPHost Network Monitor, popular server and network monitoring software, is available. The add-on allows sending SMS (text message) alerts via GSM modem or phone attached to a monitoring server. This alerting method dramatically increases reliability of notifications delivery.

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"We are really enjoying the product very much. Saved me a major headache already this morning by warning me on my phone of an issue with one of our websites!" David Smith, Director of IT Department, FMOQ

IPHostMonitor Inc, has announced today the availability of a new add-on tool for IPHost Network Monitor – SMS (text message) via GSM modem/phone alert, that allows sending notifications as SMS using GSM modem or phone attached to a monitoring server. This add-on provides a most reliable alerting mechanism for sending notifications when performance of monitored server or application becomes unacceptable or it is completely inaccessible. SMS via GSM modem alert is the latest addition to the extensive alerting system of IPHost Network Monitor, it supports alerting by email, instant messengers (Jabber, Google Talk, ICQ, AOL), SMS over email, audio and visual alerts, also system can be set to execute program or run script over SSH (on monitoring server or on remote computer), or manage network equipment using SNMP SET command.

Reliability of problem notifications delivery mechanism is especially important for monitoring of business critical applications and services. Even a small outage in business critical application availability can lead to substantial losses so businesses should do their best to avoid outages or to minimize negative impacts by a timely reaction to the problems and notifications by SMS helps to do the job. SMS alert template includes a link to summary report and mobile version of IPHost Network Monitor web interface allows taking a look at reports and logs then start recovery actions. Secondary modem/phone can be used to increase alerts delivery reliability even further. SMS alerts can be sent to several phone numbers at the same time.

Growing number of businesses now rely on web applications and services, many companies move a part of their business to the web. IPHost Network Monitor provides a complete solution for e-commerce sites and web applications monitoring. Availability and performance characteristics of individual web pages or complex web transactions that simulate a behavior of a real user can be monitored. By simulating real-user experience, this web application monitoring tool provides realistic results reflecting what end-users are experiencing when performing any type of e-commerce transaction on a website. For internet companies whose core business is provided by web applications and services the monitoring of such applications is a vital part of their business operations.

With IPHost Network Monitor user need not be an expert in monitoring and web applications to create a meaningful web transaction monitor. The web transaction recorder (which looks and acts like a web browser) lets create a monitor by simply navigating through the web pages. The ‘replay’ function enables visual check of recorded web transaction to make sure that resulting monitor will work correctly. Replay is extremely helpful when application faces performance or availability problems; replaying helps to understand on which step application fails.

About IPHost Network Monitor

IPHost Network Monitor is a cost-effective, easy-to-use network, server and application monitoring tool specifically designed for small- and medium-sized businesses with up to several hundred monitored devices and systems. IPHost Network Monitor capabilities are much broader than web monitoring. With IPHost Network Monitor you can monitor both Windows and UNIX based networks (SNMP and WMI), mail servers (SMTP, POP3, IMAP), database servers (Oracle, MySQL, MS SQL Server or via ODBC), more than 20 monitoring methods supported plus custom monitors. The advanced alerting system provides timely notifications using several means such as e-mail, SMS, and instant messengers; the system is also able to execute correcting actions locally or remotely via SSH. Reporting and graphs are available through a web interface.

Pricing and Availability

IPHost Network Monitor is designed for Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 and Server 2003/2008. The 30-day trial version with the full set of features limited to 20 monitors can be downloaded at http://www.iphostmonitor.com/iphostmonitor.exe. The program prices start at USD $99 for the license allowing 50 monitors and a limited set of features, the Professional edition with the full set of features and an unlimited number of monitors is priced at USD $649. Each license includes the Maintenance&Support contract for one year for free. The SMS via GSM modem alerts add-on is priced at $99. The Web Transaction monitor add-on is available in 5-monitor packs priced at $199, the option with an unlimited number of Web Transaction monitors allowed is priced at $499.

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