Choosing the right monitoring tool can be difficult. You have fires to put out, time is limited, and your allocated budget may rival that of a first grader's allowance. When budgets are tight, there's nothing better than free, and many of you may lean on open-source solutions. These tools usually have no price tag and are essentially "free," but we have a saying here at SolarWinds®... "Is it free like a puppy, or free like a beer?"

 

While there isn't an actual cost through a purchase with open-source software, the caveat is that you usually need to put extensive work into getting them up and running. What if you had an alternative? A monitoring solution already purpose built for you, that is intuitive and helps cover the essentials. I'd like to introduce you to SolarWinds ipMonitor® Free Edition. The free edition of ipMonitor offers all the same functionality as paid software and supports up to 50 monitors.

 

ipMonitor is a comprehensive monitoring solution for your network devices, servers, and applications in a consolidated view. The tool is streamlined for simple agent-less monitoring of availability, status, and performance metrics in a lightweight tool that can be installed almost anywhere.

 

Perfect for even the smallest satellite office, ipMonitor sets up in minutes, uses minimal resources, and is completely self-contained, so there is no need to install a web front end or separate database and be forced to maintain it.

 

 

Use and customize built in dashboards to organize the critical data in your environment.Easily track response time, hardware health, or bandwidth of your firewalls, routers, and switches.Monitor servers for cpu, memory, drive space, and even critical services.

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Drill down to investigate in more granular detail and view historical statistics.Click a chart to instantly generate an automated report to share, print, or save.

Leverage built in service monitors or assign port checks.

Pull performance counters or simulate user experience through built in wizards.

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  Take advantage of simplified NOC views to quickly pinpoint areas of concern.

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There is a ton of power packed in such a small package, and best of all - it's FREE!  Download it for yourself. Check it out here: ipMonitor Free Edition | SolarWinds

 

Want to learn more? Check out the upcoming webinar: https://launch.solarwinds.com/essential-monitoring-with-ipmonitor-re-broadcast.html

 

Share feedback or see how others are leveraging ipMonitor in the ipMonitor forum on THWACK.

 


Need to expand beyond the free edition? ipMonitor offers the ability to scale to help stay ahead of the next crisis, without emptying the pocket book. Whether you run a small business or need dedicated monitoring for a particular project fast, ipMonitor is designed to simplify the day-to-day.

 

Check out the ipMonitor documentation in the SolarWinds Success Center