What weekend would be complete without a round-up of networking news? And here it is:
Surveying for systems continuity
Two software companies have integrated their applications to help organisations audit their networks and plan for systems continuity: Palo Alto Software will bundle Neon Software's LANsurveyor with its own Systems Continuity Plan Pro (SCPP) package, to make it easier for SCPP users to document their networks.
The combination is aimed at risk assessment and vulnerability auditing, according to the two suppliers. Users will be able to automate network data collection and documentation, making it easier and quicker for them to meet regulatory requirements and plan for disaster recovery. SCPP costs $1295 (around £750) and includes 20 LANsurveyor agents for detailed reporting on key servers.
Draconis Software has released a major update to its RSP collaborative server monitoring and analysis software. RSP version 2 is claimed to improve problem resolution times by enabling better communication among admin teams, thanks to its re-designed incident tracking and recording capabilities.
The idea is that it records how your team fixes problems so you can apply that experience again in the future. RSP can also analyse performance trends, which the company says makes it easier to find root causes.
As well as an enterprise edition for commercial organisation, Draconis also has a free personal edition of RSP, plus added alerting features and open source monitoring modules.
Foglight hunts for Patrol
Following BMC's decision to do away with the Patrol brand, rival supplier Quest has come up with a promotional scheme designed to lure Patrol users over to its Foglight end-to-end performance monitoring software.
The company says that Foglight can measure and improve the performance of packaged and custom applications. It uses domain-specific knowledge to collect data from every tier of the application, providing a complete picture of performance and hopefully reducing the time it takes to find and fix a problem.
Patrol customers can obtain the Foglight software at what Quest calls "a significant saving" between now and the end of September. Quest adds that its professional services organisation has developed a methodology to help users preserve corporate information stored in the Patrol system when migrating to Foglight.