up.time 7.1 is introducing a few new changes to our existing automated discovery process that will allow you to scan and monitor your datacenter more efficiently than in previous versions. We have always strived to be one of the easiest monitoring tools on the market to set up, roll out and maintain. Our users have reported being able to roll out monitoring to as many as 400 servers a day using a combination of our agentless and agent based monitoring. With 7.1 we wanted to push this number even higher to save you even more time and effort. The result is a discovery process that is at minimum, 50% faster, and much easier to use with much less manual work and human error.
For those of you who haven’t tried up.time yet, we support the following auto-discovery methods
- Network Scan: Provide a subnet range and up.time will scan for any servers, network devices, IPs, etc… that can be added.
- VMware vCenter Server Inventory Synchronization via up.time vSync: up.time will tap into your vCenter environment and automatically add all attached elements in a matter of seconds. up.time will also keep this inventory in sync, so newly discovered VMs & vSphere servers will have monitoring applied automatically.
- IBM pSeries Discovery: Scan your HMC or VIO servers to discover all attached frames and LPARs
Using these methods it is very easy to populate up.time with everything in your environment. We also offer utilities that will bulk import systems from a text file if you happen to have a running list of every server in your environment.
With up.time 7.1 we are introducing these changes to the auto-discovery process
- Faster Network Discovery: In up.time 7, the discovery process on a subnet with 200 elements took on average 4m30s (270 seconds). In up.time 7.1, the same subnet now takes 1m45s (105 seconds). That’s a 62% performance improvement, discovering subnets will now take less than half the time.
- Faster Bulk Addition of Elements: After the network has been discovered, it took on average about 20 seconds to add each discovered element. It was a manual process that could take quite a while in large environments. In up.time 7.1 any discovered element can now be bulk added using standard credentials, this completely removes the manual overhead time and reduces the average add time to about 3 seconds. After entering credentials once, it will take about 10 minutes for up.time to automatically add all 200 elements while you go refill your coffee.
- Wizard based discovery: The process of setting up a discovery has been streamlined so that it’s easier to see where you are in the process, and understand how each discovery option works. We have also tied vSync discovery into the auto discovery process to highlight it’s discovery capabilities.
That’s all for now, more information will become available over the coming month as we approach the up.time 7.1 release. I will also be hosting a Sneak Peak Webinar to introduce up.time 7.1 to the world in late October, more details to follow.