Patches are important!
The reality of computer networks is that they are constantly in need of care. Whether you are talking about installing patches on a computer or server, firmware updates on a network switch, or watching event logs for unusual activity, a computer network is constantly in need of monitoring and maintenance. Fortunately, there are products available to automate many of these monitoring and maintenance tasks. PISA has selected two products that perform most of the tasks normally associated with large enterprise monitoring systems, but at an affordable price and without adding more work to maintain the products themselves.
PISA selected Level Platforms for its superior network device monitoring capabilities. Level Platforms requires a Windows Server operating system, SQL Express, and WSUS server for patching. The product has extensive capabilities for monitoring network devices including well developed SNMP and syslog monitoring. Level Platforms also has Intel vPro integration and a highly customizable alerting system. Key features include:
- Flexible syslog and SNMP monitoring.
- Custom device grouping.
- Detailed alert customization with multiple levels of notification.
- vPro integration.
- MBSA scanning.
PISA selected IT Control Suite for its flexible deployment options and unique patch management system. IT Control Suite can be deployed as a client application, network appliance, or hybrid appliance that installs on a workstation or server and scans the entire network. The product is best suited to monitoring and maintaining Microsoft Windows workstations and servers, but it also has basic SNMP monitoring. Patch management is very granular and allows pinpoint deployment without using WSUS. Key features include:
- Flexible deployment options.
- WSUS optional.
- Multiple remote control options for devices.
- Extensive reporting.
- Raw data export feature.