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Spiceworks Releases Free Network Monitor Into Beta

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Maintaining a healthy network is a lot of work, but luckily there have been great advances recently in network monitoring capabilities. Spiceworks has announced free network monitoring software, further extending the company's network environment health offerings. The application runs on a Windows-based server and provides alerts for over 10 server and network conditions. Read: Cloud Network Monitoring Tools Compared

"Spiceworks Network Monitor is a natural extension of our existing inventory application which is used by millions of IT professionals around the world," says Carolin Tipton, Product Marketing Manager at Spiceworks. "While the inventory application helps IT pros understand what’s on their network, this application is focused on helping them understand what’s happening in their environment."

The application uses TCP/IP and SNMP, as well as Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), to monitor various aspects of your network, including bandwidth usage, device status and CPU activity. Application developers also have the ability to add extensions to their apps that allow Spiceworks' monitor to view individual application status. All monitoring data is extractable using a built-in API.

By utilizing TCP/IP, SNMP and WMI, there is no need to install agents on devices you want monitored. All metrics can be viewed through the Spiceworks Network Monitor's remote desktop capabilities. Remote desktop is enabled through SSH, VNC or RDP.

"Like our other applications, we've focused on building a monitoring solution that’s easy to install and use while also providing the information IT professionals need to do their jobs -- for free," says Scott Abel, co-founder and CEO of Spiceworks. "We'll continue to expand the platform with Spiceworks and third-party applications that add value to an IT professional's day and help them work more efficiently."

Screenshot of Spiceworks Network MonitorScreenshot of Spiceworks Network Monitor

Spiceworks Network Monitor will run an ad-based model and will go into beta sometime in May. Although there are no current plans to support mobile capabilities, Spiceworks is leaving the option open. It will most likely depend on the amount of user feedback the company receives on the subject.