MonitorWare Agent Preview Released
Erftstadt, Germany, 2001-09-28.
Adiscon GmbH today announced the immediate availability the 0.8 preview
release of the MonitorWare Agent. This is the first publicly available
MonitorWare Agent release.
"The MonitorWare Agent will be our flagship system monitoring
product.", says president Rainer Gerhards. "I am glad
interested customers can now have a sneak preview of what is coming." The
0.8 Preview release is not feature complete. New features will be introduced
before the final release.
To learn more about MonitorWare's design, we have decided to include
an excerpt from Rainer Gerhards' letter to beta testers. We hope this
information is helpful.
As you can see the preview's functionality bases on the current EventReporter
and WinSyslog products. HOWEVER, all product parts have been completely
rewritten to offer highest performance and flexibility. One goal was to enable
us to include new additions into the engine quickly. We are very confident to
have reached that goal. This enables us to move quickly from now on.
For those of you operating high volume logging environments, the MonitorWare
Agent is specifically designed to handle *large* bursts of incoming messages
without any packet loss. We are now running with a multitude of finely-optimized
We very thoroughly investigated the .NET platform. We believe this platform
will be a strong player in the future and provide added benefits to customers.
HOWEVER, after our intense testing, we do NOT believe that .NET is at this time
the right choice for building high performance, low impact monitoring agents.
There are a number of issues, one of them is that .NET requires Microsoft
Internet Explorer installed on the machine (and this in a recent version). It
also has a much larger memory and processing time footprint. As such, we have
decided to continue to develop the agent (the NT service) in high performance
native C++. This decision will last for a long time.
On the client side, we do not see that many problems with .NET. In fact, we
see a number of immediate advantages here. Thus, we have decided that the
clients - specifically the not yet available enterprise client - will be based
on the .NET tools. Because all of the .NET solutions are currently in beta only,
we will provide the MonitorWare Configuration Client as a VB 6 project. Later
versions will be moved to .NET as soon as market permits. The Enterprise Console
will most probably be developed in .NET natively.
WINDOWS XP AND .NET SERVERS
Another major player, we took into deep consideration and analysis. We
already developed and tested the product under this environment. The final Agent
release will most probably be Windows XP optimized but run fine on all other
Windows NT platforms, too.
IMPROVED PROBABILITY OF LINUX SUPPORT
Due to public demand, we are currently very closely considering porting the
service to Linux. It is not on top of the features list and will be re-evaluated
after launching the initial final release. We expect to have at least limited
monitoring functionality for Linux systems. As far as the Linux variant is
involved, we will most probably support the Red Hat distribution.
The MonitorWare Agent 0.8 Preview releease is a free download found at
our web site. Interested users should download and try out the
version. Though it is a preview, it is fully supported. Support questions should
be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.