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GroundWork Open Source Releases GroundWork Monitor Enterprise 6.1

GroundWork Open Source, Inc. (GWOS, www.gwos.com), the leader in commercial open source system and network management software, today announced the general availability of GroundWork Monitor Enterprise 6.1.

“GroundWork is the most economical solution for enterprise-class external monitoring that we've found,” said Philip Martin, Director of Client Services at SymbioSystems. “It provides us with an as-our-customers-see-it view of our services along with historical data and customizable reports, all at a fraction of the price of specialized external monitoring vendors and a fraction of the deployment time of any other solution we tested. Even better, since GroundWork is built on an open platform, it can grow with us, without additional license fees or other hassles you would normally expect from vendors.”

“The release of 6.0 in September had a huge impact on our customer-base. Because of its popularity among new and current customers, the feedback we received drove all of the functionality improvements for 6.1,” said Simon Bennett, Sr. Director of Product Management for GWOS. “In this version, you will find both improvements in usability and performance, as well as, continued integration and support of leading open source operating systems like Ubuntu Server.”

GWOS appreciates feedback from GroundWork Monitor users - share your ideas with the GWOS team by tagging #GWOS on Twitter, or posting to our Facebook Page, forums or blogs.

“As Ubuntu Server Edition sees more and more adoption at the core of the enterprise and business datacenter, the tools to monitor and manage these systems become critical,” says Steve George, VP Sales and Product Management, Corporate Services at Canonical. “GWOS’ support for our current release and our Long Term Support release gives Ubuntu users a great choice of technically-leading tools at low cost to make their deployment even easier to monitor and manage.”

The new GroundWork Monitor Enterprise 6.1 includes improvements to the GWOS platform for customers with heterogeneous, complex IT environments. Pricing is not affected by the new release, Enterprise QuickStart remains available for $49 USD per year.

Updates and additions include:

  • Ubuntu Support — Ubuntu Server 8.04 LTS and 9.10 are now supported platforms. Ubuntu is a popular and fast-growing open source operating system provided by Canoncial. Ubuntu support is a great addition to GroundWork Monitor’s existing support for Novell’s SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux.
  • Increased productivity — Connect to affected systems directly from the status viewer with two clicks. This feature enables faster remediation of detected problems by operations staff. Supports console (SSH), web-based (HTTP/HTTPS) and graphical (VNC, RDP) administration.
  • ‘One-Click’ Navigation — Direct web links to specific service groups, services, host groups and hosts within the portal application. Providing 'one-click' navigation back to the exact component experiencing a problem.
  • Reduced Diagnostic Times — Tighter integration between the event view and state-oriented views, reducing the time to diagnose a problem anywhere in the monitored environment.
  • Updated Components — 6.1 updates Nagios Core project 3.2. This update along with the JBoss Portal update delivered in release 6.0.1 ensures GWOS customers are able to use the best available monitoring solutions.

GWOS will be hosting a Webcast discussing the new features of GroundWork Monitor 6.1 and the Ubuntu Support on February 19, 2010 at 9am PT/ noon ET. To register for this Webcast please visit: http://www.groundworkopensource.com/resources/webcasts/whats-new-6.1.html?ldsrc=PR

To learn more about what’s new in GWOS Monitor Enterprise 6.1 please visit: http://www.groundworkopensource.com/products/whats-new-6.1.html?ldsrc=PR

About GroundWork Open Source (GWOS)

San Francisco-based GWOS (http://www.gwos.com) is the market leader in commercial open source systems and network management software, delivering enterprise-class network, system and application management solutions at a fraction of the cost of proprietary solutions.

GWOS's best of breed approach gives customers the flexibility to use diverse open source and proprietary technologies together under a unified interface, allowing users to leverage the advantages of open source while simultaneously preserving existing investments in legacy management tools.

GroundWork Monitor Enterprise Edition powers organizations like Alexza Pharmaceuticals, National Geographic Society, Crocs, National Australia Bank, Siemens, Travel Click and World Bank. GroundWork Monitor Enterprise is available to monitor any environment starting at $49 USD per year.

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