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GroundWork Ships Updated Open-Source Monitoring Tool

GroundWork Open Source Solutions launches an upgrade of its network and application-infrastructure monitoring software.
GroundWork Open Source Solutions Inc. on Monday launched an upgrade of its network and application-infrastructure monitoring software, which has been enhanced with performance-monitoring features and configuration tools.

GroundWork Monitor 3 targets small and midsize businesses and is built on top of Nagios, an open-source monitoring tool for information technology systems. The Emeryville, Calif., company has added capabilities to Nagios and includes the software in a services package comprising system design, deployment and support for prices ranging from $25,000 to $150,000.

The upgrade of GroundWork Monitor includes performance-monitoring tools that can help in capacity planning and provide IT staff with performance trends and reports. The new version also has configuration-management software with the ability to auto-discover infrastructure elements.

The system has a web portal-based interface and offers pre-packaged reporting on performance trends related to business operations, such as web transactions, as well as IT infrastructure usage.

Robert Fanini, chief executive of GroundWork, said the company's offering is less expensive than proprietary systems because there are no software licensing fees and the open-source system is based on industry standards.

GroundWork Monitor also includes a documentation library with detailed system, design and training materials.