The product features dashboards, advanced reports, best-practice profiles, and a Network Operations Center console. The low cost management tool monitors up to 250 devices ï¿¼ compared to an unlimited number for the Enterprise version. In addition, the Starter Edition is geared for use in single sites, with no support for standby or Child servers. The vendor is also pushing sales and support to the Web, offering email customer service rather than live Customer Service Representatives.
Ironically, work on this new version began in the summer of 2008, months before the economic downturn. Since the meltdown, many companies have been looking for low cost IT products. The new pricing version could fit with small and medium businesses that have the need for better management tools, donï¿¼t want to spend a lot of money, and have a staff experienced in troubleshooting network problems.