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Erik Wie
Real User
IKT Konsulent at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The interface in the last few years it has been a lot greater, they are much more user-friendly. I like the interface.

What needs improvement?

One of the biggest things that made us start to look at another product is we're not able to have an end to end monitoring from a user perspective throughout the system and back to the user. All the monitoring is from inside out, we need… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In terms of pricing, I'd say that the pricing is nice and the product is good. If your needs are within what the product delivers I'd say go for it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

WhatsUp was my first entry to the world of monitoring, when I was questioned to do change task at work and take over the monitoring, we were already running WhatsApp. So WhatsApp was the product of choice by them and has been ever since.

What other advice do I have?

I would give the solution a seven out of 10. It does what it's supposed to do so if the product fulfills your needs I have no problem recommending the product. I'm currently looking at changing it to another solution because it's not giving… more »
Real User
Network Engineer at a government with 51-200 employees
Jun 12 2019

What is most valuable?

All the basic functions are valuable. It is easy to access and discover devices. We need this solution to check all of our network devices. We have about 2,464 devices so… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The visual map and email alerts are very useful to have in real time so we always know the state of our network.

What needs improvement?

The price could be improved. When we first started using this product, the company was new. The prices were very low then, in comparison with HP OpenView or IBM, but now… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I'm not sure about the exact price, but it's expensive. We don't pay any additional fees.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have worked for years with CiscoWorks. We switched because Cisco built CiscoWorks, and the product wasn't supported anymore by Cisco, at which point it was impossible… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate WhatsUp Gold as eight out of ten. The graphical framework is old. The new graphical framework with the last version is very good, but for young people, this… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have evaluated the module for the backup of the network configurations for the devices. We have other network monitoring tools also, such as PRTG Network Monitor and… more »
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Real User
IT Senior Systems Administrator at a tech consulting company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 12 2020

What is most valuable?

Probably the only sorta valuable part of the product is that it is stable, easy to work with, and covers the basics. But there is a lot more downside to it in my opinion than up.

What needs improvement?

Honestly, I do not particularly like WhatsUp Gold. I think we should get rid of it. It is so old. It has not been upgraded in about six years. The interface looks like something from the nineties. I am quite used to using the Paessler AG product. That is PRTG (Paessler Router Traffic Grapher) and… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used a few of the different monitoring solutions at different companies. PA Server Monitor was one that I used and that was by Power Admin. I used to work with PRTG (by Paessler AG). It is quite a good product. Spiceworks is another one I used. If we are talking about a comparison between the… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would not recommend WhatsUp Gold to people who were considering it as a solution. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate WhatsUp Gold as a four or five. Really, it is a four-out-of-ten.
Real User
Pre-Sales / Technical Account Manager at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Jun 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is definitely the map layout. You can have a customized mapping for all of your network devices, and you can monitor them. When you get a red sign then you know that… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This automatic monitoring feature helps us to be proactive. We no longer have to manually search for problems because we are alerted when something in the network goes down. Once an alert is received… more »

What needs improvement?

The are some bugs, as well as some features that need to be improved and developed further.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing for this solution has gone up quite recently, which has led some of our customers to buy an alternative product. There are different versions of WhatsUp Gold, including the premium and… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We offer PRTG Network Monitor as an alternative solution to our customers, some of whom choose this because of the lower cost.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to try out and use the evaluation version, which is free for thirty days. In case you encounter an issue then the support is there. If you have made the decision to buy the product then I… more »
Real User
Network Engineer at a government with 51-200 employees
Dec 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The topology of the solution is the most valuable feature. We can not only have a list of the devices, but we can also build the topology of some nodes. It's an action that is very easy to perform… more »

What needs improvement?

The licensing model could be improved. Right now, the levels are too far apart. This causes the solution to be more expensive than it needs to be. For us, the change of interface in the newer versions… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For us, the tool is free to use as it is at the end of life and we don't pay for technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used HP OpenView and also work with CiscoWorks. We switched from HP because OpenView was too hard to manage and use. We have a lot of monitoring experience with other tools (PRTG… more »

What other advice do I have?

We use an older version of WhatsUp Gold. The change of the interface of the tool was too hard for some people of our team and they didn't want the new interface. We have all of the infrastructure on… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at other HP options. We liked the ease of use and the interface as well as the price of WhatsUp, however.
Anwar AL_Omari
Real User
IT Manager at Saba Islamic Bnak
Sep 10 2019

What is most valuable?

It is very good at monitoring the network and keeps us up to date on the status of internal devices.

How has it helped my organization?

It has been used for internal network monitoring but now we need to extend our capabilities and it does not appear to have this solution.

What needs improvement?

This product should add other options for monitoring. It does not currently meet the broader needs of the banking industry in the version we have deployed. We are looking to monitor our ATMs Machina .

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We only use the product for monitoring our network devices. We don't look to it to provide security because adding that functionality adds that price to our costs. Overall, the pricing is a little… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In a way, WhatsUp Gold is our previous solution. Though we are still using it, we are looking for another solution. We are working together with Fortinet to find a better solution for our business… more »

What other advice do I have?

Most of the companies we want to provide assistance to are banks that are looking to monitor their ATMs. We provide services to insurance companies from Pakistan and the price is very expensive. So… more »
Real User
Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 24 2019

What is most valuable?

We had a few requirements specifically for our applications and I think they did some development on WhatsUp Gold features for us. The new version has a lot of improved features. The graphical user interface was quite improved from the old… more »

What needs improvement?

I think there are a few bugs now. Although they give some resolution for this, we cannot share the network remotely because of our company policy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are some subscription charges that are quite heavy. I need to pay for support every year and these charges can be quite expensive. Aside from the initial cost for the tool, you need to pay additionally for support.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend WhatsUp Gold. I would rate it eight out of ten. Although the features are nice, it is quite expensive. It's not cost-effective.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also considered PRTG and SolarWinds. I do not remember the report, but we came to the conclusion that WhatsUp Gold was the system for our position.
Alastair Brand
Real User
MD at Thembanet
Mar 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The threshold alerting is the most valuable feature.

How has it helped my organization?

We've been using it for many years and we use it typically for early warning. It notifies customers of problems prior to failure.

What needs improvement?

The user interface has room for improvement. I would like to see them do an enhancement to the application monitoring. A lot of other products do better application monitoring so they should do some… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is reasonable compared to other products.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good product to implement. Check the version that you're implementing supports the devices that you have running in your network. In some cases, some new devices are not supported so check the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also use SolarWinds and Cisco Prime. We have found WhatsUp Gold to be generally good for events, monitoring, and alerting. Other products are better for detailed analyses.
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What is WhatsUp Gold?

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold's a layer 2/3 discovery results in a detailed interactive map of your entire networked infrastructure. One affordable license lets you monitor any mix of networks, wireless controllers, servers, virtual machines, applications, traffic flows and configurations across Windows, LAMP and Java environments. It Manage networks, traffic, physical servers, VMs and applications with easy-to-use and customizable maps, dashboards and alerts. WhatsUp Gold streamlines workflows by letting you initiate management tasks directly from the interactive map. Additional Features include: Application Monitoring, Network Traffic Analysis, Configuration Management, Discovery & Network Monitoring, Cloud Monitoring, Virtual Environment Monitoring, Distributed Monitoring and Failover Manager.
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