Monitor Software Product Comparisons

Our monitoring software products have a wide range of functionality and features. At the same time, they share a common look and feel. This makes it easy to move among applications, but it might make it a little harder to see how they're different. This page will help show their similarities and differences. If you have further questions, please contact us.

In general the products are typically used for:

PA Server Monitor
Agentless server and application health and performance monitoring software on local and remote servers and devices. Rich alerting and reporting.
PA Storage Monitor
In-depth analysis and tracking of file storage and directory sizes (local and remote), including file and file-owner information. Some monitoring capabilities as well as rich alerting and reporting.
PA File Sight
Real-time file access and auditing. Can report who accesses and deletes files. Alerting and reporting included in our monitoring software.
PA WatchDISK
Create snapshots of directory sizes (no file or file-owner information), and view information immediately in a grid showing side-by-side directory sizes over time.

High Level Comparison

  PA Server Monitor PA Storage Monitor PA File Sight PA WatchDISK
Server Health
CPU usage, memory, NIC usage (performance counters), Event Logs, web pages, ping response, SNMP, services running, etc.        
Free disk space checks        
Predicted disk full date        
Server temperature or server room temperatures        
File Auditing and Monitoring
Real-time file access auditing that can report who deletes or accesses files        
Polls files and directories for changes (local and remote systems, but no user activity reported) -- think host-based intrusion detection (IDS)        
Scans and records directory sizes for resource planning and reports        
Scans and records file and file-owner information for detailed reporting and planning (ie who is storing MP3 files)        
Additional Features
Alerts and reports        
HTML tabular, graphical and CSV reports with optional email delivery       (reports via Excel)
Server status report        
Group summary reports        
Runs as a service in the background        


Detailed Feature Comparison

Three of our products are very similar. To compare exactly how they are similar and different see the table below. All three products have the same list of response actions, so those are not shown.

Monitors PA Server Monitor PA Storage Monitor PA File Sight
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Action SchedulerAction Scheduler

Automate common IT tasks with the Action Scheduler. It will run your defined Actions when you specify.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Active Directory Login MonitorActive Directory Login Monitor

Monitor login and other security-related activity in Active Directory, Domain servers, and even for local logins.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Bandwidth MonitorBandwidth Monitor

Monitor bandwidth, network error counts, broadcasts and other values from SNMP-based devices as well as from Windows Performance Counters.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Calculated Status MonitorCalculated Status Monitor

This monitor lets you calculate its status by running a script on the statuses of other monitors.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Citrix Presentation Server MonitorCitrix Presentation Server Monitor

Monitor and alert on Citrix XenApp (Presentation Server) client connect and login response times. Alert if too slow, and record times for historical charts.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Database MonitorDatabase Monitor

The Database Monitor can watch that individual databases are up and running, keep an eye on the transaction log size, and alert if databases are added or deleted from a server.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Directory Quota MonitorDirectory Quota Monitor

The Directory Quota Monitor keeps track of directory sizes, and executes actions if the directory sizes are over the quota. End users (directory owners) can be notified via email with the Monitor-Directed E-mail action. Includes reports.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Disk Space MonitorDisk Space Monitor

Monitor the free disk space on server drives. You can set the warning threshold in absolute size, or percentage of disk space. Includes reports and auto-configuration.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: DNS MonitorDNS Monitor

Monitor the results of a DNS lookup, or a reverse DNS lookup. You can specify which DNS server the request should be sent to. If an unexpected result is returned, actions are fired.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Drive SightDrive Sight

Protects servers and workstations by preventing CD/DVDs and/or external drives, including USB drives, from being attached. Any specified devices that are attached are immediately detached by the operating system so they cannot be accessed.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Dynamic Server ListDynamic Server List

Dynamic Server Lists are groups of serves that meet your criteria. Once the list is known, you can define Dynamic Groups based on the list, and use that group everywhere else groups are used.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Email MonitorEmail Monitor

Monitor email messages in a POP3 or IMAP4 mail box for messages that contain specific text. When a match is found, alerts are fired.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Environment MonitorEnvironment Monitor

Connects to an Esensors EM01b Websensor on the LAN and monitors the current temperature, humidity and luminescence, and notifies you if the values go above thresholds that you set. Historical reports as well.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Event Log MonitorEvent Log Monitor

Checks any specified Windows Event Logs (Application, System, Security plus custom event logs) and executes actions you specify if a source you're interested in adds an event to the log.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Event Validator MonitorEvent Validator Monitor

Verifies that specific events, such as backup succeeded or anti-virus pattern file updated events are in the event log. If they are missing, fire alerts.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Execute ScriptsExecute Scripts

Execute your custom written scripts written in the Visual Basic Scripting Edition language. You can use custom or 3rd party ActiveX controls. The script determines whether to trigger actions using your own logic.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: File Age MonitorFile Age Monitor

Monitor file ages and alert if the files become too old (good for watching server queues, spool directories, etc).

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: File/Directory Size MonitorFile/Directory Size Monitor

Track the size of a directory or a set of specific files within a directory. Includes reports.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: File & Directory Monitor (CIFS Monitor)File & Directory Monitor (CIFS Monitor)

This monitor is a host-based IDS (Intrusion Detection System) that will notify you when the date, size or even content of a file changes on local files, or files on any CIFS share. File creation and deletion is also monitored. A good tool to help with configuration management as well. Auto-configuration functionality is available.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: File Sight MonitorFile Sight Monitor

The File Sight monitor watches real time file access by users and programs. You can configure which files it watches, and how you are notified when a particular operation (file read, write, delete, etc) occurs.

The Ultra version also lets you:
* Record the file access operations to a database for reporting (by user, by file, by operation, etc)
* Alert on user usage patterns (ie user reads X amount of data in Y time


NOTE: This monitor can ONLY monitor drives on the local computer. Watching files on remote computers requires that the [PA Monitoring Product] service (or a Satellite) be installed on the remote computers.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: File System AnalyzerFile System Analyzer

Scan any size local or remote disk volume on a scheduled basis. Get in depth understanding of the files via rich reports including:

  • Directory Growth
  • Duplicate Files
  • File Age/Type Distribution
  • Largest Files by Owner
  • Largest File Users
  • Sub-Directory Growth
  • Custom File Sets
  • And more...

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Hardware MonitorHardware Monitor

Monitor the hardware status of ESX, Dell DRAC/iDRAC, HP iLO, IBM RAS and other IPMI-based devices.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: FTP Server MonitorFTP Server Monitor

The FTP Server monitor can login to FTP servers (including SSL-enabled FTP servers) to make sure they are up and running.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Inventory AlerterInventory Alerter

Alerts on inventory data collected by the Inventory Collector monitor.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Inventory CollectorInventory Collector

Collects inventory information (hardware information, pending Windows Update, anti-virus status, etc) from a variety of sources including WMI, SNMP and an optional System Details application.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Log File MonitorLog File Monitor

Periodically checks the content of one or more log files for target text. Target text and be a simple text phrase or a regular expression.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Mail Server MonitorMail Server Monitor

Monitor your mail servers (POP3, IMAP & SMTP) and validate that they are running and accepting incoming connections.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Network ScanNetwork Scan

The Network Scan monitor will periodically perform a ping scan of a specified IP address range looking for new devices that are not already being monitored. They can automatically get added to the system and configured for monitoring.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Performance MonitorPerformance Monitor

The entire breadth of the system Performance Counters can be monitored allowing you to set actionable thresholds on CPU usage, memory usage, NIC traffic, etc. Performance counter values are stored in a database so you can view historical counter reports and understand trends.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Ping MonitorPing Monitor

Tests a connection/device by periodically testing it with a ping. No response or too great a delay triggers actions. Ping response times are recorded in a database for reporting and graphing.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Process MonitorProcess Monitor

Monitor that specified processes are running on Windows or Linux servers.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Server Temperature MonitorServer Temperature Monitor

Using the free SpeedFan utility, the Server Temperature Monitor will watch the values from the various temperature probes on your server and notify you if they go above the thresholds you set.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Service MonitorService Monitor

Watches system services and runs customized actions (including restarting the service) if they are not running.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: SNMP MonitorSNMP Monitor

Connects to local or remote SNMP agents and queries SNMP object values. Custom MIBs are supported. The value is compared to a threshold that you set and actions are fired as specified. SNMP values are also recorded to a local database for reporting purposes. Supports SNMP v1, v2c and v3.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: SNMP Trap MonitorSNMP Trap Monitor

Receives SNMP Traps and optionally filters on trap text before running attached actions.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Syslog MonitorSyslog Monitor

Receives Syslog log events and optionally filters on incoming log text before running attached actions.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: TCP Port MonitorTCP Port Monitor

Makes a TCP connection on a specified port. Optionally send command text and check response text. Timing data is recorded for reporting purposes.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: User Quota MonitorUser Quota Monitor

Checks a data set produced by a File System Monitor scan for user disk usage. If they are over their quota, actions (including email sent to the end user) can be activated.

     
Power Admin Product Comparisons: Web Page MonitorWeb Page Monitor

Monitor one or many pages on a web site. Checks for positive cases (text that must be found), negative cases (alerts if error text found) and if the page has changed at all. Response times are checked and recorded, and reports can be generated to understand trends.

     
Reporting Features PA Server Monitor PA Storage Monitor PA File Sight
All Errors Report

The All Errors report show all recent errors on all monitors on all servers/devices within a group. This is a good place to quickly get a detailed view of any problems happening on the network.

All Servers Report

This report shows all of your servers in a group in a single page. Each server is a small box that is color coded according to the status of the monitors on that server.

Ad Hoc Reports

Generate reports on the fly to quickly see graphical trends

Branding Reports

Easily brand reports with your company logo at the top

Configuration Audit

This report shows you what your current configuration is with your Groups, Servers, Monitors, and Actions.

Custom Group

Create custom reports at a group level to show custom HTML, charts, and other status values for the contained servers.

Group Overview

A compact report that shows high-level server health with detailed monitor types in a column layout.

Group Settings

Group summary reports can be specified and controlled in a per-group way. In addition, group reports can be automatically emailed to anyone that needs to keep track of the servers.

Group Summary

See a one line status indicator per server to see at a glance how the servers in your data center are doing. Per-group status reports are also supported.

HTTP accessible reports

Reports are generated in HTML and accessible from within the [PA Monitoring Product] Console application, or from a web browser

Inventory

Collect and report on hardware and system inventory of the monitored servers and devices.

Multi-Port Chart

Combines and shows multiple bandwidth charts on an efficient set of one or more graphs.

Network Map

View all of the servers/devices within a group in a single report, grouping all computers and showing their status.

Password Protection

Password protect web reports in [PA Monitoring Product]

Satellite Status

Quickly see the current status of an individual Satellite Monitoring Service.

Satellite Summaries

Two reports that let you see the status of all of the Satellites at once.

Scheduled Reports

You can create scheduled reports which will get created when you want them, and optionally email the report to a list of recipients. Scheduled report URLs are stable so you can add them to your Favorites list to quickly and easily see the latest results.

Server Status

Easily see at a glance the state of your server along with system statistics

System Activity Log

Quickly see which monitors are running, how long they are taking, which actions are being fired and more.

System Audit Report

Find out about activities within the monitoring system, such as alert emails sent, user logins, Satellite disconnects, etc.

Uptime Reports

Uptime Reports can be run on many different types of data, with summarization at the raw, hourly, daily, weekly and monthly level.

Visual Status Map

See a graphical map that contains status indicators that show you at a glance how servers in different geographic regions are doing.

Other Features PA Server Monitor PA Storage Monitor PA File Sight
Automated Maintenance Schedule

While a computer is in maintenance mode, [PA Monitoring Product] won't run monitors. It will turn itself back on automatically after the maintenance window expires if you manually entered maintenance mode, or it can automatically enter and leave maintenance mode on a schedule.

Automatic Fail Over

Setup a second instance of [PA Monitoring Product] to monitor the primary monitoring service, and take over if it fails

Bulk Configuration

Perform changes of settings in actions, monitors, reports and scheduling for several servers at one time, or copy configuration settings to other servers.

Configuration Security

Password protect the [PA Monitoring Product] Console, and alert on changes that could affect monitoring.

Database Options

Easily point [PA Monitoring Product] at the embedded SQLite database or use an external Microsoft SQL Server.

Easy to Use and Configure

"...hands down the most straight-forward, uncluttered and effective monitoring tool I have used" - A satisfied customer

Embedded HTTP Server

Control the HTTP port that [PA Monitoring Product] uses, and optionally enable HTTPS (SSL)

Error Auditing

Keep track of which errors have been reviewed and acknowledged. Also a great way for administrators to have an overview of any errors within their area of responsibility.

Event Escalation

Many monitors are capable of sending escalating events. For example, low disk space alerts could first go to a first-tier Ops team. If the aren't handled in a specified time frame, they could be forwarded to a second-tier Ops team.

External API

Send basic configuration requests to the product via an HTTPS URL.

Inventory

Collect and report on hardware and system inventory of the monitored servers and devices.

Mobile: iPhone

[PA Monitoring Product] for iPhone lets you stay up to date even if you're away

Mobile: Android

[PA Monitoring Product] for Android lets you stay up to date even if you're away

Mobile: Windows

[PA Monitoring Product] for Windows lets you stay up to date even if you're away

Runs as a service

[PA Monitoring Product] is composed of a console that you interact with, and a system service that is started when the computer boots up and is always running in the background.

Server Grouping

Group servers together in visual groups to help keep track of them. Group-based status reports are also available.

Simple Branding

Easily brand [PA Monitoring Product] to have your name and graphics by simply dropping a couple of files into the installation directory. See Branding

Simple Installation

Takes less than 3 minutes to install and get a default installation customized for your system.

Smart Configuration

Paste a list of servers or IP address into a list and let [PA Monitoring Product] inspect and self-configure for each server/device. Or easily copy the configuration from one configured server to one or more other servers.

VMWare ESX

Monitor aspects of a VMWare ESX host server.

 
With [major competitor's] ping reporting feature I get an email alert for *every* ping failure. Since it's normal to occasionally fail ping (busy network etc) my Inbox was constantly flooded with nuisance alerts. The way you have it implemented I only get the email alert if there is a real problem that needs my attention.
Dave G., Progeny Systems Corp, USA more customer quotes...
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