Entuity grants network admins a third Eye
Shortcomings and high price hinder Eye of the Storm 4.5's potencyFollow @pvenezia
Also, the Linux installation is oddly structured. The company has done very little to integrate the application, which resides in an Entuity directory, with the OS. For instance, Entuity provides no startup scripts.
Another knock against Eye is that licensing is tied to the IP address of the server, a method that’s sure to cause headaches down the road. Additionally, when a license key expires, the server will start but then quit after a few minutes with little in the way of notification.
The Web UI for Eye is surprisingly lean. Adding and modifying devices offers astonishingly little more than an IP/hostname field and an SNMP community field. The rest of the UI follows suit, and it seems rather neglected and obtuse. I also had a hard time using the Web UI with anything but Internet Explorer -- even Entuity’s support Web site doesn’t function in Firefox.
The meat of the solution isn’t in the Web UI, however. The Eye of the Storm EWC (Early Warning Center) is a Java application that drills into the data gathered by Eye and presents admins with a hierarchical display of all the discovered switches and routers, and all the ports available on those devices. The EWC UI is relatively well laid out, and it’s possible to quickly find what you’re looking for manually in addition to employing the search feature. For instance, if you have labeled ports within a 6509 switch, you can search on port names, or portions of port names to generate a short list of ports across all switches that match.
From here, admins can view all the relevant data pertaining to a single device, from uptime to CPU utilization, software revisions, module population, VLANs, and more. Also, admins can drill into a specific VLAN or port and generate utilization graphs for those entities. History and trending information is available, reporting how long a port has been connected, for instance. The ticker feature is quite handy, presenting a list of monitored variables such as utilization percentage and error rates, and generating counters and graphs on the fly for those variables.
Eye can also act as a network device event notifier. When it detects switch problems at the chassis, software, or port level, it can send notifications to admins or fire off audible alerts from the workstation.
Overall, I liked Entuity Eye of the Storm 4.5. Despite some design shortcomings with configuration, reporting, and file organization, it has some neat tricks for delivering admins the insight they need to keep their networks running. However, I would have a hard time justifying the $50,000 price tag for most networks.