8 ways to expense an iPhone

Putting iPhones to work

Management vendors have gotten wise to the fact that most in IT can't sit in front of monitoring consoles to detect problems and potential failures. Now several have designed their applications to run from the graphical user interfaces of iPhones and other smartphones. Here is just a handful of iPhone-friendly management tools.

APTARE

Storage management vendor APTARE puts Web 2.0 technologies to work, enabling customers to monitor storage capacity and manage back up at any time from anywhere -- using an iPhone. By leveraging AJAX and other Web 2.0 technologies, the StorageConsole 6.5 adds "drag and drop" reports, tabbed browsing and floating dialog boxes all within the console's dashboard.

Entuity

Entuity makes its flagship Eye of the Storm 2009 software compatible with Safari -- so iPhone users can have access to the full capabilities of Eye from their mobile phone. The software runs via any mobile platform, including BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and the new Google phone, to offer network managers the flexibility to choose the device best suited to their needs.

ExtraHop Networks

ExtraHop Networks landed on the scene recently with an appliance designed to cut troubleshooting time for applications and network teams. Now the vendor is making its packet capture and analysis technology available via the iPhone. Because network engineers are increasingly mobile, ExtraHop designed its product with a user interface that was both minimal and complete. "We simplified the visualization and tried to expose the most useful metrics at a glance, to help users determine the right course of action quickly," a company spokesman explains.

Extreme Networks

Extreme 's EPICenter Network Management Software provides network staff with tools to optimize performance across distributed networks -- and these tools let them tap into the capabilities via an iPhone. The vendor equipped the software to deliver real-time views of a customer's entire network and status of devices on the network can be displayed via the iPhone. Network administrators also enjoy some modification capabilities from the handheld devices.

KACE

KACE equips its products with a Web-based console that allows network administrators to manage KBOX appliances remotely from an iPhone (using Safari) -- or using any hand-held device with a full browser. Not only does the company enable users of its technology to manage from an iPhone, the company this month announced its technology would manage enterprise iPhones -- treating them as any other hardware asset in the environment. According to KACE, the iPhone Asset Management Module allows the tracking of iPhone assets and includes a self-service user portal for easy configuration profiles that users can download themselves.

NetScout

NetScout offers its customers the chance to "bring the NOC with you -- in your pocket." Using the company's nGenuis K2 mNOC Mobility Services, network managers can gain access into performance management data from most Web-enabled devices (2G or 3G). The mobile capabilities don't require IT teams to install software on their mobile devices, but offer real-time alerts that can be clicked through to drill down into data. The lightweight mobile console can be supported over both 2G and 3G wireless networks, providing anytime, anywhere access.

PerformanceIT

PerformanceIT developed software that lets network managers transform their iPhone, BlackBerry or other smartphone into a handheld remote control, troubleshooting device. FreeMyIT software, available as a virtual appliance or in a software-as-a-service model, makes managed network devices such as routers, switches, servers and desktops accessible on any smartphone or iPhone. The company says using FreeMyIT on a smartphone, network managers can do the following: restart services; reboot servers; run database commands, custom scripts, ICMP Ping tests, URL and TCP checks and port listening checks; chart CPU and memory; learn top resource utilization; and reset terminal server session.

Service-now.com

The vendor , which delivers IT service management applications via a software-as-a-service model, couples the best practices laid out in ITIL with must-have monitoring across Layer 2 to 7. IT managers can now use an iPhone to tap into the software's user interface, knowledgebase and service catalog. Customers can also check on contract and financial asset portfolio management data to see if the iPhone investment is paying off.

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