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Entuity 15.5 Simplifies Big Network Management

Frank Ohlhorst reviews Entuity v15.5, which unifies complex, heterogeneous networks with a fully federated network management platform. Article published in August 2015 on


It’s commonly thought that if you have seen one network management tool, you have seen them all. After all, network management tools are usually little more than instrumentation to report on the health of a given piece of network technology. And therein lies the real problem. Most network management tools are proprietary in nature and often only designed to work with a particular vendor’s subset of products.

What’s more, effective network management requires that not only hardware and network connectivity is monitored and managed, but also the applications and services that run over the network as well. This further complicates the selection of an effective management platform, especially since some platforms are hardware-centric, while others are designed only to look at application performance. Here’s where Entuity comes in.

Founded in 1997, when it was headquartered in London, England, Boston-based Entuity has set its sights on the vast network management market segment and is looking to take on competitors such as Fluke Networks Visual TruView, SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, Spiceworks Management Suite and Paessler PRTG Network Monitor, as well as other network management players like HP, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, CA and Network Instruments . [spacer height=”10px”]

A Closer Look at Entuity 15.5 and SurePath 2.5

Entuity leverages a federated architecture, which enables the product to be scaled with ease. What’s more, an abstraction layer hides most of the complexity of the Entuity management platform while a common presentation layer offers simple-to-understand controls, icons, and tasks, regardless of the complexity of the network device being managed.

The fully instrumented, browser-based primary console directly integrates all of the product’s functionality, enabling any task, chore, report or discovery to be done from a single pane of glass.

The core code runs on a virtual or physical server called the Entuity server, which makes setup rather easy. The company provides ISO images of the Entuity Server to be installed on a virtual machine, creating a virtual network management appliance. Little additional setup is needed to get started, other than setting the prerequisite IP addresses, configuring basic security and running a network discovery. All steps are fully guided using a wizard-like methodology to keep things simple for even neophyte network managers. This ease of configuration, deployment, and use set Entuity apart from its competitors.

Once installed and configured, the product is able to perform an auto-discovery across the network and then build a database of all detected devices, applications and services running on the network. Since networks are rarely static, auto-discovery runs continually in the background, detecting device, application and service changes, additions or deletions. Changes to the network are revealed with just a few mouse clicks if they require any intervention.

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