New functionality in Monitis (January-February 2011)

We’re hard at work improving the usability of our monitoring service. Here are some new features.

1. Downtime in Notification Alerts. We added downtime to notification alerts to provide instant visibility into how long an issue has been taking place.

2. SLA reports show one result for ALL selection. To exclude network fluctuations from site performance related metrics we changed the calculation method in SLA reports. Now, if you request consolidated SLA for all locations, you will get SLA from the best performing location.

3. Automatic Elevation of Failed Checks in Snapshots. To increase visibility of failures we elevate failed tests (NOK) in snapshot view to the top of the list. NOKs are followed by OKs ordered by “closeness” to NOK state. We will extend this concept in the near future by providing warning and error thresholds.

4. Process Snapshots. Process Snapshot provides “at-a-glance” assessment of monitored processes across all your agents (hosts). All standard snapshot functionality is supported, including the new Automatic Elevation of Failed Checks functionality.
5. Default Results Sort by Time. In previous versions we sorted values in tabular views of test and transaction modules by location. In many cases you want to quickly compare values obtained at the same time from different locations, so we decided to make sorting by time the default.

6. Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) Check. You can check the availability and performance of your SOAP service with this new test. Both Content Matching and Basic Authentication features are supported.

7. Certificate Expiration Check. An expired certificate would definitely frustrate all your visitors and repel many of them. The certificate expiration check is a must if you provide services via HTTPS protocol.

8.  Check Chart Preview from Uptime Report. You can see charted data for any external monitor by simply clicking on its record in the Uptime Report. You can use it to quickly identify failed checks that are affecting your uptime.

9. IE9 Support. Now you can open and use Monitis in IE9. In case you still run older versions of IE, you may want to check out Microsoft’s list of “9 reasons to get Internet Explorer 9” to decide whether or not to migrate.

10. Chart Default Time Frame of 24 Hours. In previous versions charts were displaying data from 00:00 AM of today till now by default. This was not suitable since in many cases you want to compare the present value with a similar value from the same time yesterday. Therefore we increased the default time frame to 24 hours. This way you also can see more data on the chart and quickly identify emerging trends and patterns.

Now back to work. Let us know if you have any suggestions via the Feedback form in your dashboard.