Automated discovery and mapping capabilities are essential to managing your network. With WhatsUp Gold and its robust, integrated Layer 2/3 discovery, mapping and asset reporting capabilities, you get an industry-leading mix of automation and intelligence that simplifies new service deployment and management.
How it Works
Using innovative discovery technologies, WhatsUp Gold finds all the resources on your network and provides detailed physical connectivity, device type, and asset/inventory and configuration information.
Leveraging Layer 2 and Layer 3 discovery technologies including ARP, SNMP, IP addressing, ICMP, SSH, WMI, Telnet, Virtual Infrastructure Management and LLDP in combination with vendor proprietary mechanisms, WhatsUp Gold builds an accurate picture of your network devices, systems and their interconnections.
Market-leading Layer 2 technology
WhatsUp Gold's integrated Layer 2 capabilities are what set it apart from the rest of the pack. While many vendors will provide Layer 3 visibility using SNMP or IP addressing into systems or network devices deployed in your infrastructure, it won’t provide the actual physical connectivity between devices that Layer 2 discovery details.
Layer 2’s physical infrastructure information not only provides more granular visibility for faster and easier troubleshooting of connectivity issues, but is especially essential for PCI DSS audits which require up-to-date and detailed topology maps.
Other IT management solutions charge extra for Layer 2 discovery and mapping capabilities. With WhatsUp Gold, this next “layer” of visibility into port-to-port physical connectivity is integrated free of charge with all editions.
Why a Layer 2/3 discovery tool is important
Automating your network discovery and mapping tasks with WhatsUp Gold will save precious time and resources and, with auto-discovery and mapping capabilities, you know your topology maps, port-to-port connectivity and network diagrams are always up-to-date.
These features simplify troubleshooting (easier to deduce network paths); ensure compliance with audits (accurate and up-to-date inventory or topology maps are required by most regulatory frameworks such as PCI DSS) and help you optimize monitoring workloads (e.g. to stop monitoring ports without connected end points).
Scheduled and On Demand Discovery
WhatsUp Gold supports both on-demand and scheduled discovery tasks. Each execution of discovery will automatically updates your maps and IT asset inventory with your approval.
WhatsUp Gold Layer 2/3 Mapping
Based on discovery data, WhatsUp Gold automatically generates integrated network topology maps showing both Layer 3 addressing and layer Layer 2 connectivity. And with auto-discovery and dynamic mapping capabilities, you know the connectivity and topology information generated is complete and accurate -- at all times.
Maps can be customized to show any aspect of
the topology and individual links can be hidden
or shown. You can also display topology
information in radial and hierarchical formats.
Any map generated or customized can be
saved, printed and shared.
Optimize your Hardware Investment
WhatsUp Gold’s Layer 2/3 discovery lets you
find "forgotten" hardware or hardware without
an IP address. These devices can then be
decommissioned or reassigned to new tasks,
or moved to an internal cloud.
Simplify Troubleshooting Tasks
Rapidly pinpoint the root cause of connectivity
issues to minimize downtime. Gain insight into
how your can configure your topology to
minimize potential conflicts and optimize
Ensure an accurate discovery, audit,
documentation and archiving of network
assets, topology maps and configurations over
time to support regulatory requirements like
SOX, FISMA, PCI DSS and HIPAA. PCI for instance, requires an up-to-date topology map with port-to-port connectivity in order for compliance.
In addition for audit/inventory purposes, as part of the discovery process, WhatsUp Gold automatically collects comprehensive inventory/configuration information across networking devices and systems. You’ll be able to capture device information such as serial number, configuration information including VLANs and interfaces and systems inventory information including current OS version & patches.
Whether you need information to support internal requirements or external regulatory requirements, WhatsUp Gold makes it easy to discover, inventory, map and report on all of your network components.