Network Discovery Software

Layer 2/3 Discovery, Mapping, Inventory and IT Asset Reporting

  • Map, inventory, and visualize your network topology and interdependencies
  • Document and track all your IT assets with enhanced inventory discovery
  • Troubleshoot connectivity issues with Layer 2 Trace and IP/ Mac Finder tools

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Discover Everything Connected to Your Network

Discover everything connected to your network from devices, servers, VMware virtual machines, deployed software, LANs, port-to-port connectivity and other resources automatically or on-demand. With WhatsUp Gold, you can gain an understanding of your network from top to bottom and focus on keeping it running securely and at peak performance.

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WhatsUp Gold Discovered Devices

Discover Devices Connected to Your Network

WhatsUp Gold uses a number of innovative Layer 2/3 discovery technologies–including ARP, SNMP, SSH, Virtual Infrastructure Management, IP addressing, ICMP and LLDP in combination with vendor-proprietary mechanisms – to discover everything connected to your network and build a complete and accurate picture of network devices and their port-to-port connectivity. Full or partial discoveries can be scheduled to run automatically or run on-demand.

Visualize Your Network with Network Maps

WhatsUp Gold auto-generates integrated Layer 2 and 3 topology maps that give you full visibility into physical, logical and virtual connectivity, including IP and VLAN-specific information. It dynamically updates its maps as changes occur in the network. Maps are easy to customize and manipulate so you can view your network the way you want. And with a mouse click, you can export them to Microsoft® Visio™ or PDF format.

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Example of a WhatsUp Gold Network Map
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WhatsUp Gold Device Properties

Pinpoint Specific Device Locations and Validate Connectivity

Save precious time by using WhatsUp Gold to search and discover how devices are connected. With detailed device views, you can quickly zero-in to find out what’s connected to what. And, with built-in tools such as Layer 2 Trace and IP/ MAC Finder, WhatsUp Gold offers the industry’s fastest approach to finding the location and validating connectivity of any device on the network.

Ensure Your Asset Inventory Is Complete and Up-To-Date

WhatsUp Gold provides comprehensive network inventory and configuration information – supporting the reporting/ documentation needs of your internal business process (such as ITIL) and regulatory requirements like PCI DSS, SOX, FISMA and HIPAA. Since you can easily export this information in CSV or Excel formats, your entire team will know exactly what resources are on your network, where they are and how they are connected at all times – even when your network grows, your office moves or datacenter resources get consolidated.

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WhatsUp Gold Asset Inventory List
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WhatsUp Gold Installed Software Inventory

Manage Your Network Assets

Gather, filter and export a wide variety of inventory and configuration information across networking devices and systems.

  • Networking Devices Asset Information: Manufacturer/Model, Serial Number, Hardware/Software/ Firmware Versions, Chassis/Module Inventory, Power Supplies/Fans
  • Configuration Information: Interfaces, Bridge Ports, Switch Ports, VLANs
  • Systems Inventory: All available system component details (CPU, RAM, disks, etc.), OS version & patch information, any installed software packages, support for automatic update of warranty information (Dell and HP) based on integration with their support websites

Discovery FAQs and Best Practices

What is Network Discovery?

Network device discovery is the first step in mapping and monitoring your networked infrastructure. A network discovery tool discovers, maps and provides an inventory of your entire infrastructure. For instance, it should give you visibility into all of your network devices, systems, deployed software, virtual assets, VLANs and port-to-port connectivity. Read More >>

What is Layer 2/3 Discovery?

A layer 2/3 discovery tool is needed to identify not only the physical server and virtual resources that you have deployed in your environment and how they are mapped, but how everything is connected down to the individual port.

A device discovery tool should include both Layer 3 (devices) and Layer 2 discovery (port-to-port connectivity). While Layer 3 uses IP addressing to discover devices with routing and subnet information, Layer 2 discovery is essential to discover the actual physical (port/interface level) connections between devices. Read More >>

What is LLDP?

Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) is a layer 2 neighbor discovery protocol that allows devices to advertise device information to their directly connected peers/neighbors. It is best practice to enable LLDP globally to standardize network topology across all devices if you have a multi-vendor network. Read More >>