It was only two months ago that Maxum Development released their last major revision of PageSentry, version 3.0, but they’ve announced another major upgrade to their complete Internet server monitoring solution: PageSentry 4.0 for Mac OS X.
“PageSentry is all about reliability, and Apple’s OS X provides us with an incredibly reliable and robust platform to start with,” said Maxum President John O’Fallon in a statement. “The imminent release of OS X has prompted us to not only port PageSentry to OS X, but to make PageSentry both easier to get started with for small developers and more powerful and scalable for large organizations.”
The update will run natively under OS X but remain compatible with the “Classic” Mac OS. PageSentry for Mac OS X will offer new reporting features to help network administrators gauge server reliability, detect chronic problems, and monitor quality of service, according to O’Fallon. Additional changes are being made under the surface, making PageSentry’s test management much more efficient and allowing testing of every aspect of even the largest networks, he added
Although pricing has not yet been set, PageSentry 4.0 is expected to be released in several variations “to better meet the needs of network managers with a single Internet server through large enterprises with hundreds of servers,” O’Fallon said. A public beta version will be made available to coincide with Apple’s release of Mac OS X on March 24. PageSentry version 4.0 is expected to be released sometime this spring.
PageSentry is your “virtual assistant,” tirelessly testing and re-testing all of your Internet servers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, O’Fallon said. If your Web, FTP, E-Mail, or other server should ever fail, PageSentry will make sure that you are the first to know, he added.
“If early warnings aren’t enough, PageSentry can even take action itself, recovering crashed servers when no one else is available,” O’Fallon said. “When PageSentry is on the job, you will never wonder whether or not your servers are running again. Since PageSentry uses actual, high-level Internet protocols to test your server, it will warn you when users can’t access your server, no matter what the reason.”