Get notified by SMS if your network goes down

Alchemy Network Monitor screenshotAccording to the developers of Alchemy Network Monitor, it’s estimated that network failures cost 3-5 billion dollars to companies each year. Surveys show that an average network administrator reports 3 to 15 serious network malfunctions annually. Yet most of these problems could be easily avoided – if the administrator had proper network monitoring software installed. If you’re a network administrator and need to be on 24 hour call, but at the same time you don’t want to hang around the office all day waiting for the worst, then this is a really interesting little app for you.

Alchemy Network Monitor utilises several network protocols such as TCP/IP, ICMP (ping), IPX/SPX, POP3, SMTP, Oracle and MySQL to continually monitor the status of your network. If any problem is detected or if the sever goes down, Alchemy Network Monitor can warn the network administrator via mobile phone SMS or email.

You can do this by instructing Alchemy Network Monitor to send an email to your default email address provided by your mobile network. If you don’t have this, you can use the Alchemy Alert plugin which will forward a warning to your phone. Alternatively, you can also use the program to launch external programs that can send SMS such as Skype or other 3rd party software. This is a really useful app for network administrators on the move.

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